• Application Deadline
  • 48 months


Prepare to make your mark in the highly competitive global motorsport industry. Offering exciting practical experience and strong employer links, the Motorsport Engineering with Foundation Year (Hons) BEng offered by University of Derby gives you a smooth route to success.

Set yourself apart as an innovative and resourceful motorsport engineer – ready to work with top teams or high-profile manufacturers.

Taking a foundation year first is an ideal choice if you have the potential and ambition to study this BEng programme but lack the formal entry requirements or feel you are not quite ready to embark on a full honours degree right now.

It is also a smart move if you have changed your mind about your career direction since you chose your A-levels or BTECs and need to improve your skills in a different subject area.

The foundation year will cover general concepts in areas such as engineering science, structural analysis and dynamics. It will also cover scholarship skills for technologists to assist your progress at honours degree level.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of topics such as advanced power train engineering, motorsport chassis design and computational fluid dynamics.


The focus is on ensuring you are work-ready and this course will give you the all the confidence and skills you need to progress directly into the international motorsport arena.

Graduates have secured employment with companies like Cosworth, Zytec, JLR, Pirelli and EPM Composites. They have also raced all over the world and worked with international race teams in F1, GP2, FIA-GT and with a variety of national teams. 


This degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council so it partially meets the academic requirement for you to register as a CEng.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Applied Scientific Methods
  • Professional Development and Business Accountability
  • Materials and Manufacturing Processes
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Engineering Design and Workshop Technology
  • Motorsport and Motorcycle Technical Applications
  • Motorsport Electronics (Work Based Learning)
  • Motorsport Power Train Technology
  • Motorsport Chassis Engineering
  • Engineering Design Modelling
  • Structural Analysis and Materials
  • Design for Manufacture and Materials Optimisation
  • Advanced Power Train Engineering
  • Motorsport Chassis Design and Dynamics
  • Independent Study and Professional Development (Motorsport)
  • Advanced Engineering Design Modelling
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Advanced Engineering Materials and Applications

                                  English Language Requirements

                                  You need the following IELTS score:

                                  • Minimum required score:


                                    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                  Academic Requirements

                                  General Requirements

                                  Typical entry requirements:
                                  • UCAS points - 72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
                                  • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.
                                  Alternative entry qualifications:
                                  • BTEC - MPP
                                  • Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.

                                  Tuition Fee

                                  • International

                                    13250 GBP/year
                                    Tuition Fee
                                    Based on the original amount of 13250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
                                  • EU/EEA

                                    9250 GBP/year
                                    Tuition Fee
                                    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
                                  We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                                  Living costs for Derby

                                  • 540 - 860 GBP/month
                                    Living Costs

                                  The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                                  • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
                                  • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
                                  • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

                                  Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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