Future Vehicle Technologies


This multidisciplinary programme bridges knowledge gaps, you to lead the modern automotive industry in the production of intelligent, zero and ultra-low emission vehicles.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type
Entry requirements

One year

Start date

Course overview

This course is designed to cover the gap between fundamental engineering and practical engineering within the automotive industry. You will develop your knowledge and awareness of cutting-edge developments and learn the essential skills to meet the demands of the contemporary electrified automotive industry.

You will have a complete understanding of hybrid and electric powertrains, connected vehicles and autonomous driving, design of electric drives, low-carbon engines and fuels, and multiphysics modelling of automotive systems using advanced computational tools.

Stelvio Silva

"The best highlight of my course was that it provided an insight into industrial standard skills through studying and designing a power train that met very specific requirements through CDIO ( Conceive Design Implement & Operate strategy). This allowed me to develop some invaluable skills for the industry ahead, along with high level research." 

Stélvio Silva
MSc Future Vehicle Technologies
Current student

Why Future Vehicle Technologies at Aston University?

Practical experience
Practical experience and demonstration of state-of-the-art technologies in the modern automotive industry
Our facilities
Access our new autonomous vehicle facilities
Project based learning
Project based learning following our flagship CDIO (conceive, design, implement and operate) framework applied to automotive systems using innovative methods

Course description

You'll engage with a dynamic curriculum that integrates the latest advancements in autonomous vehicles with critical industry knowledge and project management skills. This innovative approach ensures that you're not just learning theory but also gain practical skills throughout the learning process. 

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What we will provide
The course is delivered by academics and researchers, who are actively involved in cutting-edge autonomous vehicles research. Tailored to the needs of modern automotive industries, you will gain knowledge to attain the low carbon technologies that will shape future mobility. Our excellent industry links and networking opportunities through site visits and guest lecturers will allow you to take advantage of new opportunities and seek membership with IMECHE, enabling you to achieve chartered engineer status.

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What you will provide
We are looking for student who are from an engineering background and a committed, self-driven learner. We want you to be willing to explore and acquire new knowledge in engineering whilst valuing strong teamwork and creativity to embark on a journey into the realm of modern automotive industry. 

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What skills we teach
By offering a well-rounded blend of foundational and technical expertise coupled with hands-on experience, you will gain the essential management and teamwork skills needed to address the dynamic challenges in the rapidly changing automotive industry effectively. You'll refine your problem-solving abilities, and we'll promote multidisciplinary thinking through the exploration of various software, including MATLAB. Additionally, you'll develop your communication skills through opportunities to participate in both national and international conferences.

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Professional Practice Year 
If you meet satisfactory academic performance and have secured a suitable professional experience, you will have the option to be transferred onto our MSc Future Vehicle Technologies Practice programme. Taking the Professional Practice route allows you to extend the duration of your Masters to 22 months and gain valuable working experience to support your career aspirations. The placement commences after the completion of your MSc dissertation and can be paid work. study abroad exchanges or unpaid research projects or even a mix of these options. You will return to Aston the following May for an intensive period on campus to draw all your learning together and finalise the assessments.

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Career prospects
This course has been enabling great number of students to obtain jobs in top tier automotive companies like Jaguar Land Rover and Mercedes and other emerging companies partners with well known car manufacturer towards their electric and hybrid powertrain. 

How you will learn

You will learn through diverse methods, blending real-world problem-based learning in a multi-disciplinary context. Beyond traditional lectures and seminars, you'll engage in practical sessions like site visits, group projects, sandpits, and presentations. Course modules will be flexibly delivered primary face-to-face with options of online virtual environments in alignment with the 2030 Aston’s strategy to support students learning and teaching. Aston University is dedicated to student support, offering personal tutoring for guidance, and the Learning Development Centre provides assistance in mathematics, academic writing development, and advice on managing your studies. Your personal tutor will support you to overcome any challenge you might face to ensure that you always on track. Aston is the place that values students voice and our instructors always consider your point of view.

Extra curricula activities you can take part in: 

  • You can join a vibrant community of like-minded individuals through course relevant societies including Formula Student where you will have the opportunity to design, build and race at Silverstone a single-seat racing car in IMechE’s national competition Formula Student. Our formula students made great achievement in electrifying the conventional petrol formula student’s car. 

  • Take part in a Global Engineering Design Challenge competition administered by the Engineers without Borders (EWB) UK and the Efficiency for Access Coalition. Where you will tackle real-world engineering problems and propose innovative solutions - find out more

What you will learn

This program has been developed with the primary objective of inculcating the concept of autonomous vehicles in the minds of engineers belonging to different disciplines and industries. This postgraduate course aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the critical subject areas and cultivate essential skills related to electrified and autonomous vehicles. The program delves into several aspects, including but not limited to the design, development, and implementation of autonomous vehicles. It also covers the latest advancements in sensor technology, machine learning algorithms, computer vision, and control systems. Overall, the program seeks to equip engineers with the necessary knowledge and skills to build and manage autonomous vehicles safely and efficiently. 


Aston University is known for its cutting-edge facilities and laboratories equipped with the latest technology. These facilities provide students with the necessary resources to conduct experiments, simulations, or collaborative projects that push the boundaries of engineering. The university boasts state-of-the-art workshops that include 3D printing and prototyping facilities, which allow students to explore, envisage, and demonstrate their designs in a practical and hands-on manner. By engaging in such activities, students learn invaluable skills vital in the fast-evolving engineering sector. These skills enable them to unleash their creativity and develop innovative vehicle designs that transcend traditional boundaries. You will have access to various resources to help you tackle the challenges you may face in your day-to-day engineering life.

Course objectives

  1. Bridges the multidisciplinary knowledge gap required to address modern automotive industry by covering wide range of topics.
  2. Provides wide range of skills required to analyse and critique the data and propose innovative solutions underpinned by engineering principles.
  3. Provides the opportunity to practice professional planning and communication with a large audience.
  4. Enables students to use a wide range of state-of-the-art engineering modelling tools for data analysis, performance prediction and design components and subsystem within the context of future vehicles technologies.


Modules and learning outcomes

Taught stage modules

In the taught stage, you will study the following core module:

Module TitleCredits
Hybrid and Electric Powertrains15
Power Electronics and Electric Drives15
Vehicle Automation and Connectivity15
New Engines and Alternative Fuels15
Multiphysics System Design 30
Research Project 15

Select one module from the options below: 

Module TitleCredits
Fluid-Structure Interactions15
Sensors and Control Systems15
Machine learning 15

Dissertation stage modules


Module TitleCredits
Dissertation on Future Vehicle Technologies60

Programme outcomes

On successful completion of both the taught and dissertation stage, you will be able to:

  • Create solutions to the future challenges in the field of vehicle electrification by employing the major concepts of mathematics, physics and engineering.
  • Predict solutions to typical constrained multi-physics engineering problems at the absence of actual data by employing a range of engineering computational tools.
  • Produce innovative sustainable solutions underpinned by the principles of 
    mathematics and engineering sciences together with computer-aided analysis to tackle the future challenges of hybrid, electric and autonomous vehicles.
  • Propose original solutions that meet end user needs, business needs,  environmental regulations and industry standards, and show awareness of other matters such as social barriers in the fields of low and zero emission vehicles.
  • Critique quantitative and qualitative data informed by state-of-the-art technological advances in wider engineering disciplines that underpin the creation and proposition of solutions to hybrid, electric and autonomous vehicles.
  • Work effectively within an engineering team, practice personal responsibility as a contributing team member or leader, work effectively with non-technical teams and communicate with wide audiences.
  • Review and critically evaluate multi-disciplinary techniques and independently select appropriate methodologies to develop original and creative solutions to problems in the field of modern automotive engineering.
  • Work efficiently in a multidisciplinary environment, gain new skills and deliver 
    transferable skills to others.

Entry requirements

•    A 2.2 in a first degree (BEng) in engineering.
•    ELTS 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each area

Ideally, applicants should have a background in: automotive engineering, chemical engineering, control and systems engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, energy engineering, environmental engineering, industrial and manufacturing engineering or mechanical engineering.

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Qualifications in your country

For details of equivalent qualifications in your country, use our area pages below:

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.

English language requirements

How to apply

Aston University provides a range of opportunities for international students to join our community and study on our campus. A key part of our strategy is our relationships with teaching partners, providing multiple pathways to Aston.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and, as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability. Our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Find out more about applying

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new Graduate Immigration Route which enables international students to remain in the UK for two years after you complete your studies to find work. This new post-study work visa applies to international students completing full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Graduate Immigration Route

Pathway Programmes

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, we have a range of pathway programmes offered by our partner, ONCAMPUS Aston, which you can complete to progress onto one of our degrees.

Masters Foundation programmes

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, we have a range of pathway programmes offered by our partner, ONCAMPUS Aston, which you can complete to progress onto one of our degrees.



Speak to our Admissions Team

If you have any questions about the application process please get in touch with our postgraduate admissions team:

Email: pgadmissions@aston.ac.uk

Call: 0121 204 3200 (Please note this line is open Monday-Friday between 09.30am-4.30pm)

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

UK students

Annual tuition fees:£11,150

International students

Annual tuition fees:£21,500

More information on fees

The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as UK students.

Tuition fees for students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law. When undertaking a placement year, a placement year fee applies.


MSc Motorsport Scholarship Programme 

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs.

Aston University is thrilled to announce aspiring minds for MSc Motorsport Scholarship Programme to pursue a master's degree in our flagship programme MSc Future Vehicle Technologies. This ground breaking opportunity empowers and elevates talented individuals from underrepresented communities, fostering diversity and excellence in the thrilling automotive world. 

Automatic Revolutionary Technologies Scholarship 

Emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles, robotics, and smart manufacturing are rapidly changing the world around us. From the way we travel to the way we work, these technologies have the potential to transform our lives.

We are offering automatic scholarships of £5,000 to students wishing to study MSc Future Vehicle Technologies

If you also accept your place and pay your deposit before your deadline you can also claim your automatic £3,000 Early Acceptance Discount, bringing the total fee reduction to £8,000. If you are eligible for the Automatic Merit Scholarship you will be awarded the Revolutionary Technologies Scholarship as it is the higher value award.


Throughout the duration of the course, your knowledge and skills will be evaluated through a variety of assessment methods. These methods are designed to comprehensively and accurately represent your performance in each module. The assessments will include individual and group projects, presentations, coursework assignments, and examinations.

We believe that each module requires a unique approach when it comes to evaluation, and as such, the assessment methods will be tailored to reflect the most effective and relevant way to review your performance. Using diverse assessment methods, we aim to provide you with a holistic understanding of your abilities and progress in the course.

Career prospects

Aston University's industry connections coupled with the hands-on skills gained in the program, will unlock numerous compelling career paths. This course is developed in partnership with industry experts, guaranteeing that you graduate with directly applicable skills and knowledge for the autonomous vehicles sector. 

Most graduates pursue roles in automotive industries, working as control engineers for esteemed companies like Mercedes, JLR, and others.


Be part of our community

Once you have joined us at Aston University, you’ll always be part of our community, even beyond graduation.

Frequently asked questions

Why study Future Vehicle Technologies MSc at Aston University?

The MSc programme will enable you to update and acquire new expertise required to face the challenges of vehicle electrification and road decarbonisation. You will gain a wide range of skills and acquaintance with hybrid and electric vehicles, autonomous driving, low-carbon engines and fuels, multiphysics design of automotive systems, and more.

Does the accreditation matter?

Yes. Gaining an accredited master's will give you the experience and skills you need to develop a successful career, potentially at the highest levels in the industry. 

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Study at Aston University and you will be part of a multi-cultural community located at the heart of the dynamic city of Birmingham. Our courses are practical, inspired by industry and many have internationally recognised accreditations. Renowned for our employability prospects and connections to business and industry, we provide outstanding career support, advice and placement opportunities.

For those interested in working in the UK after they have graduated, the UK Government has created a new post-study work visa.

Is Birmingham a good place to study?

Our campus is based in the centre of Birmingham, the youngest major city in Europe and a great place to live, work and study.

  • Great music and entertainment with a vibrant nightlife. Bars, clubs, pubs, live music, festivals, concerts. Whatever your tastes, there's something here for everyone.
  • Fantastic food. Birmingham's diverse community means you can try anything from the famous Balti triangle, the Chinese Quarter, high street chains, halal and vegan food, and Michelin-star dining.
  • World-class shopping. The Bullring and Grand Central is a shopper's paradise. From the world's biggest Primark to luxury brands at the Mailbox.
  • Arts and culture. Museums, galleries, theatres, concerts and Birmingham's art collection is as wide as it is impressive - not to be missed.
  • Green, open spaces. One of the greenest cities in Europe, Birmingham has hundreds of publicly accessible parks and green spaces across the city.
  • Sporting action. Birmingham has some of the most exciting venues for watching or participating in sport in the UK.

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