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National Motorsport Academy launch the world’s first ONLINE Master’s degree

22 Mar 2018

In 2018 The National Motorsport Academy will launch the world’s first ONLINE Master’s degree (MSc) in Advanced Motorsport Engineering. (Subject to final validation). The MSc will focus on leading edge technologies surrounding lean burn, thermal manipulation for aerodynamic devices, driver coaching, advanced vehicle dynamics and race strategy.

We interviewed Kieran Reeves, Director of Motorsport at the National Motorsport Academy and pioneer of this exciting degree.

Hi Kieran this sounds like a very interesting & unique offering, have you had much demand for the degree?

Yes demand has been extremely high; lots of people have been asking since the launch of our online BSc (Hons) degree in Motorsport Engineering if there will be an online Masters course in the future. We’ve discovered that both students working towards their BSc degree and those who already have a degree and wish to develop their career further are extremely keen to get started!

Who is your target market?

Those with ambitions of becoming high level engineers; for example Vehicle Performance Engineers or R&D Engineers working on all vehicle systems, including vehicle and fluid dynamics. The programme also caters for those at the trackside or during race events who are looking to become (or already are for that matter) a Chief Engineer or Chief Data Analyst/Race strategist.

How will it benefit students upon completion?

As well as developing their engineering knowledge, students will advance and develop a more rounded engineering skill set that enables them to communicate effectively and work as part of a team at a very high level. Students graduating with our Master’s Degree will be able to access the higher level jobs and managerial roles that would have previously been out of reach.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry is by an Honours degree in a relevant Engineering discipline or by interview if an applicant has several years’ experience working in a high level engineering role in Motorsport.

How is it different to other Masters degrees?

Unlike any other Motorsport Degree, this Master’s degree is studied online. Therefore all students can remain working full time whilst studying this course part time. There are no semesters or start dates so students can start their course from any date that suits them. The online programme is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A personal tutor is allocated to each student & can be contacted via phone, email or Skype allowing students 1:1 tuition whenever they need assistance. Just as there is in the online BSc (Hons) programme there will be contributions from world experts in the motorsport industry included throughout the course.

What will the course cover?

The programme consists of 8 taught modules and a final dissertation:

  1. Research Methods
  2. Design, Modelling & Validation of Motorsport Systems
  3. Advanced Vehicle Dynamics
  4. Engineering Management Practices
  5. Multi-physics Analysis for Motorsport
  6. Driver Coaching
  7. Race car Applications
  8. Race Strategy Optimisation
  9. Advanced Motorsport Project (Dissertation)

The course includes two academic and wider skills modules based on project management and business management skills. These will expose students to the processes and knowledge associated with the development of projects and day to day management duties within race teams.

The remaining six taught modules are the technical, mechanical engineering and motorsport industry modules.

Students will be taught advanced vehicle dynamics and race vehicle behaviour. From the mathematical calculations and understanding of the algorithms to applying these to mathematical models and simulations that enable the development of race strategies, race car set-up and race vehicle development paths.

The programme also contains thermal and multi-species analysis of race vehicles. This will allow students to explore the capabilities of thermodynamic manipulation to improve aerodynamics packages for race vehicles. They can also apply lean burn technologies within high performance internal combustion engines to study fuel efficiency and power development.

Students will also study driver coaching and analysis using driving simulators, data analysis, video analysis and coaching techniques. This will allow the student to become an engineer who both understands the race car limits and can set up various possibilities and driver improvements. This module will also ensure students develop the skills necessary to find those tenths that lie within the race driver’s technique via rigorous critical analysis of data and video.

Finally students will conclude their studies with a project based dissertation. They will have the chance to showcase their knowledge and skills by choosing the content and development path in order to fully explore the research area that they have chosen as their career. Throughout the course there are contributions from world experts in the motorsport industry, just as there are in the BSc (Hons) online degree.

Degrees are awarded by our Academic Partners, Staffordshire University.

How much will it cost?

We anticipate £7,000 for UK students & £8000 for international students.

How can students pay for the degree? (Loans, instalments, employer etc.)

There are many ways to pay for the degree. UK students can access a postgraduate student loan to cover all course fees. For international students or those wishing to pay their own fees, a discount is offered for payment in full or instalment payments will be available. Generous progression scholarships for existing NMA BSc (Hons) students will also be available.

When can students begin studying?

Students can choose a start date that suits them. There are 8 taught modules and students will have 60 days to study each of these (the countdown on each module will not begin until the module has been opened). Students can study any time, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. It is also possible to take holidays when required or between modules. Students will then have 240 days to complete the final dissertation project.

How long will the course take to complete?

The course module content will last 480 days in total so students could complete the degree in as little as 15 months, however with holidays and rest periods we would anticipate that the average time for completion would be 18 months.

All of this sounds great! When will the course be available and how do you apply?

The course will be available in early 2018, if you would like to be notified well in advance of the start date please email admissions@motorsport.nda.ac.uk and register your interest in the online Master’s Degree in Advanced Motorsport Engineering.

Alternatively please keep an eye out on our website for more information http://motorsport.nda.ac.uk

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