BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering From Heriot-Watt University

Program Overview

Automotive engineers use their creativity and knowledge of mathematics and physics to design, manufacture and manage the technologies and systems that are fundamental to the wellbeing and advancement of society.

This programme is based on our Mechanical Engineering programme, but allows students in the later years to specialise in subjects relating to automotive technology.

Automotive engineering continues to be a major employer of professional engineers, owing to the increasing challenges of producing desirable and profitable vehicles and advancement in Electric Vehicle Technology.

Students of Automotive Engineering join the HWU Formula Students Team, HWRacing, to design, build and race a F1-style car annually. The relevant subjects are the core mechanical engineering sciences together with electronic engineering and materials engineering. There is an increasing emphasis throughout on the processes of design and manufacture.


Why study Automotive Engineering at Heriot-Watt University's Dubai Campus?

  • Lay the foundations for a career in mechanical engineering in an area with an emphasis on automotive technology

  • Learn about the engineering that underpins the design and operation of vehicles

  • Study a subject that lets you apply the principles of mathematics and physics to the real world

  • Learn the skills that will put you in a position to move into management roles as a professional engineer

  • Explore the exciting worlds of transport, manufacturing, power plant, vehicle dynamics and many others

  • Whatever your final career path, developing the ability to apply quantitative methods to solving problems – the basis of engineering – will be an invaluable asset.


DubaiUnited Arab Emirates

  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

AED 67,704




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First year

Emphasis is on developing basic mathematical, scientific and communication skills. Topics include Design and Manufacture, Materials Science, Engineering Sciences and Electronics.


Second year

Subjects include Machine Design, Electrical Machines, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Design and Manufacture, Advanced Mathematics and Strength of Materials.


Third year

Subjects include Applied Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Materials, Design and Manufacture, Business Awareness, Safety and Sustainability and Automotive Technologies.


Fourth year

Students undertake an individual research project in the area of automotive technology.

Subjects include A Review of Selected Automotive Technologies, Engineering Design and Engineering Manufacture (in partnership with industry) and Dynamics.

There are also options from Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Strength of Materials and Machine Dynamics.

Our entry criteria are listed below. However, please note that the final decision remains at the discretion of the course director after evaluating scores of individual relevant subjects.

Students who are eligible to be admitted directly into second year can choose to join the first year, where available.

First year entry

  • GCE A-Level CCC (or AABB at AS-Level)

  • CBSE 65%.

  • American High School Diploma + SAT 1s - 1000

  • Tawjihiyya 80%

  • International Baccalaureate 24 points.

  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma MMM

  • Foundation year Successful completion of Heriot-Watt University Degree Entry Programme (Engineering) with a BBBB.

  • FBISE grade 12 or equivalent – 70%

  • Curriculum Russian/Kazakhstan (Attestat) with minimum grade of 5 + IELTS 6.0

  • EmSAT minimum 1400 English, 1300 Maths, 1100 Physics, 1100 Chemistry

  • Compulsory subjects to include Mathematics, Physics and English.


Second year entry

  • GCE A-Levels BBC.

  • International Baccalaureate 27 points.

  • CBSE Overall 85%

  • American High School 70% + 3 AP at grade 4 OR Minimum 3 SAT 2’s 500 each

  • Higher National Diploma (HND) PPP

  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma DDD

  • FBISE grade 12 or equivalent 85%

  • Transfer students from other universities may be considered on a case-by-case basis.


English language requirements

Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 Academic (with no element below 5.5).

AED 67704 per year

As a degree recognised as involving a strong component of mechanical engineering, Automotive Engineering gives graduates many of the same opportunities. It is most appropriate for students wishing to pursue a career in a related field such as transportation, vehicle design or motor sport.


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