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Frequently Asked Questions

Will this School help me get a job in motorsport?

The School was created and is updated with input from motorsport employers to help engineers develop their careers and become competent Race Engineers.

Our tutors are experienced professionals currently working for successful race teams, so you will learn the most up-to-date skills and knowledge. By successfully gaining your Certificate of Attendance, you will be in the perfect position to develop your career or secure yourself a job as a Race Engineer in the UK or abroad.

Do I have to complete both Parts 1 and 2 or can I choose to do either? 

To get the maximum benefit, we strongly advise you complete BOTH parts of the School as they are designed as a 32-hour programme of learning over two weekends. However, if you choose to separate these, then you must complete Part 1 before you can, at a later date, attend Part 2 and receive your Certificate of Attendance. Please note, timetables and subjects vary from School to School and we cannot guarantee that the next available Part II will have all the subjects missed in your previous Part 1.

How old do I have to be?

18 or over.

Do I need my own transport?

Yes - as the full course typically takes place  within the Silverstone area, it is advisable to have the use of your own transport. Bus and train connections do not reach these locations, but information and advice will be provided once you have registered. 

What language is the School taught in?

The School is taught in English.

I am an overseas student, do I need a visa?

Unfortunately, the MIA is not legally able to advise on visa applications or options.  As the MIA School of Race Engineering is not accredited in the same way that a university course is, you will not be eligible for a Study Visa. The UK Government website gives some good advice on this subject, please see here: https://www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa/eligibility . However, we believe you are able to use a Standard Visitor Visa which allows you to study for up to 30 days (please see here: https://www.gov.uk/choose-uk-v... and here: https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa) .

What qualifications do I need?

This intensive course, spread across two weekends, is an excellent way to specialise in motorsport if you have an engineering degree of any nature. However, if you are not a graduate or your qualifications are limited, then you will need to demonstrate experience and knowledge of engineering principles when you apply. 

Can I get college/university credit for this School?

No. This School is recognised by the Motorsport Industry but is not accredited as a college/university course. 

Do I need any special equipment or books?

No. All equipment will be provided. However, we do have a recommended reading list, which will be sent to you on confirmation of your application. The list is extensive and covers a wide range of subjects, which you may find useful. This reading list is not compulsory.

On which days does the School take place?

Autumn 2023 School dates

Part 1 - 11th and 12th November 2023 & Part 2 - 18th and 19th November 2023

Spring 2024 School dates

Part 1 - 13th and 14th April 2024 & Part 2 - 20th and 21st April 2024

What's the timetable?

The core timetable is 09.00 - 17.00 on each of the 4 days. In addition, there will be relaxed, informal networking opportunities each weekend, with the tutors and also special motorsport guests from the world of race engineering. 

Can you help me find accommodation for the School's duration?

We can send you a list of potential places to stay - get in touch to find out more.

Do I have to pay for the School in full when I register?

Payment can be taken in full upon registration.

We advise you to make payment in full once you receive the invoice so your place is held and secured, as places are in high demand and strictly limited. However, if you cannot pay in full when you book, then you can pay a non-refundable deposit of £225 with the remaining balance payable within 30 days of the invoice date. If you apply within 30 days of the School start date, payment must please be made in full upon booking.

What are the cancellation terms? 

The Motorsport Industry Association ("MIA") reserves the right to alter any of the arrangements described due to unforeseen circumstances.


To guarantee admission, attendees must pay prior to the School. The MIA regrets there can be no refund should you cancel within 30 days of the School, or from the time of booking, whichever is later. The only exception is for any attendee who is, at the time of the School, showing Covid-related symptoms, or has recently had Covid-19, in this case a full refund will be issued, or where possible your booking will be moved to a future School.

Any cancellations must be received in writing to keith.jonker@the-mia.com -  if you have not received an acknowledgement before the School, please telephone us to make sure we have received your booking cancellation.

For more information about these terms and conditions please contact Keith Jonker on +44 (0)2476 692 600 or email keith.jonker@the-mia.com.

Is there funding available?

Not directly from the MIA. We continuously search for funding streams which may be of assistance to you so please keep in touch and we will share such information, if found. 

Will this be an annual programme?

Yes - the School will take place annually in Spring and Autumn.

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