As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, there is no such thing as the single best university for working F1. Every team and every manager has a different opinion. What if one of those teams actually published a list of ideal universities however…?

As I have said so many times previously, research is key and so if any of you have ever looked in any detail at the official website for the Scuderia Ferrari you will see that they give the opportunity to upload your CV for general consideration.

As part of that process you need to fill out your education history, starting with any degree qualifications you have and which institution they were awarded by. Here is the key part. The university selection box is a drop down menu which lists several different universities across the world (not just in Europe) which clearly the team recognises as prestigious. You have the chance to select “Other” and type the name of your own institution if it is not listed but in effect, the team is telling you which universities it readily recognises as being worthy of its recruitment.

Those universities are :

Aachen University
Alma Graduate School
Boston University
Columbia Uni New York
Cranfield University
Centro Universitario di Organizzazione Aziendale
Delf University of Technology
Durham University
Ecole Normale Superieure
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Hamburg Technical University
Hochschule Esslingen University of Applied Sciences
Istituto Europeo di Design
Institut Francais du Petrole
Imperial College London
IUT Angouleme
London School of Economics & Politics
Michigan State University
MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Munich Technical University
Ohio State University
Politecnico di Milano
Politecnico di Torino
Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule
Scuola Superiore S. Anna di Pisa
SDA Bocconi
Stanford University
Stuttgart University
Technical University of Munich
Universita di Bologna
Universita di Firenze
Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Universita di Napoli Federico II
Universita di Pisa
University of Barcelona
University of California
University of Cambridge
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
University of Oxford

Quite a list as you can see!!

Clearly many are in Italy and some very local to Ferrari but this this is the clearest indication I have ever come across of what an F1 team considers to be good universities for working in F1.

I am sure you can work at Ferrari without a degree from one of these universities but it’s definitely a good starting point and not to be ignored!


There is more to it

Given the apparent importance if this choice in a young engineer’s life and career, choosing a university is something I wanted to talk about at more length and in multiple posts. In the meantime however you can also consider some of my discussion on degree subject here which may help you narrow down your search of institution.

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Best of luck and here is to a good result in the next Grand Prix.


  1. Does Oxford Brookes university have good credibility and reputation within F1?

    They have motor sport engineering specific courses.

    Would that give you an edge over someone who has done say generic Aeronautical or Mechanical engineering course?


    1. I’m posting on this subject very soon. Keep your eyes peeled.

  2. Hi, I’m from India and have just completed my B.E in Automobile and am currently working as a Honda Service Technician, I was planning to pursue M.S in motorsport at Cranfield after working here for a year and am very encouraged by your posts. I always have had this plan to start from GP2 or Indylights and Indycar series, and have taken steps by even applying to all of the teams. Since it is Mid-Season now they aren’t recruiting for the moment but have replied positively for an interview in December.
    Your posts are encouraging and hopefully can guide me even further,looking forward to hear from you about what else i can do to strengthen my profile.Thank you.

    Tanuj S Bhonsle
  3. Once you get into a F1 team working with as Engineer, what is it like moving around to other teams?

    Is it complicated or easy once your in “F1” ?

    1. Easy. Or at least easier 🙂

  4. i am currently studying Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Aeronautics…what can be the subject of a Master degree after my graduation so it can help me to be an Aerodynamist/Race Engineer in F1 ?

    Thank u for your time in advance

    1. I’m writing about this subject soon. Make sure you follow the blog

  5. I am a mech engg passion to work in a f1 team.I am Indian so its too far to get a job in european countries.So will you assist me to get placed in f1 team. By faithfully..can u give me your contact number.

    Muhammed Ansar
    1. I’m afraid I can’t give out any of my contact details or personally coach anyone. It would be unfair.

  6. Sir, i am an indian student undergoing a 4 year degree. I want to join f-1 team as a aerodynamicist . Can you guide for the same?

    Amol auliyan
    1. Read everything in my blog and see what else you need

  7. Is mechanical engineering better or a more focused motorsport engineering better to up my chances in f1.
    Is from UK university enough to get me a job in f1, can’t I work for a team and study for masters simultaneously.

    1. I’m posting on this subject very soon

  8. The french universities are not meaningful I think, so one should not be afraid if the university/engineering school is not in this list 🙂

    1. Very true Thomas. My point exactly but so many people ask the question. My university is not on there either 🙂

  9. Useful information. Thanks for sharing. An important consideration also has to be the involvement of motorsport practitioners in university programmes. When we established the postgraduate programme here at Cranfield University it was a key determination to form an advisory board to support the MSc in shaping the course, contributing to teaching, assisting students and supporting projects. The board continues to support the MSc and only yesterday persons such as Pat Symonds, CTO of Williams F1, were here to meet the finishing students and discuss with them their project work and career ambitions. Direct engagement with the motorsport sector adds real value to students’ education.

    Clive Temple

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