Why study Engineering at Warwick?
- The School of Engineering is consistently in the top ten of all UK league tables, including the Guardian University Guide 2016, and were fourth in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 under 'General Engineering'.
- Our accredited courses, which can lead to Chartered Engineer status, are collaboratively delivered between the School of Engineering and WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group). This unified approach equips you with the multidisciplinary skills needed to design today’s complex products, which extend beyond the traditional engineering disciplines. We also have a strong track record of collaborating with industrial partners (e.g. Jaguar Land Rover, Arup and Rolls-Royce) through both research and teaching activities.
- Flexible courses enable you to experience the different engineering disciplines before making your final decision to specialise in automotive, civil, electronic, manufacturing and mechanical, or mechanical engineering, or to focus on general engineering or business. This means that you will normally only find Warwick under ‘General Engineering’ in league tables.
Dr James Covington
Engineering at Warwick
Why study at Warwick
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
(Accrediting institutions: IET and IMechE)
Our accredited Engineering degrees develop an in-depth understanding of the principles of engineering, with teaching from a wide range of automotive, civil, electronic, systems and mechanical engineering experts, and options to specialise in areas that interest you. These courses are led jointly by experts in the School of Engineering and WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group). Interdisciplinary projects enable you to tackle challenges that could range from engineering a robot to rescue victims in a collapsed building, to designing and building a nano-satellite. You will develop sought-after skills including a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving, the ability to manage projects and communicate ideas, and the capacity to lead, research, design, innovate and develop products and systems.
In your first two years you will focus on core areas of engineering, with opportunities to experience laboratory and design work in all disciplines. You can also choose options* from within or outside Engineering, such as aesthetics of design, vehicle technology, biomedical engineering and foreign languages.
*Please note that we are proposing to introduce a computation module to the first year and move the optional modules listed here to the second year. You will still be able to take a foreign language as a first year additional module. This will be confirmed by 31 March 2017. Please do consider this when deciding on your university choices.
In your third (and fourth) year(s) you will study core general and systems engineering modules, and undertake individual and group project work. Projects may include producing a design and prototype of a surgical tool for middle ear surgery or creating a knowledge capture system for the IMechE Formula Student racing car project.
If you choose the four year MEng course, in your final year you can also choose from a variety of optional modules. MEng students can diversify and deepen their knowledge and experience in their fourth year by adding an elective in either Business Management or Sustainability, and this can be reflected in your degree title**.
**We are also proposing that electives will no longer be specifically named in degree titles for students joining us from 2017 onwards. These subjects can be studied as part of your degree programme, but are likely to not be specifically mentioned in your degree title. This will be confirmed on 31 March 2017. Please consider this when deciding on your university choices.
How will I learn?
You will participate in lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions. To help you make the transition from school to university, in your first year you will meet your personal tutor each week in a group usually of five or six students to address academic issues arising from lectures. Engineers are always involved in interdisciplinary group work and this forms part of our courses from year one.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is through examinations and coursework. Coursework assessment can include laboratory reports, projects, essays and oral presentations.
What opportunities are there for work experience and study abroad?
You can gain industrial experience during your course via visits and project work. The School encourages students to undertake some form of industrial experience. Many students undertake internships and other work experience over the summer. Some students can take a year-long placement in industry or in a research environment.
Becoming a Chartered Engineer
This requires both academic qualification and responsible experience in your chosen industry. The preferred academic qualification is a four-year accredited Master of Engineering (MEng) degree. Alternatively you can complete a three-year accredited Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree and complete ‘Additional Learning’ after graduation, perhaps in the form of an accredited MSc.
All our degrees (except Engineering Business Management and Engineering and Business Studies) are accredited as providing the academic component (in part or fully) needed for Chartered Engineer status.
A level AAB, to include A level Mathematics and Physics.
You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.
A levels in applied subjects and mixed portfolios Candidates are considered on an individual basis. Grades will be similar to those for candidates taking academic A and AS qualifications.
International Baccalaureate 36 points, to include Grade 5 in Mathematics and Physics. At least one of these should be at Higher Level.
Other Qualifications Advanced Diplomas and Engineering Principal Learning qualifications will be considered alongside other qualifications and on a case by case basis. We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Access/BTEC Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) and BTEC Extended Diplomas in appropriate subjects considered, if offered with A level Mathematics at grade A for MEng or grade B for BEng/BSc. Distinctions are required in Access and BTEC qualifications.
Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude these subjects.
You must have studied Mathematics and Physics at Advanced or Higher level study. You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.
However, we recognise that Engineering draws on many skills and we are willing to consider highly motivated applicants with different qualifications provided there is good evidence of mathematical ability. We invite anybody in this situation to discuss their aspirations with us at the earliest opportunity.
We offer a Foundation in Mathematics module that can be taken in the first year in place of an optional module for those students not offering Mathematics at Advanced or Higher level study.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Open Days UK based applicants are invited to a Departmental Open Day and a number of these are scheduled during the year. If you cannot attend then the information presented will be available online. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
What modules could I study?
Initially, all students follow the same programme covering topics which we believe are important for all engineers to understand. By year three* you are able to specialise into one of the disciplines of engineering: Mechanical; Civil; Electrical or continue on the general route following a systems approach to Engineering.
*We are proposing to reduce the common content to one year and one term rather than two years, in response to student feedback. This will be confirmed by 31 March 2017. Please do consider this when deciding on your university choices.
There are six modules in the first year**. The five core modules are currently: Engineering Mathematics and Systems Modelling; Mechanics, Structures and Thermodynamics; Circuits, Devices and Power Systems; Design for Function and Introduction to Engineering Business Management. Students are offered one further module to introduce, for example: Biomedical Engineering; Multimedia Technology; Technology in International Development; The Aesthetics of Design or a Modern Foreign Language.
**Please note that we are proposing to introduce a computation module to the first year and move the optional modules listed here to the second year. You will still be able to take a foreign language as a first year additional module. This will be confirmed by 31 March 2017. Please do consider this when deciding on your university choices.
In the second year the six core modules are currently: Energy Conservation and Power Systems; Engineering Design; Engineering Materials; Engineering Mathematics and Technical Computing; Mechanics and Thermofluids and Technical Operations Management. Optional modules are wide ranging and currently include Computer engineering and programming; Forensic engineering; Introduction to Secondary school teaching; Modern foreign languages; Motor vehicle technology; Starting a business.
In the final year students undertake a major individual project. For those continuing the general route taught modules offered will cover a range of topics which will give an integrated perspective on modelling of mechanical and electrical systems in particular and are currently Quality Techniques; Signal Processing; Applied Control – Instruments, Measurement and Electrical Machines; Systems Modelling and Control; Dynamics of Vibrating Systems and Automation and Robotics.
Engineering is an actively developing subject and so modules listed represent those available to current students. As the subject of Engineering and our school continuously evolve, the range of modules available and the content of individual modules may change in future years. Applicants will be informed as soon as the changes are approved. Current students will be consulted prior to the changes been approved.
Find out more about the degree structure and up to date module information
*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
What careers can a Warwick degree in Engineering lead to?
An engineering degree is a passport to opportunities in a wide range of disciplines. The breadth of experience we provide means that graduate employment rates are high. The majority of our graduates follow careers in engineering and IT, with job roles ranging from software engineering at Sony-Ericsson to mechanical systems engineering at Network Rail, as well as roles in accountancy, consultancy or finance.
Some of our recent graduate destinations include Design and Production Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover; Business Systems Analyst, Tesco; Relationship Manager, Barclays Bank; Graduate Civil Engineer, Transport for London; Graduate Management Trainee, NHS Institute for Innovation.
A level: AAB to include A level Mathematics and Physics, plus a pass in the science practical assessment (if applicable).
IB: 36 points to include Grade 5 in Mathematics and Physics. At least one of these should be at Higher Level.
Degree of Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
School of Engineering
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.
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This information is applicable for 2017 entry.