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Automotive Engineering (BEng) (Full-Time)

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. aguar 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

Stevie Gosling

Engineering Undergraduate

Why study at Warwick

A view from our academics

What will I learn?

(Accrediting institution: IET, IMechE)

This accredited degree combines a firm grounding in the principles of automotive engineering with experience of cutting-edge technology. Led by WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) and developed in collaboration with industry leaders including Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Ricardo, the course highlights research breakthroughs such as the WorldFirst Formula 3 environmentally friendly car, hybrid vehicles and ‘lightweighting’.

You will study core automotive modules alongside flexible optional modules, and will benefit from industrial visits and input from firms such as Tata Steel. There are also many opportunities for individual and group project work on topics such as gearbox analysis, examining flywheel energy storage, and developing both electric and internal combustion-powered IMechE Formula Student racing cars. You will build skills in research, design and innovation, communication and leadership, and will adopt a multidisciplinary approach to solving engineering problems, allowing you to work in many industrial sectors. The first and second years develop your understanding of core areas of engineering, with options to specialise in automotive engineering via laboratory and design work, and optional modules in aesthetics of design and vehicle technology. In your third and fourth years you will complete individual and group project work alongside further engineering and manufacturing modules covering CAD/CAM, automotive design (featuring body structure and hybrid vehicle technology), vehicle safety and comfort, and automotive materials.

If you take the four year MEng course, optional modules allow you to add an elective in Business Management, Robotics or Sustainability, and this extra specialism can be included in your degree title.

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 to gain work experience or 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.

Please refer to the FAQ section of our web pages for more information about accreditation.

Entry Requirements

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 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.

Essential Subjects

You must have studied either Mathematics or Physics at Advanced or Higher level study, although ideally you will have qualifications in both subjects. 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.

Further Information

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 can 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.

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.

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 updated module information.


What careers can a Warwick Engineering degree 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.


Essential Information

Entry Requirements
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 which should be at Higher Level)


Degree of Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
School of Engineering

Warwick Manufacturing Group

Student blogs
Yvonne Ayanru - Engineering

Thomas Wilson - Engineering

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

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 you should contact the department administering the course.

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This information is applicable for 2017 entry.