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Automotive Engineering

H330 BEng Automotive Engineering
H335 MEng Automotive Engineering


The automotive industry is synonymous with creativity and innovation. In the UK, companies like BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Toyota are supported by a huge network of manufacturers, employing highly skilled engineers at the forefront of their field and internationally recognised for the solutions they create.

Automotive Engineering is increasingly global in its outlook and multidisciplinary in its operation. With skills ranging from mechanical design, electronic systems, manufacturing techniques, management and ergonomics to the human perception of things such as noise, vibration and performance. The well-rounded automotive engineer will be equipped for a broad range of career options.

What you'll study

For the first year all students follow the same programme. The course is designed to give you a wide overview of engineering, much favoured by industry. In the second year, students will continue to study the same core modules until the end of term one, after which you are able to specialise, or continue on the general Engineering pathway. At the end of year two you can choose between progressing onto the MEng route (providing you make the academic requirements) or continuing on the BEng. If you have enrolled on the MEng course you can choose to move to the BEng route at this stage.

Year 1

There are nine core modules in the first year with the option to study a language in addition:

Core modules Optional extra module
Dynamics and Thermodynamics A Modern Foreign Language
Electrical and Electronic Circuits  
Engineering Design  
Engineering Mathematics  
Systems Modelling, Simulation and Computing  
Introduction to Engineering Business Management  
Materials for Engineering  
Introduction to Engineering: Professionalism and
Statics and Structures  


Year 2

You will study six core modules and take three optional modules from a choice of five:

Core modules Optional modules - List A
Choose 1-2
Optional modules - List B
Choose 0-2
Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics Failure Investigation Introduction to Secondary school Teaching (Physics)
Electromechanical System Design Motor Vehicle Technology A Modern Foreign Language
Engineering Mathematics and Technical Computing Starting a Business  
Industrial Engineering    
Manufacturing Engineering Design    
Technical Operations Management    

For Intercalated Year degree only

Between years two and three (for BEng/MEng) or between years three and four for MEng:

Optional Core
Year in Research
Study Year Abroad
Work Placement Year

Year 3

The third year consists of an individual project and six core modules:

Core modules

Individual Project

Automation and Robotics

CAD/CAM and Simulation

Design for Manufacture

Design for Vehicle Safety

Quality Techniques

Systems Modelling & Control

Year 4 (MEng only)

The fourth year consists of one group project, one core module and five optional modules:

Core modules Optional modules - List A
Choose 2-3
Optional modules - List B
Choose 2-3
Group Project

Automobile Systems Dynamics and Control

Advanced Robotics

Design for Vehicle Comfort

Automotive Materials and Processes

Design for Sustainability


Vehicle Propulsion

Dynamic Analysis Mechanical Systems


Fuels and Combustion


Fuel Cells and Energy Storage


Quality Systems


Renewable Energy


Simulation of Operations


Supply Chain Management

Placements in industry or research

Gain hands-on experience on a year out or during the Summer vacation. Undertaking a placement is a great way to apply what you've learnt at university, to a real-life situation. We regularly advertise opportunities and our dedicated Placements and Internships Officer is here to help too. Placements can be undertaken in industry or research, to suit your career aspirations. Many students are subsequently offered employment with the companies with which they spend their placements.

Students undertaking an industrial placement will spend one year at an approved Industrial Placement between the second and third, or third and fourth years.


We use a variety of teaching methods, ranging from lectures and group tutorials to small groups in laboratories. You are allocated a personal tutor, who normally stays with you throughout your time at Warwick. They will help you get the most from your studies. Computer laboratories loaded with specialist software are open 24/7, helping you undertake work at a time that suits you.


Students are assessed by a mixture of coursework and written examinations. Design-orientated work is assessed by oral presentation, project work and group assignments. Projects are assessed by a variety of methods, including oral presentations, written reports and posters.

Career opportunities

Typical destinations range from research and development positions within industrial or academic establishments, to design and manufacturing posts in car companies or the supply industries.

Why Warwick?

    • £26,000 - Average graduate's starting salary
    • 86% in work or undertaking further study/research
    • Industrial or research placements on all courses
    • Top 10 in all major league tables
    • World-leading research

    Entry requirements

    BEng Automotive Engineering 2018
    MEng Automotive Engineering 2018




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