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Mechanical Engineering

H300 BEng Mechanical Engineering

H302 MEng Mechanical Engineering


From cars to robots; from aircraft to DVD players; and from power stations to medical implants, almost all man-made systems involve Mechanical Engineering in one form or another. Mechanical systems, mechanisms and machines lie at the heart of our traditional engineering industries, and the skill and techniques associated with them continue to be essential knowledge, although often used very differently to even 20 years ago. In recent years these basic skills have been extended to the areas of precision engineering, nano-technology and mechatronics.

At Warwick, Mechanical Engineers follow a programme in years one and two that introduces basic design and analysis techniques, and develops technical, business and personal skills. Subsequent years build on these elements, presenting material within the key areas of technology, design, materials, analysis and management.

Core Mechanical Engineering topics are supplemented by a range of optional modules and electives enabling students to steer their courses to suit their interests and career needs.

Modules cover topics as diverse as: the design of an aircraft wing; the computer modelling of car suspension systems; the optical gauging of a moving turbine blade; and the design of micro-electromechanical systems.

Situated close to the UK’s industrial heartland, Warwick works with many of the country’s leading companies. This collaboration fuels our research and informs our teaching, helping us to keep our courses at, or beyond, the forefront of industrial best practice.


What you'll study

For the first year and the first term of the second year, all students follow the same programme. The course is designed to give you a broad overview of engineering, much favoured by industry. In the second term of year two you are able to specialise, or continue the General Engineering route. At this stage you can also choose between progressing onto the MEng (providing you meet the academic requirements) or following the BEng route.

Year 1

There are nine core modules in the first year with the option to study a language on top.

Core modules
Dynamics and Thermodynamics
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 Practice
Statics and Structures
Optional extra module
A Modern Foreign Language


Year 2

You will study eight modules in total - seven core and one optional module. You can also choose to take a language in addition to these modules.

Core modules

Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Electromechanical SystemDesign

Engineering Mathematics and Technical Computing

Mechanical Engineering Design 1

Planar Structures and Mechanisms

Systems Engineering Principles

Technical Operations Management
Optional modules - List A: Choose 0-2
Biomedical and Clinical Engineering
Forensic Engineering
Motor Vehicle Technology
Technology in International Development
Optional modules - List B: Choose 0-2

Introduction to Secondary School Teaching (Physics)

A Modern Foreign Language (to be taken as an extra module)
Starting a Business

For Intercalated Year degree only

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

Optional Core (choose one)
Year in Research
Study Year Abroad
Work Placement Year

Year 3

Core modules
Dynamics of Vibrating Systems

(Requires second-year 'Dynamics and
Fluid Mechanics' module)
Engines and Heat Pumps
Finite Element Methods
Fundamental Fluid Mechanics for
Mechanical Engineers(Requires second-year 'Dynamics and
Fluid Mechanics' module)
Individual Project
Mechanical Engineering Design 2(Requires second-year 'Mechanical Engineering
Design 1' module)
Precision, Measurement, and Control(Requires second-year 'Electromechanical
System Design')

Exchange Year

As an MEng student you may have the opportunity to study your third year at one of our partner universities overseas.

Year 4 (MEng)

You will take part in a group project and take at least 3 modules from List A below, a minimum of 1 from List B and a maximum of two from List C.

Core module
Group Project
Optional core modules - List A
Choose at least 3
Advanced Fluid Dynamics
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Dynamic Analysis of Mechanical Systems
Heat Transfer Theory and Design
Renewable Energy
Finite Element Methods
Precision Engineering and Microsystems
Optional modules
Choose at least 1
Advanced Robotics
Fuels and Combustion
Gas Turbine Equipment
Mathematical and Computer Modelling
Quality Systems
Vehicle Propulsion
Optional modules
Choose 2 maximum
Automobile Systems Dynamics and Control
Bioenergy and Biotechnology
Biomedical Systems Modelling
Design for Sustainability
Fuel Cells and Energy Storage
Optical Engineering
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 to suit 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

Career destinations for Mechanical Engineers are varied, from stress engineers in the aerospace industry to mechanical and solutions engineers for the utilities and analysts in banking, finance and management consultancy.

Recent graduates are employed by Aston Martin Lagonda, BAE Systems, BP, Centrica, Delphi, Force India, Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid, Network Rail and Rolls-Royce (aerospace).

Why Warwick?

  • £26,000 - Average graduate's starting salary
  • 93% in work or undertaking further study/research/travelling
  • Industrial or research placements on all courses
  • Top 10 in all major league tables
  • World-leading research

Entry Requirements

BEng Mechanical Engineering 2018 MEng Mechanical Engineering 2018



Multicultural Scholars’ Programme

We are pleased to offer our Multicultural Scholars’ Programme for students who are UK residents, and who are of Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Caribbean or African origin. To be eligible you will also be applying for assessment for financial support and be entitled to a full or part Government Maintenance Grant. In addition to financial support of £2,000 per year for each year of the course, you will also receive extra support and advice from a dedicated personal tutor and careers advisor. You will also attend special social, cultural and careers events. More...

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