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Systems Engineering

HH35 BEng Systems Engineering
HH31 MEng Systems Engineering


Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary approach to enabling the realisation of complex systems or analysis of interactions (‘systems of systems’) such as biomedical and automotive.

Many engineering systems are broader than their association with Engineering, incorporating people, processes, information, organisations, hardware and software with each having needs which vary in time. As well as being able to communicate effectively, and appreciate the views from other disciplines, systems engineers can see and exploit synergies across these disciplines. This equips them to work on high-level problems facing the world such as challenges to the environment, health, food and security.

Warwick graduates are particularly adept at the modelling, analysis and control of systems and their interactions.

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 Computation  
Introduction to Engineering Business Management  
Materials for Engineering  
Introduction to Engineering: Professionalism and Practice  
Statics and Structures  

Year 2

You will study:

Core modules Optional modules
Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics Biomedical and Clinical Engineering
Electromechanical System Design Computer Architecture and Systems
Engineering Mathematics and Technical Computing Planar Structures and Mechanisms
Technical Operations Management Starting a Business
Systems Engineering Principles Introduction to Secondary Teaching in Physics
Analogue Electronic Design A Modern Foreign Language
  Multimedia Technology and Signal Propagation
  Technology in International Development
  Motor Vehicle Technology
  Failure Investigation
  Industrial Engineering

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
Quality Techniques
Signal Processing
Systems Modelling and Control
Automation and Robotics
Dynamics of Vibrating Systems
Biomedical Signals and Systems

There is also an Exchange Year option (MEng students only) where students replace their third year with study at an approved international institution.

Year 4 (MEng only)

You will study:

Core modules Optional modules
Group Project Computational Fluid Dynamics
Mathematical and Computer Modelling Advanced Robotics
EITHER Biomedical Systems Modelling Signal and Image Processing
OR Automobile Systems Dynamics and Control Advanced Control
  Computational Intelligence in Biomedical Engineering
  Affective Computing
  Power Electronic Convertors and Devices
  Control of Electrical Drives
  Quality Systems
  Supply Chain Management
  Simulation of Operations
  Healthcare Technology Engineering

The modules listed represent choices available to current students. As the subject of engineering and our school continuously evolve, the range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years. Applicants will be informed as soon as changes are approved. Current students will be consulted prior to the changes being approved.

Placements in industry or research

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.


You will participate in lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions. To help you make the transition froom 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. Your tutor is there to support you throughout your university life and will especially help you to reflect upon your continuing development. Engineers are always involved in interdisciplinary group work and this forms part of our courses from year one.


Assessment is through examinations and coursework. Coursework assessment can include laboratory reports, projects, essays and oral presentations.