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1. The University

1.1 How good is the University of Warwick?
1.2 Can I visit the University to have a look round?
1.3 Where is the University of Warwick?

2. WMG

2.1 What is WMG?
2.2 Is WMG an academic department?

3. The Courses

3.1 Which course should I choose?

4. Entrance and Application


5 Fees

5.1 What are the Course fees for 2018?
5.2 How much of the fees must I pay in advance?
5.3 Do you offer scholarships? If so, how do I apply?
5.4 When do I have to pay the tuition fees?
5.5 Can I pay all or part of my tuition fees in advance?

6 After you've got an offer

6.1 I've got a question about accommodation, who should I contact?
6.2 Will you pick me up from Heathrow Airport?
6.3 How do I book accommodation for the pre-sessional English course?
6.4 I'm doing pre-sessional English, should I register for the University Orientation as well?
6.5 How do I pay my fees? Do you accept cash?
6.6 I've got a problem getting a visa, can you help?
6.7 Can you give me more information about opening a UK bank account?

7 Studying at WMG

7.1 How many modules do I have to do?
7.2 What happens if I fail?
7.3 What are the requirements for a Merit or Distinction?
7.4 What are the hours of study?
7.5 When is the first day of term?
7.6 Can I get a part-time job to help support me whilst I study?
7.7 What dates are the holidays?
7.8 What tutors will I have contact with?
7.9 Where on campus will my lectures be?

8. After you've studied

8.1 What do students do after they have completed their studies at WMG?
8.2 What organisations do WMG graduates go on to work for?

9. Miscellaneous

9.1 Please could you give me the email addresses of all the students currently doing a particular course.
9.2 My question isn't listed here, who should I contact?


1. The University

1.1 How good is the University of Warwick?

The University of Warwick consistently tops UK league tables, was voted University of the Year 2015 by the Times and Sunday Times newspapers, and is the third most targeted university nationally by the UK’s top 100 graduate employers.


1.2 Can I visit the University to have a look round?

Much of the campus is publicly accessible and you are welcome to have a look round, however access to most buildings is restricted to University card holders only. You would probably gain a better insight into the courses and the University if you come to one of our Open Days.

1.3 Where is the University of Warwick?

The main Warwick campus is about 3km from the centre of Coventry in the West Midlands. Despite our name we are around 8 miles from the town of Warwick. If travelling to the University by coach or train, aim for Coventry!

2. WMG

2.1 What is WMG?

WMG stood originally for Warwick Manufacturing Group. It is one of the largest academic departments of the University of Warwick offering Full-time Master's Programmes, Professional and Executive Education, PhD and Engineering Doctoral studies, and representing around 25% of all research done at the University.

Our international reputation for applied research and collaborative R&D with global companies is based upon our ability to solve real world problems. Our leading research teams develop novel solutions that enable substantive improvements in processes, materials, services, and technologies, transferring knowledge and skills across a variety of sectors. Our aim is to improve the competitiveness of organisations through combining academic rigour with industrial practice.

Our education portfolio has been designed with the same real world focus, responding to the needs and requirements of industry. Our tutors have valuable industry experience to draw on and, as one of the largest academic departments at the University of Warwick, we have six impressive research and teaching buildings located at the heart of the campus.

WMG is a truly international department. We have around 700 full time students join our Masters programmes each year from over 60 different countries. We also run teaching and research centres in Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and Cyprus and provide expert advice to many overseas governments and companies. Our people have strong links overseas with valuable understanding of local markets and industries.

2.2 Is WMG an academic department?

Yes, WMG is an academic department within the Faculty of Science at the University of Warwick. It is one of the largest departments at Warwick with over 900 students on the full-time Master's Programme each year representing 70 different nationalities. The Research Programmes have over 200 students and we currently have around 150 professionals on our Executive and Bespoke Programmes.

3. The Course

3.1 Which course should I choose?

We get asked this a lot and it's a very difficult one for us to answer; it depends on your background, interests and what you want to do in the future. As a rough guide:

Engineering Business Management is the course combining a broad mix of management and engineering related subjects. It aims to prepare you for a career in technology-based businesses at management level. If you prefer you can take a more specialist option:

Our other courses are less engineering/manufacturing focused:

4. Entrance and Application

4.1 What is your entry requirement?

For our MSc programmes you should normally have obtained at least the equivalent of a UK second class honours degree, or an equivalent qualification in a science, engineering, IT, business or management discipline.

4.2 What standard of English do you require?

If you are a non-native English speaker, you will need to submit an English test result equivalent to IELTS 6.5 with broadly consistent scores in the elements of the test. For MSc (not pre-sessional) entry we accept IELTS, TOEFL iBT, Pearson Test in English (Academic), Cambridge Advanced (CAE), and Cambridge Proficiency (CPE). See entry requirements below.

You do not need to submit an English test result if you are a national of a country which the University deems to be English-speaking. Our Admissions Team wmgadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk will advise you of this when your application is considered.

We may exempt you the requirement for an English test result if you have studied at degree level or higher in an English-speaking country for at least three years. Note that English language study in a non English-speaking country does not qualify for exemption, nor does study towards a UK degree carried out in a non-English speaking country.

Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
IELTS 6.5 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
Pearson Test in English (Academic) 62 59 59 59 59
TOEFL (iBT) 92 21 22 21 23

More details about our English requirement can be found here.

4.3 What sort of references are acceptable?

We normally expect an academic reference (i.e. a reference from a tutor or professor who taught you). For degree programmes delivered by different Universities/faculties we will want the referee to be someone who taught you in your final year of study . If you have not studied in the past two years we will accept professional references, but please check with us first. We will not accept references from people who are related to you or simply worked with you.

4.4 Do you require GMAT or GRE?

No but we require English qualification for non-native English speakers. For MSc (not pre-sessional) entry we accept IELTS, TOEFL iBT, Pearson Test in English (Academic), Cambridge Advanced (CAE), and Cambridge Proficiency (CPE). Please see 4.2 for the standard of English for MSc entry.

More details about our English requirement can be found here.

4.5 I have a lower second class honours degree, can I still apply?

Yes, we accept applicants who have a lower second class honours or above in a relevant subject.

4.6 I have not yet finished my degree, can I still apply?

Yes you can. If your application is successful we would issue you a conditional offer on you achieving the appropriate grade.

4.7 I haven’t taken any language tests, can I still apply?

Yes you can apply now and put the date of your English test on the application form - you can then send in your scores later. If an offer is made it will most likely be conditional on you providing your English scores at a later date.

4.8 What supporting documents do you require?

You will need to provide:

  • A completed application form and application fee (£55). This needs to include your Personal Statement (or Statement of Purpose), which can be added as an attachment or included in the online application.
  • A scan of your transcript of marks awarded so far (if you are currently studying) OR an original copy of your final transcript / degree certificate* (if you have completed your studies).
  • English test result (if applicable)
  • A letter of reference. If you completed studies less than 2 years ago, this should be an academic reference. If you graduated more than 2 years ago, we will accept a professional reference. The online application system will require you to enter the details of two referees, but we actually require only one for taught Master's courses.

You can apply now, even if you do not yet have all the necessary documents ready; if possible we will make you a conditional offer and you can provide supporting documents later. We definiately need your Personal Statement and your Degree Transcripts (to date) in order to make any initial decision though so these need to be provided at the same time as your application.

4.9 What should I write in my personal statement?

You must include a personal statement as part of your application. This should be 1-2 pages in length and should be clear and focused and discuss your motivation for applying to your selected programme. More advice on writing your personal statement can be found here.

4.10 How long will it take to process my application?

It depends on whether you have submitted sufficient documents for your MSc application. If we require more documents or information from you in order to make a decision on your application, we will send you an email. We aim to process complete applications as quickly as possible, but at particularly busy periods, this may be 6 to 8 weeks from receipt of your supporting documents.

4.11 Will I be interviewed for the course I applied for?

Our course selectors usually review applications on the basis of academic ability, English language skills and personal statements. As we do not normally interview you should make sure that your application form is as comprehensive as possible.

4.12 What's the application deadline?

The application deadline is 31st July 2018, however you are highly recommended to apply significantly earlier. Deadlines such as scholarship applications and accommodation applications are May and July respectively so we would expect most applications to be submitted before the end of July.

4.13 Do you offer a January intake?

No, we don't offer a January entry. Our next intake is October 2018, followed by October 2019.

4.14 How do I apply?

You will have to complete an application online here. Please note there is a £55 application fee for an MSc application – your application will only be visible to us once you have paid the application fee.

4.15 Can I apply for more than one WMG course?

You are welcome to submit applications to other departments at Warwick, or indeed other Universities, however please only apply for one WMG course, do not submit multiple applications to us. If you subsequently think another WMG course is more appropriate for you, you can contact us and we will see if we can switch you onto the programme of your choice. A new Personal Statement would be required, and this is not possible to switch after enrolment (or after the issuing of CAS for International Students).

4.16 I've applied for your MSc course, but have had no reply. Why?

Please check through the items below and then if necessary make contact with us by email (see number 6).

1) Have you checked your email?
This might sound obvious, but please make sure you check the email address that you provided when you submitted your application. Reminders and updates about your application will be sent to this address. We may also sometimes ask for additional information from you – again these requests will be sent by email to the address you specify. Please ensure you check your junk mail regularly in case our messages end up in there.

2) Have you paid the application fee?
Warwick University requires that you pay a £55 application fee. We cannot process or even view applications until this payment is received.

3) Have you sent us supporting documents?
We will not make a conditional offer on an application where we have only the application and no supporting documents. We need your Statement of Purpose (or Personal Statement) and your degree transcripts (to date) as a bare minimum in order to make a decision on your application. We will then also need two references, final transcripts and English test results (where applicable). If you only have some of these documents, send them anyway and we may be able to make an offer conditional on you providing the rest at a later date. We can make conditional offers based on scanned emailed documents but will need original (or attested copies) of your degree certificates and final transcripts to make unconditional offers.

References should be uploaded by your referees directly onto the university system online. We contact them by email automatically on submission of your application form, so please ask them to look out for the reference request. You will receive your Warwick ID number as soon as your application is in processes.

Alternatively, you can post the supporting documents directly to us in WMG. The address to use is:

Admissions Team
MSc Course Office
International Manufacturing Centre
University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, CV4 7AL

We recommend you use a method of posting that requires a signature on delivery.

4) Other delays.
There are occasions when we have to make additional enquiries or checks on your application, for example to your referees or previous University. This will add delays for which we apologise.

5) Ask us!
Send an email enquiry to wmgadmissions@warwick.ac.uk, quoting your name and student ID (if you know it – it’s a 7 digit number usually starting 18).

4.17 What is the difference, when applying online, between the courses Supply Chain and Logistics Management (OS & SF) and Supply Chain and Logistics Management?

It is the same course, but the (OS & SF) option is for students outside the EU (OS stands for "Overseas").

4.18 I would like to come in 2019 instead of 2018, will I have to reapply?

No. If you have been offered a place for 2018, you can defer your entry to 2019 without having to reapply. Simply let us know by email (wmgadmissions@warwick.ac.uk) that you would like to defer your. You can only defer once.

4.19 What are the JACS codes for your courses?

The JACS code for your course is printed on your offer letter. Note that the Sustainable Automotivie Engineering MSc programme currently requires ATAS clearance.

4.20 I have a question about my application, who can I contact?

WMG Admissions Team will be able to help with your application process, please email: wmgadmissions@warwick.ac.uk. Remember to quote your 7-digit Warwick ID number if you have already made an application.

4.21 Can I change courses?

Once accepted onto one MSc course, you can request to switch to another WMG course if you subsequently feel another programme is more suitable. You must request any such switch before we issue you with a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Study). You will be asked to submit a new Statement of Purpose and other restrictions may apply.

4.22 What happens if my application is rejected?

If your application is rejected, we will not consider further applications from you for WMG courses for that entry year.

Note that we will not generally offer you a place if you have previously attempted and failed a postgraduate course at any University.

5 Fees

5.1 What are the Course fees for 2018?

The tuition fees are £24,640 for overseas (non-EU) students and £13,440 for UK and EU students.

5.2 How much of the fees must I pay in advance?

You are not required to pay any course fees in advance; fees are due on the first day of term.

5.3 Do you offer scholarships? If so, how do I apply?

Yes, a number of scholarships will be available, more information on scholarships is available here.

5.4 When do I have to pay the tuition fees?

Fees are due in full on the first day of term, however the University allows you to pay by instalments if you set up a Direct Debit. Note that no extra is charged if you pay by instalments, but penalties are applied for late payment.

5.5 Can I voluntarily pay all or part of my tuition fees in advance?

Yes. If you wish to pay tuition fees in advance, you are welcome to do so even though payment is not required by the University until the start of term.

You can pay by bank transfer, the bank details are here.
 
You can send in a cheque or pay over the phone using a Debit/Credit card (excluding American Express or Diners Card) on: 024 765 24662 /23636 /23872 /72636.

If you have questions about payment of fees, please contact the Student Finance team: studentfinance@warwick.ac.uk or visit their website here.
 
Please note that WMG are not involved in the receipt or processing of tuition fee payments. In general we are NOT able to help you with finance related queries, you must contact the student finance office.

6 After you've got an offer

6.1 I've got a question about accommodation, who should I contact?

Warwick Accommodation deals with all University owned accommodation. You can contact them by email at accommodation@warwick.ac.uk, by phone on +44 (0) 24 7652 3772 or fax +44 (0) 24 7652 4887.

6.2 Will you pick me up from Heathrow Airport?

The University organises coach pick-ups from Heathrow on certain dates, but places on these must be pre-booked. More details will be posted in our news section as they become available. Alternatively you can make your own way here: From Heathrow you can take a coach or train to Coventry, then taxi or bus to the campus. For coaches you can use National Express from Heathrow to Pool Meadow Bus Station in Coventry. For trains you'll need to get to Euston station in London by tube (London Underground) and you'll be able to catch a train from there to Coventry railway station.
You may find these links useful:
National Rail: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
National Express (coaches): http://www.nationalexpress.com/

6.3 How do I book accommodation for the pre-sessional English course?

Accommodation will be arranged on Campus, with en-suite bathroom and shared kitchen facilities. Students can arrange their own accommodation if they wish. More information about the pre-sessional English course is available on the CAL website.

6.4 I'm doing pre-sessional English, should I register for the University Orientation as well?

No, the pre-sessional English course includes University orientation, you don't need to do both.

6.5 How do I pay my fees? Do you accept cash?

The University does not accept cash. See the Student Finance website for methods of payment.

6.6 I've got a problem getting a visa, can you help?

Your first point of contact should be the University's immigration advice service at the International Office, however WMG will be happy to help if you need confirmation of your offer status from us.

6.7 Can you give me more information about opening a UK bank account?

Take a look at the guide provided by the International Office.

7 Studying at WMG

7.1 How many modules do I have to do?

For most courses you must do at least nine modules, however you can do ten if you wish. The exception is Healthcare Operational Management, for which you must do eight higher credit modules, but can do nine if you wish.

7.2 What happens if I fail?

We hope you don't, but inevitably some students do. To pass the course to MSc standard complete at least 90 credits worth of modules, which should include the specified core modules for the relevant degree. Pass at least 60 credits worth of modules (including all essential core modules) with a mark of at least 50%; a further 30 credits worth of failed modules may be accepted for the MSc, providing they achieved a mark of at least 40%. You must also achieve 50% or better on your project. If you do not achieve this, it may be possible to make a lower award of Postgraduate Diploma, Certificate or Award.

7.3 What are the requirements for a Distinction?

For a Distinction you must achieve an overall average of 70% or more. The average is calculated from your project mark and module average (across your nine best modules). All your nine module marks must be 50% or higher.

7.4 What are the hours of study?

Over 12 months you do 9 modules of 40 hours directed tuition. This can be in the form of lectures, seminars, group work, presentations, case studies and e-learning. You must pass a minimum of nine modules relevant to your course. These are assessed by Post Module Assignment (PMA) which should take you an additional 60 hours worth of work. So - each module accounts for 100 hours of learning.

At the same time as the modules, you will also undertake a major individual research project, which is submitted in the form of a dissertation. You are expected to devote an appropriate portion of your time and intellectual effort to the project during the course i.e. a total amount of time equivalent to 6 months full time study (approximately 900 hours). The project is worth 50% of the overall credit.

7.5 When is the first day of term?

The University term will start on Monday 1st October 2018, however WMG registration will take place on Wednesday 26th September and Thursday 27th September 2018 so we expect you to arrive no later than this as there will be essential lectures and induction activities.

7.6 Can I get a part-time job to help support me whilst I study?

Our MSc programmes are intensive and require considerable time and effort - a minimum of 40 hours per week for 48 weeks. It is therefore recommended that you don't undertake part-time work whilst you are studying here.

If, however, you decide it is necessary for you to do part-time work, the University offers postgraduates the opportunity to register for part-time, temporary work within the University; this is facilitated by the University's employment agency, Unitemps (located on the ground floor in University House). You should not work more than 20 hours per week.

Please note that your course commitments must take priority over any part-time work; we will not grant extensions to assignment or project submission deadlines because of your work commitments.

7.7 What are the holiday dates?

This is a full-time course, so there are no holidays as such. However, the two weeks covering Christmas and New Year are guaranteed to be free from lectures.

There will also be a few days free over the Easter period.

7.8 What tutors will I have contact with?

Each module you attend will have a Module Tutor who is responsible for its content. The Module Tutor will usually also be responsible for marking your post-module assignment.

At the start of the year you will be assigned a Personal Tutor; this is a member of teaching or research staff who will be responsible for your general well-being during the year. Your personal tutor is your first point of contact should you have any problems.

Once you have selected your project you will also have a Project Supervisor. Again this will probably be a member of teaching or research staff in WMG or the School of Engineering, however it is possible that your project supervisor is employed outside WMG, but has considerable involvement with us (possibly an ex-student who is now employed in industry, or someone who comes in to WMG to teach for us).

7.9 Where on campus will my lectures be?

Staff involved in WMG's MSc programmes operate from a number of buildings. There are campus maps here.

  1. The International Manufacturing Centre (IMC) on the central campus.
  2. The International Digital Laboratory (IDL), situated immediately opposite the IMC.
  3. Engineering Management Building (EMB) on the Westwood campus
  4. International Automotive Research Centre (IARC)
  5. International Institute for Product and Service Innovation (IIPSI).

Most lectures will be delivered in the IMC, but some will take place in the IDL and the EMB. Students studying on the Healthcare Operational Management course will also take some modules at Warwick Medical School. Remember that your Project Supervisor or Personal Tutor could be based in any of the buildings.

8. After you've studied

8.1 What do students do after they have completed their studies at WMG?

On each course page, we have listed some of the jobs and companies our graduates have gone into over the last couple of years. This information is at the bottom of each of the course pages.

8.2 What organisations do WMG graduates go on to work for?

This information is available via GEMS although it does rely on recent graduates completing a questionnaire 6 months after graduating, so the information is not as complete as we would like. We also gather data directly from our graduates and the best place to find this detail is on each individual course page at the bottom, were we've listed the exact jobs recent graduates are doing. Some of the companies our graduates have gone on to work for include Airbus, BAE systems, Ministry of Defence, Rolls Royce, Corus, IBM, National Grid, Deloitte & Touche, Bloomberg, British Aerospace, KPMG, EDF, British Nuclear Group, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Network Rail, McKinsey & Co, Ernst & Young, and Dunlop Aerospace. This list is not exhaustive.

9. Miscellaneous

9.1 Please could you give me the email addresses of all the students currently doing a particular course.

For reasons of confidentiality it is not possible for us to pass on the names or other contact details of our current, past or future students without their agreement. If you wish to make informal contact with our students, you are best advised to go to the social networking sites such as Facebook and look there.

9.2 My question isn't listed here, who should I contact?

You can email us at wmgmasters@warwick.ac.uk, or ring on +44 (0)24 7652 3691 (UK office hours). Our postal address is:

Admissions Team
MSc Course Office
International Manufacturing Centre
University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, CV4 7AL