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. Jaguar 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
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 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.
In your first year, and into your second year, you will develop your understanding of core areas of engineering with options to specialise in automotive engineering via laboratory and design work, and optional modules that address areas such as design for manufacture and vehicle technology. In your third year you will complete individual project work alongside further engineering and manufacturing modules covering topics including CAD/CAM, automation and robotics, vehicle safety, and quality techniques.
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 for work experience and to 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. Additionally, some MEng students can exchange their third year of study at Warwick to study with one of our partner universities abroad. Our current partners include universities in Europe, Australia, China, Japan and South Korea. Exchange programme places are limited and are competitive, although most students who wish to take part are able to.
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.
A level AAA, 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 38 points (including grade 5 in Mathematics and Physics; at least one of these should be at higher level)
Other Qualifications Advanced Diplomas and Engineering Principal Learning qualifications will be considered alongside other qualifications and on a case by case basis. We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more nformation 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.
You must have studied Mathematics and Physics at Advanced or Higher level study. 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.
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 could I study?
Initially, all students follow the same programme covering topics which we believe are important for all engineers to understand. By the second term of Year Two you are able to specialise in Automotive or switch to one of the other Engineering courses (such as: Biomedical Systems, Civil, Electronic, Electrical and Electronic, Engineering Business Management, Mechanical, Manufacturing and Mechanical, or, Systems).
There are nine core modules in the first year which are currently:
- Dynamics and Thermodynamics
- Electrical and Electronic Circuits
- Engineering Design
- Engineering Mathematics
- Introduction to Engineering Business Management
- Introduction to Engineering: Professionalism and Practice
- Materials for Engineering
- Statics and Structures
- Systems Modelling, Simulation and Computing
You are also free to take A Modern Foreign Language module as an optional extra.
In the second year there are seven core modules which are currently:
- Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics
- Electromechanical System Design
- Engineering Mathematics and Technical Computing
- Industrial Engineering
- Manufacturing Engineering Design
- Technical Operations Management
Optional modules currently include:
- Motor Vehicle Technology
- Failure Investigation
- Starting a Business
- A Modern Foreign Language
- Introduction to Secondary School Teaching (Physics)
In Year 3 you will carry out an individual project and study six core modules which are currently:
- Automation and Robotics
- CAD/CAM and Simulation
- Design for Manufacture
- Design for Vehicle Safety
- Quality Techniques
- Systems Modelling and Control
In your final year you will take part in a group project and study one core module ‘Design for Vehicle Comfort’. The rest of the fourth year will comprise of optional modules such as:
- Automobile Systems, Dynamics and Control
- Automotive Materials and Processes
- Advanced Robotics
- Design for Sustainability
- Dynamic Analysis of Mechanical Systems
- Fuels and Combustion
- Fuel Cells and Energy Storage
- Quality Systems
- Renewable Energy
- Simulation of Operations
- Supply Chain Management
- Vehicle Propulsion
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.
*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
What careers can a Warwick degree in Automotive Engineering 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.
A level: AAA to include A level Mathematics and Physics, plus a pass in the science practical assessment (if applicable).
IB: 38 points (including grade 5 in Mathematics and Physics; at least one of these should be at higher level)
Master of Engineering (MEng)
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
School of Engineering
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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Other course costs
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This information is applicable for 2017 entry.