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Overview

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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 &nadash; the well-rounded automotive engineer will be equipped for a broad range of career options.

Our courses, which can lead to Chartered Engineer status, are accredited by:

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Degrees

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  • BEng Xxxxxxxx Engineering (HXXX)
  • MEng Xxxxxxxx Engineering (HXXX)
  • MEng Xxxxxxxx Engineering with Business Management (HXXX)
  • MEng Xxxxxxxx Engineering with Robotics (HXXX)
  • MEng Xxxxxxxx Engineering with Sustainability (HXXX)
  • MEng Xxxxxxxx Engineering with an Intercalated Year (HXXX)
  • MEng Xxxxxxxx Engineering with a Year in Research (HXXX)

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Entry requirements

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A level AAB, 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 36 points, to include Grade 5 in Mathematics and Physics. At least one of these should be at Higher Level.

Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information 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.

Essential subjects

You must have studied either Mathematics or Physics at Advanced or Higher level study, although ideally you will have qualifications in both subjects. 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.

Further information

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.

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Course structure

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For the first two years, all students follow the same programme. The course is designed to give you a broad overview of engineering, much favoured by industry. In year three you can specialise or continue on the general engineering route. At this stage, you can also choose between the MEng or BEng routes.


Year 1

There are six modules in the first year. The five core modules are taken by all the engineering students and each student can choose one optional module.

Core modules

  • Engineering mathematics and systems modelling
  • Mechanics, structures and thermodynamics
  • Circuits, devices and power systems
  • Design for function
  • Introduction to engineering business management

Optional modules

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Multimedia technology
  • Technology in international development
  • The aesthetics of design
  • A modern foreign language

Year 2

Core modules

  • Energy conversion and power systems
  • Engineering design
  • Engineering materials
  • Engineering mathematics and technical computing
  • Mechanics and thermofluids
  • Technical operations management

Optional modules

  • Computer engineering and programming
  • Forensic engineering
  • Introduction to secondary school teaching
  • Modern foreign languages
  • Motor vehicle technology
  • Starting a business

Year 3 (BEng)

Core modules

  • Automation and robotics
  • CAD/CAM and simulation
  • Design for manufacture
  • Design for safety and comfort 1
  • Quality techniques
  • Systems modelling and control
  • Individual design project or project

Optional modules

  • Dynamics of vibrating systems
  • Electrical machines and power systems

Year 3 (MEng)

Core modules

  • Automation and robotics
  • CAD/CAM and simulation
  • Design for manufacture
  • Design for safety and comfort 1
  • Individual project
  • Quality techniques
  • Systems modelling and control
  • Individual project

Optional modules

  • Dynamics of vibrating systems
  • Electrical machines and power systems

Year 4 (MEng only)

Core modules

  • Automobile systems
  • Dynamics and control
  • Design for safety and comfort 2
  • Group project

Optional modules

  • Advanced robotics
  • Design for sustainability
  • Dynamic analysis of mechanical systems
  • Energy conservation
  • IC engines
  • Quality systems
  • Renewable energy systems
  • 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 the Careers and Skills Centre are 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.

Teaching

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 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.

Assessment

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.

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Fees and funding

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Careers

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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.