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Automotive Engineering

H330 BEng Automotive Engineering
H335 MEng Automotive Engineering


This course will provide the skills and knowledge you need to kick-start your career in the automotive industry.

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering Technology, we developed this degree in collaboration with industry leaders such as Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Ricardo. You'll benefit from the unified approach to delivery between WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) and the School of Engineering, and from industrial visits and input from leading firms in the automotive supply chain.

By gaining skills ranging from mechanical design, electronic systems, manufacturing techniques, management, ergonomics and human perception of things such as noise, vibration and performance, you'll graduate as a well-rounded automotive engineer equipped for a broad range of career options. There are plenty of opportunities for individual and group project work on topics such as gearbox analysis, examining flywheel energy storage, and developing electric powered IMechE Formula Student racing cars.

What you'll study

We offer flexible degree programmes that enable you to experience a range of different engineering disciplines before you decide to specialise. All first year students study a general engineering programme, which is much favoured by industry. In the second year, students continue to study the same core modules as all other students until the end of term one, after which they can specialise, or continue on the general Engineering pathway. You can also switch between the three-year BEng and four-year MEng degrees if academic requirements are met.

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

Year 2

Core modules Optional modules
Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics Failure Investigation
Electromechanical System Design Motor Vehicle Technology
Engineering Mathematics and Technical Computing Starting a Business
Industrial Engineering Introduction to Secondary School Teaching (Physics)
Manufacturing Engineering Design A Modern Foreign Language
Technical Operations Management  

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

Automation and Robotics

CAD/CAM and Simulation

Design for Manufacture

Design for Vehicle Safety

Quality Techniques

Systems Modelling & Control

Year 4 (MEng only)

The fourth year consists of one group project, one core module and five optional modules:

Core modules Optional modules
Group Project

Automobile Systems, Dynamics and Control

Design for Vehicle Comfort

Automotive Materials and Processes


Advanced Robotics


Design for Sustainability

  Dynamic Analysis of Mechanical Systems
  Fuels & Combustion
  Fuel Cells and Energy Storage
  Quality Systems
  Renewable Energy
  Simulation of Operations
  Supply Chain Management
  Vehicle Propulsion

Intercalated Year Options

Our Placements and Internships Officer will work with you to identify opportunities for year-long and/or summer internships and research opportunities, which often lead to further study and employment for our students. Options to take an intercalated year in industry, research or study abroad are reflected in your degree title, and add a year to your degree duration. MEng students may choose to take their third year at a partner university abroad.


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 that suits 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

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.

Why Warwick?

  • Flexible degree programmes that enable you to experience a range of engineering disciplines before you specialise
  • Options to take a year in industry, research or study abroad
  • Top 10 in all major league tables
  • World-leading research

Entry requirements

BEng Automotive Engineering 2018
MEng Automotive Engineering 2018

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