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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. Many complex engineering products (such as aerospace and automotive) involve a high level of integration and interaction across the mechanical, electronic and software domains. As well as giving you the skills to communicate effectively and pursue a flexible career, a degree in Systems Engineering will allow you to work in an environment where you can exploit synergies between the disciplines, for example in a biomedical context.

A Systems Engineer also needs to understand the broader context of a system including people, processes, and information flow. This will allow you to work on high-level problems facing the world such as climate change, health, food and security. The Systems Thinking approach that will be gained from this course therefore equips engineers to work on an exceptionally broad range of problems from across the engineering sector and from other disciplines.

The Warwick Systems degree reflects our research strengths and industry collaborations in systems modelling and control, information engineering, and biomedical and biological systems.

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 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.

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.


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.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Atkins, Deloitte, EA Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, MDBA and Transport for London amongst others. 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.

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 Systems Engineering 2018

MEng Systems Engineering 2018

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