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The Automotive Engineering Degree at Warwick

With companies like BMW, Jaguar, Peugeot, Land Rover and Aston Martin and numerous automotive supply and support industries on our doorstep, the University of Warwick is ideally placed within the Midlands for studies in Automotive Engineering.

Throughout the course, the teaching draws on the considerable expertise available within Warwick's internationally respected research teams, including the International Automotive Research Centre and the Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre. Students will therefore have access to leading edge research in this area.

A consortium of leading automotive companies has identified that the recruitment, retention and fast-tracking of high quality automotive engineers are critical issues facing many companies within the UK automotive sector. This degree has therefore been designed in collaboration with this consortium with the intention of supporting them in meeting their demands for appropriately skilled graduates.

Multidisciplinary studies and strong foundations

Automotive Engineering students at Warwick initially follow a multi-disciplinary, unified programme in the first two years that introduces basic design and analytical techniques, business techniques and commercial awareness, and develops technical and personal skills. Subsequent years build on these elements, specialising in the manufacturing and production aspects of automotive systems, and presenting material within the key areas of technology, design, materials, analysis and management.

We use our geographical location and contacts within the target industry to enhance the curriculum. Industrial projects are inherently multi-disciplinary, so Automotive Engineers must frequently collaborate with a wide range of other technical specialists such as design, manufacturing, mechanical, electronic and systems engineers. Engineering degrees at Warwick therefore provide a broad-based education in both the theoretical and practical aspects of Engineering, and modern design techniques.

Programme options

  • The three-year BEng course covers the key aspects of Automotive Engineering and develops important transferable skills. Core modules cover essential material, while optional modules allow students to focus on dynamics or power systems.
  • The four- or five-year MEng course is now the main route to Chartered Engineer status. It includes more advanced and demanding topics and has a flexible options structure that allows students to steer their degree to match their interests and the needs of their intended career. Key themes range from Manufacture to Systems Modelling and Design. A range of elective choices in year four include such topics as Business Management, Robotics and Sustainability.

Automotive design

Design is a constant thread throughout the course and modules are supported by both practical work and design projects. An individual project in the third year allows students to demonstrate their abilities and to develop their key area of interest. A group project in the fourth year gives experience of real product design and development, working as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

The School of Engineering takes part in the Formula Student competition which involves a team of students taking responsibility for the design and production of a single-seater racing car.

Student involvement at Warwick takes place primarily via individual and group project work during students' 3rd and 4th years of study. Taking part in the Formula Student competition helps Warwick engineering students to apply their engineering talent, not just in design and manufacture, but in many of the management, marketing and people skills so vital in the modern world, across all sectors of employment.