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MEng electives

An elective is made up of the three specific modules. Our five electives are linked to areas of teaching and research expertise at Warwick. The elective can be added to your final degree title to help differentiate yourself from other graduates. So for example the degree title ‘MEng Civil Engineering with Sustainability’ will highlight your expertise to future employers. You do not need to decide whether you wish to take an elective until your third year of study at Warwick so you have plenty of time to decide and students can take the modules within a specified elective but choose not to add this to their degree title. If you have taken ‘an
intercalated year’, in industry, or ‘a year in research’ and extended your degree to 5 years you could add this to your degree title instead.

The diagram below explains which electives are available with which degree courses.


Business Management

Available with all MEng Engineering courses.

All professional engineers need to understand the business environment in which they operate. Career progression within the engineering profession typically requires engineers to become more involved in planning and coordinating with other business functions such as purchasing, quality, marketing and finance. This planning and co-ordination is vital to ensure that the engineers design and make products that meet the ever more stringent customer requirements for low cost, high quality and delivery on time. This elective is therefore suited to students from any of the engineering disciplines. The business management modules will be delivered by WMG. WMG is the largest group of its kind in Europe and its teaching is truly global with centres in India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. The business management modules will draw on the material developed for the WMG MSc courses in Electronic Business Management, Engineering Business Management and Supply Chain and Logistics.

The modules forming this elective are: Quality Systems, Simulation of Operations and Supply Chain Management.


Available with MEng Electronic Engineering and MEng Engineering.

In recent years, arguably the most dramatic improvements in our everyday life have come about as a result of developments in various forms of communication. The most significant of these have been within the Electronics field, which has seen rapid growth in areas such as mobile phones, e-mail, the Internet, ATM (cash) machines, digital television and GPS (satellite) navigation. Communications is now the fastest growing sector of the electronics industry and offers tremendous opportunities and employment prospects. The Information and Communications Technologies research group at Warwick has worked on improving protocols for ad hoc wireless systems, analysis of the security of these systems and on improving the design of optical antenna to capture infrared energy more efficiently then lenses.

The modules forming this elective are: Internet Enabled Engineering Instrumentation and Measurement, Optical Communications Systems and Wireless Communications

Fluid Dynamics

Available with the MEng Mechanical Engineering and MEng Engineering courses.

Aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) have applications throughout engineering. Examples include: the design of car bodies and aircraft wings; modelling air flow within and around buildings or the effectiveness of fans cooling electronic components; investigating the flow of dog food through pipes during production or the cooling system in a car engine; and modelling atmospheric flows. The list is endless. At Warwick we even have models of how dolphins swim! The elective draws upon the research and teaching of Warwick’s Fluid Dynamics Research Centre - one of the largest groups of its kind in the UK. The Centre promotes interdisciplinary research through the collaboration of engineers, mathematicians and physicists.
Not all modelling is computer based. The centre has studied the influence of background rotation on the dynamics and stability of vortex rings and built an octagonal water-filled tank, 2.5 metres high and 1 metre in ‘diameter’ to do this. Our ongoing work in this area will help to improve understanding of problems in geophysical fluid dynamics and flows in rotating machinery. Knowing about the ideas behind such work gives a head-start for a career in many important industry sectors.

The modules available for this elective: Advanced Fluid Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Optical Engineering.


Available with the MEng Automotive Engineering, MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering and MEng Engineering courses.

Robots are starting to migrate from the factory to the home. One of our 4th year MEng group projects is currently working on a robot rescue vehicle designed to find victims trapped after disasters such as earthquakes. Robots will become far more sophisticated than the ones we have today and will no longer be confined to industry but will also become mass produced consumer goods. Robotics needs many different types of engineer. All robots will need electrical power, electronics for control, mechanical mechanisms to move, and software for “intelligence”. Systems engineers are needed to ensure all these areas work together successfully. Manufacturing engineers may either concentrate on the application of robots to make products or on manufacturing the actual robots. The modules in the Robotics elective equip you with the necessary skills and know-how to pursue a career working towards creating new and better robots.

The modules in this elective are: Advanced Robotics, Dynamic Analysis of Mechanical Systems and Simulation of Operations.


Available with the MEng Civil Engineering, MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering, MEng Mechanical Engineering, MEng Systems Engineering and MEng Engineering courses.

Modern industrial activities consume an enormous amount of natural resources and create large volumes of waste material, a situation that is no longer sustainable. All engineering disciplines are now concerned with minimising this wastage and in assessing the true cost of a project for the planet as well as for current and future generations. Many civil and mechanical engineering companies, for example, have created large departments solely for this purpose. If you are looking for a career the future is sustainability! Sustainable development is a key national and international policy that requires that the environmental impact and costs of a project are minimised and used to inform the initial design process. It seeks to generate higher levels of sustainable growth and productivity within a modern economy. In order to achieve some of the aims of sustainable development, research activities in the School of Engineering focus on three interacting areas: pollutant control, whole life cycle design and resource and energy optimisation.

The modules forming this elective are: African Field Course, Design for Sustainability, Energy Conservation, Renewable Energy Systems, River Mixing.