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The Mechanical Engineering Degree at Warwick

Warwick's international reputation for excellence in teaching and research means that its Mechanical Engineering degree is respected by employers throughout the world. This combined with our attractive and friendly campus makes Warwick an ideal choice for study. Warwick staff work with many of the country's leading mechanical engineering companies, including such household names as Rolls-Royce, BAe Systems and Jaguar cars. Such collaboration strongly influences research, and feeds into undergraduate teaching, helping us to keep the courses at the forefront of industrial best practice.

Industrial projects are inherently multi-disciplinary, so Mechanical Engineers must frequently collaborate with a wide range of other technical specialists such as manufacturing, 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. In addition to its degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Warwick also offers related degrees in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering.

Degree outline

Mechanical Engineering students at Warwick initially follow a multi-disciplinary programme that introduces basic design and analytical techniques, business techniques and commercial awareness, and develops technical and personal skills. Subsequent years build on these elements, presenting material within the key areas of technology, design, materials, analysis and management.

  • The three-year BEng course covers the key aspects of Mechanical Engineering and develops important transferable skills. Core modules cover essential material, while an extensive range of optional modules allows students to tailor their course to match their interests and needs.
  • 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 Mechanical Systems to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics. A broad range of elective choices in year four include such topics as Automotive Engineering, Robotics and Appropriate Technology.

Practical work and 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.

Throughout the course, the teaching draws on the considerable expertise available within Warwick’s internationally respected research teams. These include such diverse areas as development technology; optical engineering; heat transfer; micro- and nanotechnology; fluid dynamics; and the computer modelling of engineering systems.


This degree is accredited for progression to Chartered Engineer by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)