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The Systems Engineering Degree at Warwick

Accredited for progression to Chartered Engineer by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Systems engineering is a modern engineering discipline based on a structured approach to the analysis, design, development and operation of systems. As a discipline, it is concerned with the functional behaviour of the assemblage of elements making up a system, rather than the intricate design and detailed behaviour of the individual elements within the system.

Systems engineering is both a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary subject, embracing aspects of electronic, manufacturing and mechanical engineering, and management science. Systems engineering also reaches out beyond technologically based boundaries to embrace human, economic and environmental matters.

At Warwick the major engineering disciplines are integrated within a single unified School of Engineering, rather than being fragmented into a number of separate departments. As a large unified school of engineering we enjoy the benefits that size brings, such as our excellent facilities, access to a wide range of staff expertise and a structure that enables a truly interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of Systems Engineering through modules that embrace a broad spectrum of disciplines. Similarly the unified nature of the School is reflected in interdisciplinary research, often linked with other Warwick departments, with a systems bias, for example in medical, automotive, manufacturing or electronic systems applications. This research has helped to make Warwick one of the top Engineering Schools in Britain.

Degree outline

Systems Engineering students at Warwick follow a multi-disciplinary first and second year course with core modules in design, technological science, and business management. The core establishes an outward looking base that is both analytically competent but also commercially aware. Modern engineers must have an awareness of the business system within which they operate if their companies are going to be competitive within the global economy. These core modules are supplemented by taking options from a broad range of subjects, such as biomedical engineering, engineering ethics, and technology in international development.

In year three, systems engineering students follow a broadly based but interwoven core of subjects consisting of:

  • automation and robotics
  • electrical power systems
  • measurement and instrumentation
  • dynamics of mechanical systems
  • quality management techniques
  • signal processing
  • systems modelling and control.

Projects and electives

Students also undertake an individual project that enables them to apply and test their knowledge to a design or development task. In year four the MEng students undertake a group project within teams of students drawn from a range of engineering disciplines. The nature of the Systems Engineering degree gives students skills that are highly prized in such activities because of their integrating influence.

Recent examples of group projects with a strong systems engineering content include robot football and Formula Student. Systems Engineering students may, in their final year, choose to follow an elective in a related discipline, such as automotive engineering, robotics, instrumentation or computer engineering. These enable students to tailor their final year to their developing interests of career ambition. The final decision regarding electives is not required until year four.