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Degree Structures

We offer flexible degree programmes that enable you to experience a range of engineering disciplines before you specialise. All students follow a general engineering programme for the first four terms, which is much favoured by industry, before specialising in their chosen area.

Students can also switch from the three-year BEng to the four-year MEng degrees if academic requirements are met, and from the MEng to the BEng if they prefer to graduate earlier.

Please note that the joint course Computer Systems Engineering does not follow the course structure outlined on this page.

Year 1

  • In your first year you will be taught the fundamentals of engineering, which you will build on in later years according to your interests.
  • You will undertake a range of small projects from 'reverse engineering' to design-and-make challenges on topics including home automation, light rail transit, car aerodynamics, and intelligent robot design. These projects introduce you to industry-standard software, such as SolidWorks and Matlab.

Year 2

  • All second year students follow the same core modules in term 1.
  • In terms 2 and 3 you will study second year core and optional modules for your chosen course.
  • For most disciplines there will be a core module which involves a 'design, make and test' project.

Year 3

  • In the third year our courses concentrate entirely on providing specialist engineering knowledge in your chosen discipline. General Engineers will also be able to explore their particular interests in more depth.
  • Students develop research skills through an individual project related to their degree, specialising in one particular area. This may be linked to our research activities, or be in conjunction with an external company, or support a fourth year project.
  • MEng students may choose to take their third year as an Exchange Year at a partner university abroad (not to be confused with an intercalated study abroad year, which adds a year to your degree duration).

Year 4 (MEng only)

  • In the fourth year of an MEng course students study specialist material relevant to their degree course.
  • MEng students participate in a large group project worth 25% of the year, which simulates the multidisciplinary working practices you will experience in your career. Students from all specialist courses work together on these projects. Popular projects include the IMechE Formula Student competition, Warwick University satellite project (WUSAT), Severn Trent reservoir design, ICE shaping the world infrastructure design for poor communities, and building search-and-rescue robots with Warwick Mobile Robotics. The MEng final year multidisciplinary project is unique to the four-year degree and not something that you would normally find as part of a one year stand-along Masters.
  • MEng students who take their third year abroad as an Exchange Year, and do not complete an individual project, will be required to do so as a core module during their MEng year at Warwick.

Intercalated degrees

  • Students may choose to spend a year in industry, research or study abroad between years two and three, or between years three and four for MEng.