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Teaching & Assessment

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By joining our School of Engineering you'll become part of our approachable and inclusive community and be supported by staff and students alike.

The academics who teach you work at the forefront of their subjects and are making internationally significant advances, so you'll encounter the latest thinking and most up-to-date knowledge while you study at Warwick.


We take an enhanced learning approach to enable practical, experiential, reflective, flipped, interactive and peer-to-peer learning. You will experience face-to-face and online teaching and learning activities such as lectures, interactive sessions (eg seminars, workshops), design and make, practical and experimental (laboratory) activities. The mix of activities and mode of delivery are selected according to the content of individual modules and multiple face-to-face sessions are normally provided weekly. We try to balance academic teaching with opportunities to get hands-on, applying this learning and testing your ideas through practical work.

There is strong support in the School from students and staff. Lecturers provide support and feedback hours for additional help with materials they have covered. To help you make the transition from school to university, in your first year you will meet your personal tutor each week in a group usually of five or six students.

The School also has a Senior Tutor who promotes the academic welfare of students and to whom students can turn for support regarding difficulties in their studies.

Overall workload

The expected total study time is normally 1200 hours per year.

Please note that the hours below are based on a typical pathway through the course and could vary significantly, particularly from Year 2 onwards. The hours will heavily depend on module/course choices and are subject to change.

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 (MEng only)
Lectures, seminars and similar 350 hours 320 hours 260 hours 260 hours
Independent study 750 hours 640 hours 640 hours 640 hours
Project work 100 hours 240 hours 300 hours 300 hours


You will experience a variety of assessment methods, and can expect to mostly take (online or face-to-face) examinations and complete coursework assignments.

The percentages below are based on a typical pathway through the course and could vary significantly. particularly from Year Two onwards. The percentages will heavily depend on module or course choices, and are subject to change.

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 (MEng only)
Coursework 20% 25% 25% 25%
Practical/Project 20% 25% 35% 35%
Exam 60% 50% 40% 40%

Your personal tutor is the academic that you will be closest with throughout your time at Warwick. They are available for any problems that you want to go through, whether it be personal or academic. The weekly meetings in first year help you ease into the university workload and keep you on a steady track to complete your work."

Samruddhi, 3rd year Mechanical Engineering student

Independent study

Our building is equipped with all the facilities, tools and work and social spaces you need to be successful in your studies.

Computer laboratories loaded with specialist software are normally open 24/7 and you can also download much of the software on your own devices, helping you undertake work at any time or any place that suits you.