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Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering


Study principles across Engineering disciplines and interactions between systems.

Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary approach to enabling the realisation of complex systems or analysis of interactions. Many complex engineering products (such as aerospace and automotive) involve a high level of integration and interaction across the mechanical, electronic and software domains.

A Systems Engineer needs to understand the broader context of a system, including people, processes and information flow. The Systems Thinking approach that will be gained from this course equips engineers to work on an exceptionally broad range of problems from across the engineering sector and from other disciplines. This will allow you to work on high-level problems facing the world such as climate change, health, food and security.

The Warwick Systems degree reflects our research strengths and industry collaborations in systems modelling and control, information engineering, and biomedical and biological systems. We have state of the art electrical laboratories including Control and Signal and Image Processing equipment, and we pride ourselves on our extensive computing facilities with software available for Systems Engineering analysis.

  • BEng Systems Engineering (HH35)
  • MEng Systems Engineering (HH31)

If you aspire to achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, a degree from Warwick is a great starting point. The majority of our degrees are accredited by licensed professional engineering institutions, such as the IET, IMechE and JBM and provide the academic component (in part or fully) needed for Chartered Engineer status.

Entry requirements are published on the University website:

BEng Systems Engineering 2019

MEng Systems Engineering 2019

BEng Systems Engineering 2020

MEng Systems Engineering 2020

Applications are made through UCAS. Further information and guidance about the admissions process is available on the University website.

Come and see for yourself what Warwick is all about! Our University Open Days give you the chance to visit the School of Engineering, see the facilities, meet staff and students, tour the campus and get a real feel for life at Warwick. If you apply to study at Warwick and are subsequently made an offer, you may also be invited to an Offer Holder Open Day.

We offer flexible degree programmes that enable you to experience a range of engineering disciplines before you decide to specialise.

All first year students study a general engineering programme, which is much favoured by industry. In the second year, you continue to study the same core modules as all other students until the end of term one, after you which you can specialise. Those choosing Systems Engineering will develop the tools required to model problems across different areas, synthesising their knowledge and highlighting analogies.

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

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.

Core modules
  • Dynamics and Thermodynamics
  • Electrical and Electronic Circuits
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Introduction to Engineering Business Management
  • Introduction to Engineering: Professionalism and Practice
  • Materials for Engineering
  • Statics and Structures
  • Systems Modelling, Simulation and Computation
Optional extra modules
  • A Modern Foreign Language

Year 2

Core modules
  • Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Electromechanical System Design
  • Engineering Mathematics and Data Analytics
  • Technical Operations Management
  • Analogue Electronic Design
  • Systems and Software Engineering Principles
Examples of optional modules
  • Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Architecture and Systems
  • Multimedia Technology and Signal Propagation
  • Motor Vehicle Technology
  • Technology in International Development
  • Starting a Business
  • Introduction to Secondary School Teaching (Physics)
  • A Modern Foreign Language

Year 3

Core modules
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Dynamics of Vibrating Systems
  • Intelligent System Design
  • Biomedical Imaging and Medical Devices
  • Signal Processing
  • Systems Modelling and Control
  • Individual Project

Year 4 (MEng only)

Core modules
  • Group Project
Examples of optional modules
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Automobile Systems Dynamics and Control
  • Advanced Robotics
  • Advanced Control
  • Affective Computing
  • Design for Vehicle Comfort
  • Biomedical Systems Modelling
  • Biomechanics
  • Computational Intelligence in Biomedical Engineering
  • Medical Device Design
  • Mathematical and Computer Modelling
  • Biomedical Signal Processing
  • Quality Systems
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Simulation of Operations

We are making some exciting changes to our Engineering degrees for 2020-21 entry. The core and optional modules listed on this page are currently undergoing approval through the University’s rigorous academic processes. It is therefore very important that you check this webpage for the latest information before you apply and prior to accepting an offer.

Intercalated degrees

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

Exchange year abroad

MEng students may choose to take their third year at a partner university abroad (not to be confused with an intercalated study abroad year, which adds a year to your degree duration).

Tuition fees

Please see the University website for details of tuition fees, financial support and the cost of living.


The School of Engineering is privileged to attract high fliers and seeks to recognise and promote achievement, talent, ideas, hard work and diversity. We regularly offer a number of scholarships.

As well as giving you the skills to communicate effectively and pursue a flexible career, a degree in Systems Engineering will allow you to work in an environment where you can exploit synergies between the disciplines, for example in a biomedical context.

Warwick students are especially equipped to work in multi-disciplinary organisations in functional teams which create systems incorporating (for example) mechanical and electrical components or on large-scale projects where systems thinking is required to understand (for example) the impact of the London Olympics on public transport.

 My favourite part of the course is the projects I have worked on which really encourage you to find creative solutions to problems. For my third-year project I investigated ways to improve a model of the impact of chemotherapy agents on cancer tumours, which was a really challenging and rewarding experience. 


Josh, 4th year Systems Engineering student

Why Warwick?

Essential information

UCAS code
HH35 (BEng)
HH31 (MEng)

BEng 3 years full time
MEng 4 years full time
30 weeks per academic year

Application deadline
15 January 2020

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding.

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the University course pages.

For all enquiries on our Engineering degrees, please contact engadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk

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How to apply

This information is applicable for 2020 entry.