Study principles across Engineering disciplines and interactions between systems.
Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary approach to enabling the realisation of complex systems. Many complex engineering products (such as aerospace and automotive) involve a high level of integration and interaction across the mechanical, electronic and software domains. Systems Engineers analyse and design the behaviour of these systems including active and intelligent software which allows systems to detect and respond to changes.
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 holistic problems where there are conflicting needs and complex interactions.
All Engineering students at Warwick develop an in-depth understanding of the classical principles of engineering by following a general engineering programme at the start of their time with us. Thereafter, those specialising in Systems Engineering will develop the tools required to model problems across different areas, synthesising their knowledge and highlighting analogies.
Recent projects include the creating of a gesture detection system which recognises British sign language, and developing a systems model of iron storage in brain disease.
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)
- Engineering students at Warwick develop an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles of engineering by following a general engineering programme at the start of their time with us. Thereafter, those specialising in Systems Engineering will develop the tools required to model problems across different areas, synthesising their knowledge and highlighting analogies.
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 2024Link opens in a new window
MEng Systems Engineering 2024Link opens in a new window
Applications are made through UCAS. Further information and guidance about the admissions process is available on the University websiteLink opens in a new window.
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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 in Systems Engineering, choose another specialism or continue on the general engineering pathway. 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 and regulations are met, and from the MEng to the BEng if they prefer to graduate earlier.
The course structure below is relevant to students applying for entry in 2023. If you are applying for entry in 2024 please see this webpage for further information.
In your first year you will be taught the fundamentals of engineering, which you will build on in later years according to your interests.
- Dynamics and Thermodynamics (ES190Link opens in a new window)
- Electrical and Electronic Circuits (ES191Link opens in a new window)
- Engineering Design (ES192Link opens in a new window)
- Engineering Mathematics (ES193Link opens in a new window)
- Introduction to Engineering Business Management (ES194Link opens in a new window)
- Introduction to Engineering: Professionalism and Practice (ES101Link opens in a new window)
- Materials for Engineering (ES195Link opens in a new window)
- Statics and Structures (ES196Link opens in a new window)
- Systems Modelling, Simulation and Computation (ES197Link opens in a new window)
- Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics (ES2C5Link opens in a new window)
- Electromechanical System Design (ES2C6Link opens in a new window)
- Engineering Mathematics and Data Analytics (ES2C7Link opens in a new window)
- Technical Operations Management (ES2D8Link opens in a new window)
- Analogue Electronic Design (ES2C0Link opens in a new window)
- Systems and Software Engineering Principles (ES2D7Link opens in a new window)
Examples of optional modules
- Introduction to Biomedical and Clinical Engineering
- Computer Architecture and Systems
- Motor Vehicle Technology
- Technology in International Development
- Starting a Business
- Introduction to Secondary Mathematics/Physics Teaching
- A Modern Foreign Language
- Automation and Robotics (ES372Link opens in a new window)
- Dynamics of Vibrating Systems (ES386Link opens in a new window)
- Intelligent System Design (ES3H3Link opens in a new window)
- Advanced Systems and Software Engineering (ES3J1Link opens in a new window)
- Signal Processing (ES3C5Link opens in a new window)
- Systems Modelling and Control (ES3C8Link opens in a new window)
- Individual Project (ES327Link opens in a new window)
Year 4 (MEng only)
- Group Project (ES410Link opens in a new window)
- Mathematical and Computer Modelling (ES4C3Link opens in a new window)
Examples of optional modules
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Automobile Systems, Dynamics and Control
- Advanced Robotics
- Advanced Control Systems
- Affective Computing
- Design for Vehicle Comfort
- Biomedical Systems Modelling
- Computational Intelligence in Biomedical Engineering
- Medical Device Design
- Biomedical Signal Processing
- Quality Systems
- Simulation of Operations
The information on this page is applicable for 2023 entry. Detailed information for each module can be found on this webpage.
We are planning to make some changes to this degree for 2024 entry. Changes to core and optional modules go through the University's rigorous academic processes. As changes are confirmed, we will update the course information on this webpage. It is therefore very important that you check this webpage for the latest information before you apply and prior to accepting an offer.
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. If you choose to take an intercalated year, this will be reflected in your degree title, and add a year to your degree programme.
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 apply data science and software engineering techniques.
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
BEng 3 years full time
MEng 4 years full time
30 weeks per academic year
25 January 2023
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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.Link opens in a new window
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This information is applicable for 2023 entry.