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MSc by Research (MScR) in Engineering (2020 Entry)

Group of engineering students



  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Research
  • Qualification
  • MScR
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years


On Warwick's MSc by Research (MScR) in Engineering you will gain the skills and knowledge to enable you to thrive as an independent research professional. Ranked 3rd in the UK (REF 2014), Warwick's School of Engineering offers you specialist guidance with an effective mix of academic and practical application.


We aim to equip all our Postgraduate Researchers with the skills, knowledge and attributes to enable you to thrive as an independent research professional and prepare you for your next career steps with our Professional Development Training Programme.

To satisfy the requirements of the degree of Masters by Research, a thesis shall be clearly and concisely written, show evidence of originality in knowledge and in interpretation, and shall also be judged on its scholarly presentation. In addition, it shall contain a full bibliography.

The maximum length of the thesis is 40,000 words, which in the Faculty of Science shall be exclusive of appendices, footnotes, tables and bibliography.

The examiners may require the candidate to attend an oral examination. If an oral examination is held, this must be completed satisfactorily in order to meet the requirements for the award of the degree. Research degree courses do not contain any interim examinations, but students are expected to attend lecture modules on appropriate topics.

Students are required to submit a project plan and Gantt chart early in their registration. Regular meetings with their supervisor/s are recorded by the student on a monthly basis to show the delivery and progression of their research. Two independent review panel meetings will be arranged for each student to monitor their progress.

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Areas for PhD supervision

Overarching research themes
Our organisational structure connects our research with our study programmes to ensure quality research-led teaching. We have four disciplines shaping our framework, they are; Civil and Environmental, Electrical and Electronic, Mechanical and Process, Systems and Information.

Discipline streams
Our Civil and Environmental researchers work on a broad range of issues underpinning civil engineering. Combining modelling with practical experimentation, they tackle issues such as: sustainable housing; dynamic loading of structures; earthquake destabilisation of land; and pollution of waterways. Key specialisms: Ground Engineering, Structural Engineering and Water.

The Electrical and Electronic Engineering research group cover a range of Power, sustainability and improved communications that are at the heart of our Electrical and Electronic stream. Key areas of research include: artificial olfaction (or 'electronic nose'); electrical energy conversion; grid-scale energy storage; nanoscale communications; and quantum devices. Key specialisms: Communications, Electrical Power and Sensors and Devices.

Our Mechanical and Process Engineering research group are our largest and most diverse stream, their activities include; fluid mechanics, fire and explosion hazards, chemical engineering; precision and surfaces; 3D printing; and thermal energy technology. Key specialisms: Fluids and Modelling, Measurement and Machines, Reaction and Materials Engineering, Sustainable Thermal Energy Technologies. The Systems and Information research group brings together expertise in: nonlinear and stochastic systems; modelling of human activity; neural engineering; telemedicine; imaging; and synthetic biology. Much of the research undertaken is around health and security and the nature of the work means that many labs are cross-group. Key specialisms: Biomedical and Biological Systems, Information Engineering and Systems Modelling and Control.


Entry requirements 2:i undergraduate degree in a related subject or Master’s degree at merit level (or equivalent)

English language requirements Band A
IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.