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Mechanical Engineering (BEng) (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)

(Accrediting institution: IMechE)

What will I learn?

Mechanical systems, mechanisms and machines lie at the heart of our traditional engineering industries. The skills and techniques associated with them continue to be essential. In recent years these have extended into the areas of precision engineering, nanotechnology, and mechatronics, as mechanical engineers have broadened their skill sets and embraced technologies from other disciplines to solve difficult problems.

Our courses take a multidisciplinary approach to engineering challenges. Led by experts in the School of Engineering and WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) we provide opportunities to learn from leading research in areas such as precision mechanics, fluid dynamics and sustainable thermal energy technology, as well as complementary areas in other fields of engineering. We also work with many of the country’s leading companies. This collaboration feeds back into our research, informs our teaching and helps us to keep our courses at the forefront of industrial best practice.

You’ll have the chance to apply your new skills through projects at various points in the degree. Third year students undertake a major individual project to work on a specific problem in depth. For example: investigations into engine improvements; the fluid dynamics of exploding bubbles; and mass estimation using vision control.

Moving into the fourth year, projects become more collaborative. To many the final-year MEng project, such as the Formula Student racing car build, is seen as the culmination of all the degree elements.

How will I learn?

You will participate in lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions. 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 to address academic issues arising from lectures. Your tutor is there to support you throughout your university life and will especially help you to reflect upon your continuing development. Engineers are always involved in interdisciplinary group work and this forms part of our courses from year one.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through examinations and coursework. Coursework assessment can include laboratory reports, projects, essays and oral presentations.

What opportunities are there for work experience and study abroad?

You can gain industrial experience during your course via visits and project work. The School encourages students to undertake some form of industrial experience. Many students undertake internships and other work experience over the summer. Some students can take a year-long placement in industry or in a research environment.

  • Entry Requirements

  • A level AAA, to include A level Mathematics and Physics.

  • A levels in applied subjects and mixed portfolios Candidates are considered on an individual basis. Grades will be similar to those for candidates taking academic A and AS qualifications.

  • Applicants with a strong profile but without either A Level Physics or A Level Mathematics may be considered. Please contact prior to applying.
  • International Baccalaureate 38 points to include 6,6 in Mathematics and Physics. At least one of those subjects should be at Higher level.

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

  • BTECs Applicants offering BTECs are advised to contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team for further information prior to application (

  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.

  • General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude these subjects.

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

  • Further Information

  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

  • Open Days UK based applicants are invited to a Departmental Open Day and a number of these are scheduled during the year. If you cannot attend then the information presented will be available online. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

  • Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

What modules can I study?

Initially, all students follow the same programme covering topics which we believe are important for all engineers to understand. By the second term of Year Two you are able to specialise in Civil or switch to one of the other Engineering courses (such as: Automotive, Biomedical Systems, Electronic, Electrical and Electronic, Engineering Business Management, Mechanical, Manufacturing and Mechanical, or, Systems).

There are nine core modules in the first year which are currently:

  • 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 Computing

You are also free to take A Modern Foreign Language module as an optional extra.

In the second year there are seven core modules which are currently:

  • Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Electromechanical System Design
  • Engineering Mathematics and Technical Computing
  • Mechanical Engineering Design 1
  • Planar Structures and Mechanisms
  • Systems Engineering Principles
  • Technical Operations Management

Optional modules currently include

  • Biomedical and Clinical Engineering
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Motor Vehicle Technology
  • Technology in International Development

You can also choose and optional extra module from:

  • Introduction to Secondary School Teaching (Physics)
  • A Modern Foreign Language
  • Starting a Business

Year 3 you will complete an individual project and study core modules of:

  • Dynamics of Vibrating Systems
  • Engines and Heat Pumps
  • Fundamental Fluid Mechanics for Mechanical Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineering Design 2
  • Precision, Measurement, and Control

Engineering is an actively developing subject and so modules listed represent those available to current students. As the subject of Engineering and our school continuously evolve, the range of modules available and the content of individual modules may change in future years. Applicants will be informed as soon as the changes are approved. Current students will be consulted prior to the changes been approved.

Find out more about the degree structure and module information.

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Where can my degree take me?

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: Jaguar Land Rover, Barclays Bank, NHS Institute for Innovation, Aston Martin, Deutsche Bank.

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Business Systems Analyst, Graduate Civil Engineer, Aerodynamacist, Structural Engineer, Technology trader.

Essential information

Entry Requirements

A level: AAA, including Mathematics and Physics .

IB: 38 points to include 6,6 in Mathematics and Physics. At least one of those subjects should be at Higher level.


Degree of Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website

School of Engineering

Warwick Manufacturing Group

Student blogs

Nathan Lavenstein - Civil Engineering

Jane Chan - Mechanical Engineering

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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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 Additional Costs page.

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This information is applicable for 2018 entry.