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Engineering and Business Studies (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study Engineering and Business Studies at Warwick?

  • Teaching draws on the expertise of the School of Engineering, which delivers the highest standards of technical expertise; WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group), which offers innovative links between academia and industry; and Warwick Business School (WBS), which is internationally recognised for excellence in business management.
  • The School of Engineering is consistently in the top ten of all UK league tables, including the Guardian University Guide 2016, and were fourth in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 under 'General Engineering'.
  • The unified approach of our teaching equips you with the multidisciplinary skills needed to design today’s complex products, which extend beyond the traditional engineering disciplines. We also have a strong track record of collaborating with industrial partners (e.g. Jaguar Land Rover, Arup and Rolls-Royce) through both research and teaching activities.
  • Flexible courses enable you to experience the different engineering disciplines before making your final decision to specialise in automotive, civil, electronic, manufacturing and mechanical, or mechanical engineering, or to focus on general engineering or business. This means that you will normally only find Warwick under ‘General Engineering’ in league tables.

Dr James Covington

Engineering at Warwick

Kulan Gunawardena


Why study at Warwick

A view from our academics

What will I learn?

Along with Engineering Business Management, this course reflects the realities of a modern business environment. The courses combine a firm grounding in the principles of engineering with an understanding of the essential industrial concern that innovation must yield a profit. Teaching draws on the expertise of the School of Engineering, which delivers the highest standards of technical expertise; WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group), which offers innovative links between academia and industry; and Warwick Business School (WBS), which is internationally recognised for excellence in business management.

Our curriculum integrates business and technical content, developing your engineering expertise alongside knowledge of the full range of business functions, equipping you to find your place in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. In your first year and into your second year you will study the same core modules common to all our Engineering degrees. You will not determine your final degree course until your second year, ensuring that you can make an informed choice. The main difference between the Engineering Business Management (EBM) and Engineering and Business Studies (EBS) degree streams is the proportion of business material encountered in the third year of study.

For Engineering Business Management your third year is split equally between WMG and WBS, and focuses strongly on project work. The project will typically have a business management focus, around topics such as project management,company logistics and strategic management issues. You’ll study two core modules – quality techniques in WMG and supply chain management in WBS – and two options in each department.

Options include automation and robotics, design for safety, international business strategy and marketing management. For Engineering and Business Studies you transfer to WBS to complete your third year and will be encouraged to take combined modules in markets, marketing and strategy, and understanding organisational behaviour. You can also choose around eight options from over 50 modules including principles of finance, business systems development and implementation, and personnel management.

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. 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 available 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. Additionally, some MEng students can exchange their third year of study at Warwick to study with one of our partner universities abroad. Our current partners include universities in Europe, Australia, China, Japan and South Korea. Exchange programme places are limited and are competitive, although most students who wish to take part are able to.

Becoming a Chartered Engineer

This requires both academic qualification and responsible experience in your chosen industry. The preferred academic qualification is a four-year accredited Master of Engineering (MEng) degree. Alternatively you can complete a three-year accredited Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree and complete ‘Additional Learning’ after graduation, perhaps in the form of an accredited MSc.

All our degrees (except Engineering Business Management and Engineering and Business Studies) are accredited as providing the academic component (in part or fully) needed for Chartered Engineer status.

Entry Requirements

A level AAB, to include A level Mathematics and Physics.
You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.

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.

International Baccalaureate 36 points, to include Grade 5 in Mathematics and Physics. At least one of these should be at Higher Level.

Other Qualifications Advanced Diplomas and Engineering Principal Learning qualifications will be considered alongside other qualifications and on a case by case basis. We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

Access/BTEC Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) and BTEC Extended Diplomas in appropriate subjects considered, if offered with A level Mathematics at grade A for MEng or grade B for BEng/BSc. Distinctions are required in Access and BTEC qualifications.

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

You must have studied Mathematics and Physics at Advanced or Higher level study. You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.
However, we recognise that Engineering draws on many skills and we are willing to consider highly motivated applicants with different qualifications provided there is good evidence of mathematical ability. We invite anybody in this situation to discuss their aspirations with us at the earliest opportunity.

We offer a Foundation in Mathematics module that can be taken in the first year in place of an optional module for those students not offering Mathematics at Advanced or Higher level study.

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 could I study?

For the first year and some of the second year, all students follow the same programme. The course is designed to give you a broad overview of engineering, much favoured by industry. After then you are able to specialise, or continue the General Engineering route. At this stage you can also chose between progressing on the an MEng or BEng route.

First year core modules may include Engineering Mathematics and Systems Modelling; Mechanics, Structures and Thermodynamics; Circuits, Devices and Power Systems; Design for Function; Introduction to Engineering Business Management and one optional module may be chosen from Biomedical Engineering; Multimedia Technology; Technology in International Development; and a Modern Foreign Language.

In your second year core modules may include Energy conversion and power systems; Engineering design; Engineering materials; Engineering mathematics and technical computing; Mechanics and thermofluids; Technical operations management and Starting a business.

In year 3 you will transfer to Warwick Business School and study alongside business students, selecting modules to gain a wide introduction to the world of commerce, business and management. Core modules may include Markets; Marketing and Strategy; Understanding Organisational Behaviour and optional modules may include Corporate Strategy; Entrepreneurship and Small Business; Financial Reporting; Financial Theory; Management Accounting; Personnel Management; Operational Research in Strategic Planning and Strategic Information Management. 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 being 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.

What careers can a Warwick degree in Engineering and Business Studies lead to?

An engineering degree is a passport to opportunities in a wide range of disciplines. The breadth of experience we provide means that graduate employment rates are high. The majority of our graduates follow careers in engineering and IT, with job roles ranging from software engineering at Sony-Ericsson to mechanical systems engineering at Network Rail, as well as roles in accountancy, consultancy or finance.

Some of our recent graduate destinations include Design and Production Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover; Business Systems Analyst, Tesco; Relationship Manager, Barclays Bank; Graduate Civil Engineer, Transport for London; Graduate Management Trainee, NHS Institute for Innovation.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level:
AAB to include A level Mathematics and Physics, plus a pass in the science practical assessment (if applicable).

IB: 36 points to include 5 in Mathematics and Physics. At least one of these should be at Higher Level.


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
School of Engineering

Warwick Manufacturing Group

Warwick Business School

Student blogs

Nathan Lavenstein - Civil Engineering

Jane Chan - Mechanical Engineering

Mohammed Murtaza - Accounting and Finance

Manya Kalia - International Management

Tom Maskill - Management 

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 Additional Costs page.

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This information is applicable for 2017 entry.