Why study Engineering at Warwick?
- 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'.
- Our accredited courses, which can lead to Chartered Engineer status, are collaboratively delivered between the School of Engineering and WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group). This unified approach 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
Why study at Warwick
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
(Accrediting institutions: ICE, IstructE, IHE, CIHT)
Civil engineers plan, design, construct and maintain the infrastructure or ‘built’ environment, including buildings, airports, railways, roads, tunnels, bridges and dams.
Benefitting from teaching founded on cutting-edge research, you’ll learn extensive theory and practical skills. Regular individual and group projects tackle industrial challenges such as the design, building and testing of roof structures, development of a robotic construction scheme or helping Severn Trent improve reservoir design. You will also enjoy fieldwork which has previously included geotechnical engineering work in Wales or the Isle of Wight.
Visits to construction sites and lectures from experts in industry provide insights into the latest civil engineering practices. You will take a cross-discipline approach to solving engineering problems and hone your project management, communication and leadership skills. All this will give you confidence to implement new technologies and optimise existing ones, equipping you for work across many industrial sectors.
In your first year, and into your second year, you will build a solid foundation of understanding in core areas before you explore more specialist areas later in the course. You will undertake civil design projects in each year and in your second year optional modules will be available such as Technology in International Development and A Modern Foreign Language. In your third year you will study a range of in-depth topics such as structural analysis, water engineering and geotechnics. You will also undertake individual and/or group project work.
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 there for work experience and study abroad?
You can gain industrial experience during your course via visits, project work and placements during vacations. 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. Our most recent scheme has enabled students to work on a project in Uganda, repairing micro hydro power generators.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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:
- Civil Engineering Design 1
- Civil Engineering Materials and Structural Analysis
- Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics
- Electromechanical System Design
- Engineering Mathematics and Technical Computing
- Technical Operations Management
- Forensic Engineering
Optional modules currently include:
- Computer Architecture and Systems
- Introduction to Secondary School Teaching (Physics)
- A Modern Foreign Language
- Multimedia Technology and Signal Propagation
- Starting a Business
- Systems Engineering Principles
- Technology in International Development
In the final year, the students undertake a group design project with integrated construction management in practice. The final year of the Civil Engineering route offers core modules which will cover a wide range of topics. Currently, the following modules are included:
- Civil Engineering Design 2
- Concrete Structures
- Design Project with Construction Management (BEng only)
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Individual Project (MEng only)
- Steel Structures
- Water Engineering for Civil Engineers
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.
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
What careers can a Warwick Engineering degree 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.
A level: AAB including A level Mathematics and Physics, plus a pass in the science practical assessment (if applicable).
IB: 36 points including Grade 5 in Mathematics and Physics. At least one of these should be at Higher Level.
Degree of Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
School of Engineering
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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Other course costs
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This information is applicable for 2017 entry.