Why study Engineering at Warwick?
- We are consistently in the top ten of all UK league tables.
- 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
Why study at Warwick?
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
(Accrediting institution: IMechE)
This accredited course establishes a sound understanding of mechanical engineering principles and develop the expertise to design and create sustainable, cutting-edge technologies.
Our courses take a multidisciplinary approach to engineering challenges and are led jointly by experts in the School of Engineering and WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group). There will be opportunities to learn from leading research groups, in areas such as precision mechanics, fluid dynamics and sustainable thermal energy technology, and to access our excellent resources, including a digital workshop where you can 3D-print your designs. You will develop highly sought-after skills in project management and communication, alongside the ability to research, design and develop mechanical engineering products and systems.
Your first and second years* focus on core areas of engineering with options to specialise in mechanical engineering via laboratory and design work. Projects include reverse engineering a single-cylinder internal combustion engine using CAE software. In your third year you will take core modules in solid mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and mechanical design, and individual project work in areas from stochastic models of biosensing to designing a new solar collector.
*Please note that we are proposing to reduce the common content to one year and one term rather than two years, in response to student feedback, meaning you will be able to follow your Mechanical specialism sooner.
Fourth-year MEng students can explore specialist areas of mechanical engineering through their optional module choices and add an elective in fluid dynamics, sustainability or business management to their degree title**. Group projects simulate collaborative working in industry by tackling challenges such as using energy from the human body to power a heart pacemaker, creating a costeffective refrigeration system to store vaccines, or improving power transmission systems.
**We are also proposing that electives will no longer be specifically named in degree titles for students joining us from 2017 onwards. These subjects can be studied as part of your degree programme, but are likely to not be specifically mentioned in your degree title. This will be confirmed on 31 March 2017. Please consider this when deciding on your university choices.
How will I learn?
Each week 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 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 day one. A foundation in mathematics module can be taken in place of an optional module in your first year if you do not have either A level or Higher Level Mathematics.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is through examinations (around 60–70%) and coursework (around 30–40%). Coursework assessment can include laboratory reports, projects, essays and oral presentations.
What opportunities are there for work experience and to study abroad?
You can gain industrial experience throughout your course in the UK and abroad via visits, project work and placements during vacations. Our most recent scheme has enabled students to work on a project in Uganda, repairing micro hydro power generators. Some students can also take a year-long placement in industry or in a research environment.
Finally, 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, the USA, China, Japan and South Korea.
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 5 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics.
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 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.
*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
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 Mathematics and
Physics plus a pass in the science practical assessment (if applicable).
IB: 36 points, including 5 in Higher Level
Mathematics and Physics
Degree of Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
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 Additional Costs page.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.