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Systems Engineering (MEng)

Why study Systems Engineering at Warwick?

  • We are consistently in the top ten in the Guardian and Times league tables and fifth in the Guardian for General Engineering in 2013.
  • Courses are delivered in the context of a unified course through a strategic partnership between the School of Engineering and WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group).
  • This unified approach to our courses equips you with the multi-disciplinary skills needed to design today’s complex products, which extend beyond the traditional engineering disciplines.
  • Flexible courses enable you to experience the different engineering disciplines before making your final decision on specialising in automotive, civil, electronic, mechanical engineering or whether to focus on general engineering and business. This approach means that you will only find Warwick under ‘General Engineering’ in league tables.
  • You can opt to follow either the three-year BEng or four-year MEng and all courses, except BSc Engineering and Business Studies and BEng Engineering Business Management, can lead to Chartered Engineer status.
  • We have more than 300 members of staff conducting research and teaching across a broad range of engineering disciplines providing exciting opportunities for undergraduate study and project work.
  • The latest research league table ranked us third in the UK for unified engineering courses.
  • Our research and teaching links include national and global businesses covering the aerospace, biomedical, communications, healthcare, sensors and tunnelling industries. This ensures our curriculum is industrially relevant.
  • Collaborative research with companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Thales, Sony-Ericsson and GE Aviation gives you early access to potential employers.
  • In 2011 £2.3M was invested in the School of Engineering to provide an undergraduate design studio, additional study space and research laboratories such as biomedicine. This investment complements the existing facilities including two large engineering halls and WMG’s International Digital Laboratory.
  • The median salary for our graduates, six months after starting work, was £25,600 in 2011.

How will I be taught?

Each week you will have 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 to ten students to address academic issues arising from the lectures. Engineers are always involved in interdisciplinary group work and this forms part of our courses from day one.

For module information please visit the Systems Engineering website.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through examinations and coursework. Coursework assessment can include laboratory reports, projects, essays and oral presentations. Assessment is normally 60–70% by examination and 30–40% by coursework.

What opportunities are there for work experience and to study abroad?

You can gain industrial experience 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. You can take a year in industry or in a research environment. Placements may be taken as part of the MEng programme with the experience reflected in the degree title and extending your degree to five years. You may also arrange an informal period in research or industry by prior agreement with your course tutor. We have partnerships with European and Australian universities enabling you to spend your third year of your MEng studying abroad.

The typical offers listed below are for 2013 entry. Offer levels are not set until just before the application cycle, so those applying for 2014 entry should check the latest offer levels before applying through UCAS.


Taking a gap year We welcome applications from students wishing to take a gap year and defer their entry for one year.

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.

Interviews We do not interview applicants and offers are made on your predicted and actual grades along with your personal statement.

Neil Forbes

One thing I really like about the course is the fact that during the first two years of study, students get to build a foundation of knowledge in a variety of fields of Engineering. This stands you in good stead for your future career.

The support network here is great. The personal tutors, lecturers, project supervisors, student office and careers service, all work together to ensure that your time here is worthwhile, as well as enjoyable.

Campus has a truly global feel, with so many cultures and nationalities. It is really an exciting place to be. This diversity is something that has definitely enriched my time here.