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Systems Engineering BEng (UCAS HH35)

General entry requirements

A levels

AAA to include Mathematics and Physics.

We also ask for a pass in the science practical assessment (if applicable).


IB

38 to include 6, 6 in Mathematics and Physics - at least one of these subjects should be at Higher Level.


BTEC

We welcome applications from students who offer a combination of relevant BTEC and A level subjects.

We also ask for a pass in the science practical assessment (if applicable).

Applicants with a strong profile but without either A level Physics or A level Mathematics may be considered. Please contact us at ugadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk to discuss your circumstances before you apply.


International qualifications


Language requirements

All applicants have to meet our English Language requirements. If you cannot demonstrate that you meet these, you may be invited to take part in our Pre-sessional English course at Warwick.


Frequently asked questions

Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria.

Differential offers will usually be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer.

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).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.

We welcome applications for deferred entry.

We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

Course overview

Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary approach that enables the realisation of complex systems. Many complex engineering products (such as aerospace and automotive) involve a high level of integration and interaction across the mechanical, electronic and software domains. Systems Engineers analyse and design the behaviour of these systems including active and intelligent software, which allows systems to detect and respond to changes.

A Systems Engineer needs to understand the broader context of a system including people, processes, and information flow.

Recent projects include the creating of a gesture detection system which recognises British sign language, and developing a systems model of iron storage in brain disease.


Study abroad

You may choose to take an intercalated year in industry, research or study abroad between years two and three (BEng and MEng), or between years three and four (MEng only). If you choose to take an intercalated year, this will be reflected in your degree title, and add a year to your degree programme.

Core modules

We offer flexible degree programmes that enable you to experience a range of different engineering disciplines before you decide to specialise.

All first year students study a general engineering programme, which is much favoured by industry.

In the second year, you will continue to study the same core modules as all other students until the end of term one. You can then specialise, or continue on the general Engineering pathway.

If you specialise in Systems Engineering, you will develop the tools required to model problems across different areas, synthesising their knowledge and highlighting analogies.

You can also switch from the three-year BEng to the four-year MEng if academic requirements and regulations are met.


Year One

Introduction to Engineering: Professionalism and Practice

What does it mean to be an engineer? Whether you have already decided to pursue a particular discipline, or are still wondering which engineering avenue to take, completion of this module will see you better informed on your direction of study, and equipped with essential tools for studying engineering, such as good communication skills, professionalism and ethical integrity. With a practical focus on demonstrating your skills, you will have time to prepare for internships, future employment and induction to the community of engineers, which embraces those working in academic, industrial and commercial environments.

Dynamics and Thermodynamics

You will gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics and the dynamics of mechanical systems. You will study kinematics and kinetics using Cartesian and curvilinear coordinates in 1, 2 and 3 dimensions and learn to solve a range of problems in using different base vector systems. You will learn the principles of impulse-momentum and work-energy and how these principles are applied to solve problems in dynamics. You will develop and apply your understanding of the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, and learn to make appropriate assumptions to simplify and model real-life engineering problems.

Electrical and Electronic Circuits

You will gain a secure foundation in the fundamental concepts of circuits, devices and systems that underpin all branches of engineering. This will include study of the mathematical operations of AC quantities, including phasors, vectors and complex numbers. You will study the electronic components that comprise complex electrical and electronic circuitry, and control systems theory. You will be encouraged to develop your problem-solving and modelling skills to prepare you for more advanced material in later years.

Engineering Design

Design is a major activity within all branches of engineering. This module aims to introduce students to the complexities of the design task and equip them with some of the techniques and experience required to design for a function and manufacturing/construction process within their discipline. You will learn the ability to generate innovative designs and solutions to problems, to design for a particular manufacturing process, to collaborate effectively across teams and deliver compelling presentations of designs.

Engineering Mathematics

Through the practical problem-solving tasks provided in this module, you will gain the skills needed to apply the fundamental mathematical concepts that underpin all engineering disciplines, and prepare yourself for more advanced study. You will apply mathematical, probabilistic and statistical tools and techniques to real-life engineering problems, make appropriate, informed assumptions and examine models using analytical, statistical and numerical techniques.

Introduction to Engineering Business Management

Most professional engineers apply their skills in a business organisation, and so are required to appreciate the industrial and commercial environment in which they operate. You will use a systems approach to understand and work within the economic constraints affecting performance across a range and variety of businesses. By studying key aspects of business management including strategic marketing, accounting and costing, and product lifecycle you will develop your communication skills using different media, and gain the business acumen required to work in a competitive environment.

Materials for Engineering

As an Engineer, you will be required to evaluate and select appropriate materials and manufacturing processes, whilst taking due account of performance, cost and sustainability. During this module you will learn to distinguish the main classes of materials, explain how their structure affects their properties, and describe how their structure can be manipulated to enhance those properties. You will make decisions on the appropriateness of materials for a particular design and justify your choices, as well as being able to evaluate their environmental impact.

Statics and Structures

Statics and the behaviour of structures underpin civil engineering and many other branches of engineering science. You will acquire the knowledge required for further study in the design and analysis of structures, from buildings to infrastructures, and motor vehicles to wind turbines. There is a focus on increasing your competence in mathematical analysis and applying this to solve real-life problems in structures. You will develop practical knowledge of experimental work and the ability to observe and record hands-on experiments, including raising your awareness of health and safety issues in the laboratory.

Systems Modelling, Simulation and Computation

Systems modelling allows you to gather the information necessary to make decisions concerning the design and development of engineering solutions, or to investigate systems that are too costly, difficult or unethical to investigate physically. Vast numbers of bespoke software solutions are available, so you will focus on designing and programming models from first principles, learning how to apply mathematical techniques and avoid modelling errors. You will consider design principles that ensure robust development, covering verification and validation techniques. You will practice representing multi-domain systems graphically, derive models from data, and construct a simulation model to predict system responses.

Year Two

  • Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Electromechanical System Design
  • Engineering Mathematics and Data Analytics
  • Technical Operations Management
  • Analogue Electronic Design
  • Systems and Software Engineering Principles

Year Three

  • Automation and Robotics
  • Dynamics of Vibrating Systems
  • Intelligent System Design
  • Advanced Systems and Software Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Systems Modelling and Control
  • Individual Project

Optional modules

Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:

  • Multimedia Technology and Signals Propagations
  • Technology in International Development
  • Motor Vehicle Technology
  • Computer Architecture and Systems
  • Modern Foreign Language module

Assessment

You will experience a variety of assessment methods, and can expect to mostly take (online or face-to-face) examinations and complete coursework assignments.

The percentages below are based on a typical pathway through the course and could vary significantly, particularly from Year Two onwards. The percentages will heavily depend on module or course choices and are subject to change.

Year One

20% Coursework, 20% Practical or Project, 60% Exam.

Year Two

25% Coursework, 25% Practical or Project, 50% Exam.

Year Three

25% Coursework, 35% Practical or Project, 40% Exam.

Teaching

We use a variety of teaching methods, ranging from lectures and group tutorials to small-group teaching in laboratories.

There is strong support in the School from students and staff. Lecturers provide support and feedback hours for additional help with materials they have covered. 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.


Class sizes

Class sizes for lectures, practical laboratory sessions and seminars vary depending on the number of students taking the module.


Overall workload

The expected total study time is normally 1200 hours per year (average of 40 hours per week).

The hours below are based on a typical pathway through the course and could vary significantly, particularly from Year Two onwards. The hours will heavily depend on module or course choices and are subject to change.

Year One

350 hours of lectures, seminars and similar. 750 hours of independent study. 100 hours of project work.

Year Two

320 hours of lectures, seminars and similar. 640 hours of independent study. 240 hours of project work.

Year Three

260 hours of lectures, seminars and similar. 640 hours of independent study. 300 hours of project work.

Read more about our course structures on the Engineering website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the majority of the costs of your study, including teaching and assessment. Fees are charged at the start of each academic year. If you pay your fees directly to the University, you can choose to pay in instalments.

Undergraduate fees

If you are a home student enrolling in 2021, your annual tuition fees will be £9,250. In the future, these fees might change for new and continuing students.


2+2 course fees

If you are a home student enrolling in 2021 for a 2+2 course through the Centre for Lifelong Learning, your annual tuition fees will be £6,750. In the future, these fees might change for new and continuing students.


How are fees set?

The British Government sets tuition fee rates.

Learn more about fees from UCAS.

Undergraduate fees

If you are an EU student enrolling in 2021, the tuition fee will be charged in line with government policy and therefore the same as Overseas Tuition Fee rates.

For details please see Overseas students section below.

Undergraduate fees

If you are an overseas or EU student enrolling in 2021, your annual tuition fees will be as follows:

  • Band 1 – £21,220 per year (classroom-based courses, including Humanities and most Social Science courses)
  • Band 2 – £27,060 per year (laboratory-based courses, plus Theatre and Performance Studies, Economics, and courses provided by Warwick Business School, with exceptions)

Fees for 2022 entry have not been set. We will publish updated information here as soon as it becomes available, so please check back for updates about 2022 fee rates before you apply.


Fee status guidance

We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Students from 2021 entry will be classified as Home or EU/Overseas fee status. Your fee status determines tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available. If you receive an offer, your fee status will be clearly stated alongside the tuition fee information.

Do you need your fee classification to be reviewed?

If you believe that your fee status has been classified incorrectly, you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire. Please follow the instructions in your offer information and provide the documents needed to reassess your status.

Find out more about how universities assess fee status.


Additional course costs

There may be extra costs related to your course for things such as stationery, books, materials and field trips.


Further information

Find out more about tuition fees from our Student Finance team.


Scholarships and bursaries

Learn about scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students.

We offer a number of undergraduate scholarships and bursaries to full-time undergraduate students. These include sporting and musical bursaries, and scholarships offered by commercial organisations.

Find out more about funding opportunities for full-time students.

If you are an international student, a limited number of scholarships may be available.

Find out more information on our international scholarship pages.


You may be eligible for financial help from your own government, from the British Council or from other funding agencies. You can usually request information on scholarships from the Ministry of Education in your home country, or from the local British Council office.


Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2021

We believe there should be no barrier to talent. That's why we are committed to offering a scholarship that makes it easier for gifted, ambitious international learners to pursue their academic interests at one of the UK's most prestigious universities. This new scheme will offer international fee-paying students 250 tuition fee discounts ranging from full fees to awards of £13,000 to £2,000 for the full duration of your Undergraduate degree course.

Find out more about the Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2021.

We provide extra financial support for qualifying students from lower income families. The Warwick Undergraduate Bursary is an annual award of up to £3,000 per annum. It is intended to help with course-related costs and you do not have to pay it back.

Find out more about your eligibility for the Warwick Undergraduate Bursary.

As part of the 'City of Sanctuary' movement, we are committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for those seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. We provide a range of scholarships to enable people seeking sanctuary or asylum to progress to access university education.

Find out more about the Warwick Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarships for asylum seekers.

Further information

Find out more about Warwick undergraduate bursaries and scholarships.

Eligibility for student loans

Your eligibility for student finance will depend on certain criteria, such as your nationality and residency status, your course, and previous study at higher education level.

Check if you're eligible for student finance.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees. It is non-means tested, which means the amount you can receive is not based on your household income. The Loan is paid directly to the University so, if you choose to take the full Tuition Fee Loan, you won’t have to set up any payments.

Maintenance Loan for living costs

You can apply for a Maintenance Loan towards your living costs such as accommodation, food and bills. This loan is means-tested, so the amount you receive is partially based on your household income and whether you choose to live at home or in student accommodation.

Find out more about government student loans for home students residing in England.

Tuition Fee Loan

For the 2020 academic year, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees if you’re from an EU country. It is non-means tested, which means the amount you can receive is not based on your household income. The Loan is paid directly to the University so, if you choose to take the full Tuition Fee Loan, you won’t have to set up any payments.

Help with living costs

For the 2020 academic year, you may be eligible for help with your living costs if you’ve lived in the UK for more than 5 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.

If you are starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, you must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance.

Find out more about government student loans for EU students.

Repaying your loans

You will repay your loan or loans gradually once you are working and earning above a certain amount (from April 2021 the repayment threshold is £27,295 and is expected to rise each year). Repayments will be taken directly from your salary if you are an employee. If your income falls below the earnings threshold, your repayments will stop until your income goes back up above this figure.

Find out more about repaying your student loan.

Placements and work experience

We have a dedicated Placement and Internship Officer who will encourage you to gain relevant work experience through a summer or year-long placement.

You may choose to take an intercalated year in industry, research or study abroad between years two and three (BEng and MEng) or between years three and four (MEng only). If you choose to take an intercalated year this will be reflected in your degree title, and add a year to your degree programme.


Your career

The Systems Thinking approach that gained from this course equips engineers to work on holistic problems where there are conflicting needs and complex interactions.

Warwick students are especially equipped to work in multidisciplinary organisations in functional teams which create systems incorporating mechanical and electrical components or on large-scale projects where systems thinking is required to understand (for example) the impact of the London Olympics on public transport.

Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including:

  • Arup
  • Airbus Defence and Space
  • Aston Martin
  • Atkins
  • Babcock International Group
  • BAE Systems
  • Delphi Technologies
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Facebook
  • GE
  • IBM
  • Network Rail
  • NHS
  • Ricardo
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Tata Technologies
  • Vodafone

In addition to working as engineers and engineering professionals, other graduates have pursued roles such as:

  • Actuaries, economists and statisticians
  • Business and related associate professionals
  • Estimators, valuers and assessors
  • Finance and investment analysts and advisers
  • Production managers and directors in manufacturing
  • Programmers and software development professionals

Our support for your career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Options in Engineering
  • Meet and Engineer
  • Engineering, Science and Technology Fair
  • Considering a PhD in the STEM Subjects
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year

Find out more about careers support at Warwick.

Engineering at Warwick

Use your maths and science skills to creatively solve real-life problems.

Our flexible, innovative and interdisciplinary courses let you experience a range of different engineering disciplines before specialising.

You can specialise in automotive, biomedical systems, civil, electrical and electronic, electronic, manufacturing and mechanical, mechanical or systems engineering. Alternatively you can choose to study a more diverse engineering curriculum or adopt a business focus.

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