What will I learn?
This accredited degree combines a firm grounding in the principles of automotive engineering with experience of cutting-edge technology. Led by WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) and developed in collaboration with industry leaders including Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Ricardo, the course highlights research breakthroughs such as the WorldFirst Formula 3 friendly car, hybrid vehicles and ‘lightweighting’.
You will study core automotive modules alongside flexible optional modules and will benefit from industrial visits and input from firms such as Tata Steel. There are also many opportunities for individual and group project work on topics such as gearbox analysis, examining flywheel energy storage, and developing both electric and internal combustion-powered IMechE Formula Student racing cars. You will build skills in research, design and innovation, communication and leadership, and will adopt a multidisciplinary approach to solving engineering problems, allowing you to work in many industrial sectors.
In your first year, and into your second year, you will develop your understanding of core areas of engineering with options to specialise in automotive engineering via laboratory and design work, and optional modules that address areas such as design for manufacture and vehicle technology. In your third year, you will complete individual project work alongside further engineering and manufacturing modules covering topics including CAD/CAM, automation and robotics, vehicle safety, and quality techniques.
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. Your tutor is there to support you throughout your university life and will especially help you to reflect upon your continuing development. 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 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.
A level A*AA, 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.
Applicants with a strong profile but without either A Level Physics or A Level Mathematics may be considered.
International Baccalaureate IB: 38 points to include 6,6,6 including Mathematics and Physics. At least two of these subjects should be at Higher level.
BTECs: Applicants offering BTECs are advised to contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team.
These normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Contextual data and differential offer: 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 be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) and inappropriate 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).
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
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. We are considering innovative ways to broaden how we assess candidates, so you are advised to check our website prior to applying in case we have introduced any changes.
UK-based offer holders are invited to our Departmental Open Days. If you are not able to attend, the information from these events will also be available online. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I take?
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 Automotive or switch to one of the other Engineering courses (such as Biomedical Systems, Civil, 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
- Industrial Engineering
- Manufacturing Engineering Design
- Technical Operations Management
Optional modules currently include:
- Motor Vehicle Technology
- Failure Investigation
- Starting a Business
- A Modern Foreign Language
- Introduction to Secondary School Teaching (Physics)
- In Year 3 you will carry out an individual project and study six core modules which are currently:
- Automation and Robotics
- CAD/CAM and Simulation
- Design for Manufacture
- Design for Vehicle Safety
- Quality Techniques
- Systems Modelling and Control
In your final year, you will take part in a group project and study one core module ‘Design for Vehicle Comfort’. The rest of the fourth year will comprise of optional modules such as:
- Automobile Systems, Dynamics and Control
- Automotive Materials and Processes
- Advanced Robotics
- Design for Sustainability
- Dynamic Analysis of Mechanical Systems
- Fuels and Combustion
- Fuel Cells and Energy Storage
- Quality Systems
- Renewable Energy
- Simulation of Operations
- Supply Chain Management
- Vehicle Propulsion
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 were approved.
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change.
What careers can a Warwick degree in Automotive Engineering lead to?
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including Jaguar Land Rover, Barclays Bank, NHS Institute for Innovation, Aston Martin, Deutsche Bank.
Examples of our graduates’ job roles include Business Systems Analyst, Graduate Civil Engineer, Aerodynamacist, Structural Engineer, Technology trader.
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Last updated January 27, 2018