What will I learn?
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 the 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 the 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. 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 AAA, 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 in Mathematics and Physics. At least one 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 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.
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 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 were approved.
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change.
What careers can a Warwick degree in 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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