Engineers play an increasingly important role in society.
Their innovations shape our future and everyday lives as they work tirelessly to develop solutions to complex engineering problems, making a real impact in the local and global stage.
In this era defined by the climate crisis, corporations worldwide are striving to find more sustainable solutions with minimal impact to the environment. At the same time, the pursuit of growth continues, spurred by globalisation and the advances in technology.
It’s never been more crucial for the next generation of specialist engineers to come up with innovative solutions towards these goals and more.
A postgraduate degree from a highly-ranked university such as the University of Warwick in the UK will equip students with what it takes to become the experts the world needs.
”We have re-energised our teaching programmes, investing in laboratories and refreshing course content to offer a set of MSc courses that will prepare our graduates for fulfilling specialist engineering careers,” said Prof David Towers, Head of School.
There are many factors distinguishing its School of Engineering from others in the UK.
Each MSc programme is designed by industry-leading academics whose research drives teaching excellence and the course design.
The department is ranked in the top 10 of UK Engineering departments in all major UK league tables and offers seven specialist MSc courses addressing current and future technology challenges.
Studying here means immersing yourself in research-led studies, tackling real-world problems and contributing to novel solutions. The holistic approach to engineering study also allows students to solve complex engineering problems alongside undergraduate MEng students.
Ranked 21st in the world in Times Higher Education’s Most International Universities in the World 2019 means students are gaining international perspectives that would serve them well in their studies and future careers. In the MSc programmes particularly, students get to meet and network with peers from around the world. Around half of the students in the MSc programmes’ academic year 2019/20 are from abroad.
As a result, the School’s students have the opportunity to develop more than just technical skills, but also the soft skills sought after by employers today, such as leadership, collaborative thinking and critical analysis.
All these factors come together to create an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. A Warwick degree is well-recognised and will be known no matter which country you choose to work in.
Here is an overview of the postgraduate degrees the School offers in the exciting and emerging areas in engineering.
In this course, students are provided with fundamental scientific and technical knowledge to tackle the challenges of moving away from carbon-based fossil fuels. They will gain in-depth knowledge on the diverse range of sustainable energy technologies such as wind, solar, fuel cells, tidal and bioenergy.
Caspar Collins, who graduated with this MSc in 2017 said, “I really enjoyed the fact the MSc gives you the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge in a specific research area; being able to focus your studies on the field that interests you most is a great experience.”
“I especially enjoyed our site visit to GE Power; it was great to see the technologies that we have been learning about in the classroom being implemented on an industrial scale.”
This programme equips students with state-of-the-art knowledge and the necessary skills across biomechanics, biomaterials, systems biology and medicine, computational intelligence in biomedical engineering, sensors, medical imaging and biomedical signal processing that are constituents of this fast-moving field.
Modules in each of these areas have been developed in parallel to the research conducted at the university so students are able to apply theory to practice. The course culminates in a group design project where students are tasked with designing a medical device.
This MSc degree comprises of eight taught modules and one research project. There are six core modules centred around essential advanced level aspects of computational fluid mechanics, precision engineering, modelling and simulation.
For the two optional modules, students can choose from topics which include advanced fluid dynamics and aerodynamics; systems modelling and simulation; renewable energy and finite element methods. As for the research project, students can choose a topic to conduct an in-depth experimental, theoretical or computational investigation on. Examples include gearbox design for wind turbines to withstand electrical faults or CFD for electric car battery cooling system design.
This course is ideal for those with general engineering or science backgrounds.
In this course, students will take five core modules: Advanced Power Electronic Converters and Devices; Control of Electrical Drives; Operation and Control of Power Systems; Electrical Power Engineering Design Project as well as Research Methods and Professional Skills.
To supplement this, students pursue three optional modules, which include topics such as advanced robotics; mathematical and computer modelling as well as optical communication systems.
The course requires taking on an in-depth individual project under the guidance of an academic supervisor too. These projects often come from strategic industrial partners of the School such as General Electric and National Grid. This arms students with valuable experience working with a variety of stakeholders and with industrial R&D teams.
This unique and exciting new course is ideal for students from all disciplinary and professional backgrounds. The core modules in this programme are: Humanitarian Engineering: Ethics, Theory and Practices; Introduction to Global Health, Water and Environmental Management; One Humanity; Shared Responsibility; Urban Resilience, Disasters and Data; as well as Renewable Energy.
Students will also pursue individual or group projects. Some potential project ideas include the development of low-cost solar energy systems, sustainable bioenergy deployment in developing countries and effects of population growth on public health.
This programme provides comprehensive training in the essential elements of modern communication and information engineering. Students will explore developments in radio network architectures and deployment, the physical-layers aspects of both optical and radio transmission as well as signal processing methods.
There is a diverse array of optional modules to choose from, encompassing the design of application specific integrated circuits, micro-electromechanical systems and optical engineering.
This is a course that will prepare students for a variety of industries in the UK and worldwide, including core network provision, logistics, software support, and data communication equipment/services.
In this Master’s designed closely with industry, students will learn all stages in the project life cycle, from feasibility and planning through to design and construction management. Specific focus is placed on the necessary technical knowledge, their combination into construction methods and the communication and leadership skills needed to deliver complex projects.
The eight taught modules in this course are: Geological Investigation and Ground Characterisation; Underground Construction Methods; Communication and Leadership; Rock Mechanics; Tunnel Design; Finite Element Methods for Tunnelling; Health, Safety and Environmental Considerations in Tunnelling and Construction Management.
Through these dynamic and forward-thinking courses at the School of Engineering, students graduate as leading experts ready to fill skill shortage gaps as impactful future engineers.
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