The Engineering course at the University of Cambridge normally lasts four years and leads to two degrees: BA (with Honours) and MEng. The first two years of the course are essentially the same for all students and aim to give a broad overview of the subject, covering mechanical and structural engineering, as well as materials, electrical and information engineering.
From the third year, the students are required to specialise. Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) is offered, in addition to Engineering, as a distinct course. At the end of the third year, the students qualify for a BA (with Honours). However, the programme is designed with a four-year structure leading to a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree. This is the academic qualification which carries with it accreditation by one of the professional engineering institutions as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Students leaving after three years (which is extremely rare) would be leaving their professional education unfinished.
Engineers are involved in the design and manufacture of nearly everything, from cars to computers, from web pages to widgets, from microchips to motorways. Many recent medical advances have been made as a result of work done by engineers: from brain scanners to the drug dispensers used by asthma sufferers. Engineers these days are also concerned with many important environmental and social issues: what is the best way to improve transportation and housing? How do you make recycling work efficiently?
Studying Engineering keeps your options open. The training that engineers receive is scientifically rigorous. The distinctions between mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists and engineers are blurring all the time. Nearly all 'scientists' have to apply their science at some stage and that is engineering.
As well as gaining a broad scientific and engineering background and in-depth knowledge of the subject in which you specialise, the training provides you with:
- the ability to apply problem-solving strategies
- a creative approach
- team-working skills
- excellent mathematical and computing skills
- the ability to analyse data
- written and oral communication and presentation skills
- research skills
These are all important transferable skills much in demand by employers. According to recent Careers Service statistics, the average starting salary of graduating engineers is among the highest of any Cambridge degree subject, and employment prospects are excellent, with 99% finding a job within six months of the end of the course.
Why the University of Cambridge?
The University consistently tops the league tables and lists for quality of teaching and research. The study of Engineering has a long history in Cambridge and the University is committed to its future growth and development.
Around 10% of all Cambridge students, about 1200 undergraduates and 800 postgraduates, study Engineering. The Department achieved the highest rating in all the national Research Assessment Exercises and in the Teaching Quality Assessment undertaken by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, its teaching was considered of the highest standard.
The Department of Engineering has a full website dedicated to the Undergraduate Admissions Prospectus where you can find detailed programme information, course content and other useful information, including how to apply.
Homerton has a lively and diverse community of engineering students. We take a large number of students in this subject and they come from all over the world as well as the UK. The Cambridge course encourages a broad approach to the subject including theory, practical experiments and creative projects. The teaching in Homerton reflects this vision. We have teaching Fellows covering a wide range of engineering disciplines and excellent links with industry, research and the broader engineering world.
The Director of Studies for First-Year Engineers, Dr Michelle Oyen, is a leading researcher in Bioengineering. Dr Dean comes to Engineering through both Mathematics and Physics, Dr Kipouros has interests in Computational Design, and Dr Hacking works within sustainable development. We have recently been joined by Professor Sione Hochgreb. She and Dr Sherry Huang will be leading the Headstart Engineering Summer school in Homerton in June 2017
Students applying for Engineering will normally be studying Mathematics and Physics at the highest level available for their examination systems. We make offers at A*A*A at A level (IB 40-42 pts, 7,7,6 in HL subjects and the equivalent in other secondary school qualifications from all over the world). Mathematics and Physics are essential , and if available we would prefer to see Further Mathematics too. The other common third or fourth A level subject (taking only three A levels will not disadvantage any applicant) would be another science, but we also see Economics or a language as potentially useful for Engineers, and have made offers on that basis.
Applicants for Engineering will take a pre-interview written assessment in their schools or colleges in the October of the year of application. Further information about the date, format and content for this assessment is available in the online Prospectus . Applicants may also be asked to take a short Maths/Physics test when they come to interview.