Engineering

  • UCAS Code: H100 MEng/E
  • Campus Code: 4
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Places per year: 8-9

The twin strengths of the Engineering course at Cambridge are its breadth and its quality. The course lasts four years (leading to both MEng and BA degrees) and covers almost all disciplines of engineering (aeronautical, mechanical, civil, manufacturing and information), with specialisation not starting until the final term of the second year. The great advantage of this approach is that real-world engineering problems are inherently multi-disciplinary in nature and the course provides a rigorous foundation across all subjects; the final two years allow enough time for students to develop skills in their chosen field up to specialist level.

Course Overview

The Department of Engineering is internationally recognised as being of the very highest quality. These high standards apply not only to our research, but also to our teaching (lectures, coursework projects, laboratory demonstrations and supervisions). At Trinity Hall, Engineering students are supported by a team of Fellows with a wide range of specialisations. As well as guiding and assisting our students in making the most of their time in Cambridge, our Fellows lead many supervisions (the small–group teaching sessions that are at the heart of teaching in Cambridge).

How You Learn

A typical week would involve 10 to 12 lectures on perhaps five different courses. Each course issues a series of problem sheets and these are the backbone of the small group supervision sessions (usually only 2 students); you can expect 3 or 4 supervisions per week.

As well as lectures, problem sheets and supervisions, the week also has several sessions for coursework activities. These could be experiments and demonstrations, group design projects, computer programming sessions, drawing exercises, or communication skills workshops. Some of these activities will be single sessions, others may continue over several weeks.

In year 4, the structure of the course changes with about half of your time being spent on one project. Students normally choose from a large range of projects offered by the Department, often on state-of-the-art research topics, but it is also possible to suggest your own project (perhaps in collaboration with an industrial sponsor).

Typical Offer Conditions

A-Level:

A*A*A

IB

41-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level

Other:

See the University’s Entrance Requirements page

Subject Requirements 

Essential:

A-Level Mathematics and Physics/IB Higher Level Mathematics (Analysis and Approaches) and Higher Level Physics

Desirable:
Further Mathematics

 

Written Work

None.

Admissions Assessment

All applicants for Engineering are required to take a written assessment, the ENGAA, at an authorised assessment centre (usually their school or college), for which they must be registered in advance. The registration deadline is 29 September 2023. Please note that open centres may set an earlier deadline for accepting entries, and it is your responsibility to check if this applies at your centre. The ENGAA will take place on 18 October 2023.

Please see the Cambridge Admissions Testing website for information about dates and registration deadlines, and check admission assessments for further details.

General Comments

A levels (or equivalent) in Mathematics and Physics provide the essential background to the Engineering course, and it is important that you are comfortable with the material that they cover. If you have the opportunity, we would also like you to have studied Further Maths. Don’t be put off applying if you aren’t studying Further Maths – the contents of this A–level are covered in the first year of Engineering – but it will make your studies easier if you have seen this before.

We are very happy to accept applications from those who choose to take a gap year before starting their studies. A gap year can give you the opportunity to experience work in industry.