Engineering utilizes creative reasoning, science and mathematics to solve a diverse range of practical problems.
Below you will find information about the specific degree courses offered by Oxford University and Cambridge University to study Engineering, how to prepare, and how Oxbridge Interviews can help you with your application.BOOK COURSE
Cambridge is ranked top in the UK for Engineering according to The Complete University Guide.
The application process is highly competitive with 7 applications per place. To be successful, you generally need to get A*A*A at A Level (or equivalent). Applicants are required to study Mathematics and Physics at A-Level.
Oxford is ranked third in the UK to study Engineering according to The Complete University Guide.
The application process for their Engineering Science course is highly competitive with only 17% of applications successful. To be offered a place, you generally need to get A*A*A at A Level (or equivalent) with the A*s in Mathematics, further Mathematics or Physics.
To prepare for your Engineering application, you must demonstrate your motivation for the subject and specific interests. You can do this by reading beyond your school curriculum. Our interviewers recommend:
- 'How do Wings Work?' by Holger Babinsky
- 'Engineering in Society' by Rob Lawlor
Practice interviews for Engineering applications are critical. You wouldn’t sit an exam without doing a mock, so don’t place yourself in an interview without having experienced a practice interview first.
Laurence (Engineering, Cambridge)
Laurence studied Engineering at Selwyn College, Cambridge. Since graduating, he has worked as a consultant in industrial operations.
Laurence, why did you choose Engineering?
"I was good at science but wanted a practical application. I wanted to design and build things rather than only study and research, which I associated with a traditional academic scientist. Since I didn’t know what "type" of engineering to do, Cambridge appealed further as the first 2 years are "general" engineering before you have to specialise."
What’s your advice to students applying to Engineering?
"Take some practice interviews!"