The Engineering courses at Cambridge normally last four years and lead to the degrees BA(Hons) and MEng (Cambridge has no BSc or BEng degrees; all undergraduates in whatever subject take the BA). Engineers from Cambridge will leave with a specialty, having chosen which of their interests to follow. The manufacturing engineering degree is a separate degree starting in the third year of study having successfully completed Part I. The chemical engineering degree is also a separate degree that students progress to after a year either via the Natural Sciences Tripos or via Engineering.
- Chemical Engineering
- Manufacturing Engineering
|Courses||Assessment IA four papers and sit a three-hour written exam in each topic|
|Courses Terms 1 & 2; eight papers on core subjects at a more advanced level:|
Term 3; select two topics from seven engineering disciplines plus a language option. + Integrated Design project.
‘Integrated Design Project‘. Over a 4-week period working in teams of 6, students design and build a mobile robot vehicle to be tested in a competition.
Coursework. 20 experiments associated with the lecture courses and a variety of assignments in numerical analysis and computing Common theme:
| AssessmentFinal University examinations,|
Four written papers Assessment of Engineering practical work
|Courses Professional specialisation begins: study 10 papers from an extensive portfolio. core disciplines:|
In the final term, you choose two from a variety of design and computer-based projects, projects in a foreign language or a surveying project. A few students graduate after three years with the BA Hons degree.
|Assessment Final University examinations,|
Six written papers Assessment of Engineering practical work; Project reports (Engineering computation and design project)
|4th year MPhys|
|Engineering A major project, plus 8 specialist courses chosen from over 100 areas which change every year:Many projects are associated with current Department research and have direct industrial input and applicationhttp://www.eng.cam.ac.uk/admissions/course/fourtheng.html||AssessmentFinal University examinations,|
Six written papers
Manufacturing involves the understanding and co-ordination of marketing, design, manufacturing engineering and factory operation – all within a financial and business context. The Manufacturing Engineering course at Cambridge is a unique two-year programme, which combines a thorough theoretical basis with the chance to put ideas into practice in industry.
The structure of the final year of the course is very different from a standard undergraduate course. Teaching is organised in intensive modules interspersed with periods in industry doing real industrial projects. Terms are longer than standard Cambridge teaching terms, and learning is achieved through seminar-style sessions and practical experience rather than from formal lectures.
Year 4 – A year for you.
In Part IIB, further specialisation is possible and you select eight papers from nearly 100 options which vary each year.
These papers benefit from the Department’s research and are taught by experts in the particular field. As a result you graduate with a masters-level appreciation of theory and practice in your chosen area.
A major project occupies about half of your time throughout the final year. Many projects are associated with current Department research and have direct industrial input and application. Recent projects include: remarkably shaped structures; preliminary design of a solar electric vehicle; strategy development for fuel restricted F1 races; medical imaging and 3D computer graphics, and the aerodynamics of power kites.
The course is accredited by all the major institutions, including the Institutions of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Engineering and Technology (IET), Civil Engineers (ICE), and Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Measurement and Control, the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, and the Royal Aeronautical Society. An appropriate combination of Part II papers is required in each case.
You’re required to complete four weeks of industrial experience by the end of the second year, and a further four weeks by the end of the third year, obtained by deferring entry or during vacations. Our full-time Industrial Placement Co-ordinator helps deferred entrants and undergraduates to find suitable placements (in the UK and abroad) and sponsorship.
About 10 per cent of our students spend their third year studying abroad through our exchange schemes with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), École Centrale Paris, the National University of Singapore (NUS), and the Technical University of Munich.