Department of Engineering


  • Director of Studies Dr Noel Rutter (Part IA) & Dr Yashar Ahmadian (Part IB, IIA, and IIB)
  • Faculty Website

Engineering at Cambridge is an unusually broad course, giving students the opportunity to gain a solid base across all Engineering disciplines before gradually specialising from the second year.

Sculpture outside department of engineering in autumn with trees by Sir Cam

Engineering at ҹѰ

The aim of the Cambridge engineering course is to provide you with all the analytical, design and computing skills that underpin modern engineering practice, while encouraging the creativity and problem-solving skills that are so important to a good engineer.

Engineering students at ҹѰ come from a diverse range of backgrounds, with some having left school in the last few years and others having had careers in other fields before embarking on the study of engineering at University.

ҹѰ is well located for engineers. The main site in the city-centre is only a 5-minute bike ride away, while the facilities which have moved to the West Cambridge site can be reached in 10 minutes.

You can find further information about studying Engineering on the University's course . Detailed information is also available on the Department's Prospective Undergraduates .

Hannah with robot by Sir Cam

What are we looking for?

We are looking for candidates with strong ability in Maths and Physics, who are good at solving problems and wish to use their skills to contribute to society.

Entry Requirements

The key qualifications are Physics and Mathematics at A-level (or equivalent). It can be an advantage to have studied Further Maths when embarking on the course, but it is not a requirement for admission. Note that applicants to Chemical Engineering via Engineering should also have studied Chemistry. Please consult the University's for further information. 


Applications to study Engineering at ҹѰ are submitted through UCAS. The College additionally requires the completion of the Engineering Admissions Assessment (ENGAA) and an online interview, as detailed below.

Written Work

No written work submission is required.


All applicants for Engineering must register to take the Engineering Admissions Assessment (ENGAA). Full details on how to register for the ENGAA can be found . The deadline to register for the ENGAA is 29 September 2023. Further details can be found on the  page of the University website.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to be interviewed in December. There will be two interviews (each lasting 20-25 minutes) which will be conducted online via Zoom.

 For more information about making an application, please visit our application webpages

You can also find useful information on our Application FAQs page. 

Student in Engineering lab by Sir Cam

Student Perspective: Engineering at ҹѰ

If you’re a new engineering undergrad reading this, let’s get two things right out of the way: This engineering degree will almost certainly have you working the hardest you’ve ever worked, and will be soul destroying at times. And yet, if you do it right, you will be genuinely surprised how enjoyable it can be. You will have to do your best to work for large portions of every single day (it’s useful to do this from the beginning, I only got into the habit in second or third year though), and at times you may well want to quit. But luckily, ҹѰ contains some of the funniest, kindest and most interesting people I’ve met, and the ҹѰ engineering team are among the nicest and most supportive DoSs and supervisors in the college. And while the Cambridge BA/MEng course may have some flaws, it is usually challenging in all the right ways, especially if you love the subject matter (and there is some great stuff in there).

Michael (Engineering undergraduate)