The course in Engineering at Cambridge, which lasts four years and leads to the award of an MEng degree, has some special features that distinguish it from those at most other universities. It is clearly acknowledged that its purpose is to educate, rather than to train you for a particular job. The course is designed to develop your intellectual abilities so that you will be able to tackle new and unexpected situations. The emphasis is placed firmly on understanding a relatively small number of basic physical principles which can be applied to a large number of technological problems. Rather less time is spent in learning the details of specific engineering devices, not least because such knowledge can become rapidly out of date.
Essential: A Level / IB Higher Level Mathematics and Physics.
Highly Desirable: A third mathematics, science or technology A Level / IB Higher Level.
A sound background in Mathematics is essential for success in any course in Engineering and the highest grade at Advanced Level Mathematics (or its equivalent) is expected from all our applicants. In recent years, nearly all successful candidates have also taken Further Mathematics at AS or A2 level. These two subjects together with Physics provide all the necessary background for the Cambridge undergraduate course. Well in advance of the start of the first term the Engineering Department issues all new students with several booklets aimed at bringing everyone up to a good standard in Mathematics as well as several other areas of GCE A level work.
Interview and Admissions Assessments
Interviews are an important part of the selection process: they provide the opportunity for you to demonstrate your enthusiasm and commitment to your chosen profession and to see the College and the University for yourself. Subject interviews will be 30 minutes long and will be conducted by Engineering Fellows of the College.
All applicants are required to take the pre-interview assessments for Engineering at an authorised centre local to them (for a lot of applicants, this will be their school/college). For further information on the assessment format, please view the entry requirements tab on: http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/engineering
You will also be asked to take a 60 minute college written test on the day of your interview, if interviewed. The test is based on GCE A level Mathematics and Physics. A calculator is not required for this test. Note: this test is suspended for applicants in 2020.
Engineering (information from Cambridge Admissions website)
Updated Nov 2020