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Course Overview

Engineering is about solving problems: about designing processes and making products to improve the quality of human life. The aim of the Engineering course at Cambridge 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. Find out more about the course here.

The Benefits of Engineering at Fitzwilliam College

Fitzwilliam has a large number of Fellows and Bye-Fellows in Engineering to support you during your time in the College. Unusually among the colleges, Fitzwilliam has one Director of Studies (DoS) for all four years of the Engineering course. This means that they get to know you very well and ensures that you get the best possible support throughout your time in the College. The College has an Engineering Society that organises an annual dinner for Engineering undergraduates, and other events to foster interaction within and between year groups in the College. There are also several substantial funds available in the College to support Engineering.

Fitzwilliam is also just a short walk from a large part of the Engineering Department on the West Site.

Facts and Figures

Average intake each year: 14-15

Typical A Level offer: A*A*A

Typical IB offer: 41 – 42 points with 776 at Higher Level

We may modify offers to take account of individual circumstances.

Essential subjects: Mathematics and Physics – and it is likely that the A*s will be required in Mathematics and Physics.

Useful Subjects: Further Maths, Chemistry, Computing, Electronics, Design Technology

If you’re studying IB, we ask for Analysis and Approaches for this course. If this isn’t an option at your school, please contact us for advice. 

A level Further Mathematics is very strongly encouraged. If unavailable or you’ve recognised its desirability too late, we’d advise you to do as much additional pure maths and mechanics as possible, e.g. by studying advanced material or Further Mathematics AS level. A level candidates without Further Mathematics have a lower success rate than candidates with Further Mathematics to at least AS level. 

Application Process

All applicants are required to sit the Engineering and Science Admissions Test (ESAT). Those then invited for interview will normally have two interviews, with each being around twenty to thirty minutes.

Director of Studies

Professor David Cole

Find Out More

Every year, the College runs a Women in STEM programme. More information will be posted in the autumn.

If you want to find out about our open days or visiting the College, see here.

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