A-levels: A*AA to include Mathematics and Physics. The A* must be in Mathematics, Physics or Further Mathematics.
Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
IB: 40 (including core points) with 776 at HL (with 7s in HL Mathematics and Physics)
Or any other equivalent
Candidates are expected to have Physics and Mathematics to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent. Inclusion of Mathematics Mechanics modules is highly recommended. Further Mathematics can be helpful to students in completing this course, although it is not required for admission. Details of the requirements for other qualifications, including the Advanced Diploma in Engineering, can be found at www.eng.ox.ac.uk
How to apply (see page 118) [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]
Tests: PAT on 5 November 2014
Written Work: None required
Tuition Fees for 2014
No upfront costs: you can get a loan for the full amount
Grants, bursaries and scholarships available
More on student finance: p 120 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note]
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Engineering Science: H100
Biomedical Engineering: H811
Chemical Engineering: H800
Civil Engineering: H200
Electrical Engineering: H620
Information Engineering: H630
Mechanical Engineering: H300
What is Engineering Science?
Engineering Science encompasses a vast range of subjects, from micro-electronics to offshore oil platforms, and involves the application of creative reasoning, science, mathematics (and of course experience and common sense) to real problems.
The Department of Engineering Science at Oxford has a top-level quality assessment rating for teaching, and a world-class reputation for research. Because we believe that future engineering innovation will benefit from broad foundations as well as specialised knowledge, teaching is based on a unified course in Engineering Science, which integrates study of the subject across the traditional boundaries of engineering disciplines. Links between topics in apparently diverse fields of engineering provide well-structured fundamental understanding, and can be exploited to give efficient teaching.
The Engineering Science programme is a four-year course, leading to the degree of Master of Engineering. The first two years are devoted to topics which we believe all Engineering undergraduates should study. In the third and fourth years there is scope for specialisation into one of six branches of engineering: Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Information and Mechanical. Decisions about which of these will be your specialisation can be deferred until the third year. In the fourth year there may be opportunities to study abroad.
Engineering Science is part of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, which also contains Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Materials Science, Mathematics, Plant Sciences, Physics, Statistics and Zoology.
The course is accredited by the major engineering institutions in respect of the initial requirements for the designation of chartered engineer.
Industrial experience is an extremely important adjunct to an academic engineering education, and under-graduates are strongly encouraged to obtain it. One way to do so is by being sponsored. Further information is generally available through your careers teacher, or from the engineering institutions.
If your sponsoring company wants you to spend a year with them before university, you will be asked to declare this at your interview and in your UCAS application.
A typical weekly timetable
As a guide, you will have up to about ten lectures, two college tutorials or classes, and up to five hours of practical work each week of term for the first three years.
What are tutors looking for?
Enthusiasm for engineering combined with high ability in mathematics and physics is essential for those wishing to study any engineering course. These qualities will be tested at the interview and combined with an assessment of your predicted and attained examination performance, especially in mathematics and physics, and the PAT score, to decide who will be offered places.
Students interested in this course might also like to consider Earth Sciences (Geology), Materials Science or Physics.
The analytical skills, numeracy and practicality developed by Engineering Science graduates are sought after in both industry and commerce. Many continue into a career as a professional engineer while others enter business areas such as management consultancy or finance. Around 30% go on to further study following their degree.
Jonathan, who graduated in 2010, now works for a defence electronics firm called Thales Group as an acoustic engineer. He says: The approaches to problem-solving I learned at Oxford have been directly applicable to the challenges I have faced in my career so far. The tutorial system has given me confidence in my skills, and the ability to communicate my opinions effectively.
Jane, who graduated in 2003, now works as a Senior Geotechnical Engineer with Coffey Geotechnics. She says: ‘I loved that in my first few weeks of work I found myself applying what I had studied at Oxford directly to real engineering problems – something that has continued throughout my career. The breadth of the Engineering Science course has stood me in good stead even in a specialist industry as the sound technical basis has meant I’ve been able to confidently develop wider management and communication skills on the job.’
For more information about careers after Oxford, please see p 122 [Transcriber's Note: page number of the printed edition. End of note].
SET Awards Success
One winner and three finalists from the University of Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science were announced at the 2013 Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) awards ceremony. SET Awards are Europe’s most important Science, Engineering and Technology awards for undergraduates.
The best thing about the course so far has been interesting moments in labs. Particularly where we got to make a bridge - we spent absolutely ages making it, and then we got to break it into pieces! Peter