Department of Engineering


  • Director of Studies Mr Gebril El-Fallah (Part IA), Dr Jossy Sayir (Part IB), Dr Yashar Ahmadian (Part IIA), Dr Antonio Lombardo (Part IIB), Dr Frank Tietze (Manufacturing Engineering Tripos)
  • Faculty Website Department of Engineering

Engineering at Cambridge is an unusually broad course.

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

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.

Hannah with robot by Sir Cam

During the first two years all students take courses covering a whole range of engineering branches, including mechanics, structures, materials, thermofluids, electrical engineering and mathematics. This enables them to see the important inter-relationships of the ways engineering principles are applied in different fields. In the third year of the Engineering Tripos students specialise by focusing on one of many engineering subject areas.

The Manufacturing Engineering Tripos is an option for the final two years of the Cambridge Engineering degree that develops and applies engineering knowledge in a business context.

Whilst a few students graduate after three years with the BA Hons degree, most successfully complete the fourth year which leads to the BA and MEng degrees. Progression to the fourth year (and all years) is dependent on examination achievements in previous years.

Student in Engineering lab by Sir Cam

Academic Requirements

The standard conditional offer for candidates in Engineering is A*A*A at A Level, in scientific or mathematical subjects. Mathematics and Physics are essential. It is highly desirable, but not essential, for the subjects offered to include Further Mathematics. See the department website for further information on college qualification preferences.

Chemistry is also required for admission to read Chemical Engineering via the Engineering route.

See also the University entrance requirements for general requirements for entry, qualifications and offers.


The subject interview aims to test your ability to reason logically and your mathematical ability and scientific understanding in an engineering context. We realise that it is a challenge to have to ‘think through’ problems under pressure so we do our best to make you feel as much at ease as possible – and provide hints if you run into difficulties, much as we would for students in supervisions.

Learn more about the Department of Engineering and admissions to the undergraduate course on the department and university websites. If you would like to practice solving problems relevant to Engineering, please see

Applicants invited for interview are also required to sit an at-interview written assessment.

The Directors of Studies are Mr Gebril El-Fallah (Part IA), Dr Jossy Sayir (Part IB), Dr Yashar Ahmadian (Part IIA), Dr Antonio Lombardo (Part IIB), Dr Frank Tietze (MET)