Engineering at Cambridge
Engineering at Cambridge is an unusually broadly based course. During the first two years (Parts 1A and 1B of the Engineering Tripos), students take courses applicable to all branches of engineering, and this enables them to see the important inter-relationships of the way engineering principles are applied in different fields. In the third year of the Engineering Tripos students may specialise by choosing papers from a wide range of subjects offered. Subject areas include civil, mechanical, aeronautical, electrical and control engineering. In the fourth year students specialise still further and undertake extensive project work. Alternatively, after the first year it is possible to transfer to the Chemical Engineering Tripos for the remaining three years' study. After Part IB students may also take the Management Studies Tripos or the Manufacturing Engineering Tripos; this latter also offering a fourth year of study.
Engineering at Murray Edwards College
Women who wish to become engineers can still face prejudice and discouragement both at school and during the course of their careers. Even at Cambridge, women undergraduates are still in a minority, and in the Engineering Department form only about 10% of the total. At Murray Edwards College, we actively seek and encourage women of high calibre to read engineering. Those who are accepted by the college will become part of a small but flourishing group of women engineers while mixing with the engineering undergraduates from all other colleges during lectures and laboratory work.
The teaching of engineering at Cambridge comprises lectures, laboratory and course work and supervisions. Lectures and laboratory work make up the more formal part of the course. These are organised by the University and take place in the Engineering Department. They are supplemented by examples - papers issued with the lecture courses which are designed to help understanding of the material presented in lectures. Murray Edwards College and other colleges are responsible for supervisions during which one or two students discuss particular subjects with a Fellow of the college or someone else who is an expert in the field. Murray Edwards College engineers have between one and two hours of supervision each week, and these meetings are a good opportunity to discuss ideas informally and sort out any problems. Murray Edwards College has a well-stocked library and this is supplemented by University and Faculty libraries.
Murray Edwards College is happy to accept a variety of methods of entry to read engineering. The college will give conditional offers to pre-A level students on the basis of an interview. These offers will be conditional on exam results and will not usually include a STEP grade. Post A- level students may be offered a place on the basis of an interview alone. The college is happy to accept students who have obtained industrial sponsorship to read engineering and will defer entry for a year to allow for a period of training with the sponsor. Whatever the method of entry it should be borne in mind that standards in the Engineering Department are very high.
We are looking for women with a good background in applied mathematics and physics - this often means that students will be taking A-levels in mathematics, further mathematics and physics, or mathematics, physics and chemistry; although other combinations are acceptable. At interview, we look for a basic competence in these subjects but above all for a wide interest in engineering and a strong desire to understand more about it and to learn 'how things work'. Engineering at Cambridge is hard work but it is also an exciting and rewarding undergraduate experience.
To see what a current student thinks of studying Engineering at Murray Edwards see our student profiles.
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Checked by HB, August 2012