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Engineering is about problem solving! As an engineer you rely on your knowledge in physics, biology, chemistry, and other natural sciences to find solutions. Mathematics is your toolbox! But you are not just using your tools to take something apart of fix it; you are employing them in imaginative new ways to problems you might not have encountered before.

How would you integrate an air pollution sensor into your smart phone? How do you design a smart large scale irrigation system that doesn’t deplete the ground water? What are the material properties required to make a durable hip replacement or concrete that “heals” its own cracks so bridges require less maintenance? Where will artificial intelligence and robotics take human kind? How do you design a sustainable city? How do you manage to construct it? These questions do not have simple answers. Finding a solution requires abstract engineering concepts from across many engineering disciplines being applied to the specific problem.

Studying engineering equips you with detailed knowledge in specific engineering areas, e.g. civil engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, or bioengineering. More importantly however, studying engineering will develop your analytical skills, lateral thinking and solution orientated approaches. These skills are valued by people inside and outside of engineering.

More details about the course can be found on the University website.  At Murray Edwards College we do not require specific subjects beyond those required by the University but students taking A Level who do not have Further Maths to at least AS Level might be at a disadvantage at the start of their studies.

We admit between six and eight undergraduates a year, around 10% of all female engineers in Cambridge, making it one of the larger subjects within the College and you would thus be part of a strong and vibrant community of around twenty-five Engineers at any one time.


Studying Engineering at Murray Edwards

As an engineering student at Murray Edwards Colleges you will join students from all Cambridge Colleges for lectures and laboratory practicals in the Engineering Department during the morning and early afternoon. Your learning is complemented by 2-3 hours of supervisions per week, given by Fellows of the College or experienced PhD students who will ask you challenging questions to further your understanding and confidence across all areas of engineering.

In order to support you in settling into your academic life as an engineering student Murray Edwards College runs the “Flying Start” course, a two day residential programme for engineering students before the start of your first academic year.

Our Engineering Fellows lead a number of targeted events throughout the year helping you to make the most of your time at Murray Edwards College and start a successful career, e.g. on securing valuable internships, effective exam preparation, and career development. This is complemented by the “Gateway Programme” for all students at Murray Edwards College.

The annual engineering dinner brings together all engineers at Murray Edwards College and we frequently invite alumnae to share their experience in a wide range of professions. Being an engineering student at Murray Edwards College means that you are joining this growing number of successful and influential female engineers and become part of a network of supportive women and men.


There are a large number of Engineers attached to the College.  Our Director of Studies is Dr Oliver Hadeler, who originally specialised in fibre optics and fibre lasers but is now working in the broad area of sensing technologies and applications.  Professor Paul Tucker is the Rank Professor of Engineering and works in fluid mechanics where he is interested in a range of application areas of unsteady computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and also  computational aeroacoustics (CAA).  Dr Mila Gašić is a Fellow at Murray Edwards and works on machine learning algorithms and their application to human-computer interaction. Her speciality are speech recognition and self-learning dialogue systems. Dr Mike Pivnenko is a Fellow who is interested in the physical and chemical properties of liquid crystals and their use in applications beyond traditional LCDs, e.g. liquid crystal on silicon microchip devices. Dr Harika Tankasala is a Bye Fellow and a Research Associate in the Centre for Micromechanics at the Department of Engineering and works on the understanding of fracture mechanics of advanced material systems such as lattice networks, composite materials, multi-layered armour, and CNTs combining experiments and numerical modelling. Professor Denise Morrey is Professor for Mechanical Engineering at Oxford Brookes University, specialising in motorsport engineering. She is an alumna of Murray Edwards College (New Hall in her days) and now a Visiting Professor supporting the learning and career of our engineering students.


Admissions Assessment and Interview Arrangements

As with all applicants for Engineering, if you apply to Murray Edwards you will be required to sit the Engineering Admissions Assessment in your school, college or a registered test centre in early November.  If you are invited to interview then you will have two subject-specific interviews with our fellows in Engineering.


Offer levels

If you receive an offer from Murray Edwards College then it will be the standard University offer of A*A*A at A Levels, 40-42 points in the International Baccalaureate (IB) with 776 at Higher Level (HL) or equivalents in other qualification. We may specify those subjects in which we require you to achieve the top grade, usually Further Maths (if available) and Physics.

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