Engineering Science

The Engineering Science course at Oxford covers all major engineering disciplines (civil, mechanical, electrical, electronic, chemical, biomedical, robotics, etc.) and is accredited by all the major institutions.

Students pursue a broad core course in the first two and a half years, giving them a strong theoretical grounding in all areas of engineering. This broad grounding is invaluable when working on multidisciplinary projects or in research. In the final year and a half of the course students specialise in two branches of engineering and complete a major research project (50% of fourth year) in an area of their choice. For further details see

The course at St Peter’s

The college expects to make offers to around eight students to read Engineering each year. Teaching of the core course in the first two years is based around a weekly structure of 10 lectures in the department, and 2 hour-long tutorials in college. St Peter’s shares tutors with Exeter College to ensure that our students are being taught by academics who are teaching in their area of expertise.

Lectures and tutorials are supplemented by practical work in the department. As students specialise, the teaching focuses more on the department due to the specialised and advanced nature of the material. Throughout the course, intellectual development through individual contact with academics is considered indispensable. Students are encouraged to undertake paid internships during the vacations to gain practical experience to reinforce their studies.

Engineering at St Peter’s

St Peter’s appointed its first engineering fellow soon after it gained full college status in 1961. The college’s first engineering fellow, Prof John O’Connor, was the inventor of the Oxford knee. Our engineering alumni have gone on to a wide variety of careers. Of particular note is the motor racing pioneer Robin Herd (you can watch him talking in St Peter's about designing the first McLaren F1 car here) and the remarkable number of St Peter’s engineers that have gone on to work in F1. Tom Adcock, one of the Engineering fellows at St Peter’s, was himself an undergraduate at the college. Each year we have an engineering dinner in college which is currently free for students.

Admission requirements

Applicants taking A-Levels will be offered a place conditional on achieving A*A*A to include Maths and Physics with the A*s in Maths, Physics or Further Maths. IBs will be required to get 7s in both Maths and Physics at higher level, 6 in a third higher level subject, and 40 overall. We welcome applications from students taking other equivalent qualifications — conditional offers for such applicants will be made at an equivalent level to those taking A-Levels.

All candidates are required to register for, and take, the physics aptitude test. Candidates who do not take the test will not be called for interview (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Applicants who are predicted less than A*A*A (or equivalent) will normally only be shortlisted for interview in exceptional circumstances, such as where education has been interrupted for some reason such as illness. If an applicant has had an interrupted education this should be made clear in the school statement and such cases will be given full consideration. However, all candidates will be offered a place based on achieving A*A*A (or equivalent).