Clare College Cambridge


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The first two years (Part 1A and Part 1B) cover all the main branches of Engineering, with specialisation taking place in years 3 and 4. In addition, students can change to read Chemical Engineering after doing Part 1A Engineering - or to Electrical and Information Sciences, Manufacturing Engineering, or Management Sciences after doing Part 1B.

The exact structure and content of the course is fully described in the Engineering Department's Undergraduate Prospectus.

Studying Engineering at Clare

Clare likes to accept about 10 students each year, depending on the quality of the applicants. The College's policy is to aim for an overall balance of Arts and Science undergraduates, without quotas for specific subjects: so applications for Engineering are considered on an equal footing with those for other science subjects. This means that we are able to take a larger number of Engineering students in years when the quality of the applicants is especially good.

If you think this course may be for you, we would be delighted to receive an application from you. To find out more, read on down this page - and why not come to one of our Open Days

The workload associated with the course typically consists of about twelve one-hour lectures plus about eight hours of practical work per week during Full Term. This involves spending four hours each weekday morning in the Department, plus some additional time on one or more afternoons per week. In addition the Department issues 'examples papers' for all of its lecture courses, which you work through in your own time - this might occupy about two hours each evening. Finally, the College arranges three or four one-hour 'supervisions' per fortnight, where problems with the lecture courses and examples papers can be discussed.

A supervision runs for one hour, and this is when we can give you really detailed help with all aspects of the course, as well as discussing the wider context of the examples questions to show their relevance for professional Engineers.

By comparison with Engineering at other Universities, the Cambridge course is a fairly theoretical one, and is highly regarded among both industry and other academic institutions worldwide. The department also provides support to students to find work placements during the summer vacations.

Admissions Requirements

Our normal entry requirement is an A2 level in Mathematics and Physics, and it is highly desirable for candidates to have a third A2 level in Further Mathematics (or else in another science subject). However, we also make offers to people who are taking the International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers or similar qualifications.


Candidates for Admission will usually be invited to come to the College for interview during the second week of December. You will have two interviews of 20-30 minutes each. From 2016, applicants will be asked to take a pre-interview admission assessment in November. Details of the engineering test are available on the university website.

Fellows in Engineering at Clare

Clare has five full-time Fellows in Engineering:

The Directors of Studies are responsible for organising the small-group teaching that takes place within the College, but most of the formal teaching in Engineering is done centrally, in the University Engineering Department.

College Research Associates, who are postdoctoral researchers in the Department of Engineering, also contribute to teaching engineering to students at Clare College:

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