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Number of students per year: 10 -12 

Typical offer: A*A*A at A-level or 7 7 6 (42+ overall) in the IB. For other qualifications, please click here.

Essential subjects:  A-level/IB Higher Level or equivalent in Mathematics and Physics. 

(Please note that IB applicants starting the new IB Mathematics syllabus are expected to take IB Higher Level 'Analysis and Approaches' if it's available at your school. If this isn't an option for you, please drop us an email at and we'll be very happy to advise you.)

Useful subjects: The department strongly encourages applicants to take Further Mathematics - if this isn't possible, they suggest studying as much additional pure maths and mechanics as possible. If you have any questions, please drop us an email at and we'll be happy to advise you.

Engineering at Clare 

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.

The breadth of engineering representation within the Clare Fellowship, as well as additional senior research associates, ensures that support can be provided across the unique Cambridge Engineering course. The first two years provide a broad education in modern engineering fundamentals, including analytical, design and computing. Our Fellows specialise in information engineering, structural dynamics with our Director of Studies a specialist in electrical power systems. They allow us to support a competitive cohort of between 10 and 12 students each year, who undertake an intense programme of lectures, practicals and supervisions each week.

After one year, students can change to read Chemical Engineering, or specialise after two years to study Electrical and Information Sciences, Manufacturing Engineering, or Management Sciences. 

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.

Compared to 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.

Key People


Mr Aylmer Johnson

Senior Lecturer in Engineering

Mr Johnson has been a member of the teaching staff of the Cambridge University Engineering Department since 1979. Prior to that, he worked in the Petrochemical industry on computer-aided pipework design and on the DUCT surface modeller, becoming leader of the development team over the period when the first commercial sales were made.


He is a founder member of the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre.