Engineering tutorials

Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science is a large and thriving department with very highly rated teaching and world class research.  It was ranked first in the world for general engineering in the 2020 Times Higher Education subject league tables. The building is in the University’s science area, close to Wycliffe Hall and the University Parks. Research is focused in biomedical engineering, chemical and process engineering, civil and offshore engineering, electrical and opto-electronic engineering, energy engineering, information, control and vision engineering, solid mechanics and materials, and thermofluids and turbomachinery, and focuses on applying hard science to established and emerging problems. Numerous spin out companies reflect the success of the department in applying creative solutions to real world problems.

All students wanting to study engineering sciences at Oxford should have studied engineering at their home universities for at least two years and have a secure knowledge of the branches of mathematics directly related to the parts of engineering that they wish to study at Oxford, OR have studied mathematics and/or physics at their home universities for at least two years.


Teaching for engineering will happen in a mix of University lectures, which play a key part in engineering teaching, tutorials (one to one meetings with a specialist tutor), and, if possible, group tutorials with other Oxford undergraduates. Normally problem sheets are completed for tutorial work, but more essay based work, such as literature reviews or drawing up plans for a particular project, may be undertaken.Undergraduate lectures and tutorials are offered in a broad unified course, complemented by more specialised teaching in biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, information and mechanical engineering for highly advanced undergraduates. Many visiting students find the more general courses better suited to their backgrounds. Full lecture notes and other supporting materials are available on the University’s virtual learning platform to which students will have full access once they are in Oxford.

For practical reasons it is not normally possible to arrange lab classes and it will definitely not be possible to arrange internships or practicums. However, big corporations including American multinationals regularly recruit in Oxford and it may be possible to start a conversation leading to a US internship.

Choosing tutorials

More information is available on the Oxford engineering science department’s website.

Please ignore information about how to apply, interviews, the acceptance rate, examinations etc as this is all intended only for matriculated students registered for degrees at Oxford. Don’t be put off by the fact that it is called a ‘MEng’ i.e. that it’s a master’s degree.  It is a four-year course comprising three years of undergraduate and one of graduate level study.  There is no separate undergraduate degree. However, you should not choose a tutorial that’s listed as part of the 4th year course as this work is mainly done in projects lasting more than one term.

Once you have looked at the website, please contact the BestSemester office to discuss your tutorial requests in more detail.

You should also check that any work done in Oxford fits with professional accreditation requirements in the USA.

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