The Course

The Department of Engineering Science at Oxford has a top-level quality assessment rating for teaching, and a world-class reputation for research. Teaching is based on a unified course in Engineering Science, which integrates study of the subject across the traditional boundaries of engineering disciplines. 

The Engineering Science programme is a four-year course, leading to the degree of Master of Engineering. The first two years are devoted to topics which we believe all Engineering undergraduates should study. In the third and fourth years there is scope for specialisation into one of six branches of engineering: Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Information and Mechanical. 

Why New College?

New College is one of the largest engineering colleges, with two tutorial fellows who between them cover most of the core topics: Dr René Bañares-Alcántara teaches thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, Dr Barbara Rossi structural engineering and solid mechanics. Electrical and information engineering is taught by Dr Zsolt Laczik. 

What We Look For

Our students come from all sorts of backgrounds: from both state and independent school sectors in the UK, from Europe, and beyond. Many have followed the British A-level system but about a third have other qualifications. The things they have in common are excellent mathematical ability, and genuine enthusiasm for engineering and the contribution it can make to our world. Their Finals results are consistently among the best in the University - a performance level that is achieved in an environment of friendly cooperation rather than fierce competition. 

Tutors' Research Interests

René Bañares-Alcántara researches the application of computer science techniques to engineering, focusing on the use of artificial intelligence techniques in chemical engineering design, synthesis and diagnosis. 

Barbara Rossi's research focuses on the behaviour of steel and stainless steel structures under different kinds of loads or environments for applications such as offshore structures, bridges, steel structures obtained via additive manufacturing. 

Martin Williams researches the dynamics of structures, with the aim to understand the causes of problematic or damaging vibrations, and to design, test and validate methods of reducing them. 

David Limebeer works on a range of applied and theoretical problems in engineering dynamics including robust theory, vehicle dynamics, process control, tokamak fusion reactors and aeroelasticity. 

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We may accept deferred entry applications, although this is infrequent. 

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