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MEng Mechanical Engineering

Catalog id : H300
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

22515 GBP
9000 GBP
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 75 GBP
National 75 GBP
Department of Engineering Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)110
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
SAT (avg)1470
ACT (avg)32

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About this course

Engineering Science encompasses a vast range of subjects, from micro-electronics to offshore oil platforms, and involves the application of creative reasoning, science, mathematics (and of course experience and common sense) to real problems.

  • The Department of Engineering Science at Oxford has a top-level quality assessment rating for teaching, and a world-class reputation for research.
  • 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. Decisions about which of these will be your specialisation can be deferred until the third year. In the fourth year there may be opportunities to study abroad.

ES Careers:

  • The analytical skills, numeracy and practicality developed by Engineering Science graduates are sought after in both industry and commerce.
  • Many continue into a career as a professional engineer while others enter business areas such as management consultancy or finance. Around 30% go on to further study following their degree.

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Eligibility Criteria


  • A-levels: A*A*A to include Mathematics and Physics. The A*s must be in Mathematics, Physics or Further Mathematics.
  • Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
  • IB: 40 (including core points) with 776 at HL (with 7s in HL Mathematics and Physics)
  • Or any other equivalent
  • Candidates are expected to have Physics and Mathematics to A-level, Advanced Higher, Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent. Inclusion of Mathematics Mechanics modules is highly recommended.
  • Further Mathematics can be helpful to students in completing this course, although it is not required for admission.
  • All candidates must also take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT) as part of their application.

English Language Requirement:

  • IELTS: overall score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components)
  • TOEFL (paper-based): overall score of 600 with a Test of Written English score of 5.5
  • TOEFL (internet-based): overall score of 110 with component scores of at least: Listening 22, Reading 24, Speaking 25, and Writing 24.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced, also known as the Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade A if taken before January 2015, or a score of at least 185.
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency, also known as the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade B if taken before January 2015, or a score of at least 185.
  • English Language GCSE, or O-level: grade B (for IGCSE, please see below)
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL): score of 5 in English (as Language A or B)
  • European Baccalaureate: score of 70% in English.

Exemptions from this requirement will be considered for applicants who have

  • studied the International Baccalaureate programme, if it is taught in English
  • studied the Singapore Integrated Programme (SIPCAL) 
  • been educated full-time in the medium of the English language throughout the two most recent years before the 15 October application deadline, and who remain in full-time education conducted in the English language until the end of the school year in their home country. 

Other qualifications:

International Baccalaureate

A total score of 38, 39 or 40 points (depending on the course) including core points. Specific scores may be required in subjects taken at the Higher level. Please see the individual course pages for details.

American education system   

SAT Reasoning Test with at least 1,400 in Critical Reading and Mathematics and also 700 or more in Writing, giving a combined score of at least 2,100 (or equivalent)
ACT with a score of at least 32 out of 36.


Grade 5 in three or more Advanced Placement Tests in appropriate subjects
SAT Subject Tests in three appropriate subjects at 700 or better.

A combination of APTs and SAT Subject Tests (or other equivalent qualifications) is also acceptable, if they are in different subjects.

We are aware that the SAT is undergoing major reform in 2016. As the old-system SAT is still being used up to and including the January 2016 test date, any candidates with a test date prior to or including January 2016 will be assessed according to the current offer wording above.

Oxford will accept both old and new-system SATs. The exact details of our requirements for the revised SATs will be published here following the release of the College Board concordance in May 2016. Further information on the redesigned SAT.


Candidates are asked to enter all their scores for any tests taken when they complete their UCAS application, showing the relevant dates for each. This gives tutors a complete picture of the candidates’ academic record, rather than just the ‘superscore’ of best results for the different sections of any test taken on multiple occasions.

Candidates are also asked to include any pending test scores on the UCAS application: that is, details of any test they intend to take up until the end of Senior Year. Again, this is to give tutors a complete picture of the candidates’ academic record, including studies which are still in progress.

European Baccalaureate

An average of 85% or above, with scores of between 8 and 9 in specified subjects.

For further details, go through https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/international-students/international-qualifications?wssl=1

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Course Modules

1st year


Electrical and information engineering
Structures and mechanics
Energy and the environment
Engineering practical work

2nd year


Electrical and information engineering
Structures, materials and dynamics
Energy systems
Engineering practical work

3rd year


Five optional Engineering courses
Engineering in society
Engineering computation
Engineering practical work
Group design project

4th year


A major project, plus six specialist courses chosen from within the areas of:

Biomedical engineering
Chemical engineering
Civil engineering
Electrical engineering
Engineering mathematics
Information engineering
Mechanical engineering
Production engineering

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How to Apply

All candidates must follow the application procedure as shown in applying to Oxford. The information below gives specific details for students applying for this course.

Written test:

  • All candidates must take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT), normally at their own school or college on 2 November 2016. 
  • Candidates must make sure they are available to take the test at this time.
  • Separate registration for this test is required and the final deadline for entries is 15 October 2016.
  • It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that they are registered for this test. 

Physics Aptitude Test (PAT):

Aptitude Test

  • In addition to making a UCAS application, all candidates must take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT) - normally at their own school or college. 
  • The intention of the use of the test is that it will provide additional information on the candidates, and not supplant the UCAS form in the assessment process. 
  • The Department  uses the UCAS form in assessing candidates for admission both academically and for demonstrated interest and commitment in engineering.
  • Referees are expected to describe the ability and character of the students in the UCAS form, give predictions and any unusual circumstances that may have adversely affected the examination results, etc. 
  • Applicants are not required to submit other written work as part of their application.

How are the PAT results used in admissions?

The PAT results are used as a supplement to our existing procedures. The first occasion will be when the candidates are shortlisted for interview, and the second occasion will be after all the other phases of the process, just before places are allocated.

At shortlisting

  • Candidates are chosen for interview on the basis of our assessment of their UCAS forms.
  • After this initial selection we will use the test information to confirm or otherwise the initial shortlist.
  • The marks for all the candidates not on the proposed shortlist will then be released to colleges and can be used in the final decisions on those to be shortlisted.
  • The marks for those on the shortlist will not be released – this is so as not to influence the later selection stages.

What are tutors looking for?

  • Enthusiasm for engineering combined with high ability in mathematics and physics is essential for those wishing to study any engineering course.
  • These qualities will be tested at the interview and combined with an assessment of your predicted and attained examination performance, especially in mathematics and physics, and your PAT score, to decide who will be offered places.

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