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Getting Into Engineering

Our outreach activities for students, parents and teachers

"As a high school student, engineering was not on my radar at all. As no one in my family is an engineer, and there were no engineering classes in my high school, I had no idea what it really was."

Female Engineering Science DPhil candidate


March 2020
Support during School Closures

We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, especially now schools have closed. The Department of Engineering Science has put together a list of resources that you may find useful during your time at home to complement the support your school will be giving you. You’ll also find some more general resources, and resources related to your university application, if you have applied for entry in October 2020.

Find out more about support and resources during school closures.


Our Outreach Activities

The Department of Engineering Science is committed to encouraging people to study engineering, and to attracting talented undergraduate applicants who reflect the diversity of the UK population. We have a dynamic and successful Outreach programme, led by our Access & Alumni Officer, designed to explain what engineering is and to encourage more students to study engineering, particularly at Oxford. We form and maintain active external links with schools, University colleges and industry to further these aims. 

If you are thinking of becoming an engineer, or want to find out what it's like to study at Oxford, here's all the information you'll need.

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What is an Engineer?

Engineers are professional problem solvers. They are creative, work well in teams, and are good at maths and physics. 

People with engineering degrees can work in many different fields, including civil, biomedical, chemical, environmental, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Some people with engineering degrees also go into medicine, law, business, management, and just about any other career you can think of.

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Visit us

Throughout the year, we run events for young people, including Open Days, the Lubbock Lecture in May and activities around International Women In Engineering Day in June.


If you’re thinking of studying here, then try to come along to one of our Open Days. It’s your chance to find out what it’s actually like to study Engineering at Oxford, meet current students and academics and explore some of the equipment and machinery we’ve got in our labs.

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Meet the Engineers

Find out about being a woman in the field of Engineering, in these profiles of women working or studying at the Department.

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Experience Oxford for yourself!

Each year we welcome young adults as part of the UNIQ and Headstart programmes. New for 2020, we have a residential programme called Uncover Engineering.

Headstart is a residential programme for 6th formers, includes practical challenges, a design competition, lab tours, team projects and academic lectures. 

The UNIQ Summer School aims to replicate the Oxford undergraduate experience - participants live in college, attend lectures and seminars and get expert advice on applying.

Uncover Engineering is a free residential course that will show girls what it’s like to be an engineer. They will take part in hands-on workshops across a range of engineering disciplines.

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The Home of Big Questions

Oxplore is Oxford's digital outreach portal for ages 11-18. It uses quizzes, short articles, podcasts and videos to introduce debates and ideas that go beyond what’s covered in the classroom


If you’re interested in engineering, check out their recent Big Question “Could you survive a natural disaster?”, which looks at the challenges of understanding and building around natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanoes, floods and wildfires – look out for Engineering Science’s Professor Manolis Chatzis, who discusses his work as an earthquake engineer and explains why building for earthquakes is like designing a modern car!

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Current undergraduates

If you come to an Open Day this year, you'll meet some of our Ambassadors, current undergraduates who help out at outreach events and answer questions about what it's like to study Engineering at Oxford.

Find out what inspires them about Engineering and their favourite thing about studying in Oxford.