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Information about the undergraduate course in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford: how to apply

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Applying to Oxford

So you've had a look around and like what you see:

What are your next steps?

1. Check our entry requirements

Firstly, how are your predicted grades?

The MEng course has specific entry requirements, so you’ll need to make sure that you meet them before going any further. Given certain mitigating circumstances, we sometimes make changes to our standard offer; you'll need to make those clear in your application.

Ways to Prepare

2. Choose your college

Now for the fun part! Students at Oxford all belong to one of our colleges, which is where you’ll sleep, study and socialise. There are 27 colleges which accept Engineering Science students.

Each college is different and only you will know which one is right for you, so read through the list of colleges, and decide which one suits you. Open Days are also a really good opportunity to visit your top 3 or so colleges and see the facilities and ambience for yourself. You’ll submit your application directly to your college of choice. If you just can’t decide (or just don't have a preference), then don’t worry – submitting an ‘open application’ will get you a college assigned at random.

3. Apply through UCAS

Log in, write your application, and get it submitted before the deadline!

Take some time over your personal statement  - it's your chance to tell us why you want to study engineering and what it is that interests you about it. 

What should I write for my personal statement?
You could tell us about a hobby that shows off your love of engineering – maybe you’ve built a robot or taught yourself how to program. Make sure you mention what it is that you enjoy about it, and what engineering principles you’ve learned. Perhaps you’ve managed to find some work experience in an engineering-related field, or you’ve attended one of the Headstart courses taking place around the country – or even in Oxford. Of course, this isn’t possible for everyone, but if it applies to you, tell us! Think about the personal and engineering lessons you took away with you.
What not to write
Be sure to resist the temptation to exaggerate your interest or overstate your experiences. Your interviewer will probably ask you about the hobbies and work experience that you mention, and you’re sure to be found out!

How to Apply

4. Take the Physics Aptitude Test

If you meet our requirements and you’re inspired by the thought of studying in Oxford, then your next step is the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT). We ask all our candidates to complete this, and it gives us more of an idea of where your skills lie in maths and physics – both essential for this course. The test normally takes place at your school or college, and lasts for 2 hours. 

5. Attend an interview

We shortlist candidates based on their applications. If you get shortlisted, then we’ll invite you to come and visit us for an interview.

It’s a chance for us to get to know you personally, find out a bit more about why you want to study engineering – and for you to ask us your questions, too!

Applying from outside of Europe? Some colleges may offer you an interview by Skype. It's best to check with them at the application stage.

Oxford Interviews

6. The offer

This is it! Following a successful interview, you’ll be offered a conditional place, which depends on your final exam results, or an unconditional place (if you've already met our academic requirements). At that point, all you need to do is get on with your revision, and make sure you do the best you can in your exams. Good luck!



We've answered some of the Common Questions that we get asked a lot.

Oxford Undergraduate Official Guide

Other options

Industrial sponsorship

While industrial sponsorship can be valuable, it is not required for this course. If it is something that you are interested in pursuing, talk to your school’s careers advisor.

If your sponsoring company wants you to spend a year with them before you attend university, you’ll need to declare this at your interview, so that you don't receive a place that could otherwise have gone to another candidate.

If you are thinking of taking a year out between school and university, you might be interested in the Year In Industry scheme.

Deferred Entry

We welcome Deferred Entry applications (that is, applying for the following year’s intake), as long as you’ll be spending the intervening year on a structured activity – preferably something engineering-focussed.

(Please note: Hertford College does not offer deferred places)