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Beyond the course

"I would recommend this degree to anyone who likes combining creativity with problem-solving. Engineering is the field that has the most significant impact on the problems of our world."

Arta Cika, DPhil candidate

Why choose Engineering?

You may not have studied Engineering before, and could be wondering why you should choose to study it at university.

Engineering is a fun and exciting way to put your maths and physics skills to practical use, creating solutions for real-world problems in sustainability, construction, energy, conservation, healthcare - and much more.

Here's what some of our students and researchers say about why Engineering is such a great opportunity.

Arta Cika, DPhil candidate

Being an engineer is fun and exciting, and a career in engineering can offer a chance to be creative and inventive. I would recommend this degree to anyone who likes combining creativity with problem-solving. Engineering is the field that has the most significant impact on the problems of our world, whether it is to let people connect to each other, creating clean energy or curing cancer. As engineers, we are constantly changing our environment with inventions and solutions that affect everyone’s lives

Ciara Felix, DPhil candidate

Engineering is a really exciting career which could potentially help solve so many different real-world problems such as curing diseases, eliminating pollution, conserving wildlife etc

Alycia Leonard, DPhil candidate

I get to use my skills to do something which can directly benefit people. It is both analytical and human-focused. I love the feeling that I am playing some small part in creating positive social impact

Emma Bluemke, DPhil student

Engineering covers a huge range of topics that impact your life: medical tech, sustainable energy, software, transportation, building and maintaining cities, and more. If you’re curious about how things work and want to help build the future, try an engineering degree

Sisini Sasidharan, Researcher

Engineering is a fascinating field. It gives a platform to be creative and bring into fruition innovative solutions to challenging problems which could impact society

Barbara Souza, DPhil candidate

Engineering is a fun and creativity-driven career that directs us to accomplish incredible things and help the world to evolve

Huiqi Lu, Researcher

If you love to create or build things (furniture, clothes, buildings, power stations) or to explore the unknown (time, space, rules) in the universe.. then engineering is an exciting choice

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Our graduates

Our graduates go on to careers in a wide range of sectors, including banking, accountancy, computing, energy and the environment – but of course, most tend to work in the engineering and manufacturing sector. They’re in high demand, from both multinational companies and lean start-ups.

Some decide to continue their studies at Oxford, or elsewhere, by working towards a doctorate.

Within 6 months of graduating, 92% of our students are in work or further study – and earning an average salary of £30,000.

University Careers Service

The careers service offer advice and assistance in many different ways to students:

  • CVs
  • Cover Letters
  • Sectors & Occupations
  • Psychometric Tests
  • See an Adviser
  • Careers Fairs

Summer Internships

The University Careers Service provides access to hundreds of internship opportunities during the long (summer) vacation. They are offered by our international alumni, by multi-national corporations, by world-leading NGOs, by cutting-edge research institutions and many other organisations, and all are exclusively available to Oxford University students. Since the programme’s inception, students have completed internships in over 40 countries, and have gained valuable work experience while travelling to exciting and exotic locations

Introduced by the Department in 2019, the EUROP scheme funds students to work on real research projects alongside academics for up to eight weeks during their summer break. The Department hopes the scheme will support the students in their future careers by contributing to their employability and skillset, as well as translating the theory taught in lectures into the research environment.

“The EUROP scheme offers a fantastic opportunity to undergraduate students to get immersed in research and explore a topic of their interest”

Professor Antonis Papachristodoulou, EUROP supervisor