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Beyond the course

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Beyond the course

Engineers do not design things to be left on shelves. Instead, their work is to create things that bring people together and, in turn, create a world that is better off. I am studying Engineering so I can go on to positively impact people’s lives.

Solace, 3rd year, St Peter’s

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.

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
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
Alumni Dov Tate at the A2 wind tunnel in North Carolina

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.

Current innovations in technology like the development of electric vehicles and robotics are only possible due to work from engineering academics, especially within these fields that will become vital in industry in a few years’ time.

Oscar, 3rd year, Oriel

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

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

The Oxford Guide to Careers

Gain insights into careers in a variety of sectors, read tips on how to build applications that stand out, find out how to improve employability skills, and more, from careers advisers, top recruiters and Oxford alumni.