St John’s College currently takes up to 15 undergraduates each year to read Engineering: about one tenth of our total numbers. They come from a wide variety of schools and backgrounds, from all parts of the UK and abroad, and form a friendly and supportive group.
We have twelve teaching Fellows whose collective expertise covers a broad scope, and who are responsible for supervising our first and second-year students for most of their courses. Third-year and fourth-year supervisions are arranged on a University-wide basis but, given our size, the likelihood of being supervised during the third and fourth year by one of our Teaching Fellows is high.
The College provides excellent facilities for those reading the subject to support the lectures and laboratory work arranged by the University Department of Engineering. The College Library is well stocked, and there are generous book grants available to all undergraduate students. St John’s has a thriving College Engineering Society (known as the Parsons Society) and Engineers invariably make a major contribution to all aspects of College life.
Engineering Subject Video
UCAS Code: H100
Typical Minimum Entry Requirements
A Level: A*A*A
International Baccalaureate: 42 points, with 776 at Higher Level
Essential Subjects: A Level/IB Higher Level Mathematics (Analysis and Approaches) and Physics
Desirable Subjects: A Level/IB Further Maths
Submitted Work: None
Admissions Assessments (pre-registration required): Applicants for Engineering will need to sit an Admissions Assessment, more information on which is available here. The Engineering Admissions Assessment (ENGAA) consists of 2 Maths/Physics assessments which last 60 minutes each.
You must register for pre-interview assessments so please do review this information carefully.
Application to St John’s
Applicants apply for Engineering from a wide spectrum of educational backgrounds. If you are following a non A-level curriculum, the Undergraduate Admissions Office can be contacted for advice on Admissions@joh.cam.ac.uk
Advice on choice of Mathematics modules for engineering can be found on the Engineering Department’s website.
St John's applicants are typically given one or two interviews, with a total interview time of approximately 40 to 45 minutes. There will be two interviewers present at each interview. During the interview(s), candidates will be asked to solve a mixture of problems under the supervision of the interviewers. One of these problems will be sent to the candidate so they can prepare a solution prior to the interview. Other problems will be presented for the first time in the interview.
Further information regarding interview dates and arrangements can be found here.
Directors of Studies
Professor Andrew Wheeler - Engineering (Part IA)
Professor Hannah Joyce - Engineering (Part IB)
Professor Michael De Volder - Engineering (Part IIA and Part IIB)
Dr Georgina Evans (on leave in 2022-23)
Professor Ben Simons (for 2022-23)
Professor Michael De Volder
Professor Zoubin Ghahramani
Professor Ian Hutchings
Professor Tom Hynes
Professor Hannah Joyce
Dr John Leake
Professor Janet Lees
Dr R (Dick) McConnel
Professor Duncan McFarlane
Dr A (Ricky) Metaxas
Dr Matteo Seita
Prof Andrew Wheeler
College Research Associates
Dr Christopher Proctor
College Teaching Associates
Dr Chris Cleaver
Dr Neville Dean
The University Engineering Department publishes a booklet entitled Undergraduate Engineering at Cambridge University, which gives fuller details of the Engineering Tripos and related courses. Details of the Department's Open Day may be obtained from the Teaching Office, Engineering Department, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1PZ, tel: 01223 332625, or by email to: email@example.com. No advance booking is necessary. You can also visit the Engineering Department web site at http://www.eng.cam.ac.uk/admissions/.
St John's College Library: Engineering Subject Guide