The Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) is very different to other Engineering options. The course provides a sound theoretical basis in manufacturing technology, manufacturing engineering and business management, coupled with the repeated experience of putting theory into practice via a series of projects.
MET students develop invaluable skills in leadership, problem solving, team working, communication - 'making things happen' - which ensure they are highly prized by employers. MET demands hard work, teamwork and initiative. The course generates a high level of esprit de corps and an ethos of self reliance, resulting in a strong sense of group identity - and fun!
In addition to ten taught modules, all students take part in a major design project, that enables them to develop an idea from first concept to working prototype, and produce a detailed business plan. Students also benefit from a series of structured industrial visits and skills sessions to develop professional and leadership skills. Follow this link for more details on the 3rd year.
In their 4th year, modules are interspersed with practical exercises, both at Cambridge and in industry. Industry-based projects involve working in small groups on a wide range of real problems identified by the host companies. In Cambridge, students develop an automated production line and also prepare for an overseas research programme.
Manufacturing Engineering is an option for the final two years of the Cambridge Engineering degree that develops and applies engineering knowledge in a business context. Applications are welcomed from students of Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and other related science based courses midway through the second year of study.
Selection is based on interview, a reference from the Director of Studies, and academic record. The course requires the ability to apply engineering principles in a business context. The qualities sought include enthusiasm and drive, communication skills, organisational ability, leadership potential, team-working and inter-personal skills, ability to work to tight deadlines, and a real interest in manufacturing engineering.