Department of Engineering

Applying for research courses

Applying for research courses

All applications are made electronically through the Graduate Admissions website;

MPhil in Engineering

PhD in Engineering

Before you apply

As a research student in this department you will have a supervisor for the duration of your studies, and you will be asked to include their details on your application form. Therefore prior to making an application we recommend the you carefully consider your area of interest, and review both our research group pages and our staff and student directory. When you have identified an academic member of staff whose research interests match your own please contact them to discuss your topic and supervision. 

If you are unable to find an appropriate supervisor please include the research group that you wish to work in, so that your application can be reviewed by an appropriate member of staff.

For applicants considering the MPhil in Engineering, contacting potential supervisors is particularly important, as the course has a limited number of places and not all supervisors have the capacity to accept students. 

You can access the relevant sections of the directory below;

Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery

Electrical Engineering

Mechanics, Materials and Design

Manufacturing and Management

Information Engineering

What we need from you 

In order to apply for these courses you will need to supply the following;

  • Two academic references
  • Academic transcripts 
  • CV/Resume
  • Reasons for applying (2500 characters) This is an opportunity to say more about yourself, your background, and your reasons for wanting to study Engineering research course at Cambridge.
  • Research Proposal (optional) If you wish, you may submit a longer proposal giving more detail about your intended subject of research. This proposal should be concise and efficient, but the Department does not impose a precise word limit.

In addition you may need;

  • Evidence of your English Language qualification
  • A personal reference and statement (Gates only)


Please note the following are the application deadlines, if you wish to be considered for funding please note that the deadlines are much earlier. Please click here for further details. 

Programme Michaelmas 2021 Deadlines Lent 2021 Deadlines
MPhil in Engineering 30 June 2021               NA 
PhD in Engineering 30 June 2021 4 October 2021

What happens next?

When your application has been submitted you will need to ensure that all of the supporting documents are uploaded, as your application cannot be processed without all of the required documents. When complete, it will be referred to the department for a decision.

Your application will be received by the Graduate Studies Office and designated to the relevant academic division for review by academic members of staff, including your proposed supervisor. They will decide whether to invite you for an interview (at the department or remotely).  

When a decision has been made the department will notify the Graduate Admissions Office, who will update your self-service account with a decision and send you an email confirming the outcome of your application.  


The department receives a high volume of applications, so you may experience a delay in hearing back from us. However all applications are considered on a rolling basis, and we will inform you of the outcome as quickly as possible.