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Entrance requirements

Entrance requirements

Requirements for postgraduate students

Please find details of our entry requirements below. This information can also be found on the course pages of the Graduate Admissions Website, along with further information about the content of each programme and how to apply. 

If you have not completed your studies in the UK please refer to our international equivalencies page for further information regarding whether your qualification meets the entry criteria. 

MPhil Courses

Course Academic Entry Criteria Other requirements
MPhil in Energy Technologies Applicants for this course should have achieved a First Class Honours Degree or equivalent.  A wide range of graduates are encouraged to apply, including chemical, civil, or environmental engineers. Physics and chemistry graduates are also encouraged, while electrical engineers who want to learn more about the thermo-fluid aspects of energy technologies can also apply. 
MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree or equivalent.  The course is a professional practice programme designed for students preferably from an engineering background, and with some postgraduate work experience in the engineering industry. Students on the programme will have well-developed technical skills in engineering, science or other quantitative disciplines.
MPhil in Industrial Systems Manufacture and Management Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree or equivalent. Successful applicants will be numerate, and are likely to have a background in engineering, technology, science or mathematics. Relevant working experience, usually in the form of internships, is required.
MPhil in Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK First class Honours Degree or equivalent. Students will be expected to have well-developed technical skills in engineering or a related technical area, in mathematics, and in computing.
MPhil in Nuclear Energy Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree or equivalent. This course has been designed for top engineers and scientists with some post-degree experience, not necessarily in the nuclear industry, or new graduates who want to equip themselves with the knowledge and the skills to build a career in nuclear energy. Applicants should have well-developed technical skills and a good degree in engineering or a related science subject (such as physics, chemistry or materials science).

Research Courses

Course Academic Entry Criteria Other requirements
PhD in Engineering (full and part time) Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree or equivalent. Successful applicants will have a background in engineering, science or a related subject.
MPhil in Engineering Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree or equivalent. Applicants should have a background in engineering, science, or a related subject.

Note: Students currently undertaking a taught Master's degree at Cambridge must achieve a mark of 70 per cent to be allowed to continue to the PhD degree. Students currently studying for a Master's degree by research must satisfy their examiners that they are capable of continuing to the PhD degree.

MRes Courses

Course Academic Entry Criteria Other requirements
MRes in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree or equivalent. Applications are invited from outstanding graduates in a relevant science (physics, mathematics, natural sciences, geology and geographical science, social sciences, materials science etc) or in engineering (chemical, civil, electronic and electrical, mechanical etc). Applicants with other relevant qualifications or extensive relevant industry experience who can show evidence of scientific and engineering research capability may also apply.
MRes in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree or equivalent. Successful applicants require high-level technical engineering skills. Candidates are likely to have a background in any relevant engineering discipline (including civil, mechanical, chemical, manufacturing, electrical and information), or in any relevant scientific discipline (including materials science, earth science, and computer science), or in other relevant disciplines such as architecture, project management, and other cognate fields. Industrial experience is helpful but not necessary.
MRes in Future Propulsion and Power Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree or equivalent. Students on the programme are expected to have developed technical skills in aspects of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics during their first degree.

MSt Courses

Course Academic Entry Criteria Other Requirements
MSt in Construction Engineering Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree or equivalent.

A construction-related degree is preferable.

It is highly recommended that application have several years' professional experience, preferably in a construction or infrastructure-related field.

English language requirements

In order to successfully complete their course it is crucial that students have a high standard of fluency in English. 

If English is not your first language you will be asked to submit evidence that you meet the University's language requirement before your place on the course is confirmed. This is usually through the provision of an English language certificate, or if you have studied in an English speaking country for a minimum of three years within two years prior to the course start date, a transcript will be sufficient. Please note that you do not need to provide evidence of a language test prior to submitting your application, the Graduate Admissions Office will inform if you require one (and how to submit your results) when you receive an offer from us. 

You can find out if you are likely to require a language test by selecting your nationality here

Which tests do we accept?

Listening Writing Reading Speaking TOTAL
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 7.0 6.5 7.0 7.0
TOEFL 25 25 25 25 100

CAE and  CPE

Score
CAE

Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each element) plus a language centre assessment.

CPE Grade A, B or C (with at least 200 in each individual element).

Please note that the test results are valid for two years, so if you have achieved the language scores above within this time period you can submit this result.

It is also important to consider that there might be a long wait for IELTS and TOEFL tests to become available as they are often in high demand. We recommend that if you have been asked to provide a language score as part of your offer that you book your test as soon as you can, so that you also have time to book another test should you not meet the requirement on the first attempt.

If the Graduate Admissions Office have informed you that you need to take a test then you will need to do so, and the condition cannot not be changed. No waiver can be offered.   

International equivalencies

If you have not completed your studies in the UK, please refer to the Graduate Admissions website for further information regarding international qualifications and their equivalency. Please ensure that you check your qualification prior to making an application to make sure that your qualification meets the entry requirement, if you do not meet the criteria you can still apply, but please be aware that you will be at a significant disadvantage compared to other applicants. 

In addition, the guidance provided on the Graduate Admissions website is a guideline of the minimum academic requirement, and may not reflect the course you would like to apply for. Therefore please refer to our entry requirements in addition to these pages to confirm your suitability for the course. 

For further information on international qualification equivalency, you can also use the UK NARIC website. UK NARIC is the UK's National Recognition Information Centre and provides services for individuals and organisations to compare international qualifications against UK qualification framework levels.

Overview of entrance requirements

This section contains information regarding the academic entry requirements for each of our courses. If you have not completed your current study you can still apply, although you will need to have met the entry requirement by the time the course starts. 

Please note that although the academic requirement is a very important aspect of the admissions process, it will not be the only factor taken into consideration when reviewing your application. The department will also consider your overall suitability for the course by assessing your references, CV, statement of interest, overall transcript and research proposal (if applicable).  

Please see the pages below for further information;

Entrance Requirements 

International Equivalencies

English Language Requirements

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