Interested in Engineering?
What is engineering all about? This VIDEO heavily featuring many successful female Engineers Including our Head of Department Dame Professor Ann Dowling, gives a really good overview of the profession.
You may be looking at this website because you have a general interest in engineering but want to find out more before you make you make any specific career decisions, in particular which type of course to follow at university. There are a number of ways to "sample" activities that relate to the engineering profession, The EDT run Headstart, a one week course for sixth formers, Smallpeice Trust run several short courses to introduce young people to engineering. The Department of Engineering has an Outreach Officer, along with a website containing information on the activities that we organize regionally and nationally. See the Links to the right for further information.
Gap Year Information
A number of students choose to defer their entry into University directly from school and opt to take a Gap Year. This is a good opportunity to obtain some valuable experience working with an engineering related organisation before you start your degree. Assistance is available to prospective CUED students who have received either a conditional or firm offer of a place at CUED from their College. Use the contact link to the left of the page to obtain further information. The Year in Industry is a scheme set up to provide a One year programme of experience in a science/engineering realted environment.
Year in Industry
The Year in Industry scheme is a programme that CUED are very happy to endorse. It is a straightforward one-year placement enhanced by additional skills training. A large number of CUED students have graduated through this scheme, which is backed by the EDT/Royal Academy of Engineering. Seventy percent of the participants go on to get a First Class or Upper Second Degree. See the Links for further information.
Finding an employer on your own
However you can try and organise your exeprience independently You can use the CUED web pages designed for our undergraduate students to find summer vacation work experience to help you through the process Try "the Searching for a Placement " links.
Whether you go on a YinI placement or organise your own, make sure you document your experiences in the CUED logbook so that your period of work will qualify you for the CUED Industrial Experience requirements which you can fulfill prior to your arrival at CUED. A Logbook link is provided.
Sponsorship & Awards
Some of the engineering Institutions offer Scholarships, you need to check the various web pages to find out which ones currently are on offer. There are a number of awards available to undergraduate engineers, the majority of them aimed at those already on the course however you might wish to look prior to your arrival so that you are aware of what is on offer. See Links for further information.
Industrial Placement Co-ordinator
CUED has a full-time person whose role is to help deferred entrants and undergraduates find suitable industrial experience. For those requiring help finding specific firms to contact for industrial placements, you are advised to make Contact with the Industrial Placement Co-ordinator.
Studying Engineering as an Undergraduate.
If you want to study engineering here at Cambridge, you can check out the on-line prospectus in the Links to the right of the page. we also have a super cool video which explains how the course is set up.