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Information on teaching in Michaelmas term 2021

Information on teaching in Michaelmas term 2021

Undergraduates overview

The Engineering course at the University of Cambridge normally lasts four years and leads to two degrees: BA (with Honours) and MEng. The first two years of the course are essentially the same for all students and aim to give a broad overview of the subject, covering mechanical and structural engineering, as well as materials, electrical and information engineering.

From the third year, the students are required to specialise. Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) is offered, in addition to Engineering, as a distinct course. At the end of the third year, the students qualify for a BA (with Honours). However, the programme is designed with a four-year structure leading to a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree. This is the academic qualification which carries with it accreditation by one of the professional engineering institutions as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Students leaving after three years (which is extremely rare) would be leaving their professional education unfinished.

Details on Teaching in Michaelmas 2021

The Department is committed to continuing to deliver its course to the highest standards possible, whilst putting the safety of students and staff, as well as the wider community, first.  We are looking forward to welcoming all students to Cambridge for the start of the academic year 2021/22, and all we do is of course guided by the latest public health advice from the UK government and the University.  

Face coverings are no longer mandated by law, but as a courtesy to others we strongly encourage you to wear them while in the Department.  Some individuals are unable to wear face coverings for medical reasons, so please do be sensitive to this.  In line with Government and University advice, we advise you to participate in the University testing programme and to get vaccinated. 

As Engineering, by its nature, is a hands-on practical subject, all of our normal labs will run in-person this year.  Wherever possible, lectures will also be in-person.  We need to limit numbers in any given space to 100 people.  We will therefore, have to move some of the lectures taken by larger cohorts online, but this will be reviewed at the midpoint of term for Part II lectures.  We are also in the process of upgrading the ventilation in our largest lecture theatre, LT0 which will be out of action until January.  Therefore all Part I lectures will be online this term, but following a regular timetable as much as possible, as with last year.  We are hopeful that the prevailing conditions in Lent term will allow us to welcome you in-person into LT0 for the remainder of the year's lectures.  Those lectures which are running in-person will be in rooms where the capacity will be of order 50%, to allow students to socially distance as they choose.  

A colour-coded version of the timetable can be found here, where green and red shading indicate whether the corresponding lectures will take place in-person or online, respectively.  Further details will be available on the course syllabus and Moodle pages and/or the associated Teams channel.  Some Part II modules will be a blend of in-person and online, so please ensure you know which lectures will take place in the Department and which will not. 

Useful links

Teaching office Landing page

Stay Safe Cambridge Uni - the University's central site with everything you need to know about the latest advice

University of Cambridge response to COVID-19 - mainly for Easter term 2020, but some information is still relevant

NHS guidance on COVID-19

UK Government advice on COVID-19

Getting tested

Symptoms of COVID-19, or just a cold?  Useful and reassuring information from the BBC

Should you have any questions about any aspect of this or about our teaching programme, please contact Prof Colm Durkan, Deputy head of Department (teaching).