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Undergraduates Overview & COVID-19 information

Undergraduates Overview & COVID-19 information

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.

COVID-19 information for students

The purpose of this page is to provide useful resources and to keep you updated on how the Department of Engineering is responding to the ongoing pandemic.

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 as many students as possible to Cambridge for the start of the academic year 2020/21, and all we do is of course guided by the latest public health advice from the UK government and the University.  

A welcome pack containing details of how to operate safely in and around the building can be found here.

As Engineering by its nature is a hands-on, practical subject, it is essential that these elements of the course are retained wherever possible.  We therefore took the decision early on to move all undergraduate lecture content to be online/remote so that teaching labs could safely run in a face-to-face manner, with managed numbers across the department.  It will be delivered in a blended style comprising a mix of pre-recorded and live (but still online) sessions, following a regular timetable as much as possible. 

All labs have been modified to be able to run in a manner compatible with social distancing and in well-ventilated spaces, and we have established a set of cleaning protocols whereby spaces will be sanitised regularly.  

An example of the extent to which we are ensuring that the required (for accreditation purposes) learning outcomes of this course are met, is that we are replacing the Integrated Electrical Project (IEP) with a series of do-it-yourself electronics experiments in your college space.  This was partly made possible by sponsorship from the alumni association, CUEA.  Each student entering first year (IA) will be provided with an electronics set and an oscilloscope with which they can experimentally test the theory they will encounter.

Please note that face coverings must be worn in all public areas on-site, including teaching labs, lecture theatres, corridors, foyers, staircases and toilets, as well as around the cycle racks.  Some individuals are unable to wear face coverings for medical reasons, so please do be sensitive to this possibility.

Useful links

Teaching office Landing page

Student self-isolation declaration form

Welcome/safety pack for students - details on how to operate in and around the department

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 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).