Why choose Girton?

Girton offers a great opportunity for engineering students. The expertise of Girton Teaching Fellows covers a wide range of Engineering disciplines including Structures, Geotechnics, Materials, Thermodynamics, Aero, Nano Science and Information Engineering, Building Physics, Earthquake Engineering and Chemical Engineering. Fellows and students work together to provide academic support across all years, but especially in the important transition from school to university.  Graduates are also part of Girton’s Engineering Community. Please see the Fellows’ pages for more information on their interests and expertise.

Girton’s Engineering Society normally meets once or twice a term and provides opportunities to interact. The society is vital to provide links between Engineers in different undergraduate years and also contact with graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and the fellowship.

Girtonians have also been fully involved in the activities of Cambridge University Engineering Society, the CU Eco-house Society and CU Eco-racing, as well as science and engineering outreach activities such as; teaching support in local schools through the Stimulus Scheme, educational science activities for children such as CHaOs and helping in the Department of Engineering’s participation in the Cambridge Science Festival. Girton Engineers have also been involved in schemes to encourage applications to Cambridge from under-represented groups, such as being Student Ambassadors for the College and University, as well as being active members of the College community.

Undergraduate information

The Cambridge Engineering course allows you to sample several engineering disciplines in the first one or two years, and to specialise fully in one discipline for the third, and in most cases a fourth year leading to an MEng degree.

More details about Engineering Admissions can be found on the University webpage.

Graduate information

Graduates are welcome across all the scientific disciplines and are encouraged to take part in subject-organised events and to share their experience with undergraduate students. They are encouraged to take part in college teaching provided that their supervisor agrees.

Research and postgraduate students are admitted to the University by the Board of Graduate Studies. You must therefore apply centrally and not to the College, however you must be admitted to a College to be able to study at the University. To ensure that this is Girton you need to indicate this on your application form.

Career destinations

Many students proceed to postgraduate study in various engineering disciplines. Many of these continue in the specialist area of their Part II Engineering degree, and go on to gain a PhD; others may choose an MPhil or MSc course to broaden or change their area of expertise first, either in other UK Universities or elsewhere.

However, Girton Engineers have a wide range of interests and career aims including Investment Banking, a career in the forces RAF, teaching etc.

Undergraduate admissions at a glance

No. of students admitted per year


Entry requirements

All entry requirements are A-Level standard or equivalent, unless otherwise stated.

Mathematics and Physics are essential, with a third Mathematics/Science strongly preferred.  At least AS Further Mathematics is normally required. If available a full A level in Further Mathematics is strongly preferred.

We welcome applications from students taking A Level Mathematics and a suitable vocational qualification, e.g a BTEC Higher National Diploma in an engineering discipline. Applicants would be excpected to achieve the highest possible grades in both the A Level Mathematics and the vocational qualification.

Typical offer


Assessment arrangements

All Cambridge candidates are required to take a 2 hour written assessment prior to interview. Candidates will sit the assessment in their school or college and must register by 15 October 2020.

Further information about the written assessment can be found here.

Interview arrangements

Usually 2 interviews


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Fellows & Teaching Staff

Colm Durkan

Dr Colm Durkan

  • Director of Studies
  • Official Fellow
Gopal Madabhushi

Professor Gopal Madabhushi

  • Director of Studies
  • Professorial Fellow

Dr Stuart Scott

  • Director of Studies
  • Official Fellow
Hugh Shercliff

Dr Hugh Shercliff

  • Director of Studies
  • Official Fellow

Dr Samuel Grimshaw

  • Director of Studies
  • Senior Research Fellow