How to Apply

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Applying to Oxford

For detailed information on the admissions procedure here at Oxford, please visit the University's main Undergraduate Admissions pages.

Applying to study Engineering Science

  1. Entry Requirements

    First of all, please check that you fulfil the requirements for studying Engineering at Oxford.

  2. Physics AptitudeTest

    All candidates who wish to study Engineering at Oxford need to register for the Physics Aptitude Test as part of their application.

  3. Choose a College

    Choose your college or make an 'open' application in which case you will be randomly assigned to a college that admits engineering undergraduates.

  4. UCAS

    Make your UCAS application.

  5. Interview

    All shortlisted candidates resident in Europe are called to Oxford for interview.  Shortlisted candidates who reside outside Europe can choose either to come to Oxford for interview or ask to have a Skype/telephone/videoconference interview at the discretion of the candidate’s first college choice.

  6. Standard offer

    Should you be successful in your interview, you will be offered a place conditional on your final exam results.

    The standard offer means you will be required to achieve A*A*A with the A*s in Mathematics and Physics or Further Mathematics (if taken). For the IB you will need 7 at the Higher Level in Mathematics and Physics and at least a 6 in one other HL subject, combined with at least 40 points including the core.

    Candidates who are predicted A*AA may still be offered an interview, where tutors identify that the candidate has the potential to do well on this course. Typically these candidates will have a specific reason why they haven’t yet demonstrated their full potential: for example, disruption caused by change of school or system, severe discontinuity of teachers, bereavement or debilitating illness. A clear note of any such circumstances in the UCAS personal statement and/or school reference will be given serious consideration by tutors. Any offer would be conditional on achieving A*A*A.

Deferred entry

Engineering tutors welcome applications for deferred entry (i.e. starting your studies a year after your successful application), but expect this to incorporate a structured activity during the intervening year (preferably relevant to engineering).

(Note: Hertford College does not offer deferred places).

Industrial sponsorship can be valuable but is not required as far as the course is concerned. Further information is generally available through your school careers teacher, or from the engineering institutions. If your sponsoring company want you to spend a year with them before university, you will be asked to declare this at your admissions interview, so your college does not allocate a place to you that could otherwise be given to another candidate.

For those considering a year out between school and university there is also the Year in Industry scheme.

Further Information

  • For a tutor’s-eye view of Oxford admissions interviews watch the videos recorded by Dr Byron Byrne, a Tutor in Engineering at St Catherine's College.
  • For a list of possible funding sources, please visit our Fees, Scholarships & Funding page.
  • For a list of frequently asked questions, please visit our FAQ page.