Cambridge is unusual in offering a broad Engineering degree, which specialises only in later years. 

We believe that our general course equips students well for increasingly multidisciplinary careers, during which they will need to absorb many new techniques and ways of thinking; many former students testify to the benefits of this type of course. The course is fast-moving and demanding and is held in high regard by employers throughout the world. The Cambridge course is accredited by the major Engineering Institutions, subject to reasonable restrictions on the choice of subjects in the final years.

Most Cambridge Engineering students take an additional fourth year that leads to the M.Eng. degree, although it is possible to leave after three years with a B.A. degree. The first two years cover fundamental principles of engineering across a very wide range of topics, aligned with the traditional disciplines of Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and so on, with a minor element of choice in the second year. In the third year, students choose modules from a wide range of topics, but with the majority taken from one of eight engineering areas. These areas represent professional specialisations and include Aerospace and Aero-thermal Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Civil and Mechanical Engineering (the full list can be found on the Department of Engineering website). The final “Masters” year then comprises 50% project work, plus a selection taken from a broad range of short, specialist courses. Alternatively, it is possible to move into Manufacturing Engineering or Management Studies for years three and four, or into Chemical Engineering for years two to four (after a foundation year in either Engineering or Natural Sciences).