• What will I learn?
  • Who will I learn from?
  • Who is this course for?
  • What can I do after?
  • Our Engineering course gives an introduction to the study of engineering at undergraduate level. From the building of skyscrapers to the development of Formula One cars, you’ll get a chance to explore some of the key challenges facing engineers today.

    In previous years, the course has covered a wide range of topics, including Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the concept of ‘chaos’, applications of Biomedical Engineering (including Brain-imaging techniques) and an introduction to Engineering Design.

  • All our tutors are current Oxford and/or Cambridge PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. You will have the opportunity to learn about their look at original research and our tutors will take you beyond your school curriculum to investigate their subject at a higher level - this is great preparation for university/college study! You may even have the opportunity to learn about your tutor’s original, unpublished research.

    Francesco,  one of our Engineering tutors in 2016, completed his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering in Naples, Italy. He is currently completing his PhD  in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford and will continue his academic career as a postdoctoral researcher in his current lab.

    Mattia, another of our Engineering tutors in 2016, completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Bologna University, Italy before moving on to a Masters in Computational Mechanics at Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France. He is currently completing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at University of Oxford, where he is investigating the impact of collisions in aeronautical applications.

  • This course is ideal for anyone who is thinking about studying Engineering or any related subject at university (like Mathematics or Physics), and teaches a method of thought and research that is beneficial to all disciplines. Whether you’re interested in civil, mechanical, electrical or biomedical engineering, you’ll gain a strong grounding in key engineering concepts.

    You may also be interested in our Physics course.

  • Our students go on to studying Engineering at undergraduate level, either at universities across the UK, or abroad, including in the US. They also move into related fields, such as Physics and Mathematics.

  • Requirements

    As an academic summer school, we invite all students to complete a short application form and short interview with one of our staff before booking.
    Although students are unlikely to have studied Engineering at school, the course does centre on the application of mathematical and scientific principles. Ideally, students should be familiar with differentiation, integration and solving systems of linear equations.

    English Language requirements: all students need to be able to engage with the course material, which normally means a level of English equivalent to an IELTS score of 5.5 and above, or B2 in the Common European Framework. Don't worry if you don't have a formal qualification - when you chat to one of the team they'll be able to assess your level and answer any questions you may have.

    Not sure about which course is the best for you? Our friendly team is here to help – contact us and we will help you choose the subject that is best suited to your needs.

Studying Engineering at OISS


 0800   Wake up and go down to breakfast with my friends from my staircase. Have some toast and cereal to start the day, and grab a piece of fruit for a snack later.
 0915   Go to my small group tutorial with our tutor Mattia. Mattia is currently completing a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, alongside teaching undergraduates. He’s been great at explaining the key concepts to us and he even took us on an extra trip to his lab to learn more about being a researcher. Today we are discussing chaos theory and how it might be relevant to engineering.
 1100   We have some free time before lunch so me and my friends drop by our rooms to put our books away before we head to a nearby sandwich shop to grab lunch - a cool mixed salad from the Covered Market. We then head to Radcliffe Square to sit outside the Radcliffe Camera (or ‘RadCam’ to locals) and take in the amazing architecture.
 1300   I’m back in the accommodation now for my Independent Research Time. I pick up my notes from the tutorial and start planning my presentation on aerospace engineering that’s due this week.
 1500   I meet up with the ACs and other students for a Drama Workshop. I do some drama at school and it’s been really fun getting to do more with students from around the world.
 1800   We head out to a local Italian restaurant for dinner - a change from the food in the accommodation, and a chance to see more of Oxford in the evening.
 1900   Time for my seminar on Current Affairs. Everyone at the Summer School gets to pick a seminar series to take part in and I chose this one to give me a contrast from my core course in Engineering.They’re always a great opportunity to learn more and debate contemporary issues.
 2100   After popping back to my room to drop off my stuff, I head to the common room to watch a movie with everyone.
 2300   Lights out - ready for another packed day tomorrow!