University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering
The Department of Engineering is the largest department in the University of Cambridge, representing approximately 10% of the University's activities by the majority of common metrics, and is one of Europe's largest integrated engineering departments. It achieves the highest standards in both research and teaching. Its international reputation attracts the best students, academics, sponsors and partners from around the world.
Since its foundation in 1875, the Department of Engineering has grown to become the largest department in the University and the largest integrated engineering department in the UK with 132 faculty, 195 contract research staff and research fellows, nearly 600 research students, and over 1000 undergraduates.
Growth throughout its history has been consistently strong. For instance, between 2000 and 2007, research expenditure doubled, the number of contract research staff nearly doubled, and the number of research students increased by over 40%. Rapid growth has been coupled with greater integration through the development of cross-linking themes and stronger connections with other disciplines, as demonstrated by a six-fold rise in the Department's share of expenditure on grants jointly held with other departments.
In 2009, two world university rankings placed Cambridge as the best outside the USA: the Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranking in the broad field of engineering/technology and computer sciences; and the THES ranking in the field of technology. In the national Research Assessment Exercise 2008, the Department of Engineering at Cambridge came far ahead of any other institution in General Engineering and its result was not surpassed by any institution in any other engineering or scientific discipline.
The Nuclear Energy MPhil programme is taught in conjunction with the Judge Business School and the Departments of Materials Science & Metallurgy and Earth Sciences, which together provide a wide range of world class courses which can be tailored to student needs across a spectrum that runs from 50/50 technology & business management, to providing knowledge and skills for research and entry into a PhD programme.
The aim of the Department is to address the world's most pressing challenges with science and technology by:
■attracting and retaining the best engineering academics in the world and the support staff necessary for success
■securing the brightest engineering students and teaching them to the highest standards
■working in collaboration with other disciplines, other institutions, companies, and the entrepreneurial community.
The Department values:
■teaching, research and connections between the two
■collaborations across disciplines
■sharing and applying research.