Manufacturing Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering Tripos (MET) is an option that can be taken following the completion of Part I of the Engineering degree. The course provides a sound theoretical basis in manufacturing technology, manufacturing engineering and business management, coupled with the repeated experience of putting theory into practice via a series of projects.


MET students develop invaluable skills in leadership, problem solving, team working, communication - 'making things happen' - which ensure they are highly prized by employers. MET demands hard work, teamwork and initiative.

The course generates a high level of esprit de corps and an ethos of self reliance, resulting in a strong sense of group identity - and fun!

3rd Year Students (MET IIA): Manufacturing fundamentals

In addition to ten taught modules, all students take part in a major design project, that enables them to develop an idea from first concept to working prototype, and produce a detailed business plan. Students also benefit from a series of structured industrial visits and skills sessions to develop professional and leadership skills. Follow this link for more details on the 3rd year.

4th Year Students (MET IIB): Manufacturing leadership

In their 4th year, modules are interspersed with practical exercises, both at Cambridge and in industry. Industry-based projects involve working in small groups on a wide range of real problems identified by the host companies. In Cambridge, students develop an automated production line and also prepare for an overseas research programme.

Entry Details

Typical Entry Requirements: Successful completion of Engineering Part 1 or Chemical Engineering Part 1

 Manufacturing Engineering is an option for the final two years of the Cambridge Engineering degree that develops and applies engineering knowledge in a business context. Applications are welcomed from students of Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and other related science based courses midway through the second year of study.

Selection is based on interview, a reference from the Director of Studies, and academic record. The course requires the ability to apply engineering principles in a business context. The qualities sought include enthusiasm and drive, communication skills, organisational ability, leadership potential, team-working and inter-personal skills, ability to work to tight deadlines, and a real interest in manufacturing engineering.


Directors of Studies

Dr Michael De Volder (on leave Michaelmas & Lent 2023-24), covered by Dr Matteo Seita (Michaelmas), Prof Duncan McFarlane (Lent)

Dr Georgina Evans

Subject Fellows

Dr Michael De Volder
Professor Duncan McFarlane

Further Information

Full details of the course can be found on the Manufacturing Engineering Tripos website.


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