The concept of a unified Engineering Science Course is strongly supported at Keble.  Engineering is a vital, continually changing subject, and those who have a broad background are better prepared for future unknown challenges.

Advantages of Keble

We admit 9 Engineers each year, the most admitted by any Oxford college.  With a greater number of Fellows in engineering and related subjects than most Colleges we are better able to cover the full range of subjects in the broad-based course. As well as just under 40 engineering undergraduates in the College there are about 10 research students.  The engineers therefore form a substantial and active community within the College.

Keble undergraduates have sustained a high level of academic achievement and generate the best examination results in the College.  There are generous prizes specifically for engineering students, including the Bennett prizes for Prelims performance and fourth-year presentation and the Franklin Prizes for performance in Finals and fourth-year projects.

Whilst academic work always takes first priority, many of the Engineers at Keble play an active part in the sporting and other non-academic activities within the College.

Keble is conveniently situated as the College closest to the Department of Engineering Science.

Course structure

There is one Engineering course available at Oxford, of four years duration. There is further information on the course and how to apply available from the Engineering page of the Oxford Undergraduate Prospectus.

The first year work provides an introduction to the main principles across the entire range of engineering.  The second year continues with a broad coverage of subjects, and undergraduates specialise more in the third year, and undertake a 100 hour group design project.  The final year contains specialist courses, selected from a wide menu, and a major 200 hour individual project.

Typical pattern of teaching

Undergraduates are taught mainly by the Tutorial Fellows and by our Research Fellow and Tutor, as well as by other specialist college tutors.

Qualities sought for entry

A good mathematical background is essential for the Oxford engineering course.  The interview is an important part of the admissions process, and always includes an assessment of academic and technical ability as well as non-academic issues.  We view a strong motivation towards an Engineering career as particularly important.  Successful candidates are expected to maintain the high academic standards of Engineering within the College.

Details on How to Apply are available on the Department's website. 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.

Pre-interview Test: All candidates for all Engineering courses must take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT) in their own school or college or an approved test centre. See further details about the Physics Aptitude Test.

Approximate yearly intake Keble: 9
Department Website Department of Engineering Science


Via the College Office.


The Tutorial Fellows in Engineering at Keble are:

Prof Paul Taylor MA PhD (Shell-Pocock Fellow) As the Senior Tutorial Fellow in Engineering, Prof Taylor deals with the overall organisation of the subject, as well as teaching structures and mechanics.  His research interests include the design of offshore and coastal structures, water wave mechanics, engineering mathematics and structural mechanics.

Professor Stephen Payne MEng DPhil Dr Payne teaches mathematics, thermofluids and electricity.  His research interests primarily revolve around modelling and measuring blood flow in the brain and how these techniques can be used to help diagnose and treat brain diseases such as stroke.

Other Fellows in Engineering are:

Dr Felix Leach Research Fellow and Tutor in Engineering, specialising in Mechanical Engineering, specifically emissions and efficiency in internal combustion engines.

Professor Richard C Darton BSc PhD FREng FIChemE CBE. Prof Darton has been closely involved with the introduction of chemical engineering teaching and research to the University.  His research interests include Distillation and interfacial phenomena.  He is a founder member of the Oxford Centre for Environmental Biotechnology, and is interested in Sustainable Development.