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I want to apply for Oxford Engineering Science but also want to apply for Mechanical

Hello,

I am a Year 12 student ( going into Year 13 in September) and I am thinking of applying for engineering science at Oxford. However, for my other 4 choices I wanted to apply for mechanical engineering. Should I apply for general engineering instead? I am scared that if my personal statement is too broad to fit the Oxford criteria I may get rejected from Mechanical Engineering. Any advice would help greatly.
Just write a mechanical engineering PS. It's normal and to be expected, plus you can and will specialise in the Oxford course after second year anyway.

Also Oxford and Cambridge have indicated on several occasions the PS is not that important for them because they basically have no idea if the student wrote it themselves or not, and for STEM fields it's also somewhat less important/relevant I gather.
Original post by vky19
Hello,

I am a Year 12 student ( going into Year 13 in September) and I am thinking of applying for engineering science at Oxford. However, for my other 4 choices I wanted to apply for mechanical engineering. Should I apply for general engineering instead? I am scared that if my personal statement is too broad to fit the Oxford criteria I may get rejected from Mechanical Engineering. Any advice would help greatly.

Oxford don;t offer a year in industry. Are you planning to work as an Engineer?
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Original post by Muttley79
Oxford don;t offer a year in industry. Are you planning to work as an Engineer?

I would like to but I also chose it as I heard engineering is a nice degree that opens up your job options- main reason why I chose it.
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Original post by artful_lounger
Just write a mechanical engineering PS. It's normal and to be expected, plus you can and will specialise in the Oxford course after second year anyway.

Also Oxford and Cambridge have indicated on several occasions the PS is not that important for them because they basically have no idea if the student wrote it themselves or not, and for STEM fields it's also somewhat less important/relevant I gather.

Thank you! I was just really confused because my teachers were telling me it was best to apply to general engineering courses but I really love mechanical.
Original post by vky19
I would like to but I also chose it as I heard engineering is a nice degree that opens up your job options- main reason why I chose it.


Hmm - chose a degree because you are passionate about the subject. If you 'might' want to be an Engineer then look for a degree with an industrial placament.
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Original post by Muttley79
Hmm - chose a degree because you are passionate about the subject. If you 'might' want to be an Engineer then look for a degree with an industrial placament.


I am passionate haha sorry from my reply it didn’t seem like i was. Although i want to be an engineer now i don’t want to say i’m sure because who knows halfway through the degree I might realise I want to pursue something else. I’ve been wanting to apply for mech eng courses with a year in industry at other universities as well!
You'll almost certainly be fine applying for mechanical as long as you have sufficient grades in the right subjects.
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Original post by Smack
You'll almost certainly be fine applying for mechanical as long as you have sufficient grades in the right subjects.

Okay thank you!!
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Original post by vky19
Hello,

I am a Year 12 student ( going into Year 13 in September) and I am thinking of applying for engineering science at Oxford. However, for my other 4 choices I wanted to apply for mechanical engineering. Should I apply for general engineering instead? I am scared that if my personal statement is too broad to fit the Oxford criteria I may get rejected from Mechanical Engineering. Any advice would help greatly.

Heya,
I did the exact same as you - applied for Oxford and mechanical engineering most/all my other Unis. I kept my personal statement very broad as I mostly directed it at the Oxford course, for instance a lot of my work around my studies was in electrical/control engineering. I now read Engineering Science at Oxford, and as long as you examples for passion in your subject other unis will definitely pick up on that - I did put some examples of mechanical engineering in but if you have a spread it should be ok.
Good luck with your application !
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Original post by cwitts
Heya,
I did the exact same as you - applied for Oxford and mechanical engineering most/all my other Unis. I kept my personal statement very broad as I mostly directed it at the Oxford course, for instance a lot of my work around my studies was in electrical/control engineering. I now read Engineering Science at Oxford, and as long as you examples for passion in your subject other unis will definitely pick up on that - I did put some examples of mechanical engineering in but if you have a spread it should be ok.
Good luck with your application !


thank you so much!! also congrats 🥳 how did you find the whole application process? was PAT and the interviews quite difficult? if you don’t mind answering
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Original post by vky19
thank you so much!! also congrats 🥳 how did you find the whole application process? was PAT and the interviews quite difficult? if you don’t mind answering

I'd say they are designed to challenge you, but if you have the predicted grades and you prepare enough you definitely can do it ! Everyone goes through the same process to make admissions fair, so everyone is being challenged. If you try your best to answer the PAT questions or interview questions you never know what may happen - I for instance thought I wouldn't get in and ended up being pooled to another college :smile:. There are many resources out there to support you, I can attach some if you like ?
PS isnt a huge factor in engineering, you'll be fine applying for both. Mechanically related stuff is likely highly relevant to other branches of engineering and eng-science encompasses mechanical so is still relevant their.

Similarly other fields of engineering are probably still interesting for mechanical applications.

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