Engineering Science


Engineering concerns the use of mathematical and scientific principles to solve practical problems for the benefit of mankind. It is a rapidly evolving subject, which impacts on many areas of our lives.  Examples include telecommunications, nanotechnology, environmental engineering, aeronautics, biomedical engineering, opto-electronics, financial systems, and information engineering.

Engineering at Oxford is one very broad subject. I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to specialise in, so a general course was the best decision for me at the time.


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St Edmund Hall has specialist Fellows/Lecturers in all the relevant topics to fully support the Engineering courses. We have one of the largest intakes of any Oxford college; as a result, we have a lively and thriving community of aspiring engineers whose pastoral and tutorial care is provided by our three Engineering Tutorial Fellows.

Modern technology demands that a prospective Engineer should have a reasonable mathematical background. While we make no distinction at entry between the different types of Mathematics which candidates are studying at school (these can range from double traditional Mathematics to single SMP Mathematics), we do look for candidates who demonstrate a certain competence and ability to apply Mathematics.

The second most suitable A level subject is Physics, although Physical Science can be a good substitute. We hope that candidates will be able to display in interview a genuine interest in Engineering, whether this be from practical experience, from an everyday awareness of the manner in which things work, or from reading around the subject. We welcome the fact that a number of our successful applicants obtain industrial sponsorship. A year in industry before embarking upon an Engineering degree adds considerably to a person’s maturity.

The subjects and grades required to study Engineering at St Edmund Hall match those listed in the University Prospectus.

Our Tutors

Professor Paul Goulart


Associate Professor and Tutor in Engineering Science

Professor Paul Goulart is a Tutorial Fellow in Engineering Science. His teaching focuses mainly on topics in engineering mathematics, electrical engineering, control and signal processing.

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Professor Richard Willden


Tutor in Engineering Science

Professor Richard Willden is a Tutorial Fellow. He is a fluid dynamicist specialising in offshore fluid mechanics problems, most particularly tidal stream energy generation. He principally teaches within these topics and in the wider areas of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

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Professor Amy Zavatsky


Reader in Engineering Science and Tutor in Engineering

Professor Amy Zavatsky is a University Lecturer and a Tutorial Fellow at St Edmund Hall, where she teaches mechanical engineering and biomechanics.

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Professor Wei Huang


Fellow by Special Election in Synthetic Biology

Professor Wei Huang is a Professor of Biological Engineering at the University of Oxford, working on synthetic biology and Raman single cell biotechnology. He is an EPSRC fellow in Synthetic Biology.

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Dr Stephen Mellon


College Lecturer in Engineering Science

Dr Stephen Mellon tutors 1st and 2nd year Engineering Science students on Dynamics and Materials. His research interests lie in Orthopaedic Biomechanics with specific emphasis on joint mechanics after joint replacement.

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Dr Simone Falco


College Lecturer in Engineering Science

Simone Falco is a College Lecturer in Engineering Science. His research interests are in the mechanics of materials, with particular focus on the role of microstructural features on the response of materials under dynamic loading conditions.

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