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Engineering Summer School in St Andrews

Engineering Summer School in St Andrews

Discover the fascinating scientific, practical, and technical aspects of our Engineering in St Andrews programme, and understand the real-life problems faced by an engineer in today’s world.



Get a head start towards your Engineering career

The engineers of Scotland shaped the modern world, including John Logie Baird, who invented the television, James Watt, who was a pioneer in steam engines, and James Goodfellow, who developed the cash machine. Join Oxford Royale Academy in St Andrews to study Engineering and follow in their footsteps.

Engineering is not just a fascinating subject to study; as a degree, it’s also highly versatile, opening doors in a wide variety of different careers, and allowing you to live and work almost anywhere in the world, from a well-paid 9-5 job, to a career at the extremes of the Earth.

Join Oxford Royale Academy’s Engineering Summer School in St Andrews to learn more about the careers available to you as a future engineer, and to give yourself a boost in working towards those careers. You’ll learn aspects of Engineering that are seldom taught to school students, getting a taste of what the studying of Engineering at university level is like. And if you decide you would like to pursue an Engineering degree, whether as an undergraduate or postgraduate, our expert teaching staff can advise you on your application, too.

Engineering courses in St Andrews

On Oxford Royale Academy’s Engineering in St Andrews programme, you’ll find out the differences between Civil, Mechanical, Structural, Electrical, Chemical, and Automotive Engineering, and explore the different careers that exist in these spheres. Understand how the laws of thermodynamics dictate the mundane and the insane, find out what it takes to get to Mars on a spaceship, or how to construct a building that will withstand an earthquake.


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See Engineering brought to life in our interactive classroom environment

Engineering is, at heart, a practical subject, based on turning scientific principles into something that human beings can use – from a circuit board to a bridge.

That’s why Oxford Royale Academy’s Engineering programmes bring the subject to life through hands-on activities in which you can learn about principles in Engineering by seeing how they work in practice. This not only makes our classroom environment a fun and exciting place to be, but it also means that you can get fully involved, no matter how much previous study you’ve had of Engineering and related subjects, or which school system you’ve come from.

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Develop transferable skills

On our Engineering programmes in St Andrews, you’ll learn skills that will be valuable to you long into the future. This includes mastering the use of new software, and developing problem-solving skills that are useful in a wide variety of different contexts; not just in Engineering, but in diverse disciplines such as the sciences or finance. Group work, presentations and competitive activities are all part of our Engineering programme that reflect the day-to-day work of an engineer, while helping to build transferable skills.

In this way, our Engineering programmes help to prepare you for what the study of Engineering is like at university, so that when you start as an undergraduate, you’ll already have many of the skills needed.


 Learn from our expert teaching staff

Oxford Royale Academy’s teaching staff come from a diverse set of backgrounds. All highly qualified, they might be postgraduates, or have had a long and varied career in Engineering behind them. What they share – aside from their passion for Engineering – is specific training appropriate to an Oxford Royale Academy classroom.

Because our students come from different backgrounds and have studied Engineering or the underlying sciences to differing extents, our teaching staff are experts at differentiation, making sure every student can learn regardless of their learning style or their level of preexisting knowledge. They’re also trained and experienced in supporting students who don’t have English as a first language.  

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Study alongside international peers who share your interests

Our summer school programmes are attended by students from all over the world, representing 150 different nationalities. Studying Engineering with us, you’ll meet fellow students from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds, and in this way you’ll learn about new ideas and new perspectives that you might never have considered before.

What makes this all work is that everyone you’re studying with will share your interest in Engineering, and be supportive of your ambitions in this field. You might find that you meet people from the other side of the world, but through your shared desire to become engineers, you’ll have more than you might expect in common.

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Spark your enthusiasm for the study of Engineering

Our teachers don’t just want you to learn about Engineering during your time with us; they want you to enjoy this fascinating field as much as they do. Engineering is often presented as a sensible but dull choice of subject, a safe option with good career opportunities in the future.

But there’s so much more to the subject than that, and at Oxford Royale Academy, you’ll be learning from people who love Engineering, and who’ll share their enthusiasm with you, giving you the motivation to work harder not just during your time at summer school, but long into the future.

Find the perfect course for you

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“Every day, from the moment I woke up to when I went to sleep, I felt like a University of Oxford student. Studying in the college, eating in the dining halls, sleeping in the dorms… It was a truly amazing experience.”

- Beatriz, Brazil

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“In every topic, every student equally contributed his or her ideas and made each other see things from a different lens. It was this abundance of new perspectives and the chance to look at things from those different angles that made it an extremely fulfilling experience.”

- Minjinsor, Mongolia

“Living in such a prestigious and diverse academic setting, even if it was just for two weeks, helped me decide what I wanted to study at university.”

- Aiche, Mali

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“I learnt a lot from my academic immersion at ORA, not just about the topics of my selected courses, but also how to organise and express my thoughts in the most effective way.”

- Livia, Italy

“One benefit of a programme of this kind is the diversity and the fact that the students came from many different countries. In my opinion, that made discussions and debates more dynamic, as it wasn’t biased and we almost always saw multiple sides to the same story.”

- Danae, Trinidad and Tobago

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“The two weeks I spent at ORA were a whirlwind of exciting activities, intense learning and unforgettable experiences!”

- Oshea, Sri Lanka

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