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Tracer project - combines low-cost ultrasound equipment with artificial intelligence (deep learning) based image analysis algorithms

Successes at The Engineer - Collaborate to Innovate (C2I) Awards

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UK launches new £10M Research Centre to spur a greener Global Financial System

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Machine learning helps identify deteriorating patients in hospital

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NEW: Chat to our undergraduate student ambassadors!

Oxford 2nd for Engineering in THE World University Rankings 2021

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Latest Oxford Coronavirus news

Department of Engineering Science | University of Oxford

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Engineering teaching and research takes place at Oxford in a unified Department of Engineering Science. Our academic staff are committed to a common engineering foundation as well as to advanced work in their own specialities, which include most branches of the subject. We have especially strong links with computing, materials science and medicine.

This broad view of engineering, based on a scientific approach to the fundamentals, is part of the tradition that started with our foundation in 1908 - one hundred years of educating great engineers, and researching at the cutting edge!

Our graduates go off to a huge variety of occupations - into designing cars, building roads and bridges, developing new electronic devices, manufacturing pharmaceuticals, into healthcare and aerospace, into further study for higher degrees and in many other directions.

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Our Research

The Department of Engineering Science has an international reputation for its research in all the major branches of engineering, and in emerging areas such as biomedical engineering, energy and the environment. The major theme underlying our research portfolio is the application of cutting-edge science to generate new technology, using a mixture of theory and experiment.

Find out more in our Case Studies and Research pages.

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Our Institutes

The Department has five Institutes which lead the way for research and collaboration in different areas of engineering, including biomedical, thermofluids and robotics - visit their websites to find out more.

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MEng in Engineering Science

Undergraduates on the Engineering Science course at Oxford spend their first two years studying core topics which we believe are essential for all engineers to understand.

Having developed a solid grounding in these, for their final two years they choose to specialise in one of the six branches of Engineering Science: Biomedical, Chemical and Process, Civil and Offshore, Control, Electrical and Opto-electronic, Information, Solid Materials and Mechanics, or Thermofluids and Turbomachinery.

DPhil candidate Barbara Souza

Postgraduate Study

The research degrees offered by the Department of Engineering Science are MSc(R), DEng and DPhil. The opportunities in the Department for postgraduate study and research include conventional disciplines of engineering such as chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical, as well as information engineering, applications of engineering to medicine, low-temperature engineering, and experimental plasma physics.

Environment-sensing legged robot navigates by learning from its mistakes


A team of researchers at the Oxford Robotics Institute are working on the control of legged robots. They are developing solutions for these legged robots to be able to perceive their environment and make intelligent decisions to move from one point to the other.

Alumni profile: Dov Tate


Dov Tate is the founder of Parcours. Parcours is a leading performance cycling wheel manufacturer, that aims to make aerodynamics in cycling more accessible and compete with more expensive brands, whilst being backed up by scientific evidence. Dov studied for his undergraduate degree at Worcester College, matriculating in 2004, and graduating in 2008. We spoke to Dov about starting his business and how his Engineering background has helped along the way.

Student Profile : Naomi Mburu

Dphil student

Naomi Mburu is a 3rd year DPhil student and Rhodes Scholar working on developing materials for fusion reactors. She is also passionate about and actively involved in organising conferences for BME engineers and providing mentorship for younger students. We spoke to Naomi to find out more.

Student Profile: Tom Commins

DPhil student

Tom Commins is a second year DPhil student based at Magdalen College, specialising in the development of materials for body armour. Before his DPhil, Tom studied here for his MEng in Engineering Science, where he worked with Nickel alloys and developed his interest in materials engineering. We spoke to Tom to find out more.

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Finding the flow to a smarter, more efficient future

Oxford Spinout

Oxford Flow is a spinout company from the Department of Engineering Science that has just celebrated its fifth 5th year in business. Oxford Flow designs and manufactures innovative pressure regulators and valves that improve the efficiency and flow of water, oil and gas. To find out more about this successful spinout company, we spoke to CEO, Neil Poxon.