Department of Engineering Science | University of Oxford
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tamara Sopek, PDRA, Hypersonics Group
Dr Tamara Sopek is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Hypersonics Group at the Oxford Thermofluids Institute. Hypersonics is the study of very fast and highly energetic flows encountered by space vehicles, planetary probes and air-breathing engines called scramjets. Dr Sopek's expertise lies in hypersonic ground-testing in high-speed facilities such as shock and expansion tunnels, where she uses laser diagnostics to measure flow properties and study aerothermodynamic phenomena. She also uses computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to simulate these flows.
Alumni turns to nature to help save the planet
How does L’Occitane en Provence, a business steeped in the poetry of the natural world, deal with the grim realities of climate change? Engineering Alumni Adrien Geiger, L’Occitane’s first ever Group Sustainability Officer, explains.
Could South African mine wastes provide feasible storage for CO2?
The SAT4CCS project, led by researchers from the universities of Pretoria, Oxford and Cape Town, aims to assemble detailed information on tailings across South Africa. The aim is to identify the total potential for sequestration in the South African mining sector.
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: Tom Commins
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.