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160 engineering graduates each year

+ 120 postgraduates

Ranked 1st for Engineering in World

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  • Our Research
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  • Undergraduate Study
  • Postgraduate Study

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.

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.

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.

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.


Protecting against brain injuries

Brain Mechanics and Trauma; Computational Mechanics

Professor Antoine Jérusalem of the Department of Engineering Science explains how a better understanding of the physical mechanisms behind brain injuries can pave the way for novel therapies and new protective devices.

Delivering drugs better using sound


Professor Constantin Coussios and colleagues on using ultrasound to deliver drugs much closer to tumors and other targets in the body

Monitoring historic buildings

Civil Engineering

An innovative new method for monitoring historic buildings during upgrades to the London Underground was devised during a project led by Dr. Sinan Acikgoz of the Department’s Civil Engineering Group.

Mosquito-detection app

Machine Learning

A newly developed app could alert people to the presence of malaria-carrying mosquitoes by detecting their distinctive buzz.

We have launched a new MSc in Energy Systems