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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.

Oxford Robotics Institute vehicle offroad at Blenheim Palace with lake in background

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.

4th year student project presentations at the Engineering Science Lubbock Lecture 2019

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.

Opportunities in Leicestershire’s nutrient streams

Sustainable waste management

As part of a 12-month collaborative effort between the University of Oxford, Leicestershire County Council, Brunel, Lancaster and 3Keel, the Sprint project held an initial consultative meeting in July 2022 to determine priority nutrient flows, examine the current waste management situation, and discuss opportunities and potential trade-offs to transformation.

Digital Underground Construction

Geotechnical Engineering

A substantial amount of new infrastructure is required to cope with growing populations and the effects of climate change ‒ and efficient use of underground space appears the most viable and sustainable solution. The ‘FOCUS’ project is innovating in the underground construction sector to provide more cost-effective and sustainable critical infrastructure.

Improving technology to support offshore wind production

Civil Engineering

An Oxford research team has improved engineering design for the ‘monopile’ foundations that support offshore wind turbines – reducing costs to enable the economic scale up of wind energy.

The Role of Robotics

Alumni

Recent Oxford Post-Doc Romeo Orsolino discusses the role of robotics in manufacturing and his new employer, technology company and electric vehicle maker Arrival

Lionel Tarrasenko Professor of Electrical Engineering

The story of SEND

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Lionel Tarassenko, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Head of Department between 2014 and 2019, tells the story of SEND (System for Electronic Notification & Documentation), the mainstay of vital-sign monitoring in hospitals in Oxford and South Warwickshire

Big data and batteries help move towards clean energy

Energy

Professor David Howey and colleagues are using big data to improve battery testing – a vital step towards a clean energy future.

Solar Panels

TESA pilot aims to forge UK’s energy systems transition

Energy Systems

There is arguably no greater challenge for the UK and the rest of the world right now than the energy systems transition. Radical challenges require radical solutions. A new world-leading multi-disciplinary hub and co-working space located in Oxford, Mini TESA - The Energy Systems Accelerator pilot – aims to tackle the challenge.

Improving bioreactors used in stem cell therapies

Biomedical Engineering

Oxford chemical and biomedical engineer and Director of the Oxford Centre for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing Professor Cathy (Hua) Ye has spent years developing technology to support stem cell development. Here she shares more about her latest work to improve the production process.

Strategies for sustainable aviation fuel production

Systems and Sustainability

Accelerating the development of sustainable aviation fuel is urgently needed to meet the net zero emission target in the aviation sector. Oxford and UCL researchers suggest global biorenewable development strategies for sustainable aviation fuel production.

Data centre in The Dalles, Oregon. Photo by Tony Webster

Water-guzzling data centres

Water

Data centres accounted for around 1% or 2% of global electricity demand in 2020. All that processing power generates lots of heat, so data centres must keep cool to prevent damage. While some companies are using cool air on mountain sites and Microsoft has used the cold waters of Scotland to experiment with underwater data centres, up to 43% of data centre electricity in the US is used for cooling.

Student Profile: Nwangele Godwin

MSc Student

First inspired to study engineering by his parent’s constant struggle with patchy electricity provision during his childhood in Nigeria, Nwangele Godwin (Emeka) Chukwuemeka is now studying the MSc in Energy Systems at the University of Oxford.