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.
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.
Dynamics, Vibration and Uncertainty Lab
Planthopper bugs may be small, but they attract mates from afar by sending vibrational calls along plant stems and leaves
Jonathan Vince, a 1st year DPhil Student at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, was awarded an Industrial Fellowship by the Royal Commission of 1851, on improving selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) with ultrasound under the supervision of Professor Eleanor Stride
Some three-quarters of runners get injured every year, mainly due to poor running style. Run 3D, a spin-out company from the Department, uses cutting-edge technology to help professional athletes, sportsmen and women and runners all over the world to avoid injuries and improve their performance.
Professor Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Associate Director and Associate Professor – Data Readiness, recently contributed to a paper published in Science magazine, alongside major genomics and bioinformatics scientists.
Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Mathematical modelling research taking place in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering is allowing researchers to ‘peer inside’ the human brain – using techniques developed for the oil and natural gas industries.