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Department of Engineering Science

The Department of Engineering Science at Oxford is the only unified department in the UK which offers accredited courses in all the major branches of engineering - our students develop a broad view of the subject much appreciated by employers, but can also choose from a very wide range of specialist options.
Every year the Department of Engineering Science, one of the largest departments in the University, produces around 160 new engineering graduates. They 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. Some of our graduates also develop their managerial, financial or entrepreneurial skills, and go into commerce, financial services, or start their own companies.
We see 60 to 70 students each year take higher degrees, either MSc or DPhil by research, and since October 2006 a number take a taught MSc course in Biomedical Engineering.
We have a substantial research portfolio, including much that is directly supported by industry. In the Department there are no barriers between the different branches of engineering, and we are involved in a great deal of multi-disciplinary research collaborating with groups in other departments from Archaeology to Zoology.
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!

Series associated with Department of Engineering Science

Department of Engineering Science Centenary Lectures
Department of Engineering Science Lectures
The Medtronic Lectures in Biomedical Engineering
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 The Jenkin Lecture - Metamaterials: beyond conventional Professor Ekaterina Shamonina delivers the 2017 Jenkin Lecture. Ekaterina Shamonina 04 Oct 2017
2 Creative Commons Nanomaterilas in Revolutionising Diabetes Diagnostics Sam Attias, Winner of the OEA 4th Year Project Presentation Prize gives a talk on his 4th year research project on the application of nanomaterials as a potential non-invasive diagnostic and monitoring method for type-1 diabetes. Sam Attias 04 Oct 2017
3 Update on 2020 Vision After three years as Head of Department, Lionel Tarassenko gives an update on progress towards the 2020 Vision for the Department. Lionel Tarassenko 04 Oct 2017
4 Creative Commons Will future communications technologies lead to cyber wars or a better world? Communications technology has enabled massive social change over the past decades. However, the many benefits that we enjoy are accompanied by challenges - cyber security, inadequate coverage, the ease of spreading fake news, Naomi Climer 22 May 2017
5 Creative Commons Wireless Communications Using Light In this lecture, Dominic O'Brien introduces the field, the challenges, and the promise for the future of this area of research. Dominic O'Brien 22 May 2017
6 Creative Commons Network Complexity and the Internet of Things In this talk, Justin Coon explores the issue of complexity in the IoT from a fundamental perspective and provide some insight into what this means for practical deployments in the future. Justin Coon 22 May 2017
7 The Jenkin Lecture - Engineering Tomorrow's Therapies Professor Constantin Coussios (Magdalen), Professor of Biomedical Engineering, gives the 2016 annual Jenkin Lecture, on 17th September 2016. Constantin Coussios 21 Sep 2016
8 Digital health Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci (St John’s), Head of the Department of Engineering Science, gives a lecture for the department of Engineering Science Alumni Weekend on September 17th 2016. Lionel Tarassenko 21 Sep 2016
9 Creative Commons Space Engineering at Harwell Dr Anna Orlowska, Science, Technology and Facilities Council gives a talk on the Space Engineering at Harwell. Anna Orlowska 01 Jun 2016
10 Creative Commons Hypersonic to Hypervelocity Spacecraft Heat Transfer Professor Matthew McGilvray gives a talk on heat transfer issues involved in space flight re-entry. Matthew McGilvray 01 Jun 2016
11 Creative Commons Cooling the Mid-Infrared Instrument Paul Bailey, University of Oxford, gives a talk about cooling one of the instruments on the James Webb Telescope. Paul Bailey 01 Jun 2016
12 Creative Commons Paving the Path for Human Space Exploration: The Challenges and Opportunities The 42nd Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture: ‘Paving the Path for Human Space Exploration:The Challenges and Opportunities’ presented by Lauri N. Hansen, Director of Engineering, NASA Johnson Space Centre. Lauri N. Hansen 01 Jun 2016
13 Splashing, sloshing and stealth – offshore hydrodynamics writ large Professor Paul Taylor, University of Oxford gives a short talk as part of the 41st Maurice Lubbock lecture series in the Department of Engineering Science. Paul Taylor 26 May 2015
14 Development of the UK’s fastest wind tunnel – a UK/Australia endeavour Professor Matthew McGilvray, University of Oxford and Professor Richard Morgan, University of Queensland give a talk at the Department of Engineering Science as part of the 41st Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture programme. Matthew McGilvray, Richard Morgan 26 May 2015
15 Rise of the Machines Hugh Durrant-Whyte, Professor and ARC Federation Fellow at the University of Sydney, gives the 41st Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture. Hugh Durrant-Whyte 26 May 2015
16 Creative Commons Medtronic Lecture 2010 'Biophysical Methods of Drug Delivery'. Professor Mark R. Prausnitz gives the 2010 Medtronic lecture in the Engineering faculty. Mark R Prausnitz 06 Jul 2011
17 Medtronic Lecture 2011 'Model Based Strategies for Biomedical Image Analysis'. The 2011 Medtronic Lecture, given at the Engineering department, University of Oxford. Presented by Professor James Duncan PhD. James Duncan 05 Jul 2011
18 Medtronic Lecture 2009 The 2009 Medtronic Lecture in Biomedical Engineering was presented by Professor Roger G. Mark, MD, PhD entitled: "Integrating Data, Models, and Reasoning in Critical Care". Roger Mark, Stephen Mahle 22 Jul 2009
19 Lecture 15: Engineering for Sustainable Development Professor Roland Clift, CBE on "Engineering for Sustainable Development". Roland Clift 19 Aug 2008
20 Lecture 14: Innovation, Spin-out Companies and Nanotechnology Professor Peter Dobson on "Innovation, Spin-out Companies and Nanotechnology". Peter Dobson 12 Aug 2008
21 Lecture 13: Designing for Strength: A Century of Solid Mechanics Research in Oxford Professor Carlos Ruiz on "Designing for Strength: A Century of Solid Mechanics Research in Oxford". Carlos Ruiz 05 Aug 2008
22 Lecture 12: The Centenary Lubbock Lecture Lord Browne of Madingley, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering "On being an engineer". John Browne 13 Jun 2008
23 Lecture 11: History of the Department of Engineering Science Dr Alastair Howatson on the "History of the Department of Engineering Science". Alastair Howatson 10 Jun 2008
24 Lecture 10: Advances in Biomedical Engineering Professor Lionel Tarassenko on "Advances in Biomedical Engineering". Lionel Tarassenko 10 Jun 2008
25 Lecture 8: An Early Structural Engineering Problem: the Oxford Connection Professor Guy Houlsby on "An Early Structural Engineering Problem: the Oxford Connection". Guy Houlsby 10 Jun 2008
26 Lecture 7: Engineers at War Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Christopher Pugsley on "Engineers at War". Christopher Pugsley 10 Jun 2008
27 Lecture 6: Hydraulic Engineering - How We Use Hydraulics to Solve Real Life Engineering Problems Dr Jane Smallman on "Hydraulic Engineering - How We Use Hydraulics to Solve Real Life Engineering Problems". Jane Smallman 10 Jun 2008
28 Lecture 4: "The Greatest Mechanick of this Present Age": Dr Robert Hooke and the Origins of Engineering Science in Oxford Dr Allan Chapman on '"The Greatest Mechanick of this Present Age": Dr Robert Hooke and the Origins of Engineering Science in Oxford'. Allan Chapman 10 Jun 2008
29 Lecture 3: Keep it cool! 38 years of gas-turbine research Professor Martin Oldfield on 'Keep it cool! 38 years of gas-turbine research'. Martin Oldfield 10 Jun 2008
30 Lecture 1: Introduction to the Jenkin Lecture Patron of the Centenary, Lord Jenkin of Roding's inaugural Centenary lecture. Patrick Jenkin 10 Jun 2008