Dyson School of Design Engineering

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About Us

The Dyson School of Design Engineering is the 10th and newest engineering department at Imperial College London. It was founded in July 2014 with the support of the James Dyson Foundation, building on the long-standing design and engineering expertise at Imperial as well as the world-renowned Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) programme run jointly by Imperial and the Royal College of Art. 

The School is now in its 4th year of full operation and its first cohort of undergraduates is due to graduate this summer. The School population of both staff and students continues to grow rapidly and has now moved into its new home, the Dyson Building, on Exhibition Road.

The Head of School is Professor Peter Childs.

Study With Us

The School currently offers an undergraduate MEng in Design Engineering, and two MA/MSc double masters courses run jointly with the Royal College of Art. We also offer PhD opportunities in any of our key research areas.

You can find information on our courses by following the links below:

If you would like to hear more about the courses from the School's staff or students, prospective students are welcome to attend one of Imperial's undergraduate open days or postgraduate open days.

An introduction to Design Engineering from our Head of School, Professor Peter Childs.

An introduction to Design Engineering

Design engineers are problem solvers who bridge the gap between traditional engineering and design to create innovative solutions to modern challenges, from improving passenger comfort on commercial airlines to designing next-generation sports prostheses.

It's a highly creative discipline that draws on knowledge of manufacturing techniques, product development, technical design and rapid prototyping to bring new innovations to market, and to improve existing products and the processes used for making them.