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The research in the Dyson School of Design Engineering is organised into eight themes as follows:

  • Audio Experience Design
  • Behaviour, Experience and Design
  • Creativity, Innovation and Enterprise
  • Cyber Physical Systems
  • Energy Technologies and Systems
  • Manufacturing
  • Robotics and Biomechanics
  • System and Circular Design


Our academic staff aims at addressing a variety of challenges relevant to design engineering including digital manufacturing, sustainable production, clean energy, autonomy, healthy ageing and development, user centred design and design-led innovation.

Each theme has a number of research groups that provide the infrastructure for targeted research and support for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Academics are not limited to just one theme and many work collaboratively across a number of themes