The Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College draws together teaching and research in the field, building on decades of design engineering successes across Imperial College and through its collaboration with the Royal College of Art.

Our academics and researchers have strong links with industrial, government and charity sectors with expertise and interests ranging from the design of complex systems to that of platforms, artefacts, consumer products and experiences. Imperial is a great place to work, being in the heart of London, surrounded by commercial organisations, innovation hubs and industry, museums, concert halls, places to eat and drink: an exciting meeting place for people from around the world.

The Director of Research in the Dyson School of Design Engineering is Professor Rafael Calvo.

For general information about joining us to do PhD research, please refer to the online postgraduate prospectus. 

Finding a Project Supervisor

Explore the School's research themes and investigate current PhD project opportunities. We welcome applications from suitably qualified applicants at any time. We recommend you contact our academic or teaching staff directly based on their research fields and interests.

Entrance Requirements

Design Engineering requires higher than the minimum Imperial College entry requirements; our PhD applicants are expected to have a First Class (Distinction) Degree or equivalent at Masters level in a relevant engineering, design or scientific discipline. In exceptional cases where extensive research/industry experience can be demonstrated, candidates with a UK-equivalent of 2:1 (Merit) at Masters level can be considered. 

Candidates with study up to Bachelors degree level will not normally be considered without evidence of significant industrial, research, or field experience, however they are welcome to apply for our Masters Degrees, Innovation Design Engineering and Global Innovation Design.

Financial support

You might also want to look at our guide to potential scholarships and funding.

How to apply

You should apply online. Please remember:

  • Enter ‘Design Engineering Research’ in the programme title field on the application form
  • Start your application as early as possible
  • Many studentships have application deadlines well ahead of your planned start date
  • Sponsors will be more impressed if you can show you already meet our requirements

Contact us

For guidance and further information please contact the team via (0) 20 7594 8888.