Dyson School of Design Engineering

James Dyson

The James Dyson Foundation has donated $18 million to Imperial College London, to create the Dyson School of Design Engineering.

Technology leaders of the future

The first new engineering department established at Imperial in two decades, the Dyson School will teach a four year Master of Engineering degree in Design Engineering from October 2015. The curriculum, designed in partnership with Dyson engineers to ensure industry relevance, blends technical discipline with creativity. It will challenge students to develop tangible and compelling products, as well as giving them the commercial know-how to make the products commercially successful.

232 applications to the course’s October intake have already been received – a ratio of six applicants to every place available. This is in spite of the fact that the course has had no promotion, and that the Dyson name has not previously been mentioned. The Dyson School at Imperial is already an aspirational institution


Breaching the gender divide

On average, only 12.9% of applicants to engineering courses are female. By championing creativity as well as theory, the Dyson School of Design Engineering attracts a much higher percentage of females. 40% of all applications for places at the Dyson School for 2015 have been from females.

But embracing creativity does not mean that the course is lacking in Imperial’s famous academic rigour. Students need top grades to get in – including Maths – and all shortlisted candidates are interviewed before selection. The entry requirements encourage high-achieving applicants from a range of backgrounds, while the interviews make sure that the right candidates are chosen.


An iconic location

From 2017, the Dyson School will be housed in a building purchased by Imperial from the Science Museum – in the heart of South Kensington, London.

South Kensington is a centre of learning, innovation and inspiration in the arts and sciences. Built from the legacy of The Great Exhibition of 1851, the area was originally known as Albertopolis – a tribute to Prince Albert who suggested that the financial surplus from the 1851 exhibition should be used to found a number of educational establishments on the land available nearby.

Flanked by the Science Museum and Imperial College London’s main campus and within 100 metres of the Victoria and Albert and Natural History Museums, the Dyson School of Design Engineering is in the heartland of one of the world’s most visited cultural destinations.


The first 40 undergraduate students to enrol in the Dyson School of Design Engineering will use Imperial’s current facilities from October 2015. The annual intake will increase to 90 by October 2017, when teaching moves to the new building. The School will be kitted out with industry standard equipment and studio space, enabling 400 students to design, prototype and test their inventions.