Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

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The Thom Building from the Banbury Road.
View with the Thom Building in the distance from the University Parks.

The Department of Engineering Science is the focus of study of engineering science at Oxford University, England.[1] It is located on the triangular plot formed by Banbury Road to the west, Parks Road to the east and Keble Road to the south. The main building is the tall 1960s Thom Building that dominates the local landscape, especially the view from the University Parks to the east. Further lower buildings have been added to the north since. The department shares buildings with the Department of Materials.


The department is based in Thom Building, Alexander Thom built in 1960 which houses two main lectures theatres, four floors of laboratories, departmental library and canteen. The adjacent hexagonal tower houses departmental professor and postgraduate research space. A new Information Engineering building was completed in 2004 to house robotics, process and information engineering research labs. The adjacent materials building is shared with Department of Materials.


The department was originally established in 1908. The first Professor of Engineering Science at Oxford was Frewen Jenkin, grandfather of Lord Jenkin of Roding. The Jenkin Building is named after him. The Thom Building is named after Alexander Thom (1894–1985), a Scottish engineer who was also a professor of engineering at Oxford. The current (2015) head of department is Prof Lionel Tarassenko, who took over from Guy Houlsby in 2014. The department celebrated its Centenary in 2008 and Lord Jenkin acted as its Patron.[2]

Undergraduate Courses[edit]

  • Engineering Science

Graduate Courses[edit]

  • MSc Engineering Science
  • DPhil Engineering Science


  1. ^ Alastair M. Howatson, Engineering Science at Oxford: A History, 2008.
  2. ^ Centenary of Engineering Science: Programme, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, 2008.

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Coordinates: 51°45′35″N 1°15′34″W / 51.75972°N 1.25944°W / 51.75972; -1.25944