The programme is highly competitive and our application process is very thorough to ensure that we are confident our Undergraduates are able to succeed academically and professionally. We do not currently use the UCAS application system and, of course, you are welcome to apply and hold offers from other institutions whilst applying to The Dyson Institute.
First stage - Application
The first stage is an online application form to collect basic information about you and your academics. You will also need to provide a CV and Personal Statement.
The personal statement will give us an insight into your motivation and interest in The Dyson Institute and allows you to demonstrate how you have developed the skills and attributes required to be successful as an Undergraduate Engineer.
The Personal Statement can be up to 4000 characters and will need to be uploaded as part of your online application form.
2021 entry: Applications will open the week commencing Monday 5th October to Sunday 15th November 2020.
Include why you’re applying – as you apply to The Dyson Institute directly and not through UCAS, you can be specific on why The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology and why you’re interested in this degree apprenticeship programme.
Take a look at our non-academic entry criteria to understand the skills and attributes we’re looking for – this should help you focus your Personal Statement.
Consider how you feel you have developed the necessary entry requirements.
- have you developed transferable skills through education, work experience, volunteering?
- do you pursue relevant hobbies / activities that demonstrate the skills required, such as problem solving, and a passion for engineering?
- do you belong to any clubs / societies, or have you been involved in programmes such as Duke of Edinburgh, National Citizen Service etc.?
Second stage - Online assessment
We will invite you to take three short online assessments:
- Numerical analysis aptitude (24 minutes)
- Diagrammatic analysis aptitude (24 minutes)
- Personality-based assessment (6-10 minutes)
If you meet the required benchmarks in the aptitude assessments, we will also review and assess your Personal Statement for evidence of the skills and attributes we look for.
If you are invited to take the online assessment you will have 7 days to complete these, from the day of invitation.
2021 entry: Online assessments will be taken from 12th October to 22nd November 2020.
Third stage - Telephone interview
The penultimate stage is a telephone interview with a member of The Dyson Institute team. This is an opportunity for us to find out a little more about you and the interview will cover:
- Your understanding of the programme.
- Your interests and motivation.
- Scenario questions – we will give you a real life example of a situation you could be in and we would like to understand how you would approach this. This will also give you an insight into life at The Dyson Institute.
This will also be your opportunity to ask any questions you have about the programme and all things Dyson Institute.
The interview will last around an hour.
2021 entry: Telephone interviews will take place between 30th November and 9th December 2020.
Final stage assessment
Typically, our final stage is an assessment day at our campus in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. However, in the current situation our final stage will be a virtual-video technical interview. The interview will be led by experienced engineers and Undergraduate line managers, from the Dyson Global Engineering team. The interview will last around an hour and will explore your academic and technical understanding.
Following the final stage, The Dyson Institute team will hold a moderation meeting to review and discuss our final stage applicants against a scoring matrix. You can then expect to hear from us with the outcome of your application by email or phone within 14 days of the final assessment. For September 2021 entry, our offers will be made by Friday 5th February 2021.
If you receive an offer, we will endeavor to invite you on to campus for a pre-joining day, before you make a decision on whether to accept or not. The pre-joining day will give you the opportunity to get a feel for the environment we work in, meet key people, including some of our current Undergraduate Engineers, and to get a better understanding of life here at The Dyson Institute and within Dyson itself.
2021 entry: The final stage will take place between Monday 11th January and Friday 22nd January 2021.
We welcome applications from individuals with disabilities or additional support needs. We encourage applicants to discuss their potential requirements with us as early as possible in the admissions process, to ensure that reasonable adjustments can be made to both the admissions process and to the work and study experience if successful.
Applicants with disabilities or additional support needs will be assessed against the same criteria as all other participants in the application process: their declared needs or any reasonable adjustments made to the assessment process will not impact the decisions made throughout the assessment process.
We will ask for details of your disability or additional support needs within the application form, to enable us to review and consider appropriate reasonable adjustments. However, if you need to make us aware of these prior to submitting an application, please send an e-mail with your contact information and the nature of your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Determinations of requests for reasonable adjustments are made on a case-by-case basis.
We adhere to UK Higher Education requirements and good practice in accommodating students with additional requirements, and Dyson Technology UK is an equal opportunity employer.