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What is The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology?
The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology is a small and personal higher education provider, which offers a high quality engineering degree apprenticeship to the next generation of technology enthusiasts, alongside an engineering job at Dyson.
During this four year programme you’ll learn about engineering through hands-on experience in our Research and Development department, with the theory delivered through your Bachelor of Engineering degree.
The degree has been developed by Dyson engineers alongside academics at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), the University of Warwick. The University of Warwick has a long-standing reputation for bridging the gap between industry and academia through their strong links with global engineering companies.
Who will award my degree?
Undergraduates joining The Dyson Institute in September 2019 will be awarded their degree by The University of Warwick. The Dyson Institute is applying to the Office for Students for New Degree Awarding Powers, with the intention of delivering and awarding the degree itself for students enrolling from September 2020.
Can I get a Master’s at The Dyson Institute?
On graduation, you may want to continue your studies to Master’s level – The Dyson Institute intends to offer a Master’s of Engineering degree in the future which you may be eligible to study for on completion of your BEng.
What are the entry requirements?
Academic entry requirements
For September 2019 academic entry requirements are as follows: AAB at A Level – to include an A in Mathematics and an A in one other Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) subject.
The subjects we consider for our STEM requirement of a grade A at A Level (or equivalent), alongside an A grade in Mathematics, are: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design and Technology [Product Design, Product Design (3D), Systems and Control], Electronics, Engineering, Mathematics & Further Maths, Physics.
Non-academic entry requirements
For September 2019 non-academic entry requirements will be assessed through our application process. Among other skills, you will need to demonstrate a passion for engineering and technology, technical potential, and that you are:
- A creative problem-solver
- An excellent team-player
- A great communicator
- Well aligned with The Dyson Institute’s values
Can I take a year out before the start of the programme?
We can't accept applications for deferred entry.
What if I don't get my expected A Level grades?
Due to the demand for places on the course, we cannot guarantee you a place if you do not receive the required grades.
Will I have to pay?
No, you will not have to pay tuition fees but you will pay for your own accommodation. Find out more here: Accommodation
Will I be paid?
Yes. You'll start on a salary of £18,000 per annum, which increases each year. You’ll also be eligible for our staff bonus scheme and staff discount. You will not have to pay tuition fees meaning you can graduate debt-free.
Will I need to take out a student loan?
No. You will not have to pay tuition fees and we will pay you a full salary.
Can I apply if I am not from the UK?
Yes, if you can obtain or already have the right to work (full-time) and study in the UK you are eligible to apply to take part on this programme. Please note this programme is not currently eligible for sponsorship under UK immigration rules.
Will I be classed as a student?
After joining The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, you will be classed as a full time employee at Dyson and a full time student.
Do I need to travel internationally?
In the final year of the programme, you may get the opportunity to work within one of our international sites, including our technology and design centres in Singapore and Malaysia.
Will I get help with housing?
In your first year you will have the opportunity to live on the Dyson campus in our purpose-built accommodation. If you choose to live elsewhere, Dyson supports a lift-share scheme from surrounding areas including, Bath, Bristol and Chippenham.
At the end of your first year, you’ll move out of the pods and into the surrounding area. The Student Support team hold an annual accommodation event to equip you with information on how to find somewhere to live and the process of renting, as well as an opportunity to work out who you might want to live with.
Will I get holidays?
As an employee of Dyson, you will be expected to maintain normal office hours. This will depend on the team that you work in during each rotation, but it’s typically either 8:00 – 16:30 or 9:00 – 17:30 Monday to Thursday, finishing an hour earlier on Fridays. You’ll receive a generous holiday entitlement to ensure your wellbeing and accommodate your study needs.
Holiday entitlement: 50 days in total
- 14 days of annual leave to book whenever you like (excluding study days)
- 28 days of academic leave, roughly a week after each set of exams with a two week break in the summer
- 8 bank holidays
There are three academic terms per year:
1. October to January
2. January to May
3. May to July.
From July to October, there is no formal teaching, but you will still be learning and developing through our Summer Series programme (find out more on The Degree page).
Please notify us in your application if you have any holidays planned in the next 12 months.
What are typical 'office hours'?
On your days in the workplace, office hours will depend on the team that you work in during each rotation. It’s typically either 8:00 - 16:30 or 9:00 - 17:30 Monday to Thursday, finishing an hour earlier on Fridays.
On lecture days, lectures tend to start at 9:00 and finish at around 17:00.
Can I apply via UCAS?
No, this is a Dyson initiative and applications can only be made via the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology directly.
Can I choose my own job?
We'll give you the opportunity to state your preferred pathway and the Dyson team will place you, depending on your preferences, skills and the business need. There will be a number of rotations during the programme so you will have the chance to contribute to various teams.
Can I apply for future courses or intakes now?
You can register your interest in applying for the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology for 2020 entry and beyond, here.
Can I review my application after it has been submitted?
You will not be able to edit or review your application after submitting, so please ensure you are happy with your responses before you submit.
Reasonable accommodations for disability and equal opportunities
The Dyson Institute welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities or additional support needs and encourages such applicants to discuss their potential requirements with The Dyson Institute as early as possible in the admissions process to ensure that reasonable adjustments can be made both to 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.
If you are interested in applying for The Dyson and need a reasonable adjustments for any part of the application process, 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.
Dyson is an equal opportunity employer.
Can I visit the Dyson Institute?
Unfortunately, due to the strict security restrictions on our site, we currently don’t offer regular open days or site visits. If this changes at any point, we will update the information on this page and allow you to register your interest in visiting our campus.