Department of Engineering and Design


Engineering and Product Design are fast-paced areas, driven by the need for constant improvement. You’ll be learning from – and inspired by – engineers who, through their research, are making these improvements happen. It’s this innovation that drives our teaching.

The Department of Engineering and Design carries out high-quality research activities over a broad range of topics.

Our research is organised into five groups:

Please click on the research group names above for more information on each group. 

If you are interested in coming to Sussex to study for a PhD, the video below gives you an insight into being a research student in the Department of Engineering and Design. 


RAE Results 2008

Engineering and Design undertakes research which is rated as world-leading, according to the latest national assessment of research quality.

Engineering and Design has achieved an excellent result in the 2008 research assessment exercise (RAE), placing it in the top 15 in the subject nationally. This means that 95% of our research activity in engineering is rated as being world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised.

Overall the University of Sussex has over 90% of its research as internationally recognised or better, and was ranked overall in the top 30 in the UK.

Visit our Research pages to read more about Sussex's 2008 RAE results. 

Grammatiki's student perspective

"During my time in the MSc course, the lecturers assisted me to pursue my goals. They gave me the opportunity to join one of the research groups of the Department of Engineering and Design and collaborate with great scientists. At the moment I am working towards completing my PhD in the Sensor Technology Research Centre."

Grammatiki Lioliou - MSc Satellite Communications and Space Systems