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It's not for the faint hearted.

The programme is highly competitive, and our application process is very thorough to ensure that we are confident our Undergraduate Engineers are able to succeed academically and professionally. You apply to us directly, not through UCAS, which means you can hold offers from other institutions in UCAS, whilst applying to the Dyson Institute.


Applications have now closed for 2024 entry. Please register an interest for 2025 and beyond.

Admissions process

    • DateJanuary 2024

      Stage 01: Application

      January 2025

    • DateJanuary 2024

      Stage 02: Online assessments

      February 2025

    • DateMarch 2024

      Stage 03: Assessment day

      March 2025

    • DateApril 2024


      Early April 2025

    • DateAugust 2024

      A Level results

      August 2025

    • DateSeptember 2024

      Move in

      Early September 2025

Stage 01: Application

Stage 02: Online assessments

Stage 03: Assessment day


A Level results

Move in

January 2025

The first stage is an online application form to collect basic information about you and your academic background. 

Please ensure that you meet, or are on track to meet our entry requirements before applying. You will also be asked to share your GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English grades.

January - February 2025

The assessment includes three activities and lasts approximately 75 minutes. The three activities are designed to give you a variety of assessment styles, to demonstrate your skills and aptitude, and give a holistic insight into your potential.

These short games-style activities assess how you work with information and people, your personality and work style, to see if you have the right attributes to be successful as an Undergraduate Engineer.

The assessment will take approximately 15 minutes and will assess numerical ability, alongside the attributes and behaviours outlined in our non-academic entry requirements (for example, problem solving). This assessment can be accessed on almost any device.

Designed by Dyson engineers and the Dyson Institute academic team, this assessment gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your technical ability. It features exam style questions, with multiple choice answers, where you'll apply your knowledge of A Level Maths to real Dyson engineering problems.

The assessment is multiple choice and will take up to 30 minutes. 

The interview will include eight questions and last approximately 30 minutes.

Five questions will relate to the skills and behaviours outlined in our non-academic entry criteria.

Three questions will be focused on your passion for engineering, interest in a work-based employer sponsored degree, and motivation to start your career at Dyson. 

March 2025

The assessment day will be held in person at the Dyson campus in Malmesbury. The morning will include three assessments, outlined below, and the afternoon will be an opportunity to meet current undergraduates, Dyson Institute staff and see the accommodation at Dyson Village. We don’t want finance to be a barrier to anyone attending these events and will reimburse travel expenses - please see Applicant support for more details.

Collaborative working is integral to being a Dyson engineer. The activity will last around 75 minutes and you'll work with your team to solve a Dyson problem.

Our assessors will be looking for you to demonstrate the attributes and behaviours outlined in our non-academic entry requirements.

The interview will be focused on how you apply your Maths A Level knowledge to real-world engineering. It will be led by a Dyson engineer and Dyson Institute academic and will last around an hour.

Our assessors will be looking for you to demonstrate the attributes and behaviours outlined in our non-academic entry requirements.

The interview will be focused on your interests and motivation, including the strengths you can bring to the role. The interview will be led by the Dyson Institute Recruitment and Admissions team and Dyson HR.

Our assessors will be looking for you to demonstrate the attributes and behaviours outlined in our non-academic entry requirements.

Outcome by early April 2025

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.

If you have been unsuccessful at the assessment day we will notify you by email initially. We are happy to provide you with valuable feedback from the day, and the whole process, and will ask you to request this opportunity and we'll arrange a convenient day and time to have a call to go through this.

Without those video calls, I would have been more worried and less excited for the interview. I'm so thankful that it was a part of the process.

Dyson Institute applicant
2023 entry

Admissions support

We don't want background to be a barrier to anyone applying or reaching their full potential in our admissions process. Find out more about the applicant support we offer below.

We'll host webinars for each stage of the admissions process. Check out our events for sessions on how to apply. Once you've applied, you'll be invited to the webinars for the subsequent stages.

If you're invited to attend an assessment day, we'll call you to give you valuable feedback on your online assessment, which you can use to prepare for the day. We'll also share a preparation video with you on what to expect.

When we review your application, we'll look at your background information to see if you're from a potentially under-represented background in engineering.

If you are, we'll give you the opportunity to join a specific group coaching session ahead of the online assessment and you'll be offered a mock interview ahead of the assessment day.

We will contribute to accommodation and travel expenses for activities that involve visiting the Dyson Institute at the Dyson Technology campus in Malmesbury, such as Assessment Days and pre-joining events. We will offer reimbursement (with proof of purchase) for:

• UK (exc. NI) applicants – up to £150
• Northern Irish and European applicants – up to £250
• International applications – up to £1000

When we hold activities on campus, we may also arrange a shuttle from/to Chippenham at the appropriate times, which is easily accessible by train and has several cost-effective accommodation options.

If booking travel and/or accommodation yourself would affect your ability to attend an event on campus, please get in touch with the Recruitment & Admissions team, who will be happy to help.

The Dyson Institute joining bursary offers individual bursaries of £1,000 to students who may need support with some of the start-up costs of joining Higher Education – such as travelling to their new home and participating in social events.

The bursary is awarded in full to eligible students shortly after A Level Results Day on confirmation that they will take their place at the Dyson Institute.

More information on how to apply for the bursary, and the supporting evidence needed, will be shared with you if you are offered a place at the Dyson Institute.

We welcome applications from individuals with disabilities, learning differences 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 Determinations of requests for reasonable adjustments are made on a case-by-case basis.

Reasonable adjustments will vary depending on the individual and their learning difference and/or disability. Some examples of adjustments previously made are: additional preparation time, screen reader use and assessment materials printed on different colours.

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.