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Bioengineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 131 Bioengineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Bioengineering is an opportunity to research innovative applications of engineering principles to problems involving biological material. Your research could have many applications from improving healthcare through technologies such as prosthetics, high-tech implants and tissue engineering to developing new means of food production and waste management.

What’s it like to study a PhD in Bioengineering?

As a PhD student in Bioengineering, you’ll divide most of your time between lab-based research, writing your thesis and attending supervisory meetings. If your research is focused on the development of biomedical technology, you may collaborate with local hospitals whose patients are participants in your research.

Possible research areas include:

  • Biological imaging
  • Bioinspired design and biomimetics
  • Cell and tissue engineering
  • Computational biology
  • Genome and protein engineering
  • Bioinformatics

You may also be required to complete departmental training on topics such as research methodologies and presentation skills. You will likely have the opportunity to connect with the wider academic community through attending conferences, publishing papers and undergraduate teaching.

Entry requirements for a PhD in Bioengineering

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Bioengineering is usually a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmacy or Engineering. A Masters is sometimes required.

PhD in Bioengineering funding options

Most UK PhDs in Bioengineering have funding attached, meaning you’ll automatically be awarded tuition fee coverage, a living cost stipend, and a research grant if you’re accepted onto a project. Depending on the particular research topic, PhDs may be funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) or the Medical Research Council (MRC).

Some students will need to self-fund their PhD in Bioengineering, though this is less common. Self-funding may be possible through combining the UK government loan with other sources such as charity or trust funding or support from your university.

PhD in Bioengineering careers

Bioengineering is a fast-growing field with careers available in a range of sectors including medical technology and imaging and pharmaceuticals. The application of engineering principles to biology is also relevant to many fields beyond medicine such as energy, food production and waste management. You could choose to seek employment in any of these fields as a bioengineer, consultant, technology developer or researcher.

You also have the option of pursuing a career in academia. Many PhD graduates in Bioengineering apply for postdoctoral positions with the aim of eventually securing a permanent position within a university.

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Advanced bubble-particle interaction modelling for sustainable resource recovery

Bubble-particle systems are encountered in a wide range of industrial and environmental applications (flotation, bioreactors, slurry bubble columns) but the complex dynamics and interactions make the design and operation of such systems particularly challenging. Read more

Data analytics to disentangle molecular level interactions in microbiomes

We have an exciting opportunity for a PhD student with an interest in data analytics to join our team working on the BBSRC funded SLoLa project “Rules of life in CO2-driven microbial communities. Read more

Improving the Green Pharmaceutical Transition - A Feasibility Study

Context. Pharmaceutical industries are fundamental in enhancing the quality of life in developed countries. However, the stringent requirements for quality control and assurance in this industry result in significant waste production, resources use, and energy consumption. Read more

A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) investigation of endovascular aortic arch stent graft designs in relation to post-operative thrombus formation

Industry co-funded EPSRC PhD Studentship. An exciting opportunity for a fully-funded 42-month PhD studentship co-funded by a world-leading medical devices company and EPSRC is available at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. Read more

A biochemo-mechano multi-scale computational model to predict bone adaptation over space and time

Musculoskeletal diseases as osteoporosis have huge impact on the mortality and morbidity of our ageing society. At the moment there are some pharmacological interventions for treating osteoporosis but they are not effective in all patients and their cost is very high. Read more

Knowledge-based Design of Dental Surfaces to combat Oral Biofilms

This 4-year BBSRC PhD studentship is a collaboration between University of Liverpool & Unilever R&D. Oral diseases are among the most common noncommunicable diseases worldwide, affecting an estimated 3.5 billion people. Read more

Microbial Induced Electrochemistry at the Local Site and Single Cell Level

Microbial Induced Corrosion (MIC) is a serious economic problem with an estimate worldwide cost of $113 Bn every year. MIC impacts a very wide range of industries, from power plants to construction, and even the health of humans with implants or protheses. Read more

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