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Biomedical Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

We have 373 Biomedical Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

PhD candidates in Biomedical Engineering research how Engineering principles and technology can be applied to the improvement of healthcare. They develop innovative methods of preventing, diagnosing, and treating medical conditions.

What’s it like to study a PhD in Biomedical Engineering?

Working under the guidance of an expert supervisor, you’ll work towards an extended thesis that will make an original contribution to the field of Biomedical Engineering. You may work as part of an interdisciplinary team with academics in various fields such as Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine. Many PhD projects in Biomedical Engineering also involve collaboration with local hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Possible research areas include:

  • Biomedical data science
  • Medical imaging
  • Biomaterials and regenerative engineering
  • Molecular and cellular engineering
  • Medical devices
  • Neural engineering

You may also be required to complete departmental training to consolidate your core research skills. There will likely be opportunities to connect with the wider academic community through attending conferences, publishing and undergraduate teaching.

Entry requirements for a PhD in Biomedical Engineering

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Biomedical Engineering is usually a 2:1 in Biomedical Engineering or related subject, though a Masters may sometimes be required (and is often an advantage, even when it is not a requirement!).

PhD in Biomedical Engineering funding options

Most UK PhDs in Biomedical Engineering 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 Biomedical Engineering, 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 Biomedical Engineering funding options

Biomedical Engineering is a fast-growing sector with plenty of career opportunities. You may wish to continue your research career or apply your skills in a clinical or industrial setting. Your analytical and problem-solving skills will also be invaluable in other sectors such as finance and management consultancy.

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Microneedle delivery systems for minimally-invasive patient diagnosis/monitoring

In this project, a novel type of integrated system will be investigated that will by-pass the skin barrier. On its surface will be multiple microscopic needles that pierce the skin without causing any pain – the sensation is said to feel like a cat’s tongue or sharkskin. Read more

Does one size fit all for antimicrobial delivery via nanoparticles

Antimicrobial resistant bacteria are a growing problem and new ways are needed to target bacterial infections more efficiently. One way in which bacteria can avoid therapeutics is via intracellular infection, where they hide within our own cells. Read more

Regulation of CaaX protein processing

USP17 is over-expressed in a range of primary tumours including NSCLC, breast, colorectal, cervical, ovarian and osteosarcoma and its depletion has been shown to block the growth of cells from all these cancer types, as well as the migration of a range of cancer cells (NSCLC, breast, ovarian, osteosarcoma).    . Read more

Listen hard: monitoring effort in listening through physiological signals

Supervisory Team.   Profs. David Simpson, Stefan Bleeck. Project description. Hearing speech is usually easy, but understanding speech in noise or in poor acoustic environments can be very challenging. Read more

Assessing blood flow control in the brain

Supervisory Team.   Profs. David Simpson. Project description. Blood flow to the brain is controlled by a series of interacting complex physiological mechanisms that ensure an adequate supply at all times. Read more

Innovative robotic architectures for robotic endoscopy based on intelligent magnetic manipulation

  Research Group: School of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
The student will join the multi-disciplinary research carried on at the Science and Technology of Robotics in Medicine (STORM) Lab at the University of Leeds, where we strive to improve the quality of life for people undergoing soft-tissue surgery and flexible endoscopy by creating miniature and non-invasive robots. Read more

Modelling cardiac function in healthy hearts and diabetes

Additional Supervisor. Prof Susan Francis, University of Nottingham. There is a global pandemic of type-2 diabetes. Diabetic cardiomyopathy is a well-recognised complication, which manifests with early alterations in left ventricular (LV) structure and function. Read more

Metabolite profiling and bacterial community structures in polymicrobial infections

Additional Supervisor. Dr Freya Harrison, University of Warwick. This project seeks to understand how bacterial pathogens from polymicrobial infections interact with each other and how these interactions shape infection progress and outcome. Read more

How can we discover better neuroactive compounds?

Bacteria and fungi produce an astounding array of natural products which are the source of many of our medicines, including the psychedelic psilocybin which has recently shown promise in clinical trials for treating depression. Read more

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