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Prosthetics and Orthotics

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Prosthetics and Orthotics

Up to 12 fully funded, four-year PhD studentships are available in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Prosthetics and Orthotics, commencing in October 2022 onwards. The CDT in Prosthetics and Orthotics will build a world leading engineering and physical science workforce to help ensure that “no one is left behind".

The CDT provides training that supports exciting careers in a global healthcare industry that meets the needs of diverse user groups and stakeholders. The CDT combines expertise from the University of Salford, Imperial College London, University of Strathclyde and the University of Southampton, with more than 25 industry partners and national facilities. Our industry partners estimate a demand for our graduates measured in the hundreds.

In year 1, students undertake a training course of taught modules, a short project and a clinical and/or industry placement. For the first six months all students will based at the University of Salford, after which they will move to one of the four host institutions to complete PhD programme of research.

We welcome applications for UK and International Students

From the academic year 2021/22, the UKRI will be opening up UKRI studentships to international students. All students would receive a full award, to include a stipend and fees at the home level. This applies only to students who are beginning their doctoral training from the academic year 2021/22. EU and EEA students who are recruited and start from academic year 2021/22 onwards, will become international students.

The CDT has a very limited number of studentships for international students that pay tuition fees and a stipend. International students can apply for funded projects at all four institutions.

Key elements of the EPSRC CDT in P&O

  • Ambitious PhD projects that blend high quality training with practical experiences that enhance employability.
  • Training in research skills relevant to prosthetics, orthotics and the wider healthcare technology industry.
  • Integrated training in engineering, physical, medical and clinical sciences, as well as business, entrepreneurial and other professional skills
  • Opportunities to work on research projects directly with industry and users, and understand the journey from user needs to product or service implementation.

You can find further details about the projects avaliable to study on the CDT website.

Applications for 2023/24 close on Friday 17 February 2023.

The studentships provide for PhD fees at the host institution and a stipend set at national rates (current stipend for 2021/2022 is £15,609 and is adjusted annually).

Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to achieve either:

  • a minimum of an upper-second class honours degree from an undergraduate course in an appropriate physical or biomedical science, mathematics or engineering
  • or

  • a clinical qualification recognised by the HCPC or GMC and related to users of prosthetics and orthotics, with additional evidence of skills in engineering and physical science research (e.g. biomechanics, human gait).

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. Please note that accessibility information about the University can be found on the DisabledGo app here.

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