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  PhD opportunities in Smart Technology Advancements for Health and Rehabilitation


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About the Programme

Join this exciting and important research area and bridge the gap between clinical sciences, engineering and computing for sustainable developments in personal and community health needs. 

When you join our group you will play a part in active research and instrument/technology development, innovations testing, research clinic as test bed for pathways, product and intervention innovation testing as well as practice-based collaborations, clinical placement and public engagement activities.  

You can benefit from our working relationships with industry partners such as :

  • The Brunel Partners Academic Centre for Health Sciences
  • The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Central North West London Foundation Trust
  • Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
  • MIRA – CG & DG, research/grant applications Machine learning to exergaming for rehabilitation
  • SEHTA- South East Health Technologies Alliance, UK Digital Health Network
  • Shadow Robotics
  • AstraZeneca 
  • O2 – Telefonica

 Innovative research areas you can do your research in with us include:

  • Fundamental understanding of Human performance, biomedical and neuroscience regulation, including neural modulation, neuroinflammation, brain and behavior, to inform on translation into technology with impacts on health and rehabilitation.
  • Data science/wearable technology and Rehabilitation – bringing the two worlds together
  • Haptic Feedback, MultiSensory interfacing and Robotics in Health and in Health Education including medical and therapeutic simulation
  • Immersion and Engagement in Virtual Rehabilitation; incorporating gamification and digital arts for translation to enhance immersion and engagement to online learning on health, rehabilitation and education platforms.
  • TeleHealth /TeleRehab and Virtual Rehabilitation
  • Smart (wearable) technologies to promote health and rehabilitation outcomes
  • Data Analytics: using AI and Machine learning to improve diagnostic, understand disease progression and disability outcomes including translational medicine/rehabilitation and enhance rehabilitation protocols
  • Modelling and Simulation to understand human behaviour, illness and health economics will for example consider clinical pathway simulation (e.g. COVID Crisis/pandemic prediction/management)
  • Triangulation of multiple data sources with the use of advancements in computing technologies (G5 and Mobile Edge Computing) to enhance diagnostics, health monitoring and rehabilitation, especially relevant for COVID-19.

Research journey

Doctoral research programmes (PhDs) take a proud place in the world-class research environment and community at Brunel. PhD students are recognised and valued by their supervisors as an essential part of their departments.

Intakes start in January, April or October.

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (1st or 2:1) or an international equivalent. A Masters degree is a welcome, but not required, qualification for entry.

Find out how to apply for a PhD at Brunel

Research support

The Graduate School provides a range of personal, professional and career development opportunities. This includes workshops, online training, coaching and events, to enable you to enhance your professional profile, refine your skills, and plan your next career steps as part of the Researcher Development Programme. The researcher development programme (RDP) offers workshops and seminars in a range of areas including progression, research management, research dissemination, and careers and personal development. You will also be offered a number of online, self-study courses on BBL, including Research Integrity, Research Skills Toolkit, Research Methods in Literature Review and Principles of Research Methods.

Brunel's Library is open 24 hours a day, has 400,000 books and 250,000 ebooks, and an annual budget of almost £2m. Subject information Specialists train students in the latest technology, digital literacy, and digital dissemination of scholarly outputs. As well as the physical resources available in the Library, we also provide access to a wealth of electronic resources. These include databases, journals and e-books. Access to these resources has been bought by the Library through subscription and is limited to current staff and students. 

Find out more: Brunel Library

Careers support

You will receive tailored careers support during your PhD and for up to three years after you complete your research at Brunel. We encourage you to actively engage in career planning and managing your personal development right from the start of your research, even (or perhaps especially) if you don't yet have a career path in mind. Our careers provision includes online information and advice, one-to-one consultations and a range of events and workshops. The Professional Development Centre runs a varied programme of careers events throughout the academic year.

Funding Notes

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.
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