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Bioengineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

We have 93 Bioengineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

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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Standing nonheritable variation in bacteria

The aim of this multi-disciplinary project is to develop quantitative methods to measure variation and selection, and their impacts on the dynamics of bacterial populations under changing environmental conditions. Read more

Developing novel fibre/gel composites to support conjunctiva repair

Conjunctival injury can severely diminish a patient’s quality of life. The overall aim of this project is to restore that patient’s quality of life by implanting a synthetic conjunctival graft to repair and regenerate lost or damaged tissue. Read more
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AI-powered Smart Microscopy for Stem-Cell Engineering

In the Smart Microscopy Group, we focus on understanding how to connect bioimage analysis with computer-controlled microscopy to generate automated and adaptive imaging workflows to enable quantitative and statistically meaningful results in complex biological systems [1]. Read more
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CFD study of novel fistula health monitoring for dialysis patients

School of Engineering, Mathematics Institute and Warwick Medical School. Supervisors: . Dr Yongmann Chung,.  Dr Bjorn Stinner, Professor Charles Hutchinson (WMS). Read more
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Universal Protein Monitoring Platform Based on Smart Holographic Sensor

This Sheffield-Singapore partnership aims at developing a universal protein monitoring platform to serve a wide range of industries (pharma, food, chemical) and to catapult protein R&D. Read more

Funded EPSRC DTP PhD Studentship: Net-zero propulsion and supply-chains management of sustainable aviation fuels towards delivering a green aviation

Alternative clean and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) will play an essential role in delivering a net-zero aviation. This cross-disciplinary PhD project aims to provide new understanding of the combustion performance and the fuels’ impact on net-zero propulsion. Read more
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PhD Studentship in Renewable Energy: Enhanced biohydrogen production using synthetic biology in extremophiles

Overview. The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU). is a collaborative doctoral training programme run by the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham. Read more

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