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PhD Programme in Bioengineering

Department of Bioengineering
Doctoral Training Programme

About Us

The Bioengineering Doctoral Training Programme (B-DTP) is housed within the leading bioengineering department in the UK, attracting outstanding students and researchers from around the world.

It currently has more than 160 candidates working towards a PhD in a topic from one of our 6 research themes:

  • Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
  • Detection, Devices, Design
  • Human and Biological Robotics
  • Implants and Regenerative Medicine
  • Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering
  • Neural Engineering

Our PhD candidates come from a wide variety of educational establishments and diverse backgrounds; they are all actively engaged in conducting and publishing original research. The B-DTP programme is usually 3 years’ duration. Our Department prides itself of remaining committed to conducting high impact research. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), 95% of the Department's returned research was judged to be either world-leading or internationally excellent.

PhD Programme in Bioengineering

What you can expect in pursuing a DTP PhD

B-DTP students will benefit from studying as part of a cohort, undertaking a range of additional training and development opportunities to support them throughout and after their PhD studies. The major milestones that they will encounter are detailed in our Bioengineering Research Handbook 2016-17 and on the Registry’s Research Degrees webpage.

In addition to completing and defending a PhD thesis, most of our candidates present their research at conferences, attend workshops and are engaged in supporting the delivery of teaching on our undergraduate and master’s level programmes. In some cases, research is conducted in collaboration with companies.

Who Should Apply?

Graduates with a degree in engineering, any of the physical sciences, mathematics, biological sciences, physiology or medicine may be accepted for a PhD. We will normally only accept applicants with a good 2:1 or 1st class degree from a UK university, or non-UK equivalent.

Please also check the Imperial College entry requirements to ensure you meet the minimum entry criteria for research.

PhD Programme in Bioengineering

How To Apply

Application deadline for 2017 entry is 31 January 2017.

We offer a Bioengineering DTP pre-application process where you can upload a CV and cursory biographical information. Once we have assessed your suitability to the programme, we will put you in touch with potential PhD project supervisors for further discussions and - if appropriate - simultaneously arrange for interviews. Based on this initial process, we make a recommendation as to whether you should submit a formal application to the College via Registry.

  1. Identify up to three projects of interest
    • Visit the B-DTP projects, research and academic staff pages of the Bioengineering website.
  2. Once ready, make your official application via the Imperial College online application system.
    • You must include a brief cover letter to confirm that your application is being made to the Bioengineering DTP, stating supervisor choice and motivation.
    • Your application will be reviewed by a shortlisting panel and, if successful, you’ll be invited to an interview and applicants are encouraged to maintain contact with their proposed supervisor(s) in the meantime.
    • If your interview is successful, you will be offered a conditional place, subject to meeting entry requirements and obtaining appropriate funding for the duration of the PhD.

Application deadline for 2017 entry is 31 January 2017.


We have a limited number of studentships available, covering 3.5 years of studies, which will be awarded to successful applicants with a fee status of Home or EU. The rate is the standard Research Council rate, to be confirmed for 2017-18. (e.g. in 2016-17 the standard rate was £16,296 per year). The studentship covers fees and the stipend and is awarded for 3.5 years.

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