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PhD Programme in Bioengineering

Bioengineering Doctoral Training Programme

The Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London welcomes applications for 2016-17 entry from high-calibre prospective PhD students to join our Bioengineering Doctoral Training Programme (B-DTP).

The B-DTP is housed within the leading bioengineering department in the UK, attracting outstanding students and researchers from around the world. The programme offers doctoral-level training in cutting-edge and interdisciplinary projects while providing students with the opportunity to develop the skills they need to tackle research challenges in a collaborative environment.

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 Research Student Handbook and on the Registry’s Research Degrees webpage.

NB: As an alternative to the B-DTP, prospective PhD Bioengineering students may wish to apply under a specific supervisor; further details of this application process can be found on the Bioengineering PhD Programme webpages.

PhD Programme in Bioengineering

The Department

The Department of Bioengineering provides a highly stimulating environment for student research as it leads the national and international bioengineering agenda, advancing the frontiers of our knowledge in biomedical engineering, biological engineering and biomimetics.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), 95% of the Department's returned research was judged either world-leading or internationally excellent. Likewise, the most recent National Student Survey (2015) showed 97% overall student satisfaction.

The Department’s research is highly interdisciplinary and involves collaborations with many other Imperial College departments as well as leading London hospitals and other international centres of research. The broad ranging research of the Department falls within the following research themes:

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

Our PhD students are encouraged to interact with researchers working in different areas, i.e. co-supervision by academics from other departments is common. Such interdisciplinary training fosters the intellectual capabilities and practical skills needed to cooperate with engineers, clinicians and scientists from a variety of academic backgrounds.

Please consult our research, postgraduate research and academic staff webpages for further details. You can also contact the Student Office with any questions that you may have.

Application Process

Entry onto the PhD Bioengineering requires an undergraduate degree at 2A-level or higher and a master’s degree with merit or higher (or non-UK equivalents) in engineering, any of the physical sciences, mathematics, biological sciences, physiology or medicine.

Please note that some scholarship schemes may have higher requirements.

PhD Programme in Bioengineering

To apply for the B-DTP, please:

  1. Identify up to three projects of interest
    1. Visit the B-DTP projects, research and academic staff pages of the Bioengineering website.
    2. We encourage applicants to contact supervisors directly, particularly if interested in applying for the IC PhD Scholarship Scheme (details in Funding Opportunities section below)
  2. Make your official application via the Imperial College online application system.
    1. You must include a brief cover letter to confirm that your application is being made to the Bioengineering CDT.
    2. The cover letter must include 1) your projects of choice (no more than three) in order of preference and 2) your motivation for applying to them.
  3. Your application will be reviewed by a shortlisting panel and, if successful, you’ll be invited to interview.
    1. Applicants are encouraged to maintain contact with their proposed supervisor(s) in the meantime.
  4. If your interview is successful
    1. You will be offered a conditional place within the B-DTP, subject to meeting College and Departmental eligibility requirements and obtaining appropriate funding for the duration of the PhD.

NB: Applicants to the B-DTP may be put forward to College scholarship schemes. Likewise, applications that are more aligned with other existing DTPs or Centres for Doctoral Training in the College may be redirected to them, where appropriate. The Department will notify relevant applicants in either of these cases.

Funding Opportunities

There are 8 B-DTP studentships, to which Home and EU candidates are eligible to apply. These studentships cover tuition fees and provide a bursary at the standard RCUK stipend rate (for 2015-16, this is £16057 p.a.). In order to be considered for one of the B-DTP studentships, candidates must submit their completed College application (including their brief cover letter, personal statement and references) by 1st April 2016.

In addition to the above studentships, candidates are encouraged to apply for other College funding opportunities to support their studies, such as the prestigious Imperial College PhD Scholarship Scheme (application deadline of 1st April 2016). Please see the College’s Scholarship webpage for full details on the scheme, including eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Further scholarships available at the College-level can be found using the Scholarships Search Tool and on the International Scholarship Collaborations webpage.

We also strongly encourage candidates to explore funding opportunities external to the College, such as those from charities, industry and their government. The Department may be willing and able to support these applications through, for example, writing statements of support, if required. Further information on these routes is available on the Department’s Studentships and Sources of Funding pages.

NB: In some cases, the best funding opportunities will require a separate application to a specific scholarship scheme.

PhD Programme in Bioengineering

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