CFD modelling of novel glaucoma implants for drug release

Start date

1 October 2024


3.5 years

Application deadline

Funding source

UKRI and/or University of Surrey

Funding information

We are offering the UKRI standard stipend (currently £18,622 per year) with an additional bursary of £1,700 per year for full 3.5 years for exceptional candidates. In addition, a research, training and support grant of £3,000 over the project is also offered. Full home or overseas tuition fees (as applicable) will be covered.


Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, and the second cause of blindness overall after cataracts. In 2016, the estimated average annual total cost of NHS-provided glaucoma care was £405 per patient in the UK. The development of novel implants for glaucoma drug release has the potential to alleviate this burden.This project will focus on developing a multiphysics mathematical model as a platform for testing novel implants for glaucoma drug release. 

Eligibility criteria

Open to both UK and international candidates.

Up to 30% of our UKRI-funded studentships can be awarded to candidates paying international rate fees. Find out more about eligibility.

You will need to meet the minimum entry requirements for our PhD programme.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated candidate who holds a master’s degree or equivalent in Chemical, Mechanical, Biomedical Engineering, or a closely-related discipline. The candidate should be a good team player and can engage in collaboration with good oral and written communication skills. Previous experience in mathematical modelling is desirable but not necessary.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Chemical and Process Engineering Research PhD programme page. In place of a research proposal, you should upload a document stating the title of the project that you wish to apply for and the name of the relevant supervisor.

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Application deadline

Contact details

Daniel Sebastia-Saez
33 BC 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 686568

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