Biomedical Engineering PHD
Why choose this course
The Centre for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Surrey provides world-class research into biomechanics, biomedical engineering and tissue engineering. We have links with globally leading companies such as Blatchfords, the Transport Research Laboratory, Smith and Nephew and with hospitals across the south of England, as well as extensive international research collaboration. Many of the UK’s senior biomedical engineers were trained by us.
The quality of our undergraduate and postgraduate students’ research has been recognised by national professional bodies, with prestigious awards such as the IET Dennis Hill Award for best final project in 2015, the IMechE JRI award for best taught masters project poster presentation, and the IET Leslie H Paddle Scholarship for doctoral research. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 80 per cent of our ‘general engineering’ research outputs were rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
Our graduates have since gone on to clinical engineering positions in the NHS, to design consultancies, to medicine, to prosthesis manufacturers, to car manufacturers as safety specialists, and others. A PhD programme in Biomedical Engineering will allow you to test the cutting-edge of science and make new discoveries. The Centre celebrated its 50th group of students in 2015, and we hope you’ll join us as we enter our second half-century.
What you will study
Our PhD in Biomedical Engineering will give you the knowledge, skills and expertise needed for a career in engineering, research or academia. You’ll be intellectually challenged, develop research and management skills, and become an expert in your chosen field of study.
It normally takes around three years to complete a full-time PhD. You’ll be assigned a minimum of two supervisors, who will guide you through your PhD. You’ll learn how to conduct literature review, how to develop your ideas and verify them with experiments, and how to collaborate and perform interdisciplinary research. Over time, we’ll develop your skills and transform you into an independent researcher.
|Qualification||Study mode||Course length||Start date|
|PHD||Full-time||48 months||October 2018|
|PHD||Part-time||96 months||January 2019|
|PHD||Part-time||96 months||October 2018|
|PHD||Full-time||48 months||April 2018|
|PHD||Full-time||48 months||July 2018|
|PHD||Part-time||96 months||April 2018|
|PHD||Part-time||96 months||July 2018|
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Code of practice for research degrees
Surrey’s postgraduate research code of practice sets out the University's policy and procedural framework relating to research degrees.
The code defines a set of standard procedures and specific responsibilities covering the academic supervision, administration and assessment of research degrees for all faculties within the University.
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- Biomedical engineering
- Tissue engineering
As a PhD student within the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences, you’ll have access to all our facilities, including our gait laboratory and our mechanical testing facilities.
Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good Masters degree (distinction normally required).
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English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
Selection is based on applicants meeting the expected entry requirements, assessment of application, successful interview and suitable references where required.
Students are initially registered for a PhD with probationary status and, subject to satisfactory progress, subsequently confirmed as having PhD status.
|Study mode||Start date||UK/EU fees||Oversees fees|
For fees payable in 2018/19, these will increase by 4 per cent, rounded up to the nearest £100 for subsequent years of study. Any start date other than October will attract a pro-rata fee for that year of entry (75 per cent for January, 50 per cent for April and 25 per cent for July).
Overseas students applying for 2018 entry should note that annual fees will rise by 4% rounded up to the nearest £100.