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.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
PhD Full-time 48 months January
PhD Full-time 48 months April
PhD Full-time 48 months July
PhD Full-time 48 months October
PhD Part-time 96 months January
PhD Part-time 96 months April
PhD Part-time 96 months July
PhD Part-time 96 months October
Stag Hill

Additional costs

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Code of practice for research degrees

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Our students

  • Sam Simons, PhD Medical Engineering

    “I enjoy discovering new things.”

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  • Ed Williamson, EngD MiNMaT

    "The overall experience of pursuing an EngD with the University of Surrey has been both incredibly enjoyable and rewarding."

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  • Alex Bates, MSc Biomedical Engineering

    “I feel that Surrey’s MSc in Biomedical Engineering not only gave me a broad knowledge-base of the subject, but also an understanding of a career in academia.”

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Research themes

  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Tissue engineering

Research facilities

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.

Entry requirements

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.

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

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.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time January £3,146 £15,000
Full-time April £2,100 £10,000
Full-time July £1,050 £5,000
Full-time October To be confirmed £20,800
Part-time October To be confirmed £10,400
Part-time January £1,575 £7,500
Part-time April £1,050 £5,000
Part-time July £525 £2,500

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.

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Funding and studentships

Funded PhD Studentship in Biomedical Engineering: Investigating the Biomechanics and Physiology of the Muscles of the Pelvis

Supervisor(s)

Dr Matthew Oldfield

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

Funding The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax-free stipend of £14,553 p.a., in line with standard RCUK stipend levels
Application deadline Ongoing
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Admissions enquiries

+44 (0)1483 682 222

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

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