Biomedical and Microengineering PhD/MPhil: University of Briminghum

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Biomedical and Microengineering PhD/MPhil: University of Briminghum, Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK, Birmingham, United Kingdom
PhD – 3 years full-time, MPhil – 1 year full-time
Scholarship and Grants 
+44 (0)121 414 4161

This centre brings together our expertise in two growth areas with the aim of exploring how they benefit each other. Facilities include a dual beam focused ion beam (FIB) system with a field emission scanning microscope. This instrument is capable of ion machining and deposition of a wide range of materials (both metals and insulators) down to the nanometre scale. It is, therefore, a very useful tool for nano-fabrication and analysis.

There are six members of academic staff in the centre and the facilities are housed in purpose-built, modern accommodation. Collaboration with the Department of Chemical Engineering provides cell culture facilities for tissue engineering.

Current research concentrates on:

  • Development of implants and associated surgical instrumentation
  • Mechanical properties of natural tissues related to risk of failure and the effects of surgical instrumentation
  • Scaffolds for tissue engineering
  • Micro-fluidic systems for 'lab on a chip' applications
  • Resonant pressure micro-sensors
  • MEMS for radio-frequency communications
  • Microengines

They are very interested in applications from students who would like to work at the interface between biomedical and microengineering.

Research Facilities

English language requirements

Entry requirements

The normal entrance requirements for MPhil or PhD study are a first degree of at least good UK upper second-class Honours standard, an appropriate standard of English and adequate financial support. The requirements also allow for entry based on comparable ability, as indicated by a good UK MSc performance or a lower first degree performance plus substantial relevant experience.

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How to apply

Online applications

If you submit an online application, please write your ID number on your supporting documents when you send them to us. You will receive an ID number by email on the day after you submit your application (apart from applications submitted on Friday, Saturday or Sunday when the email will arrive on Monday).

If you send in your supporting documents before completing the online application form, please make sure that you write your full name, date of birth and the programme you are applying for on all the documents.

Paper application form

If you apply using the paper application form, please include, where possible, your supporting documents with the application.

Where to send supporting documents

  • Address: Admissions
    Aston Webb Building
    University of Birmingham
    B15 2TT

Tuition fees and costs

The University charges an annual tuition fee. This covers the cost of your tuition, examination and graduation, and includes membership of the Guild of Students. Fees are payable at the start of your programme.

When you accept the offer of a place, you are also accepting responsibility for the payment of your tuition fees, even if you are sponsored or in receipt of an award and the sponsor fails to pay. It is therefore very important that you have sufficient funds available to you. Unfortunately, if you fail to pay the fees, you will not be permitted to continue your studies.

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For general information about open days

  • 3 December

Their Postgraduate Open Day is the ideal opportunity to visit the University and find out more about the research areas or programmes that interest you.

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Contact details

Main University Switchboard

  • Postal Address: University of Birmingham
    B15 2TT
  • Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3344
  • Fax: +44(0)121 414 3971

Postgraduate Admissions

International Applicant Enquiries

Financial Support Office

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