Research course

Mechanical Engineering

University of Dundee · School of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

Honours degree at 2.1 or above, or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline. Please check our website for English language requirements.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

There are excellent opportunities for research leading to MSc and PhD degrees, both full-time and part-time. Our international reputation in medical and biomedical engineering and related fields has led to substantial research income both from the research councils and from industry. There are very strong research links with Ninewells Hospital and Medical School in Dundee and other clinical groups in the UK.

We also collaborate with the School of Design, together with which we run an undergraduate programme in Innovative Product Design. There are well-equipped research laboratories for Biomedical Engineering, Rapid-Prototyping, Biomaterials and Advanced Computer Applications including The Division of Mechanical Engineering & Mechatronics provides an exciting mix of research and teaching.

Our staff make significant contributions to the field in research, teaching and knowledge transfer. Researchis undertaken within four main groups, namely Biomedical Engineering, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Innovative Engineering Design and Surface Engineering & Tribology, within which smaller specialised research sub-groups operate.

Biomedical Engineering

The Biomedical Engineering group works in close collaboration with the Institute of Medical Science and Technology and clinical departments at the prestigious Ninewells Hospital and Medical School. There are two focus areas in our group; intelligent instrumentation and implant design.

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Biomaterials and tissue engineering research is focussed on the development of anti-bacterial nanocomposite coatings for surgical implants and biological substitutes which can restore, maintain or improve function of the damaged tissue most commonly found in age-related and chronic degenerative disorders. Close collaboration with College of Life Science, clinical departments at the prestigious Ninewells Hospital and Medical School and Dental School has led to joint projects funded by EC, DoH, EPSRC and BBSRC.

Innovative Engineering Design

Research within the Innovative Engineering Design theme is focussed upon automotive design, rapid prototyping and electromagnetic fluids. Research projects have attracted wide support from automotive, aerospace and medical industries.

Surface Engineering & Tribology

The Surface Engineering & Tribology group is focussed on the development and applications of novel surface coating technologies for automotive, aerospace, medical and oil-service industries. Research projects have attracted substantial support from EPSRC, EC framework, TSB and industrial partners.CAD/CAM and Embedded Control.

Department specialisms

Biomedical Engineering Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Innovative Engineering Design Surface Engineering & Tribology

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Mrs Ann Robertson
+44 (0)1382 384342