Research course

Biomedical Engineering

University of Glasgow · College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
PhDEngDMSc by researchMPhil

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent.
Required documentation

Applicants should submit:
  • Transcripts/degree certificate
  • Two references
  • A one-page research proposal
  • CV
  • Name of potential Supervisor
  • Research proposal

Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:
  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Months of entry


Course content

Biomedical Engineering brings together four important research themes associated with advanced medical diagnostics: rehabilitation and assistive technologies, cell and tissue engineering and systems biology.

We are currently home to 35 research students pursuing PhD in fields as diverse as infectious disease diagnostics for the developing world, brain-computer interfaces, stem cell differentiation using nanotechnology, robots as orthotic aids, and the creation of artificial cells.

Research areas

Our research expertise covers the following areas:

Advanced Medical Diagnostics and Lab-on-a-chip

  • Advanced diagnostics
  • Lab-on-a-Chip for Developing World diagnostics
  • Micromanipulation for advanced diagnostics
  • Microrheology
  • Cell microtechnologies
  • Synthetic biology
  • Bio-nanophotonics

More information: Advanced Medical Diagnostics & Lab-on-a-chip


  • Advanced Materials
  • Cell Engineering
  • Regenerative Medicine

More information: Biomaterials

Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technologies

  • Functional rehabilitation
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation & exercise
  • Assistive technologies

More information: Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies

Synthetic Biology

  • Synthetic cell implementation and control using nano-technology
  • Modelling & robustness analysis of large-scale stochastic biomolecular networks
  • Biomolecular network inferring
  • Human control systems

More information: Synthetic Biology

Start dates are set by both your supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.

Information for international students

English Language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English.

Fees and funding

View a full list of our current scholarships.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72-96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • EngD
    part time
    96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc by research
    part time
    24-36 months
      full time
      12-24 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        36-48 months
          full time
          24-36 months

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