Research course

Biomedical Engineering

University of Liverpool · Department of Engineering

Entry requirements

Research in biomedical engineering requires a good first degree in the same field or in structural engineering. Some projects can be conducted by students with strong background in mathematics, physics, material science or medicine. The multidisciplinary nature of research in Biomedical Engineering means that students may need training and close supervision in areas, which they are not familiar with, during the first stages of their study.

Applications from international students are welcome. International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines.

Months of entry

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

Course content

Biomedical Engineering in Liverpool is home to world-class researchers in the fields of macro and micro-biomechanics and biomedical imaging.

Our areas of interest are generally associated with four research tracks: material characterisation, numerical simulation, topography analysis and medical device development. Although we concentrate much of our effort on applications in ophthalmology, we have strong interests in other areas such as cardiovascular and orthopaedic applications.

We carried out the first comprehensive study of corneal and scleral biomechanical behaviour where we characterised tissue hyperelasticity, hysteresis, anisotropy and viscoelasticity. We developed numerical simulations that embody the ocular globe’s important topographic and material behaviour features, and can predict ocular response to mechanical actions using custom-built analysis software. We have current projects on the automatic analysis of Optical coherence tomography scans and Videokeratography maps.

Our numerical work enabled the study of intraocular pressure measurement techniques and improved their accuracy. We are now leading projects to develop a contact lens device for the continuous measurement of intraocular pressure (for improved glaucoma management), a new air-puff tonometer with reduced sensitivity to variations in corneal thickness and material stiffness, and technologies to measure corneal biomechanical properties in-vivo.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full-time: £4,195 Part-time: £2,098 (2017)
International students
Full-time: £18,900, Part-time: £9,450 (2017)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
48 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927