The Department of Biomedical Engineering is an international centre of excellence in postgraduate teaching and research. It offers a postgraduate degree programme that combines engineering, medicine and life and physical sciences.
Postgraduate education and research is directed at the application of the methods and ideas of engineering and the physical and biological sciences in medicine and surgery.
We have a particular emphasis on clinically-related research which ranges from basic investigations to direct clinical applications. Much of our research is based on active collaboration with clinical units, academic departments and industry in Glasgow along with other areas of the UK and overseas.
Our students play a vital role in the development of innovative research, enjoy state-of-the-art facilities and have the opportunity to network with industrialists, academic experts and clinical collaborators.
Visits to local clinical centres along with lectures from industrialists and visiting experts from the UK and overseas are a key part of our courses. You'll also have the opportunity to meet our many industrial and clinical experts to help advise and further your career.
Our postgraduate education includes research degrees that can be studied over one year (MPhil, MRes) or three years (PhD). Our external research is supported by funding from research councils, the Scottish Government, charities, commerce and industry within the UK, EU and internationally in countries such as the US and Japan.
What you'll study
PhD & MPhil
You can study a degree in biomedical engineering within any of our three major research areas:
- Rehabilitation Engineering
- Cell, Tissue & Organ Engineering
- Medical Diagnostic Devices & Instrumentations
You can study for an MRes in:
We've developed an excellent research environment that allows new talent to thrive and develop within innovative research programmes and collaborations. These are supported through our established clinical and industrial multidisciplinary networks.
Find out more about our research
Fees & funding
All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.
Entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.
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Some projects will have research costs in addition to the tuition fees. Assessment is made on a case by case basis. Applicants are informed at the point of offer that their project may incur bench fees and are sent a letter if a bench fee applies.
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Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.
*Fees have not yet been set by research councils.
Research supervisors are assigned to you by the Department. We ask you to highlight a potential supervisor in your application but the department will team you up with the best supervisor to support your project.
Once we've received your application, your research proposal is passed to potential supervisors for consideration. If it's not compatible with the researcher's current projects and they are unable to supervise, it's passed to another supervisor for consideration. If they can supervise you, they will confirm and nominate a potential second supervisor.
As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer will be sent to you through Pegasus, our online application system.
When you accept our offer of study, you'll receive a full offer in writing via the email address you provide.
Support & development
Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD)
As part of your PhD degree, you'll be enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD).
This certificate is designed to support you with your research and rewards you for things you'll do as a research student here.
It'll help you improve skills which are important to professional development and employability:
- knowledge and intellectual abilities to conduct your research
- personal qualities to succeed in your research and chosen career
- standards, requirements and conduct of a professional researcher in your discipline
- working with others and communicating the impact of your research to a wide range of audiences
All you have to do is plan these activities alongside your doctorate, documenting and reflecting your journey to success along the way.
Postgraduate research at the Strathclyde Doctoral School
The Strathclyde Doctoral School provides a vibrant and comprehensive student-centred research and training environment in order to grow and support current and future research talent. The School encompasses our four faculties and is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities, and ensuring training is at the highest level. As a postgraduate researcher, you'll automatically become a member of the Strathclyde Doctoral School.Find out more about the Doctoral School
Strathclyde is one of the best universities here in the UK, especially the Department of Biomedical Engineering – it's one of the best. I'm currently working on developing a biomaterial patch that can be placed onto the heart in order to help the regeneration of damaged cardiac cells.
A first-class or upper second-class Honours degree in biomedical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, physical or life sciences.
If you have previous biomedical engineering or research experience you may register for MPhil degree. If you're studying for an MPhil or PhD you'll normally attend some of the classes in the instructional MSc in Biomedical Engineering. You'll also undertake a research or development project and submit a thesis.
If you're in industry, the health service or other suitable employment you may register for part-time MPhil or PhD study. Projects for part-time study are subject to the approval of the Head of Department.
During the application you'll be asked for the following:
- your full contact details
- transcripts and certificates of all degrees
- proof of English language proficiency if English isn't your first language
- two references, one of which must be academic
- funding or scholarship information
- research proposal of 250 to 1,000 words in length, detailing the subject area and topic to be investigated
By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.
Accepting an offer
Once you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.
UK or EU students
If you're applying as a UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.
An ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate is a mandatory requirement for some postgraduate students in science, engineering and technology.
You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.
All you have to do is complete an online application.