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EngDMedical Devices

Why this course?

The Doctor of Engineering in Medical Devices is a higher degree providing engineers and physical scientists with full research training at the life sciences interface (LSI) that's relevant to medical devices and related materials/technologies. 

This training programme equips you with the basic knowledge and terminology in current life science subjects to allow you to explore LSI topics in your own research project with direction from your supervisor.

You'll gain practical experience in the life sciences techniques and an appreciation of interdisciplinary project work and also be part of the Medical Devices LSI Centre for Doctoral Training funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC’s) LSI programme.

The Centre

The University of Strathclyde has been funded by the EPSRC LSI Programme to provide the UK’s first Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Medical Devices.

With colleagues from engineering, the life sciences and physical sciences, and with input from clinical advisers from the NHS and elsewhere, the CDT offers a world-class research and training programme for some of the best graduate students in the UK.

The centre is designed to allow graduates to carry out research relevant to problems in healthcare that can be addressed through new medical devices or related technologies.

Students within the centre have the opportunity to work with medical companies and NHS and other clinical groups in state-of-the-art research projects.

The projects carried out in the centre are highly relevant to the clinicians, patients and medical companies who are the end-users of such research. A key feature of CDT research projects is their interdisciplinary nature – each project is co-supervised by academic staff from different scientific disciplines with expertise on a wide range of topics including drug delivery, bioimaging, cell and tissue engineering cardiovascular devices and medical diagnostics.

Recent Projects

There's a range of projects topics you can choose from.  Some of our more recent titles are:

  • Vaccine delivery via high-throughput nanoparticle-enhanced cell imaging in microfluidic devices
  • Development of an optically guided navigated orthopaedic surgical tool (OGNOST)
  • Developing a means of diagnosing and assessing prosodic deficits in people with Parkinson's disease
  • A plastic laser diagnostic platform for assessing the risk of cardiovascular disease

Course content

The Doctor of Engineering (EngD) degree in Medical Devices is a four-year course. The first year provides taught classes and projects designed to familiarise you with medical devices topics and the life sciences interface. In addition, you're encouraged to attend events relevant to the medical devices industry, such as Health Technologies Transfer Network (KTN) Conferences.

Compulsory classes

Medical Science for Engineering

To provide you with instruction in key areas of human anatomy, physiology and cell biology relevant to the advanced study of bio and clinical engineering.  We aim to provide understanding of normal biological function and control as derived from scientific and clinical evidence. The class will educate students to use knowledge of normal function to better understand pathology, disease diagnosis and treatment.

Biomedical Instrumentation

This class aims to give a detailed description of the principles and applications of a number of the most widely used biomedical instrumentation systems and devices found in the modern hospital environment. This course will enable you to understand the diagnostic and research applications of the various instrumentation-related techniques currently available and to appreciate their limitations.

Biomedical Electronics

This class aims to give the student a thorough introduction to the use of electronic circuits for the pre-conditioning, acquisition and display of biomedical signals and to provide an understanding of the components required in a basic biomedical measurement device. 

Professional Studies in Biomedical Engineering

This class aims to:

  • provide an introduction to the philosophy, ethics and methodology of research
  • outline the role that the bioengineer plays in the solution of clinical problems
  • provide training in the principles, assessment and application of safety procedures  in areas relevant to medical physics and biomedical engineering
  • engender an awareness of the importance of regulatory issues in medical device design and manufacturing
Research Methodology
This class aims to equip you with the skills necessary to use mathematics and statistics tools including software in experimental design and data visualisation and analysis needed to progress in their research in Biomedical Engineering.
Advanced Techniques in Biomedical Research
  • To provide training in a range of standard techniques in biomedical sciences
  • To develop an ability to apply techniques to specific problems in biomedical research
Medical Genomics
  • To introduce genomics.
  • To demonstrate the importance of gene and protein sequence analysis in biomedical research.
Introductory Pharmacology

This class has been designed to enable you to integrate your knowledge of various areas of pharmacology, develop detailed knowledge and have a critical understanding of current and future drug treatment of selected major diseases. In addition you'll develop critical analytical skills in interpreting cardiovascular experimental data.

In particular this class addresses:
  • health and illness
  • normal and abnormal body function
  • aetiology and epidemiology of major diseases and the principles of their drug treatment
  • symptoms recognition and management
  • molecular bases of drug action
  • therapeutic uses of drugs in man
  • prediction of drug properties, cell and molecular biology of relevance to pharmacy
  • biological methods of measuring drug activity

Elective classes

Choose from this list

Tissue Mechanics

This class aims to provide an introduction to the mechanical properties of human tissue using a PBL approach. With the aid of an existing Finite Element (FE) model of the knee, you'll virtually dissect the knee joint and by doing so identify the different tissue types in the knee. Discussion will take place to determine how to incorporate the material properties of the different tissues into the model. A Journal “club” will be used to discuss recent literature, informing and directing you in performing appropriate experimental methods to determine the mechanical properties, which can then be incorporated into the FE model. A fully working FE knee joint will be the objective of the class.

Regenerative Medicine & Tissue Engineering

To describe the developments and advances in regenerative/repair medicine in terms of:

  • source of cells
  • cell expansion/seeding and bioreactor technology
  • tissue scaffolds: design criteria, fabrication and characterisation
  • clinical status of replacement tissues and organs
Prosthetics and Orthotics

This class aims to demonstrate to you how biomechanical principles can be applied to the design, manufacture, fitting procedures and evaluation of prostheses, orthoses and other devices externally applied to the body of patients in need of rehabilitation. It is hoped that you should be able to join manufacturing companies, research groups or clinical teams responsible for the delivery of such systems.

Cardiovascular Devices

This class aims to:

  • give you a broad overview of cardiovascular devices used in the clinical setting for the treatment of a range of clinical conditions
  • demonstrate and develop an understanding of the clinical, design and regulatory challenges involved in developing devices for this clinical sector
  • offer some insight into the pathologies underlying the need for cardiovascular device technologies
Clinical & Sports Biomechanics
This class aims to provide you with the ability to appraise the role of biomechanics and biomechanical measurement techniques in the development and evaluation of clinical practice in rehabilitation and in the production and management of sports injuries. The class will also allow you to assess the role of biomechanics and biomechanical measurement in the improvement of human function and the optimising of sports performance.  The class will focus on orthopaedic and neurological issues.
Bio-signal Processing & Analysis

This class aims to familiarise you with the fundamentals and concepts of signals and systems (both continuous-time and discrete-time), and to develop a framework for processing and analysing a variety of biomedical signals and images (biosignals), including electrocardiograms (ECGs) and magnetic resonance images. You'll also develop valuable Mathcad and MATLAB signal/image processing skills, through non-compulsory self-study laboratory exercises.

Biomaterials & Biocompatibility

This class aims to:

  • provide fundamental information on the properties of synthetic biomaterials, and how these are evaluated experimentally and from the literature
  • outline how material properties are influenced by methods of processing
  • explore with the aid of appropriate examples what is meant by biocompatibility; provide an overview of the host responses to and interactions with biomaterials, and how these interactions are assessed and influenced by surface properties
  • introduce the principles of toxicology, identify the major toxic interactions with foreign chemicals and the protective mechanisms which enable us to survive most toxic insults. Assessment of  the safety of materials according to the International Standards will be discussed
Introduction to Biomechanics
This class aims to provide you with a tool set of analytical skills to enable you to undertake valid biomechanical analyses of human movement, including the science, engineering and mathematical skill to produce kinematic and kinetic analyses of human movement and the external and internal load actions experienced by humans during activity. The class will provide generic analysis skills but examples will focus primarily on human gait.
Clinical Biochemistry
To introduce you to the use of biochemical analysis in the diagnosis of disease conditions and instil an appreciation of the origin of disease specific biomolecular markers.
Advanced Techniques in Molecular Biology

This class will be co-taught in part with the level 3 undergraduate laboratory class ‘Laboratory Methods and Skills Development (BM310)’ and will include the following topics:

  • plasmid isolation and restriction analysis
  • gene cloning
  • protein expression systems
  • protein purification
  • enzyme assays (β-glucosidase)
  • enzymes kinetics (HPLC)
  • bioinformatics - sequence annotation & multiple sequence alignment
  • gene expression & microarrays
Medical Device Project

At the end of the second semester, you'll undertake a preliminary research project on a topic of their choosing (for a Doctor of Engineering student it is expected that this topic will form the basis of their doctoral thesis).  You'll have the opportunity to consider a range of projects in discussion with potential supervisors from across the Faculties of Science and Engineering.

Projects are multidisciplinary in nature, and are expected to involve an element of practical work carried out in the laboratory of one of your chosen supervisors. A report based on this work carries 20 credits, completing the 180 credits required for the award of the degree of MSc in Medical Devices (or progression into Year 2 in the case of the four-year Doctor of Engineering programme).

Entry requirements

We look for a first or upper second class UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in engineering or physical sciences.

Fees & funding


All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Here are our fees for 2018/19:

Scotland/ EU

  • £4,260*

Rest of UK

  • £4,260*

* Please note that 2018-19 PGR entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period


£19,800 (full-time)


A number of studentships are available via a training package funded by the EPSRC.

Graduates accepted for the Centre who are UK citizens will receive a four-year studentship covering living expenses and fees.

EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for three years or more are also eligible for the full studentship. Fees-only support is available for other EU citizens.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Contact us


You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

Entry requirements

A first or 2:1 Honours degree in engineering or physical sciences.

The application

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 academic references
  • funding or scholarship information
  • CV and personal statement

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.

International students

If you're applying internationally, we'll need you to provide an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate.

To get a certificate, you'll need to create a Research Statement which must define the nature of your research very exactly.

This will be agreed between you and your supervisor.

Your supervisor will then add this statement to your online application and once you've completed all conditions of your offer, a CAS number will be issued.

You then must submit your application to ATAS.

When you have your approval from ATAS, using your CAS number you can then apply for your visa.

As soon as you have your visa, we'll send you your registration documentation.

You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

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