I am currently in my 2nd year as an EngD student here at the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Medical Devices. I had my Bachelor’s degree in Medical Engineering from the University of Bradford in England and went on to have a Master’s degree in Nanomedicine at Swansea University in Wales. I enjoyed both degrees and completed them with a First Class and Distinction respectively but wasn’t quite sure where my interest was as what I had learnt at that stage was quite broad and varied.
At that point, I decided I was interested in Clinical research and needed further training. I applied to the CDT in Medical Technologies here at Strathclyde University. I gained additional skills and specialised exposure in my first year through all the taught modules including Professional Studies, Research Methodology, and Medical Device Regulations. I was better informed at the end of the year on what research area I was interested in and I had an opportunity to select a research topic of interest during the summer of my first year.
My research is centred around ‘The development of an Electrochemical Sensor for measuring and detecting circulating tumour DNA in human fluids’. I have an amazing supervisor who is an expert in the core subject discipline of the project and I am part of his research group comprising of students with similar disciplines and collaborators in industries with whom we can share ideas and expertise.
The EngD Medical Device Course has been designed to enhance a student both academically and professionally through internal workshops, opportunities to attend worldwide relevant conferences, and regular networking events which brings all the students, academic staff and clinicians together to discuss research progress and clinical requirements. As all the research areas within this course are present-day focused, you will have the opportunity to contribute to real-life health care needs that are ready to be developed in industry and practically translated for use in the world.