A Unique Combination of Expertise

Biomedical Engineering is a relatively new engineering discipline. It bridges the gap between engineering and medicine, taking the design and problem-solving skills of engineering and combining them with medical and biological sciences.

The Biomedical Engineering group at the University of Dundee builds on the highest standards of research, teaching and service of a cross-functional team of engineers, scientists and clinicians; it integrates a wide range of expertise available across the School of Science and Engineering, School of Medicine and Department of Medical Physics, Ninewells. 

The unique interdisciplinary character of our biomedical research exploits the developments that are occurring at the interface between the biomedical and physical sciences.

Research top in Scotland and third in UK

Our research is top in Scotland, and third in the UK, according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. We pride ourselves on our exciting blend of research and teaching from undergraduate to postgraduate level.

Our mission is to bridge the traditional gap between scientific research and the conception and implementation of novel biomedical devices and clinical procedures. The result is unequalled innovation and speed of implementation from lab to clinic. We work in several areas promising valuable advances for patients, healthcare providers and life science companies alike:

  • Diagnostic and therapeutic imaging: the application of advanced cellular and molecular imaging techniques will revolutionise drug discovery and evaluation, diagnostics, and therapies (e.g. using MRI and ultrasound and advancing instrumentation including robotics to provide precise placement of probes and destructive energy to destroy or shrink malignant tumours)
  • Drug delivery: new technologies for delivering drugs in a highly targeted, efficient fashion will establish new standards of clinical efficacy, efficiency and patient care
  • Regenerative medicine: technologies for wound healing and tissue correction have huge economic potential for the medical device and allied biotechnology industries
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques: emerging technologies such as Minimal Access Surgery, ultrasound imaging, radio-frequency devices, cryogenics and lasers are driving the potential for new state-of-the-art equipment
  • Photonics: covers a very broad range of photonics-based applications in medicine and the life sciences including Particle manipulation via optical and acoustic techniques, Advanced optical microscopy techniques and Laser vibrometry.


Our group is truly international and interdisciplinary. Internationalisation has been seen as key strategic priority in all prospects of our work through its collaborative links with overseas partners and a growing international community of students, researchers and staff.

‌Undergraduate Degrees

Postgraduate Degrees

Research Opportunities

  • Master by Research - one year full time or two years part time
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) - two years full time
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - typical 3-4 year full time

For applicants from certain academic backgrounds, a 4-year study period may be required, comprising of a first year of training modules followed by 3 years of PhD research. Candidates with qualifications in a variety of disciplines are accepted to engaged in our interdisciplinary research. 

Research themes include:

  • Bio-photonics
  • Multimodality Imaging Technology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Surgical Technology
  • Targeted Drug Delivery


What our students say

Guilhem Thomasset

"The Civil Engineering Department at the University of Dundee is one of the best in the UK, therefore I felt it was the perfect place to gain practical team-working experience abroad in Civil Engineering"

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