The PhD programme in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Dundee is designed to offer students the chance to work with world leading researchers at the edge of engineering and clinical science, developing solutions for pressing real world need.  The work is highly collaborative, with the majority of projects linking with colleagues in the School of Medicine within Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. Research spans a number of areas spanning technique and instrumentation development through to their applications at the tissue level as well as on patients and patient derived samples.

Biomedical Engineering sits within the School of Science and Engineering, which encompasses Computing, Civil Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Forensic Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering and Physics. Work is highly interdisciplinary and Biomedical Engineers will often find themselves working in collaboration with staff from these disciplines, meaning that students encounter a rich and varied research infrastructure.

The four year programme offers students from a wide range of backgrounds the opportunity to develop their skills in core and advanced biomedical engineering through a tailored training programme encompassing taught courses as well as research rotations as required by each student. Students can try a number of mini-projects before choosing their final research project which will run full time in years 2-4 of the programme. The final PhD projects will be supervised by two members of academic staff.

Biomedical engineers students develop very strong practical, analytical and computational skills, which are highly valued by employers in a wide range of industries, not only in the immediate area of biomedical engineering; graduates should also be qualified to apply for further roles in academia.


This PhD programme will engage you with internationally leading research within biomedical engineering at the University of Dundee. Research focusses on areas such as cancer diagnosis, tissue engineering, MRI, ultrasound, OCT, electrography, instrumentation and light tissue interactions. Much of the work is in collaboration between groups within engineering and medicine, and operates in both basic research labs as well as clinical settings. Your 1st year will involve taught material and research rotations as appropriate to your academic background, before your final research project in years 2-4. 

The 4 year PhD programme in Biomedical Engineering offers the chance to carry out research with our world leading research groups. The programme offers a structured first year graduate school tailored to your learning needs with appropriate courses and research rotations. Years 2-4 will involve a full time research project.

To learn more, please visit our Engineering research pages.

Entry requirements

For entry to the 4 year PhD programme students should have a degree in an appropriate subject with the equivalent of a UK 2:1 classification. An MSc for an English speaking University would be desirable, but not a requirement. 

English language requirements

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We also accept other English language qualifications (updated August 2020)

You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you are a national of certain countries.

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Fees and funding

Funding for the 4 year PhD programme is typically through state sponsored schemes, but other scholarship schemes may be available that will meet the full costs of fees and stipend for the programme duration. Self-funding is also possible.

Applying for a research degree

Use UCAS Postgraduate to apply for a research degree. Please read the guidance on filling in your UCAS Postgraduate application before proceeding with your application.

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Professor Amin Abdolvand
Associate Dean for Research
School of Science and Engineering