The Department provides a highly stimulating environment for student research and our PhD programme attracts outstanding students from a variety of academic backgrounds.
The PhD in Bioengineering is a research degree awarded on the basis of the thesis submitted, and typically takes three or four years to complete.
Research in the Department covers a variety of areas and involves collaborations with several departments at Imperial, as well as leading national and international research institutions. Core research areas include biomechanics, biomedical devices sensors and circuits, biomedical imaging, cellular and molecular biology, implants and regenerative medicine and neurotechnology. See our research pages for further details.
Our PhD students are encouraged to interact with researchers working in different areas and are commonly co-supervised by academics from other departments. Such interdisciplinary training fosters the intellectual capabilities and practical skills needed to cooperate with engineers and scientists from a variety of academic backgrounds.
Our PhD training aims to provide students with a qualification of international standing that is suited for an industrial or academic career. To achieve this, we complement work on the research project with three further elements of training:
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
Graduates with a degree in engineering, any of the physical sciences, mathematics, biological sciences, physiology or medicine may be accepted for a PhD. We will normally only accept applicants with a good 2:1 or 1st class degree from a UK university, or non-UK equivalent.
The amount of money you will need to fund a PhD will vary according to your fee status (UK, EU or overseas).
If you are a high performing undergraduate or Master’s student, and have a strong desire to undertake a PhD programme at a world class research institution, you could be selected to receive full tuition fees and a generous stipend for a PhD place at Imperial College London.
The scheme aims to provide up to 50 research students with great potential the opportunity to work within their chosen research field with the support of an excellent supervisor.
The earliest start date for funded places is 1 August 2015.
Successful candidates will receive the following financial support for up to 3.5 years:
There is not a specific scholarship application form. You should submit your application for admission to study at Imperial through our online admissions system and your department will put you forward for the scholarship based on academic merit and potential.
Eligible candidates will be advanced to the next review and selection process
pplications will be reviewed by a two-stage process:
Successful candidates will receive written confirmation of their scholarship. Any offer of a PhD place will be conditional on final interview by the Department and (if applicable) on the candidate receiving the predicted qualifications.
Applicants not selected for the scholarship will automatically be considered for the PhD.
*Applicants who apply before 31 January 2015 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by 1 April 2015.
Applicants who apply before 7 April 2015 and are awarded a scholarship will be notified by 5 June 2015.
Candidates wanting to work with Prof Molly Stevens should apply via the Materials Departmentnot Bioengineering.
If applying for funding, please contact your chosen supervisor well before the funding deadlineto ensure that they have time to review your application and arrange an interview. Candidates who do not meet the relevant deadlines can be considered for the PhD programme but may not be considered for funding.
If you plan to start in October you should apply no later than July in the year you plan to start to allow time to process applications and obtain any necessary visas. Although most PhD students start in October, it may be possible to start at other times in the year according to funding deadlines etc. Please discuss your start date with your potential supervisor.