Doctoral Training Centre in Cell & Proteomic Technologies: research themes
- Biomedical diagnostics
- Biomolecular mass spectrometry
- Synthetic biology
Biomedical Engineering brings together four important research themes associated with advanced medical diagnostics: rehabilitation and assistive technologies, cell and tissue engineering and systems biology.
We are currently home to 35 research students pursuing PhD in fields as diverse as infectious disease diagnostics for the developing world, brain-computer interfaces, stem cell differentiation using nanotechnology, robots as orthotic aids, and the creation of artificial cells.
Our research expertise covers the following areas:
Advanced Medical Diagnostics & Lab-on-a-chip
- Advanced diagnostics
- Lab-on-a-Chip for Developing World diagnostics
- Micromanipulation for advanced diagnostics
- Cell microtechnologies
- Synthetic biology
More information: Advanced Medical Diagnostics & Lab-on-a-chip
- Advanced Materials
- Cell Engineering
- Regenerative Medicine
More information: Biomaterials
Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technologies
- Functional rehabilitation
- Rehabilitation & exercise
- Assistive technologies
More information: Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies
- Synthetic cell implementation and control using nano-technology
- Modelling & robustness analysis of large-scale stochastic biomolecular networks
- Biomolecular network inferring
- Human control systems
More information: Synthetic Biology
All our postgraduate research students are allocated a supervisor who acts as the main source of academic support and research mentoring.
You may want to identify a potential supervisor and contact them to discuss your research proposal before you apply.
2.1 Honours degree or equivalent
Applicants should submit:
- Transcripts/degree certificate
- Two references
- A one-page research proposal
- Name of potential Supervisor
Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:
- a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
- the question that your research will address
- an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
- an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
- a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
- a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
- an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult
English Language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English.
Fees and funding
- £4,620 home/EU
- £20,150 international
Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.
Additional fees for all students:
- Submission by a research student £480
- Submission for a higher degree by published work £1,200
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £300
- Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £680
- Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period) £270
Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.
A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.
- £4,195 UK/EU
- £19,500 outside EU
Additional fees for all students:
- Submission by a research student £460
- Submission for a higher degree by published work £1,000
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £200
- Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £680
- Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period) £260
- View a full list of our current scholarships
- Download the College of Science & Engineering: postgraduate research funding flyer 2018-19
PhD students in the Biomedical Engineering Division typically work alongside experienced post-doctoral researchers under the supervision of world leaders in their areas of domain expertise. Students will receive comprehensive training in research in the engineering disciplines associated with their project and the research group’s activities, typically across a range of advanced analytical, numerical and experimental techniques. The Division benefits from strong links to industry as well as to the biomedical sciences and clinical medicine.
Additionally, most PhD projects are multi-disciplinary and offer training across a number of disciplines such as life sciences, mathematics and mechanics. In addition, students will receive a coordinated programme of essential research skills and generic transferable skills that will benefit them in their studies and future careers.
You will be part of a Graduate School which provides the highest level of support to its students.
The overall aim of our Graduate School is to provide a world-leading environment for students which is intellectually stimulating, encourages them to contribute to culture, society and the economy and enables them to become leaders in a global environment.
We have a diverse community of over 750 students from more than 50 countries who work in innovative and transformative disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields. An important part of our work is to bring our students together and to ensure they consider themselves an important part of the University’s academic community.
Being part of our Graduate School community will be of huge advantage to you in your studies and beyond and we offer students a number of benefits in addition to exceptional teaching and supervision, including:
- A wide-ranging and responsive research student training programme which enables you to enhance your skills and successfully complete your studies.
- Mobility scholarships of up to £4000 to enable you to undertake work in collaboration with an international partner.
- A diverse programme of activities which will ensure you feel part of the wider-research community (including our biannual science slam event).
- A residential trip for all new research students.
- The opportunity to engage with industry-partners through training, placements and events.
- Professionally accredited programmes.
- Unique Masters programmes run in collaboration with other organisations.
- State-of-the-art facilities including the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre and the Kelvin Nanocharacterisation Centre.
- Highly-rated support for international students.
Over the last five years, we have helped over 600 students to complete their research studies and our students have gone on to take up prestigious posts in industries across the world.
How to apply
Step 1: identify potential supervisors
Identify potential supervisors
All Postgraduate Research Students are allocated a supervisor who will act as the main source of academic support and research mentoring. You may want to identify a potential supervisor and contact them to discuss your research proposal before you apply. Please note, even if you have spoken to an academic staff member about your proposal you still need to submit an online application form.
You can find relevant academic staff members with our staff research interests search.
Step 2: check the entry requirements
Entry requirements for postgraduate research vary.
All Postgraduate Research applicants should normally possess one or more of the following:
- First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent qualification (2:1 in the case of UK Research Council supported students).
- In some cases a Masters qualification or equivalent is required
Candidates whose first language is not English must show evidence of appropriate competence in English. You can find the specific requirements on our international students pages.
Please check the relevant entry in the A-Z list of subject pages to find out any specific entry requirements and application documents.
Step 3: search for funding and scholarships
Search for funding and scholarships
As a commitment to supporting students and rewarding excellence, the University of Glasgow offers a wide range of scholarships
- Scholarships and funding database
- Find A PhD advertised Projects, Programs & Scholarships
- College of Arts Graduate School funding opportunities
- College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Science Graduate School funding opportunities
- College of Science and Engineering Graduate School funded opportunities
- College of Social Sciences funding opportunities
Step 4: gather your documents
Before applying please make sure you gather the following supporting documentation:
- Final or current degree transcripts including grades (and an official translation, if needed) – scanned copy in colour of the original document
- Degree certificates (and an official translation, if needed): scanned copy in colour of the original document
- Two references on headed paper (academic and/or professional).
- Research proposal, CV, samples of written work as per requirements for each subject area. Please check the relevant entry in our A-Z of subjects for specific details.
To complete your application we will need two references (one must be academic the other can be academic or professional). Your references should be on official headed paper. These should also be signed by the referee. You can then upload these via the Applicant-Self-Service system with the rest your documents to complete the application process.
Please be aware that documents must not exceed 5MB in size and therefore you may have to upload your documents separately. The online system allow you to upload supporting documents only in PDF format. For a free PDF writer go to www.pdfforge.org.
If your referees would prefer to provide confidential references direct to the University then we can also accept the reference by email, from the referee’s official university or business email account to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then add these to your application.
Step 5: apply online
Once you have all your supporting documentation you can apply online through our Online Application System
I've applied. What next?
Once a decision has been made regarding your application the Research Admissions Office will contact you by email.
If you are made an unconditional offer
You can accept your offer through the Applicant-Self-Service by clicking on the ‘Accept/Decline link’ for your chosen programme under the ‘Admissions Section’ at the bottom of the Applicant Self Service screen.
Please make sure you accept your unconditional offer within 4 weeks of receiving your offer. If you are an international student your CAS will not be issued until you have accepted an unconditional offer.
If you are made a conditional offer
If you accept a conditional offer then the offer status on Applicant-Self-Service will change to ‘incomplete’ to indicate that the application is incomplete until such time as all the conditions are met.
Your offer letter will list all the conditions that apply to your offer and you can upload the required document(s) through Applicant Self Service. If you have met the conditions satisfactorily, you will automatically be sent an unconditional offer.
If your application is unsuccessful
If your application is unsuccessful then we will send you an email to inform you of this which will outline the reason why we have been unable to offer you a place on this particular programme. Please note that your application status will be updated to 'Cancelled' on Applicant Self Service if the offer is rejected.
Deferring your offer
If you want to defer your start date, please contact us directly at email@example.com. We need authorisation from your supervisor before we confirm your request to defer. Once we have this we will contact you by email to confirm.
How to register
After you have accepted an unconditional offer you will receive an email nearer to the start of your studies to tell you how to register online using the University's MyCampus website, the University’s student information system. That email will provide you with your personal login details and the website URL. Please ensure that your email address is kept up to date as all correspondence is sent via email.
For more information and a step by step guide can be found on our Registry site.
- If you have any questions about your application before you apply: contact our College of Science and Engineering Graduate School
- If you have any questions after you have submitted your application: contact our Admissions team
- Any references may be submitted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Advice on visa, immigrations and the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) can be found on our International student pages