This is an interdisciplinary programme that draws on skills and expertise from across the spectrum of science, engineering and medicine at Birmingham. It is based in the Centre for Doctoral Training, set up through an EPSRC award to train high quality engineering and physical science graduate students in a multidisciplinary environment
Applicants must have a 2:1 (Hons) degree in a related subject (Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering or Mathematics).
Please be aware that entry to our programmes is highly competitive: consequently we also consider the skills, attributes, motivation and potential for success of an individual when deciding to make an offer.
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries
In the first year students follow a training programme that provides the necessary theoretical foundations, laboratory and practical skills for cross-disciplinary research at the Biomedical Interface. Six tailor-made taught modules and two mini-projects are combined with training in communication skills, public understanding of science and knowledge transfer. This training is an integral part of the PhD programme and is key preparation for the PhD thesis project. Students additionally receive an MSc for the year 1 studies.
Second, third and fourth years; PhD thesis research project
On successful completion of year 1 the students engage in their individual PhD thesis research projects. Each project involves three elements: physical science and computer science applied to a biomedical challenge. Each project has three supervisors, a physical scientist, a computer scientist and a biomedic, one for each of the three areas. One supervisor is the lead supervisor. The CDT provides both study and pastoral support, through dedicated staff and the peer network. The research and team coherence, actively developed in year one through a variety of group activities, continue to be nurtured in the subsequent years through regular pairings, seminars and other Centre-wide activities.
The continuous advancement in the physical sciences and engineering is constantly enhancing the quality and complexity of imaging tools available to solve key biological challenges. Consequently, biological and biomedical scientists now have at their disposal a wide range of imaging devices at all levels of biological organisation, from molecules to the whole animal. Imaging has the capability to provide an enormous amount of information, hence recent moves to cell based assays in high throughput drug screening and the increasing use of in vivo imaging modalities in diagnostics.
In order to fully realise this potential and make new substantial and significant developments in the biomedical sciences, leading edge researchers must both understand the physical basis and current limitations of these technologies, and have a sound understanding of key biological questions to be addressed.
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