Engineering musculoskeletal interventions – keeping us active for longer

Project description

Over 10 million people in the UK have persistent back pain and over 8 million have sought treatment for hip and knee osteoarthritis. There is a real clinical and economic need to improve existing treatments for these musculoskeletal conditions and develop earlier therapies that delay the need for major joint replacement surgery. The Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering has an international reputation for its research in this area. We have developed novel experimental and computational simulation tools to evaluate medical devices for the hip, knee and spine, and are developing a range of new treatments using decellularised tissue grafts and self-assembling peptide gels. We collaborate widely across academic disciplines and with both industrial and clinical partners. We have two funded studentships available in the potential areas of advanced experimental and computational testing methods for:

  • Early-stage treatments for the knee 
  • New spinal treatments
  • Total hip replacement or early stage interventions for the hip

These projects will utilise our state-of-the-art testing facilities and interdisciplinary expertise. Students will have access to bespoke training in innovation as well as opportunities for secondments and international visits. Candidates should have a strong background in engineering or a related subject, with experience of laboratory methods and/or finite element analysis. Please state on your application which of the above project areas you are interested in.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master's degree in a relevant engineering or science degree.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.