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Advanced Biomedical Materials CDT

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Undertaking an Advanced Biomedical Materials PhD with our CDT programme will provide you with a foundation of important skills.

Sophia Read

The CDT in Advanced Biomedical Materials interested me greatly, due to the training modules taken during the first year of the programme, as well as the prospect of tailoring the research project to my strengths and interests.

Sophia Read / Advanced Biomedical Materials student

As a student on the CDT, you'll develop strong links and networks that enable you to collaborate worldwide and enhance the future of UK biomedical materials.

You'll learn transferable skills such as project management, dissemination and multidisciplinary communication, as well as engaging with established industry partners and developing new industrial partnerships.

There's a socially responsible focus to our programme, as you'll take part in exciting outreach and widening participation activities with school children and the general public.

Please note that we welcome students from all relevant subject areas including chemistry, mathematics, physics materials and biology.

Find out more below.

Programme details

The CDT begins with a Manchester based three-month taught programme, with a subsequent integrated training programme throughout.

The three-month taught programme includes four 15-credit taught units to provide a foundation in advanced biomedical materials:

  • Research Methods - This will take students through the principles of applying the theory for planning and managing their individual research project.
  • Clinical Application of Biomaterials - We will introduce students to examples of biomaterials currently used in the clinic.
  • Imaging, Characterisation and Key Manufacturing Techniques - We will deliver bespoke workshops and introduce students to advanced imaging and characterization techniques.
  • Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) - RRI will interface with the internationally leading RRI research and good practice programme developed at The University of Manchester, and will be embedded throughout the programme.

All students will have the opportunity to undertake a three-month placement in an industrial or academic setting, in the UK or overseas, to enhance their CV during this four-year PhD programme.

Please note that all students receive a new laptop on their enrolment.

Future investment

Students will benefit from an innovative research-training environment that is unique in the UK. Through the Henry Royce Institute Manchester, students will have access to £4 million of specialist biomedical materials research equipment in the areas of bioelectronics, fibre technology, additive manufacturing and improved pre-clinical characterisation.

An additional £8 million investment in the same themes will be made by February 2020, which includes light sheet and in vivo confocal microscopes at the Henry Royce Institute Sheffield, as well as additive manufacture and biomechanics suite and novel fibre technology equipment at Manchester.