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 attainment of a MSc award the students engage in their individual three-year PhD research projects. Each project involves three elements: a biological system, one or more imaging technologies, and advanced analysis of the system or image data generated. Each project has three supervisors, one for each of the three areas. One supervisor is the lead supervisor. The DTC 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.
Integration between disciplines
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.
Fully funded PhD places available
Each year the DTC will be able to provide between 10-15 fully funded EPSRC studentships (stipends, fees & bench fees) to UK students and possibly EU students. All candidates are advised to refer to the EPSRC website to check their status and eligibility for EPSRC studentships.
Non-EU Students are not eligible for EPSRC studentships but may secure their own finance or seek competitive scholarships from the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University. Up to ten elite scholarships are offered each year across all engineering and physical science disciplines. More information about postgraduate elite scholarship opportunities across the University of Birmingham is available from the Student Funding Office.
Research and Training Centre in Physical Sciences for Health
The focus of Physical Sciences for Health training is on equipping early stage researchers to be interdisciplinary scientists focused on addressing key health challenges. The training programme offers a real integration between the disciplines within the various individual research projects. The complementary research perspectives and skills brought by the participating academics will uniquely enable training to tackle challenging problems that could not otherwise be satisfactorily addressed and resolved. In this way the research and training are at the cutting-edge, leading to understanding and insights not accessible within a single scientific discipline.
Work with Diamond synchrotron facility
Team-building residential courses in the Lake District
Entrepreneurship talent pool
Intellectual Property training
Exhibitions for Birmingham Science Museum, Thinktank
Practical experience in media contact
Presentations at international conferences
Teaching and training from over 75 academics across the University campus
Commercial exposure to a network of 20 partner companies
Standard tuition fees for Postgraduate Research study apply.
Learn more about PG Research fees and funding.
In addition a bench fee of £7000.00 per annum is payable which covers research costs including consumables.
Scholarships and studentships
Fully funded studentships for UK and EU students (tax free stipend £13,726 in 2013-2014) are available for entry into an interdisciplinary 4 year PhD programme on Physical Sciences for Health.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
For further information contact the Centre directly via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Learn more about entry requirements
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements
Standard English language requirements apply
Learn more about applying
When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages