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Surgical and Interventional Engineering PhD programme PhD

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The School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences at King’s College London is launching an exciting PhD Programme in Surgical and Interventional Engineering. The Doctoral Training Programme will train and nurture the next generation of surgical and interventional engineering scientists, researchers, innovators and industry leaders.

The new PhD student cohort will bring together the brightest minds across engineering specialties (e.g. biophotonics, machine learning, medical imaging, computer vision, mechatronics, data sciences, robotics, precision engineering, modelling, user experience and artificial intelligence) to address key challenges faced in the UK and globally by surgeons, interventional specialists and associated teams. 

  • The programme benefits from a unique environment of a world-leading, research-focused university with facilities embedded within a top-rated teaching hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital

  • The programme has strong links with key MedTech industrial partners nurturing the clinical translation of the research

Key information

Duration 3.5 years

Study mode Full-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences



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Our training programme links and complements that of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Smart Medical Imaging at King’s College London and Imperial College London. However, students on the PhD programme in Surgical and Interventional Engineering will not follow the same 1 + 3 pathway as CDT students, instead starting their PhD research projects directly and will be based at King's College London. 


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with interest in multi-disciplinary research and training in a surgical and interventional engineering related domain (instrumentation technologies, and navigation technologies), and a 1st class or upper second degree in relevant engineering subjects such as mathematics, optics, computer science, artificial intelligence, physics, mechanical engineering, electronic and electrical engineering.


Application procedure

Part of the application process involves choosing which of our available projects you are interested in. Only projects with the prefix DTP_SIE are available for the funding scheme for the Doctoral Training Programme in Surgical and Interventional Engineering. As part of your personal statement, you will be asked to list three projects in order of preference.

To apply, please submit an application for the Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Science Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time) using the King's Apply system.

Please include the following with your application:

  • A PDF copy of your CV should be uploaded to the Employment History section

  • A PDF copy of your personal statement using this template, indicating the research themes you would most be interested in.  Also, please list three projects of interest (from the current available projects page in order of preference).  However, please bear in mind that this list is for indicative purposes only

  • Funding information: Please choose Option 5 "I am applying for a funding award or scholarship administered by King's College London" and under "Award Scheme Code or Name" enter BMEIS_DTP.  Failing to include this code might result in you not being considered for this funding scheme.  

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Fees and funding

Each studentship is funded for 3.5 years, including tuition fees, a tax-free stipend of £17,009 per year and a generous consumables budget. 

  • Only home UK or EU/EEA candidates fulfilling the 3-year UK residency requirement are eligible for the DTP studentships. EU/EEA applicants are only eligible for a full studentship if they have lived, worked or studied within the UK for 3 years prior to the funding commencing.

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