Doctoral training programme in Medical Device Innovation

Our Doctoral Training Programme in Medical Device Innovation gives Postgraduate students a unique opportunity to combine research in medical devices at a world-class institution with an education in translation techniques, enterprise and entrepreneurship.

You will be part of a cross-faculty cohort of translation motivated researchers who what to see their innovation make a difference in the clinic.

In the first year you will study our MRes in Medical Technology Entrepreneurship. This degree combines technical modules relevant to your research, enterprise training and a short research project. Upon successful completion of the MRes, you will move into full time PhD research for the next three years.

Year 1 will see you take the MRes in Medical Technology Entrepreneurship. This has four 15 credit taught modules, two in entrepreneurship and enterprise and two related to your scientific research area. The enterprise modules are taken in the UCL Department of Management Science and Innovation, giving you the opportunity to mix with a wide technology enterprise cohort. The scientific modules can be taken from the wide range available at UCL; your supervisor will discuss the most suitable modules for you to take.

The MRes also includes a research project that will give you basic training for your PhD. Good performance in the MRes will see you move into your PhD

Years 2 – 4 will be filled by your PhD research and writing your thesis. You will work closely within a research team, but will maintain contact with your initial MRes cohort and the Enterprise Academy through student social and networking events and mini-symposia.

Research areas: Our research focuses on the development of medical devices and their translation into the clinic. Our links with the NIHR Biomedical Research Centres at UCLH, GOSH and Moorfields Eye Hospital provide the opportunity to carry out world-class academic research with a strong clinical input, and the chance to experience the clinical situations where innovative devices can make a difference.

Our current students work in a variety of departments:

Pre 2014 projects

  • A spray device for deposition of wound healing patches
  • Methodological tools for comprehensive analysis of brain lesion outcome relationships in focal brain injury
  • Modelling of EIT to improve stroke detection
  • Development of novel flexible electrodes for EIT
  • Bone mechanics for improvement of patient health and wellbeing
  • Quantifying forces and identifying wheelchair propulsion styles
  • A novel treatment for sepsis by dialysis
  • Understanding the flow properties of thickened drinks
  • Development of a smart sensory shirt for measurement of shoulder function

2014 intake projects

  • Creation of a microfluidised bed bioreactor for encapsulated 3-dimensional cell cultures
  • Quantification of sudden cardiac arrest risk using a photoplethysmographic device
  • Towards a microhaemodynamics clinical tool for vascular ocular pathologies
  • Microfabrication of an aerosol system for delivery of retinal stem cells into the eye
  • Chronic rat implants for developing therapies after spinal cord injury
  • A wearable assistive medical device for upper limb functions
  • A high-fidelity minimally-invasive brain computer interface
  • Development of a nasal blockage analyser using acoustic sensors
  • Modified dental composites for bone repair with antibacterial action and ability to oseointegrate
  • Magnablate: Magnetic thermoablation for the treatment of prostate cancr
  • Combining tissue engineering, biomaterials and computational modelling to develop living replacement tissue for repairing the nervous system
  • Development of a smart shirt with built-in sensors for objective measurement of shoulder function.


We are now accepting applications for our 2015/16 academic year intake. We are holding our project selection process concurrently with the student selection process; successful applicants to the programme will receive a list of potential PhD projects when the process is complete. We expect these projects to fall into similar research areas as those for previous years.


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