PhD and EngD Research Degrees


The department offers a range of research degree opportunities; many supported by BBSRC awards, and by industrial sponsors. Typically eight to ten new PhD positions are offered each year. The projects draw upon the expertise within the department and the multidisciplinary research linkages of the Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering. 

Many of the PhD projects are collaborative with leading bioindustry companies. These external links, and close involvement with the Centre’s research team, provide the foundation for producing much sought after doctoral graduates.

To apply online use the PRISM link below.


The department has been selected as the recipient of an annual EPSRC-supported allocation of ten Bioprocess Leadership Engineering Doctorates. Each EngD programme is of four calendar years’ duration; with up to half of the time spent with the host company which also sponsors the researcher. This gives the researchers unprecedented opportunities to explore novel science and engineering in a process and business context relevant to future leadership roles in the bioindustry. 

Given the levels of company sponsorship negotiated by the department the stipends received by the EngD researchers are, in many cases, equivalent to graduate starting salaries in industry.

To apply online use the PRISM link below.

PhD Project for September 2014 start available!

Title: A multi-stage microfluidic platform for the generation and differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells (IPS-chip).

Abstract: Since their first derivation in 2006 induced pluripotent stems (IPS) cells have proven to be one of the most exciting discoveries in modern science. We now have the ability to make any cell in the adult human body by reprogramming cells from a simple skin biopsy.  Like many stem cell processes traditional laboratory equipment lacks the control and monitoring required to efficiently and robustly reprogram cells into the pluripotent state. The Veraitch and Szita laboratories have been collaborating for some years on controlled, continually monitored microfluidic bioreactors for the expansion and directed differentiation of pluripotent stem cells. The aim of this project will be to develop a new microfluidic bioreactor for the reprogramming of fibroblasts into IPS cells. It will establish the best operating conditions and use non-invasive imaging to monitor the reprogramming process. The long term goal will be use the new bioreactor as the front end to multi-step microfluidic process capable of reprograming fibroblasts, expanding the resultant IPS cells before directing their differentiation into clinically relevant and scientifically interesting cell types.

Duration: 4 years

For more details please contact Dr Farlan Veraitch

You can apply through the PRISM application system.

Further information concerning the Bioprocessing Leadership Engineering Doctorate is available at the IDTC centre's pages.

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