UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering


IHE Summer Studentship Scheme 2022

28 March 2022

UCL Engineering and the Institute of Healthcare Engineering is offering up to sixteen summer studentships at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and UCLH/UCLH BRC for UCL undergraduates.


The IHE Summer Studentship Scheme will give undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to shadow clinicians and take part in a related research project at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) and other UCLH/UCLH Biomedical Research Centre. The projects will be jointly supervised by a clinician and a UCL academic. 



The studentship scheme is open to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Engineering across the following departments and divisions:

  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering 
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Biochemical Engineering 
  • Computer Science 
  • Digital Health 
  • Division of Surgery

This scheme is not available to first-year students

Dates and duration

Studentships will run for 8 weeks from June through September with the exact dates to be agreed between supervisors and students for each project. It is expected that the internships will be taken partly or fully in person.


Funding for 8 weeks for the student (that is 37.5 hours/week *£11.05/hour * 8 weeks, i.e. £3,315) + £200 stipend for the project.

What will a typical project look like?

In the first 3 weeks, students will have exposure to the clinical setting and interaction with clinical teams. The remaining 5 weeks will be focused on their selected project. Ideally, the core of the project should be completed by end of week 7, using week 8 for a write-up, handover, and dissemination.

Information for clinicians and UCL staff

We are looking for proposals from clinicians and academics for projects. The scheme provides a special opportunity to the best and brightest of the UCL Engineering undergraduate community, previous projects have had an incredible impact.

Criteria for projects:

- Must provide at least 2 weeks of clinical experience in the hospital working amongst clinical teams, ideally working with multi-disciplinary teams, with the rest of the project focussed on a research aim

Submit your proposal:

Submissions are now open. Please complete the application form by 11.59 pm Thursday 28 April. Projects co-supervised by UCL staff are encouraged.

If you have any questions, please contact the team at g.brianza@ucl.ac.uk

Propose a clinical project

Information for UCL students

Student projects

Please click here to view the full descriptions for each project.

Project numberProject titleClinical unitLead clinicians
1Studying the spino-pelvic relationship prior to total hip replacement: Co-registration of two image modalities.RNHO- Surgical Technology LaboratoryMr Johann Henckel
2Understanding early failure of a novel antiallergic knee implant design: A retrieval analysis study RNOH - The Implant Science CentreMr Johann Henckel
3Perspectives on the use of digital apps among chronic pain patients and health professionalsRNOH- Chronic Pain TeamDr Roxaneh Zarnegar
4Design of force measuring apparatus for investigating screw compressionRNOH -Foot & Ankle Surgical TeamMr Karan Malhotra
5A study on the validity of pre-operative planning software with a lateralised reverse geometry shoulder prosthesis: a comparing of post-operative clinical motionRNOH -Upper Limb surgical teamMr Addie Majed & Mr David Butt
6Developing haptic feedback for Intraosseous Transcutaneous Amputation Prosthesis (ITAP): modelling bone anchoringRNHO - OrthopaedicsMiss Deborah Eastwood
7Using Cardio-Pulmonary Exercise Test (CPET) to predict post-surgery outcomesUCLH - HPPL Human Pharmacology and Physiology LaboratoryDr John Whittle
8Kinesiophobia: a systematic review and patient impact interviewRNOH - PhysiotherapyMr Anju Jaggi
9Endoscopic spinal surgery - AR applicationRNOH - Spinal Surgery UnitMr David Baxter
10Spinal sarcoma priority setting partnershipRNOGG - Spinal Surgery UnitMr Hanny Anwar, Lt Col David Baxter
11Evaluation of the role of PET imaging for target definition in radiotherapy for rectal cancerUCLH - Oncology: Gastrointestinal Clinical OncologyProf Maria Hawkins, Dr Richard Thomas, Dr Douglas Brand

How to apply

Applications for the scheme are now open.

To apply for the scheme, you will be required to submit: 

  • Your CV (2-pages maximum). Check out this advice about formatting your CV from the Complete University Guide.
  • A cover letter (1-page maximum), and indicate your 1st and 2nd choice of projects with a justification of why you are suitable for each (200 words per project). 
  • A statement of endorsement from your personal tutor or another UCL academic staff member who knows you personally with their contact details. This person may be contacted if there are any issues (e.g. wellbeing or engagement) during your studentship, so please make sure they are aware of this.

Applications should be made via this form by 11.59 pm Monday 9 May 2022. 

We are looking for applicants with a history of academic excellence, motivation, and leadership, as well as a convincing case of suitability for their chosen project.  

How did last year's students find the experience?

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"As my internship draws to a close and I reflect on all I have learned, I realise what an excellent experience this has been. I gathered much knowledge in the classroom, but a hands-on approach has been invaluable.

I thoroughly enjoyed my internship this summer and now have very valuable experience under my belt.

Words are not enough to express how grateful I am to have been part of a team that is at the forefront of inventing new ways to help patients."

Oreeditse Mogobye (UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering)

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image of Yuansheng's research
"What I enjoyed the most is the opportunity to join the clinics with the surgeons. I also love the experience of being involved in the clinical environment, getting introduced to excellent surgeons, clinical consultants and having my work appreciated as an engineer. It is interesting to see how the engineering and medical profession are closely related and the huge potential when we collaborate. The most valuable lesson for me from the studentship is to understand client needs and how to communicate with them effectively."


- Yuansheng Zhang (UCL Mechanical Engineering)

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Thank you to the UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering Athena Swan committee for funding one of the studentships.