Medical Engineering: Fully Funded EPSRC PhD at Swansea: Optical based approaches

Medical Engineering: Fully Funded EPSRC PhD Scholarship: Optical based approaches for the rheological characterisation of blood

This scholarship is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Subject areas: Chemical Engineering/ Medical Engineering/ Physics/ Nanomedicine/ Biomedical Sciences

Project start date: 1 January 2022 (Enrolment open from mid-December)

Supervisor: Professor Karl Hawkins

The rheological measurement of blood provides a basis for biomarkers of diseases, such as Stroke and Deep Vein Thrombosis, and for monitoring the efficacy of treatments.

The student will join an interdisciplinary research team engaging in activity across the Life Sciences – Engineering interface, and will receive training in experimental rheology, in addition to exposure to a biomedical and clinical environment.

The aim of the project is to develop novel technological solutions that overcome some limitations of conventional rheological approaches through advances in the field of optical rheometry.

The research will be predominantly carried out at the Rheology laboratory at the Centre for NanoHealth (CNH), Institute of Life Science 2.


Candidates must have a minimum of an Upper Second Class Honours degree in Chemical Engineering, Medical Engineering, Physics, Nanomedicine, Biomedical Sciences. Candidates should have a background knowledge of the underlying principles of rheology, and preferably (but not essential) some evidence of exposure to a medical related subject. Experience in using MATLAB (or similar platforms) is highly desirable.

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 5.5 in each individual component) or Swansea recognised equivalent. Details on the Swansea University English Language entry policy can be found here.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK candidates only.


This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,609.

Additional funds of up to £3,000 will also be available for research expenses.


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