Centre for Doctoral Training in Prosthetics and Orthotics
Applications will open in January 2020.
Applications will open in January 2020.
About the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Prosthetics and Orthotic
The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in prosthetics and orthotics combines expertise from the University of Salford, Imperial College London, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Southampton with more than 25 global industry partners and national facilities.
We have assembled a world-leading set of research organisations to address important global health challenges in the prosthetic, orthotic and wider healthcare technology sector.
Our aim is to create a new generation of highly skilled researchers who are able to deliver the technology and service innovations needed to meet the aspirations of prosthetic and orthotic users.
Our training enables students to work across the continuum of skills required in the sector, understanding how high-quality and interdisciplinary science and engineering research can improve the everyday lives of people across the globe.
Did you know?
There is a wide range of health problems that require prosthetic and orthotic devices and services:
The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Prosthetics and Orthotics aims to address these important health care needs, producing a new generation of highly skilled researchers who can help deliver technology and service innovations needed to meet the aspirations of users, and the industry and third sector agencies suporting them.
Students study over 4 years at one of either the University of Salford, Imperial College London, University of Strathclyde or the University of Southampton. Students are immersed in authentic real-world academic, industry and clinical experiences, working directly with users and future employers from the outset.
In the first year, students will undertake a training course which includes a series of taught modules, a short project and a clinical and/or industry placement. For the first six months all students will based at Salford after which they will move to their host institution to complete PhD programme of research. This will be either the University of Salford, Imperial College London, University of Strathclyde or the University of Southampton. Throughout the four-year programme cohort-based activities will ensure students work across the institutions.
Our 4-year PhD studentships provide an exciting platform for personalised research training pathways. Students start on October 1st each year (note: applications close in April each year, see below for date).
All students are initially based at the University of Salford and then move to their host institution in the middle year 1.
Students can select from a series of taught modules which cover: medical science in engineering, fundamentals of prosthetics and orthotics, medical devices design, research methodology, biomechanics, electronics and instrumentation, monitoring technologies, health behaviour, entrepreneurship and business.
Further learning opportunities relate to responsible innovation; good clinical practice in research; equality, diversity and inclusion, change management and knowledge exchange.
Students also complete a short research project on a topic that will form the basis of their PhD work, developed and implemented in partnership with clinical and/or industry partners. Students will also undertake a 1-2-week placement. Students will also agree a supervision team and clinical and/or industry and user partners required to support their PhD project.
There will be formal assessments in year 1 that are a prerequisite for continuing into years 2, 3 and 4.
Students will complete their PhD studies following the guidelines of their host institution (either the University of Salford, Imperial College London, University of Strathclyde or the University of Southampton). Upon satisfactory progress over the three years, students will receive their PhD award from their host institution.
Do you wish to develop high-level research skills and forge an exciting career in the healthcare technology sector? Our training is innovative, the research opportunities ambitious, and experiences inspiring.
Are you from an engineering, physics, medical or clinical science background? Or perhaps has a clinical qualification related to prosthetic and orthotic use, or the patient’s groups who use prosthetic and orthotic devices? You may be a prosthetist, or a physiotherapist for example.
The Centre will bring together students from diverse backgrounds and supervisors from departments across four world leading Universities.
The CDT offers:
Applicants are normally expected to achieve either:
We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. Please note that accessibility information about the University can be found on the DisabledGo app here: https://www.accessable.co.uk/organisations/university-of-salford.
The University utilises digital tools for access to learning, if you require any reasonable adjustments for your visit or study please let us know. For study related support see: https://www.salford.ac.uk/askus/our-services/disability-and-learner-support/prospective-students”.
The funding available is competitive and will only be awarded to an outstanding applicant. As part of the selection process, the strength of the whole application is taken into account, including academic qualifications, personal statement, CV and references.
Interested? Please contact CDT@Salford.ac.uk
Applications will open in January 2020.
Before beginning the application process please ensure you are aware of the student eligibility criteria and research topic areas.
Step 1: Submit Expression of interest
In order for us to assess your suitability and eligibility, please complete the Expression Of Interest (EOI) form. You are also required to attach a personal statement and a CV: firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage you to let us know which areas of research you are interested in.
The first stage is an expression of interest (EOI). This is allows us to screen you for eligibility to receive ESPRC funding for your PhD and to assess if your research interests and academic background are suitable for entry onto a PhD with one of the four host institutions
In the EOI form you will be asked to identify up to three of research topic areas you wish to study. You will also be asked to indicate which one of the four host institutions would be your preferred place of study.
You are also required to provide as part of your EOI a CV, copies of certificates and transcripts and a personal statement
The personal statement should include a brief statement of your research interests, how they relate to the CDT’s research topic areas and why you are applying to this particular programme. Please keep this statement to a maximum of 2 A4 pages in length.
We do not expect a research proposal from you at this stage as this will be developed during the first year of study.
Please ensure that we receive your CDT EOI form, CV, copies of certificates and transcripts and your personal statement through the following email address: email@example.com.
Step 2: Discuss
Once we have received your documents and if you meet the entry requirements (see below) we will contact you to arrange a preliminary discussion about the CDT and the available projects, universities and external partners.
Step 3: Interview
Shortlisted applicants are then invited for academic and industrial interview. At these interviews your experience, interests and qualifications related to the CDT will be explored. After the interview, suitable candidates will be linked to a particular university, project and industrial sponsor based on their research preferences. The interviews are scheduled to take place the w/c 10th June. Specific dates and times will be publicised shortly.
Step 4: Register
If successful at interview you will be recommended to one of the host institutions for a CDT PhD studentship. Successful applicants will be informed and asked to go through the host intuitions online application process within a specified time frame. The specific research theme, host institution and funding recommended for you will be detailed to you in writing from the CDT.
The host institution will review your application to them and, subject to fulfilling their criteria for application, will formally offer you a place at the ESPRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Prosthetics and Orthotics.
Applicants should not, in the first instance, apply directly through their preferred host institutions application channels.