5 Research Studentships in Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing

3-year D.Phil studentship, available from October 2015

(subject to eligibility requirements below).

Research Area

The Oxford Centre for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing has recently partnered with The China Regenerative Medicine International (CRMI) to develop technologies to facilitate cell therapy and regenerative medicine. The £7.5M funding over 5 years will develop engineering approaches to address some of the challenges faced in delivering cell therapy and regenerative medicine into clinic, including but not limited to efficient cell expansion, storage, transportation and delivery and solutions to some specific diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Led by Profs Cui and Ye, the Centre is within the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and located in the University’s Medical Research Campus in Churchill Hospital.

Award Value

The studentship covers University fees at the level set for UK/EU students plus a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of £14,200 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further two years. The studentship does not cover the payment of college fees (c £2,848 p.a.).


This studentship is available to all applicants but the University fees are covered only at the UK/EU rate.  Therefore overseas students would have to provide the difference between the UK/EU and the overseas student rates for University fees from some other source, such as a scholarship or personal funds.

Candidate Requirements

Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • A first class honours degree in Engineering, Biomaterials, Chemistry or Biotechnology;
  • Experience in tissue engineering or stem cell therapy demonstrated by a publication at an international conference or an international journal;
  • Excellent English written and spoken communication skills;

The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  •  Experience in working in research environment;
  •  Experience in working with industry;

Application Procedure

To apply for this studentship, candidates should send the following documents to postgraduate.studies@eng.ox.ac.uk:

  • CV
  • Covering letter (explaining your suitability for the study, what you hope to achieve from the DPhil and your research experience to date)
  • Contact details for two academic or professional referees

NOTE: Candidates are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria available at http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/study-here/postgraduate/admissions-criteria and a full graduate application must be made at the same time as applying for this studentship.  Your studentship application will not be considered until you have submitted a graduate application. Further details about making a graduate application are available at www.eng.ox.ac.uk/study-here/postgraduate/how-to-apply.

Please quote this code: CRMI_HCY in all correspondence to the Department and in your graduate application.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Zhanfeng Cui zhanfeng.cui@eng.ox.ac.uk or Prof Cathy Ye hua.ye@eng.ox.ac.uk . Please note that applications sent directly to this e-mail address will not be accepted. 

Application deadline:  12 noon on 1st July 2015, or until filled