The Royal British Legion

10 × 3.5-year, fully-funded PhD studentships (2017-18) within the Centre for Blast Injury Studies

Deadline: 09 April 2017

The Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies (CBIS) at Imperial College London welcomes applications for October 2017 starts from high-calibre prospective PhD students.

The Centre is housed within the leading Department of Bioengineering, attracting outstanding students and researchers from around the world. The Centre is comprised of multidisciplinary collaborations between military medical officers and civilian engineers and scientists that address difficult research issues with a clinically-led approach.

Studying the effects of blast injury develops and advances treatment, rehabilitation and recovery from injury while improving mitigation and promoting understanding of complex trauma. Students will benefit from a highly stimulating environment where they undertake a range of additional training and development opportunities as part of the Centre’s PhD cohort.

Studentships (2017-18)

Projects: how many studentships are available and for which projects?

For 2017-18, ten CBIS studentships are available. The below listed pre-determined, funded projects are now seeking applications with a deadline of 09 April 2017.

To learn more about any of these projects, please read their brief summaries on the Funded PhD Projects (2017-18) webpage, contacting the respective supervisors with project-specific questions and expressions of interest.

The Application dropdown below details eligibility and how to apply. For any general queries not covered on these webpages, please contact

Funded projects available for 2017-18 entry
Project Title*Supervisors Apply under
Novel neuroprotective treatments and mechanisms of injury in blast traumatic brain injury Robert Dickinson
David Sharp
Understanding blast-induced damage of auditory cortex in animal models at the level of neuronal circuits using EEG  Andrei Kozlov
Tobias Reichenbach
Robert Dickinson
Developing a specific magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) marker of blast trauma brain injury David Sharp
Mazdak Ghajari
Peter Hellyer
Stuart Harrison
Optimizing an offloading orthosis for severe foot & ankle injuries  Spyros Masorous
Arul Ramasamy
Understanding socket pressure and activity and how this is influenced by during daily function and prosthetic fit Alison McGregor
Ravi Vaidyanathan
Understanding spinal loading and posture in amputees Alison McGregor
Anthony Bull
The development and deployment of time-resolved pressure sensors in Biological environments Bill Proud
Mansoor Khan
Modelling primary blast injury responses in vitro Claire Higgins BHZ1
 *Along with these pre-determined projects, the Centre welcomes proposals for open projects that have a clear link with the prospective supervisor’s research area.
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Funding: what does a CBIS studentship cover?

Studentships cover three years of Home-EU tuition fees and provide a 3.5-year, tax-free stipend at the standard Research Council United Kingdom rate (£16,553 per annum for 2017-18). In addition, a generous allowance is provided for research consumables and conference attendance.

Application: am I eligible and, if so, how do I apply?

Home and EU candidates who meet the College's PhD programme entry requirements are eligible to apply.

Entry onto the PhD programme requires an undergraduate degree at 2A-level or higher and, normally, a master’s degree with merit or higher (or non-UK equivalents) in engineering, any of the physical sciences, mathematics, biological sciences, physiology or medicine.

To apply for a postgraduate research (PhD or MD(Res)) programme at the Centre for Blast Injury Studies, please visit the College's admissions webpages to view the instructions and complete the application form by 09 April 2017.

Please make your application to the department in which the project’s supervisor is based (noted immediately after their name on the list of academic staff), by:

  1. referencing the PhD programme code for that department on the College's application form (programme codes for the pre-determined projects are listed above in the "Apply under" column) and
  2. detailing your preferred project and/or research area from the list above in your personal statement.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to be held on a dedicated day in early May. For general enquiries about the Centre, its activities and opportunities, please contact

Regular Centre networking activities facilitate collaboration.

Two PhD students, both based in Bioengineering, discuss their research at the most recent CBIS Coffee Morning event, where the Centre's researchers catch up with each other.

CBIS has a range of facilities to enable world-leading research.

CBIS postdoctoral researcher and former PhD student works with the Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar, just one of the Centre's facilities that enables world-leading research.

CBIS PhDs have the opportunity to organise the annual networking event.

CBIS PhD student and military clinician (right) networks at the 2016 Networking and Research Update Event, of which he was a key organising member.

Centre networking events facilitate team building.

New CBIS PhD students, like this one (right), benefit from Centre's networking and team-building events, which enable cohort building.

CBIS PhD students are key parts of building the Centre's networks.

CBIS PhD students contribute to building and participate in the activities of the Centre's networks, like the Surgical Training Network.

Celebrating success

The Centre comes together to celebrate the successes of its researchers, such as when Bioengineering-based PhD student and Centre Veterans Representative won Bronze in the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

CBIS has a range of facilities to enable world-leading research into the area of blast injury.

CBIS postdoctoral researcher and former PhD student works with the AnUBIS (Anti-vehicle Underbelly Blast Injury Simulator), just one of the Centre's facilities that enables world-leading research.

CBIS researchers present their work at national and international events.

CBIS MD(Res) student presents his research and involvement in organising the inaugural Surgical Training Course at the Centre's 2016 Networking and Research Update Event.

CBIS PhD Students preparing for the 2016 Imperial Festival.

CBIS PhD students and military clinicians prepare for the 2016 Imperial Festival, where they share their research with hundreds of members of the public of all ages.

CBIS PhD Students participate in outreach events, like the Imperial Festival

CBIS PhD student and military clinician participates in the 2016 Imperial Festival, a public outreach event that sees thousands of members of the public of all ages visiting the College.

Networking from the start

New CBIS PhD student (left) attends the 2016 Networking and Research Update Event shortly after his arrival to the Centre, showing that networking opportunities are available from the start.

CBIS coffee morning

Collaboration and cohort building go hand in hand, which is why the Centre holds event for its PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and academics to facilitate both.