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Nanomedicine Group


As a result of the increasing demand and awareness of applications of nanotechnology in medicine, a new discipline namely nanomedicine has emerged and is now growing at a rapid rate every day - already solving many challenges faced within healthcare systems, government agencies and industrial companies. Our group conducts leading research and development in multifarious fields of nanomedicine such as: 

  • Nanobiosensors
  • Nano-medical devices
  • Nanopharmaceuticals
  • Smart and functional nanomaterials.

We aim to exploit new insights and novel discoveries in diagnostics and therapy and contribute to the development of new generations of medicinal products, by utilising nanotechnology.

  • Our impact and facilities

    Nanomedicine, the medical application of nanotechnology, is redefining fields like imaging, diagnosis, drug delivery, regenerative medicine and biomaterials as well as underpinning the development of new generations of medical products. Many of these advances would offer vastly improved outcomes for patients, therapies for difficult-to-treat diseases or conditions, improved manufacturing efficiency, and better use of valuable medical professional resources. 

    The research findings and developments from the group have already led to many peer-reviewed publications, books, patents and invited presentations at various international conferences, as well as collaborations with industry and interest from external investors.

    The group has excellent facilities on-campus. We have laboratory facilities and equipment needed for the design, synthesis and analysis of nanomaterials/nanocomposites and their biological/medical evaluations, including:

    • A variety of piezoelectric, optical and electrochemical analysers
    • Cell culture facilities
    • Class II molecular biology laboratory
    • Equipment for contact angle measurements
    • Fluorescence and IR spectrophotometers
    • HPLC-MS, NMR, UV-visible
    • Molecular Dynamics AFM, SEM, TEM equipment for UV grafting and polymer coating
    • Plasma chamber
    • Porosity and surface area analyser, 
    • Programmable IR laser for rapid prototyping
    • Silicon Graphics computers executing the Sybyl 7.0 modelling software.
  • Our people

  • Working with us

    We provide the following business solutions for companies and the public sector:

    • Consultancy and expertise in nanomedicine
    • Developing and trialling prototypes
    • Leading, collaborating and developing IP and patents on nanomedicine R&D innovations
    • Professional development through the provision of our Masters and PhD programmes or short courses.


  • Current research opportunities

    Our students thrive on producing the highest quality research. Much of which takes place in collaboration with our extensive pool of industrial partners. Our excellent links facilitate our increasing demand for research students.

    Speculative applications 

    We welcome speculative applications from students wishing to pursue their own research interest. If you would like to suggest a project of your own choosing please contact us so we can assign you a suitable supervisor and support you and the submission of your online PhD or MSc by Research application form.

    Fees and funding

    Fees for 2013/14:

    PhD/MRes full-time UK/EU – £6,800
    PhD/MRes full-time international – £16,000
    PhD/MRes part-time UK/EU – £3,500 pa
    PhD/MRes part-time international – £8,750 pa

    Please note that you may be eligible for a bursary.


    We often have a number of funded studentships/fellowships for UK/EU applicants, many of which are offered in collaboration with our industrial partners.


    Fee notes

    Fees are payable annually for each year of study unless otherwise indicated.

    The fees outlined here apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014 and the University reserves the right to amend fees without notice.

    All students pay the tuition fee set annually by the University for the duration of their course (which may be raised year on year) unless otherwise set out in a schedule at the outset of the course and outlined above.

    Additional fees for extensions to registration may be charged.

    Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) pay international fees.

    More information of fees and funding.

  • Professional Development (CPD)

    We offer an extensive range of professional development opportunities. We can provide training packages to meet your technical, managerial and business development needs. Our training is planned and delivered by our own subject specialists and supported by external specialists and experts where necessary.

    Professional development provision:

    • Regular short courses – CPD based on our expertise
    • Modular short courses – modules that can lead to a qualification
    • Design and build – bespoke training designed and delivered to meet an organisations specific needs.
  • Case studies and clients

    The group has worked closely with a wide-range of clients including Fortune 500 companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, government agencies, charities, foundations, and institutes/universities.

    • There are currently no case studies listed in this area.