Synthetic human body parts for injury phenomena and personal protective equipment performance research PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
6 years
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
09 March 2018



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Project detail

Many sports rely on the consistent performance of a variety of different balls undergoing repeated impacts. The design of these balls, and our understanding of the implications for the objects the interact with (e.g. bats, rackets, playing surfaces, human body parts, protective equipment for human body parts), relies on computational analysis backed up by experimental evaluation of impact phenomena. Recent and proposed advance in these areas will influence the rules and regulations in sport, but also a broader understanding of other impact scenarios in the years to come. This PhD is a career launching opportunity to make a significant contribution to international developments in ball, sports equipment and human impact research.


Primary supervisor: Dr. Sean R. Mitchell

Secondary supervisor(s): Prof. Andy Harland and/or Dr. Paul Sherratt

Find out more

For further project details email Dr. Sean R. Mitchell or register your interest and ask us a question.

To find out more about the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, please visit our website.

The work is currently supported by the ECB sport science and medicine team, the FIH and the UK Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology:

Additional funding is being sought from EPSRC.

The work complements previous and current work by Tom Payne, Jon Farmer and Ben Stone.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Sports Technology or a related subject.

A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Engineering Design; Biomedical Engineering; Finite Element Analysis; or similar.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: SMUF2018