ISTM postgraduate students

ISTM's top quality rating in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 said "extensive international collaborations, with good evidence of a high quality staffing strategy and staff and research student development"

For details of research areas in which ISTM offers supervision for PhD, DM and MPhil higher degrees, please see the Postgraduate Research pages.

Well-qualified graduates interested in postgraduate study at the Institute are invited to contact the ISTM Postgraduate Research Director by letter, fax, telephone or email at the following address:

Paul_Horrocks_90x90  ISTM Postgraduate Research Director – Research Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine Huxley Building, Keele University, Staffordshire ST5  5BG, UK

 Telephone: +44 (0)1782 733670
 Fax: +44 (0) 1782 733516

International quality research


In the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014, ISTM’s submissions in applied biomedical research (to UoA3 Allied Health Professions) achieved a 42% score in world-leading 4* rating, and ISTM’s biomedical engineering research (UoA15 General Engineering) doubled its world leading 4* score. Both units achieved ~90% across the top two ratings 4* and 3*.

Particular highlights were ISTM's "exemplary strategic approach" to research impact, "outstanding" case studies in Cell Therapy and clinical outcomes of patients with Kidney failure, and the world-leading publications by members of the the Biomagnetics and Nanomedicine research theme. As a result, core HEFCE funding for ISTM's research has increased by 66% for 2015-16.

In the UK Research Assessment Exercise 2008, 90% of the Institute's submitted staff were rated as international quality researchers, with 10% ranked as world-leading. The research facilities were commended as "internationally recognised, excellent standard", specifically noting the University's support for development of the Institute since 2001. Over a decade of the highest ratings, 5 and 5*, in previous UK Research Assessment Exercises has enabled basic, strategic and applied research to take place in a consistently top quality environment, with clear focus and routes into exploitation in bioscience industries and healthcare.

Research Themes in ISTM

The Institute for Science & Technology in Medicine bridges the interface between new advances in basic science and technology with medicine and clinical practice.  It successfully integrates Keele University's biomedical research strengths across the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences.

ISTM brings together biological scientists, physicists, chemists, engineers, mathematicians and clinicians in a single unit, under three scientific themes:

Many members work in collaboration with colleagues in the Research Institutes for Applied Clinical Sciences (IACS) and Primary Care & Health Sciences (PCHS)

Research links

ISTM members have active collaborations with universities throughout the UK, and over 35 countries in Europe, USA and the developing world.

Members of the Institute lead national, European and international networks. and participate in fora for peer review and policy making in the clinical and scientific arena. In the EC Framework Programme ISTM has become part of a Network of Excellence in Tissue Engineering and Stem Cell therapies.

The Institute's members also deliver expanding Masters level programmes offering degrees in Scientific Research Training (with International Placement)Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology, Biomedical Engineering and Cell & Tissue Engineering which attract students from throughout the world.

ISTM Annual Postgraduate Symposium

ISTM_Symposium_poster_winners_2013_IMG_3972_300x200  Munyaradzi Kamudzandu ISTM organises an annual gathering of all its research students and their supervisors to hear first year presentations on the latest projects. There is also a display of posters and various prizes. The Postgraduate Symposium takes place at the David Weatherall Building on Keele campus every spring. As well as providing an excellent opportunity for students to learn how to present their work at scientific meetings, it also gives a chance for all ISTM members to learn about the projects taking place in labs and clinics across the Research Institute's sites.