Laser Micromachining and Laboratory-on-a-Chip PhD/MPhil


Course facts

  • Name: Laser Micromachining and Laboratory-on-a-Chip
  • Qualification: PhD/MPhil
  • Duration: PhD: 3 years full-time; MPhil: 2 years full-time

Research Areas

Laser Micromachining and Laboratory-on-a-Chip with research interests in:

  • Electronic and dielectric properties of biological materials
  • Electrokinetic manipulation of bioparticles
  • Biological polymers, enzymes and cells
  • Microfabrication of biofactory and laboratory-on-a-chip
  • Medical therapeutics and diagnostics

Research Opportunities

Please read the guidance notes and select your topic from the directory of PhD research opportunities. Topics are listed by academic School and are based on the research interests of academic staff.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Research project opportunities

Please note the research project opportunities detailed here are NOT funded by the University. Candidates must secure their own funding to meet the costs of PhD study.

If you are a European or International student this research programme is one of those which allows you to develop a research project proposal as an initial and integral part of a Combined English / Study Skills and Research Course at the University before starting the PhD/MPhil degree.

European and International candidates who have already reached the required level of English can apply for entry onto the project of their choice by presenting a relevant research proposal when applying for admission.

Alternatively you may also consider developing your own research proposal based on the research specialisms within the school.

The opportunities which are currently available are outlined below.

Laser Micromachining and Bragg based sensors

Supervisor: Dr Xianfeng Chen

T: +44 (0) 1248 382480 / E:

His research interests include advanced photonic sensors and devices, fibre grating technologies, optical biosensors, and fibre lasers. Recently, his research activities have expanded to the fields of Bio- Nano- photonics, Micro/Nanofabrication, Biosensing, and Optical communications.

Since 2000, he has authored and co-authored 2 patents (UK) and over 100 papers published in international reputable journals and the major international conferences.

Please note this research project opportunity is NOT funded by the University. Candidates must secure their own funding to meet the costs of PhD study.

Medical Microwave Engineering

Supervisor: Prof. Chris Hancock

T: +44 (0) 1248 382686 / E:

Chris Hancock received the Ph.D degree in electronic engineering from Bangor University, U.K. in 1996. From 1997 to 2002, he was senior microwave engineer at Gyrus Medical Ltd. In 2003 he founded and was the CEO of MicroOnclogy Ltd (now Creo Medical Ltd) to develop his ideas based on dynamic impedance matching techniques and integrated RADAR measurement techniques using /Ku/ band energy for the treatment of breast tumours. In 2009, he was given a personal Chair in the Medical Microwave Systems Research Group at Bangor University. He is also the CTO and founder of Creo Medical Ltd. Prof. Hancock is a Fellow of the IET and a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Physicist, and was awarded an Honorary Research Fellowship at UCL for his work on breast cancer treatment.

Please note this research project opportunity is NOT funded by the University. Candidates must secure their own funding to meet the costs of PhD study.

Optical Nanoscopy and Imaging

Supervisor: Dr Zengbo Wang

T: +44 (0) 1248 382474 / E:

His expertise lies in the fields of optical nanoscopy and imaging, nano-fabrication, nano-plasmonics/electronics, laser micro nano processing, laser cleaning and the applications. He has author/co-authored more than 90 publications (WOS H-index: 13), including high-impact papers in Nature and Physics Review Journals, and has delivered more than 20 invited talks in major international conferences. He is the main inventor of the world's first 50-nm resolution white-light nanoscope that could be potentially used for virus imaging in real time. The work, published in Nature Communications, has attracted huge public interests and media coverage including BBC, New York Times, Daily Mail, etc. It was awarded a first prize in a Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) poster competition event in nano-engineering, invited as a feature article in Laser Focus World, and honored by the RCUK as one of '50 big ideas for the future' in year 2011.

Please note this research project opportunity is NOT funded by the University. Candidates must secure their own funding to meet the costs of PhD study.

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent is required.

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Ask the IEC for assistance...

If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email


Application advice

Applications for research degrees differ substantially from applications for taught courses such as Masters degrees. Although the application form is the same, the way in which you approach your application can make all the difference.

Applying for a self-funded or externally-funded Research Degree

As with all of our courses, you can apply to fund yourself through a PhD/Mphil at Bangor, or you may already have sourced external funding (e.g. from your employer or government), and we warmly welcome all expressions of interest in so doing. However, rather than simply filling in an application form, there are a few steps that you can take in order that your application stands a greater chance of being successful.

All PhD/Mphil students require supervision from at least one academic member of staff at the University, and if you are considering a PhD/Mphil, you will already have a good idea of the specific area or theme that you want to research. In order to ascertain that we hold sufficient expertise in your chosen topic to provide supervision, you should first look at our staff pages. This will provide you with a breakdown of each staff member’s area of academic focus.

Once you have found a member of staff whose research interests broadly accord with your own, you should contact them directly with a concise research ‘brief’ that outlines your proposal and ask whether s/he would consider supervising your project. If the academic expresses his/her interest, you may then further discuss your ideas and develop a full PhD/Mphil research proposal.

At this stage, you should formally apply online for the PhD/Mphil programme. You should fill the form out thoroughly, including academic references, your research proposal and the name of the academic member of staff under whose supervision you intend the research to be conducted.

Your research proposal

A good research proposal is essential if you are applying for a PhD or MPhil. The proposal should include:

  1. Overview – give a brief abstract of the subject area you wish to research and include information on the key theoretical, policy or empirical debates that will be addressed.
  2. Planning – you need to demonstrate that you are aware of the research timescales and have a plan in place to conduct your work. You need to demonstrate that the research is manageable in the given time period.
  3. Literature references – you need to show that your planned area of research has not been studied before. Provide references to key articles and texts relevant to your area of study.
  4. Methodology – you need to show that you are aware of the methodological tools available and have identified which ones would be suitable for your research.

More advice about preparing a research proposal

Applying for funded PhD studentships advertised by Bangor University

Funded PhD studentship opportunities arise frequently throughout the year, and are advertised as specific opportunities for which you must formally apply. The application process for funded PhD studentships may differ according to the academic School in which the studentship opportunity is held, so please check the relevant School’s homepage and follow the application advice therein. If you are unsure of any part of the application process, please contact the individual School for advice, or e-mail

Online applications can now be made by prospective applicants for all postgraduate taught programmes and postgraduate research programmes at the University (with the exception of the PGCE, Diploma in Occupational Therapy and DClinPsy).

Home/EU students

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  • Please read through the Guidance Notes before you begin the online application form
  • Apply online yourself through our online application system.

Home/EU students with admissions queries please contact...

Postgraduate Admissions:, telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 or write to:

Postgraduate Admissions Office.
Academic Registry
Bangor University
Gwynedd UK
LL57 2DG

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here.  For further guidance click here

International students with admissions queries please contact...

International Education Office: or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When do I Apply?

The University will accept applications throughout the year. We would generally advise that you submit your application in enough time for you to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application.This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer (e.g. in the case of overseas students, taking an IELTS or TOEFL test to meet the English Language requirement).

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