Funded PhD Studentship: ‘Designing for the Future: The Intellectual Property Implications of 3D Printing, 3D Scanning and Mass Customisation’

A matched-funded PhD studentship titled ‘Designing for the Future: The Intellectual Property Implications of 3D Printing, 3D Scanning and Mass Customisation‘ (in partnership with Econolyst) is available at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM) with an expected start date of September 2015.

The closing date for applications is: 12 March 2015

Supervisory Team

Lead Supervisor: Dr Dinusha Mendis (Co-Director CIPPM, Associate Professor in Law)

The supervisory team will also consist of Dr. Tania Humphries (Associate Dean, Design and Engineering, Bournemouth University) and Dr. Phil Reeves (Managing Director, Econolyst).

The studentship, will provide the opportunity for a placement within Econolyst during the course of the studentship.  Details on this aspect will be confirmed following recruitment.

Details about Funding

The funded candidate will receive a maintenance grant of £14,000 per annum, to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

The Funded Studentship is open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for funded PhD studentships must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

All candidates must satisfy the University’s minimum doctoral entry criteria for studentships of an honours degree at Upper Second Class (2.1) and/or an appropriate Masters degree. An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (or equivalent) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

In addition to satisfying basic entry criteria, Bournemouth University will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful and timely completion.

How to apply

Please complete the following application form BU Research Degree Application 2014 (Word 296 kb) and submit it via email to the Research Administrator for Research Degrees Admissions:

Suzy Kempinski – email:

Further details about Research Degree Programmes available at BU and general information about being a PhD Researcher at Bournemouth University can be found on the Graduate School website.