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Professor Tom Joyce

Professor of Orthopaedic Engineering


Chair in Orthopaedic Engineering

This Chair is supported by an endowment from the William Leech Charity. 


Tom Joyce is a biomedical engineer specialising in the design, testing, analysis and evaluation of artificial joints including hips, knees, shoulders and fingers.  He works extensively with industry and clinicians in order to inform and improve future designs of artificial joints.  As a professional engineer he takes an interest in patient experiences with joint replacements, particularly where these fail in-vivo.

He takes a holistic approach to engineering, feeding his research into teaching and supervision of students.  He undertakes and oversees research into engineering pedagogy and has published in this area.

Google Scholar Profile


PhD Biomedical Engineering, University of Durham, UK

MSc (Eng) Tribology in Machine Design, University of Leeds, UK

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, UK

Previous Positions

Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), Galway, Ireland. 2004-2005

Senior Research Associate, School of Engineering, University of Durham. 1997-2004

Action Research Training Fellow, School of Engineering, University of Durham. 1993-1996


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the British Orthopaedic Research Society

Member of the UK Society for Biomaterials

Honours and Awards

2016: MEP-Scientist Pairing Scheme.  See

2012: Telegraph:

2012: Appeared before the Science and Technology Committee of the House of Commons to offer evidence in support of their investigation into medical implant regulation in the UK and EU 

2011: National Teaching Fellowship

2010: Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teacher Award.

2009: “Serum Cobalt Concentrations Post Hip Resurfacing Arthroplasty: Analysis of 585 Results” by D J Langton, S S Jameson, T J Joyce, K de Smet, and A V N Nargol. Prize awarded for this paper at the London Hip Meeting.

2009: BORS/ORS Travelling Fellowship allowed me to attend the ORS and AAOS meetings in Las Vegas before visiting five leading US orthopaedic research centres and showcase his research at these venues.

2008-09: ExxonMobil Excellence in Teaching award.

2008: Pulvertaft Prize awarded by the British Society for Surgery of the Hand.


Research Interests

I would be happy to hear from potential PhD students, who have funding, and who are interested in any of the following areas of research:

  • Biotribology
  • Design, testing and evaluation of artificial joints
  • Wear testing of biomaterials
  • Metacarpophalangeal and first metatarsophalangeal prostheses
  • Explant and retrieval studies
  • Metal-on-metal hip prostheses
  • Patient experiences of joint failure - website - twitter

In addition, I am happy to consider applications in the area of Regulatory Science.  This could be cross-disciplinary work in the important and exciting area of Regulatory Science. 

Esteem Indicators

I was quoted by the BBC as part of their investigation into failures in medical implants 

My piece in The Conversation September 2017: 

Two recent book chapters.  Biopolymer tribologyT J Joyce. In The Handbook of Polymer Tribology, World Scientific, 2018, 122-168.   A hop, skip and a jump – towards better wear testing of hip implants, S L Smith, T J JoyceIn Mechanical Testing of Orthopaedic Implants, Elsevier, 2017, 183-206.

I appeared in this piece on the Telegraph website regarding issues with metal-on-metal hips:

Appeared before the Science and Technology Select Committee of the House of Commons in May 2012 in respect of their investigation of medical device regulation. 

Organised the event 'Lessons Learnt: preventing future artificial joint failures' at IMechE, London, April 2012

Invited expert opinion on metal-on-metal hips in news and investigative TV programmes in UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia. 

Invited lectures in 2010 at the 1st International Conference on Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Clinical Applications and Surgery, Brunel University; and at the IMechE seminar 'the changing role of engineers in orthopaedics' London'.

Co-editor of the book “Biomaterials in Hand Surgery”, published by Springer.

Guest editor, Journal of Engineering in Medicine, 2009, Special Issue on medical engineering education.

Invited keynote lecture at the 8th World Biomaterials Congress for the session ‘Biomaterials in Hand Surgery’ in 2008, and invited keynote lecture at the 2009 joint meeting of the British and American Societies for Surgery of the Hand. 

Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for The Open Educational Journal.

Reviewer: Innovation and Technology Commission of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; EPSRC, MRC; ARC; Action Research; Leverhulme Trust; Wellcome Trust.

Invited papers for the Journal of Hand Surgery, British and European edition, and the journal Expert Review of Medical Devices.

Invited lecture at First Biomaterials in Hand Surgery meeting, Rome, Italy, June 2006. Invited lectures at Leeds Orthopaedic Biomechanics courses, Leeds, 2006-2011.

IMechE Tyne and Wear panel Chairman. Treasurer of IMechE North East region.


Current Teaching at Newcastle

MEC1010 Design and Manufacturing I (30 credits) Module Leader

MEC 8054 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (20 credits) Module Leader

MEC 3022 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (15 credits) Module Leader

I am the Degree Program Director for the MSc in Biomedical Engineering  

MEC3096/8 Individual Projects (30 credits)

MEC4095/7 Final Year Group Projects (40 credits)

MEC8095 MSc Projects (60 credits) 

BGM3039 Medical Biotechnology (20 credits)

Design for Industry (15 credits)

CME8118 Stability and Sustainability of Materials (10 credits)

Past Teaching at Newcastle 

MEC2007 Design and Manufacturing II (20 credits) Module Leader

SFY0011 Applied Mechanics (10 credits) Module Leader

MEC8017 Bioengineering (15 credits) Module Leader 

MEC3013 Bioengineering (15 credits) Module Leader

BMS3014 Biology of Ageing (20 credits)

MEC8031 Critical Analysis and Communication of Research (10 credits) 

MEC4095/7 Final Year Group Projects (50 credits)