Peter Watson

Dr Peter Watson

Lecturer and Programme Director of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Engineering and Computer Science

+44 (0) 1482 466319

Dr Watson joined the School of Engineering and Computer Science in February 2015, having previously worked as a researcher in the University of Hull's Medical and Biological Engineering Research Group, .

His research is focused on the development of complex computational models of skeletal components and their application in 'in silico' medicine.

This involves integrating the modelling techniques of three-dimensional visualisation, musculoskeletal modelling/multibody dynamics and finite element analysis.


Research Interests

  • Computational simulation of musculoskeletal systems
  • Growth of juvenile bone in response to the changing mechanical loads of a developing musculoskeletal system
  • Trabecular bone remodelling


Watson P J, Dostanpor A, Fagan M J and Dobson CA, 'The Effect of Boundary Constraints on Finite Element Modelling of the Human Pelvis', Medical Engineering and Physics, 43, pp 48-57 (2017)

Blanke A, Watson P J, Holbrey R and Fagan M J, 'Computational Biomechanics Changes Our View on Insect Head Evolution', Proceedings. Biological Sciences, 284, 1848 (2017)

Watson P J, Fagan M J and Dobson C A, 'Sensitivity to Model Geometry in Finite Element Analyses of Reconstructed Skeletal Structures: Experience with a Juvenile Pelvis', Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine, 229(1), pp 9-19 (2015)

McCormack S W, Witzel U, Watson P J, Fagan M J and Gröning F, 'The Biomechanical Function of Periodontal Ligament Fibres in Orthodontic Tooth Movement', PLoS ONE, 9(7), e102387 (2014)

Watson P J, Gröning F, Curtis N, Fitton L C, Herrel A, McCormack S W and Fagan M J, 'Masticatory Biomechanics in the Rabbit: A Multi-Body Dynamics Analysis', Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 11(99), 20140564 (2014)


Programmes taught on

Modules list

  • Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering
  • Fundamentals of Medical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Science
  • Mechanical Engineering Design
  • Biomaterials and Orthopaedic Devices
  • Computer Aided Analysis and CADCAM

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD University of Hull (2011)
  • MEng Mechanical and Medical Engineering, University of Hull (2007)