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  • Objectives
    This well-established MSc is an advanced programme offering a wide base of topics aimed at providing graduates with an in-depth introduction to the field of biomedical engineering. It acts as an extension/applied programme on a range of disciplines for graduates who wish to add knowledge and skills. It provides a foundation for a future career in the NHS (clinical engineering), medical industry, healthcare science and (bio)medical engineering research. The programme provides a thorough taught knowledge base covering areas such as biomaterials, biomechanics, gait analysis, human biology, instrumentation, microengineering, physiological measurement, professional topics, rehabilitation engineering, and safety. Successful completion of the taught material leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. By completing an additional intensive personal research project, the award of MSc in Biomedical Engineering may be made. Individual modules can also be studied as part of a personal continuing professional development (CPD) programme.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements Normally at least a Lower Second class honours degree or equivalent in engineering, physical sciences, medicine or the life or medical/paramedical sciences. Other related paramedical professional qualifications may be considered. Occasionally students may be admitted with a lesser academic qualification if they can prove several years' relevant industrial (or Health Service) experience.
  • Academic Title
    MSc/PGDip in Biomedical Engineering
  • Course description
    The programme was highlighted for the award of an 'Excellent' grade in the UK Teaching Quality Assessment scheme, and it is highly commended by our external examiners for the breadth and depth of material taught.

    Students who have completed our MSc in Biomedical Engineering have entered a wide range of careers. These include: training to become clinical engineers (scientists) in the UK National Health Service; product designers for the medical healthcare industry, for example, design of artificial limbs; medical device specialists for regulatory bodies; and further university research, for example, PhD studies.

    MSc/PGDip in Biomedical Engineering Module overview

    Core Modules

    The Biomedical Engineering Profession
    This module will introduce students to professional matters. Topics include the scope of biomedical engineering, professional and regulatory bodies, professional development, clinical and research governance, and ethics.

    Human Biology
    This module will give a solid foundation in human biology, with particular reference to the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system and the senses, the cardiovascular and respiratory system, the urinary system, and skin and superficial soft tissues.

    Students will be taught the principles from which to quantify the load, strength, failure and equilibrium performance of musculoskeletal structures. They will also be introduced to the biomechanical principles from which to quantify behaviour of the 'fluid systems' within the body.

    Students will be taught the basics of instrumentation. The theory will be underpinned through applied medical engineering examples, and the material will complement that taught in biomechanics.

    Specialist modules include:
    Physiological Measurement
    This module introduces the application of instrumentation theory to clinical instruments, and the standards and requirements for managing medical equipment. On completion, students should be able to describe and explain the relevance of a wide range of bioelectrical measurements, and understand the principles and application of imaging techniques.

    Microengineering in Medicine
    This module reviews the principles of microengineering applied to implantable and body-worn (bio)sensors. Applications in, for example, neural stimulation and biological cell manipulation will be explored. A brief exploration of nanotechnology and fabrication advances will be included.

    Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Biomaterials
    Students will be taught the engineering requirements relevant to orthopaedic implants. The material presented will cover mechanical load requirements; standards for production and testing; approaches to biocompatibility and constraints in respect of implants; and a review of common orthopaedic implants.

    Gait Analysis and Human Movement
    This module introduces the principles of human movement and its application to clinical management. On completion, students should understand the methods used for the measurement of human size and shape, and the general aspects of the influence of disease and injury on motor function. They should also be able to specify motion analysis systems, and quantify the limitations and capabilities of such systems.

    Rehabilitation Engineering
    This module will provide the knowledge base on the practice of rehabilitation engineering for people with physical, sensory or communication disabilities. There will be particular reference to orthotic and prosthetic devices, mobility aids, seating systems, communication devices, environmental controls, and sensory and neurological implants

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