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Postgraduate Biomedical Engineering & Cell and Tissue Engineering

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  • Objectives
    The aims of the courses are to provide multidisciplinary Masters level postgraduate training in biomedical engineering and cellular engineering. These will involve building on existing undergraduate knowledge in basic sciences and applying it to clinical applications of bioengineering and cell/ tissue engineering relevant to the healthcare environment. The overall objectives are: • To provide courses at a postgraduate level leading to professional careers in biomedical engineering and cell/tissue engineering in a wide range of healthcare establishments such as medical organisations, medical research institutions and NHS Trust hospitals • To provide an opportunity for in-depth research into specialist and novel areas of biomedical engineering and cell/tissue engineering • To expose students to practical work in a hospital environment with hands-on knowledge of patient care • To introduce students to exciting new fields within medical and cell/ tissue engineering such as molecular techniques in tissue engineering and novel technologies for physiological monitoring
  • Entry requirements
    Students holding a first or second class honours degree in engineering, physical or biological sciences, or other professional qualification acceptable to Keele University, are encouraged to apply.
  • Academic Title
    MSc, Postgraduate Diploma Postgraduate Biomedical Engineering & Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Course description
    Introduction

    The School of Medicine conducts a very active and successful academic programme. Most of the teaching takes place on the Hartshill campus, which is ideally located adjacent to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, providing access to workshops, offices and seminar rooms and the all-important direct connection with the full range of clinical activities. Our students and staff members therefore have the opportunity to work directly with nursing and clinical staff. A new research facility is planned on the Hartshill campus for 2006, offering a patient treatment facility alongside state-of-the-art equipment for translational research, which will include cell therapy suites, genomic facilities and advanced laser and diagnostic laboratories.

    The School embraces specialists working in the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital Oswestry, covering the key medical and surgical subspecialities. A number of successful interdisciplinary research programmes are being carried out, and the postgraduate culture is very evident and ideally suited to the development and delivery of postgraduate courses. A Grade 5A was awarded in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. Grant income is from the Research Councils, the Department of Health and major charities, as well as non-UK based organisations, including the EU and the NIH (USA). Excellent library and study facilities are available at the Clinical Education Centre and at the University library on the main campus.

    Course Structure and Content

    These taught Masters courses require satisfactory completion of at least 180 M level credits, made up of 120 credits from taught modules (80 credits core and compulsory, 40 credits options) plus a project and dissertation for 60 credits. The module structure is set out opposite.

    Course Modules

    Biomedical Engineering

    Compulsory Modules (each 20 credits)

    • Seminar programme
    Biomedical signal processing and modelling
    • Physiological measurements and medical imaging
    • Medical electronics and equipment management

    Option Modules (totalling 40 credits)

    • Physiology and anatomy* (10 credits)
    • Biosensors (10 credits)
    • Orthopaedics and rehabilitation (10 credits)
    • Healthcare technology assessment (10 credits)
    • Stem Cell Therapy – Enabling Technologies (10 credits)
    • Trace Gas Analysis in Biomedicine (10 credits)
    • Healthcare informatics (10 credits)
    • Molecular techniques (10 credits)
    • Cell biomechanics (10 credits)
    Cell & Tissue Engineering (20 credits)
    • Biomechanics (20 credits)
    • Biomaterials (20 credits)

    *compulsory for students from engineering and physics backgrounds

    Project Dissertation (60 credits)

    Research project and final dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words.

    This is an opportunity for students to undertake laboratory-based research in their chosen topic and should demonstrate their understanding of the field via applications in healthcare.

    Cell and Tissue Engineering

    Compulsory Modules (each 20 credits)

    • Seminar programme
    • Cell & Tissue Engineering
    • Biomechanics
    • Biomaterials

    Option Modules (totalling 40 credits)

    • Physiology and anatomy (10 credits)
    • Biosensors (10 credits)
    • Orthopaedics and rehabilitiation (10 credits)
    • Healthcare technology assessment (10 credits)
    • Stem Cell Therapy – Enabling Technologies (10 credits)
    • Trace Gas Analysis in Biomedicine (10 credits)
    • Healthcare informatics (10 credits)
    • Molecular techniques (10 credits)
    • Cell biomechanics (10 credits)
    Biomedical signal processing and modelling (20 credits)
    • Physiological measurements and medical imaging (20 credits)
    • Medical electronics and equipment management (20 credits)

    Project Dissertation (60 credits)

    Research project and final dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words.

    This is an opportunity for students to undertake laboratory-based research in their chosen topic and should demonstrate their understanding of the field via applications in healthcare.

    Teaching and Assessment

    The course is taught through subject-centred lectures, supported by tutorials and practical exercises. Collaborative learning and student-centred learning will also be adopted, so there will be a substantial amount of group work and individual assignments. Students are also required to conduct independent study to a very large extent. Attendance is required for all chosen modules except for the dissertation. An individual approach to student support will be adopted. Each student will be assigned a tutor for the dissertation module, chosen in relation to the appropriate subject discipline and expertise for the project.

    Modules will be assessed by both in-course assessment and final examination. A major part of the assessment will be based on the student’s research project and written dissertation.

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