MSc Biomedical Engineering

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Faculty Faculty of Engineering
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

Biomedical Engineering is a nascent field in the UK that involves the application of physical, chemical, mathematical and computer science and engineering principles, to the analysis of biological, medical, behavioural and health-related problems. Biomedical engineers develop innovative devices and procedures for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, by relying on an in-depth understanding of science and engineering fundamentals combined with a broad knowledge of physiological and anatomical systems.

This programme allows you to gain expertise in the exciting field of biomedical engineering and covers both theory and practical applications. You will acquire the analytical tools and broad physical knowledge of modern engineering and science, will have a fundamental understanding of the anatomical and physiological systems, and will become familiar with recent technological breakthroughs.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Core Units

  • Physiology for Biomedical Engineering
  • Mathematical Modelling in Physiology and Medicine
  • Biomechanics
  • Biosensors
  • Digital Filters and Spectral Analysis
  • Computational Genomics and Bioinformatics Algorithms
  • Anatomical Science for Engineering
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Research Skills


A substantial research project is initiated during Teaching Block 2 and completed during the summer.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in Engineering (preferably Electrical, Mechanical and Computer Science) or a subject related to Biomedical Engineering.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


Employment opportunities in the sector are excellent and varied. Biomedical engineers can be employed by companies working in the design, development and manufacturing of medical devices; within the NHS, for example in hospitals to collaborate with clinicians in offering non-clinical services; in research institutes or academia; in governmental regulatory agencies, or as technical consultants within marketing departments.

How to apply
Application deadline:

21 August 2016
Early application recommended; the programme will close once full.

International students

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REF 2014 results

  • 38% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 55% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 6% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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Msc in Biomedical Engineering
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