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MSc Biomedical Engineering (H800)

The aims of the Biomedical Engineering degree are: to impart state-of-the art knowledge and understanding of Biomedical Engineering at postgraduate level; to deliver advanced modules informed by the active research expertise of the academic staff; to prepare students for careers in advanced technology; to provide a study environment that fosters stimulation and permits students to advance their knowledge and skills.

This programme in Biomedical Engineering enables students to develop expertise in a new and expanding area. Topics covered include:

    • Biomedical imaging techniques (whole body with a focus on the brain)
    • Compartmental modelling in physiology and medicine
    • Biomechanics, including at the cell level
    • Properties and design of the materials employed in medical applications, as well as tissue engineering
    • Healthcare technologies, their design and applications
    • Signal processing and data analysis techniques for physiological data

            Students will also attend seminars on project planning/management, ethics, health & safety, report writing, library skills and career management, to help prepare them for the demands of the course and for future study or employment.

            The course is made up of 4 core modules, two optional modules and a project The project is a piece of original research or innovative design, providing ideal training and preparation for industrial/clinical R&D or a PhD.

            Teaching is underpinned by research activities in biomechanics, biomaterials, systems biology and medicine, synthetic biology, computational intelligence in biomedical engineering, neural engineering, medical imaging, biomedical signal processing, healthcare technologies, telemedicine, medical sensors and diagnostics, and many other topics in biomedical engineering and biomedical science. The University has links with a wide range of institutions both within the UK and internationally and the School benefits from research collaboration with many of these other academic and industrial organisations.

            Activities within the School or activities in which the School is heavily involved include


            Core modules

            This module provides an introduction to the structure and function of the human body, and a basic understanding of biomedical technology. The module introduces pioneering are as in biomedical engineering research, an overview of the biomedical engineering profession and the roles of the biomedical engineer.

            This module will introduce you to the fundamental principles and applications of medical imaging in the human body, and to imaging and sensing in the brain. The module will provide you with a firm grounding in the basic theory underpinning the core methods in clinical practice, as well as an awareness of emerging technologies and their applications.

            This module will familiarise you with to the principles of mechanics as applied to biomedical and biological systems. It will introduce the fundamental principles involved in both experimental and analytical methods, and enable students to experience the implementation of such methods via the School of Engineering’s Gait Laboratory, which utilises state-of-the-art motion capture.

            The module will provide you with a firm background in the tools and techniques for
            performing model development, model analysis and simulation, identifiability analysis, parameter
            estimation and model validation. Industrial seminars are given by leading biomedical
            modelling practitioners.

            This module will allow you to develop a firm understanding of the principles of modern design, maintenance and assessment of healthcare technologies, including: medical devices, novel treatment and therapeutic technologies, systems and environments for care delivery.

            This module will provide you with a broad base of signal processing techniques that can be
            applied across a breadth of application are as in order to help medical practitioners make sense
            of this data deluge.

            Optional modules

            Choose two from the following:

            Individual project (ES93P)

            One third of the course credit comprises a substantial project appropriate to the course of study. This entails an in-depth experimental, theoretical or computational investigation of a topic chosen by the student in conjunction with an academic supervisor. Recent Biomedical project titles include:

            • Bone Investigation using Infrared Detection
            • Modelling Gas Exchange in the Human Respiratory System
            • Modelling of Acute Hypercalcemia Immunotherapy Treatment
            • The Proliferation and Differentiation of Osteoblast Cells on Engineered Biocomposite Surfaces

            Module code: ES93P

            The modules are delivered thoughout the first two terms. The module cycle is typically 3 or more more lectures per week plus seminars and laboratory exercises. Where possible the modules are interleaved in pairs. Each module has a coursework exercise associated with it to be completed within 1 month of the end of the module to demonstrate the student's understanding of the subject.