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Overview

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Our MSc in Biomedical Engineering prepares students for a career in advanced biomedical technology by delivering modules informed by the active research expertise and industrial links of our academic staff.

Biomedical Engineering spans the whole School of Engineering incorporating predictive modelling, signal processing, electronics, communication, software, hardware, systems thinking and machine intelligence. Warwick has a unique systems approach to research and teaching, and modules are developed across disciplines in parallel to our research. We provide a study environment that fosters stimulation and permits students to advance their knowledge and skills.

Our programme in Biomedical Engineering enables students to develop expertise in an exciting and expanding area. Topics covered include biomedical imaging techniques (whole body with a focus on the brain), biomedical systems modelling and the design, maintenance and assessment of medical devices. In addition 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.

Watch the video above to hear about the course from academic staff and students.

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Modules

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Warwick has a unique systems approach to research and teaching and so modules are developed across disciplines in parallel to our research.

This approach culminates in a group design project in which students will design a Medical Device. Students might be asked to design a wearable monitoring device to predict falls, an assistive intelligent frame for walking or an intelligent audio implant.

This is in addition to an in-depth individual project which allows students to work closely with an academic on state-of-the art research, often linked with industry.

The MSc degree (totalling 180 credits) comprises:

  1. Eight taught modules (15 credits each) - 4 core and 4 selected on arrival.
  2. Research project (60 credits)

Core modules

  • Research and Professional Skills in Biomedical and Clinical Engineering (ES97C)
  • Biomedical Imaging & Medical Devices (ES97D)
  • Medical Device: Design, Maintenance & Assessment (ES97F)
  • Biomedical Systems Modelling (ES4A4)

Optional modules

Previously a selection of the following options have been offered:

  • Biomechanics (ES97E)
  • Biomedical Signal Processing (ES97H)
  • Systems Modelling and Control (ES3C8)
  • Affective Computing (ES4E9)
  • Signal Processing (ES3C5)

*Optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up to date. We recommend that you check this webpage again in future for the most up-to-date information.

Project (ES97N)

Part 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. The project is a piece of original research or innovative design, providing ideal training and preparation for industrial/clinical R&D or a PhD.

This information is applicable for 2021 entry. Please note that the detailed module information available via hyperlink is applicable for the current academic year (2020-21).

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our central website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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How to apply

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Requirements:

In order to come to Warwick you need to hold an unconditional offer. All applicants must satisfy the general postgraduate admissions requirements and also those of the course which they wish to pursue.

  • A second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a relevant branch of engineering or science degree.
    • You can see how your current degree score or GPA equates to the British system on the International Office's equivalent scores table.
  • Two academic references. You should nominate referees who can provide an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for your chosen programme of study.
  • Maths requirement: All applicants will be expected to know the prescribed mathematical concepts shown here. The onus is on the individual to ensure that they understand the required material in order to cope easily with the course. We are looking for competence in the majority of mathematics that is taught in the first and second year of an undergraduate Engineering or Physics course. We reserve the right to request that you undertake a short online test assessment.

  • English Language Qualification: If your first language is not English you will be expected to obtain one of the following recognised English Language qualifications:
    • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 with no component less than 6.0
    • TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum components; Reading 22, Listening 21, Speaking 23, Writing 21
    • Other tests are accepted, click here for details of Band A scores.

Start your application

Apply online now through our application portal. You don’t need to complete your application all at once, you can start now and save for later.

Apply for 2021 entry

There is a non-refundable online application fee for taught postgraduate courses of £60 for online applications. Unpaid applications remain within the system for 20 days from completing the application form online before being withdrawn automatically. For payment details please contact Postgraduate Admissions

Application Form Course Details:
Department: School of Engineering
Type of course: Postgraduate Taught
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (MSc) (P-H800)

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Accreditation

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Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.


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The accredited MSc will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.

It should be noted that graduates from an accredited MSc programme that do not also have an appropriately accredited Honours degree, will not be regarded as having the exemplifying qualifications for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council; and will need to have their qualifications individually assessed through the Individual Case Procedure if they wish to progress to CEng.

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Fees & funding

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There are two main costs for students undertaking postgraduate study - academic fees and living expenses.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. For details of the fees and how to pay, please review the Warwick Student Finance pages - Engineering are 'Standard Course Fees Band 2.

Living expenses

As well as tuition fees, students should budget for accommodation, food, books and other general expenditure such as clothes or leisure. Living costs will depend upon your lifestyle and spending patterns.

International students must be able to prove they have the necessary funds to cover these expenses. For more information on all costs see living expenses.

Scholarships

The School of Engineering offer scholarships throughout the year, check the page regularly for the latest funding opportunities.

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Research

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Research-Led Teaching

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. Activities within the School or activities in which the School is heavily involved include those listed below:

Artificial Intelligence (AI) can detect low-glucose levels via ECG without fingerprick testA recent example of cutting-edge research within the biomedical group is the diagnosis of low blood sugar levels using AI deep neural network techniques. The advantage of this technique is that the measurement is taken using a non-invasive wearable device rather than analysing blood taken from a finger prick. This innovation came from the Applied Biomedical Signal Processing and Intelligent eHealth lab, led by Dr Leandro Pecchi.

“Fingerpricks are never pleasant and in some circumstances are particularly cumbersome… our innovation consisted in using artificial intelligence for [automatically] detecting hypoglycemia via few ECG beats. This is relevant because ECG can be detected in any circumstance, including sleeping." Dr Leandro Pecchia