Biomedical Engineering - MSc, PgDip
- Mode of study
- Full time, Part time
- Entry months
- Duration of Study
- Full-time - 12 months Part - time study will allow you to complete it over two years
- Subject Area
- FEES (2022/23 academic year)
- UK - FT £10,200, PT £5,600
- International - £20,800
The MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Keele is a multidisciplinary course that will prepare you for an exciting career across a wide range of areas of engineering in medicine, be that in academic or industrial research, the medical devices sector or in the clinical arena. The course is professionally accredited and suitable for people with both engineering and life science backgrounds, including medicine and subjects allied to medicine.
Mary Njai, Biomedical Engineering MSc graduate
"Biomedical Engineering gives me a bit of both worlds. Keele University was my best option as it gives students with no engineering background, like myself, a chance to pursue the engineering course due to the introductory modules. Due to the expertise of teaching staff, I was made to think and work like an expert. " - read more about Mary Njai, Biomedical Engineering MSc graduate
About the course
The course will cover the fundamentals of engineering in medicine, introduce you to the latest developments in medical technology and expose you to the challenges of working with patients through clinical visits. Learning and teaching methods include lectures and demonstrations from medical and engineering specialists, practical classes using state-of-the-art facilities and seminars with leading national and international researchers.
Graduate destinations for our students could include: delivering non-clinical services and technology management in a hospital; designing, developing and manufacturing medical devices in the private sector; working for a governmental regulatory agency for healthcare services and products; undertaking further postgraduate study and research (PhD); pursuing a university-based, academic research career; or providing technical consultancy for marketing departments.
The course is accredited by the Institute for Physics and Engineering in Medicine, whose aims are to ensure that graduates of accredited programmes are equipped with the knowledge and skills for the biomedical engineering workplace, be that in industry, healthcare or academic environments. Accreditation gives you confidence that the course meets strict suitability and quality criteria for providing Masters-level education in this field.
Housed within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the course was established in partnership with Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics at the University Hospital. Most teaching takes place in the Guy Hilton Research Centre, a dedicated research facility located on the hospital campus. The medical school is one of the top-ranked in the UK, and the research institute has an international reputation for world-leading research.
The centre offers state-of-the-art equipment for translational research including newly-developed diagnostic instruments, advanced imaging modalities and additive manufacturing facilities. Its location adjacent to the university hospital ensures that students experience real-world patient care and the role that technology plays in that. Students also have access to advanced equipment for physiological measurement, motion analysis and functional assessment in other hospital and campus-based laboratories. The School embraces specialists working in UHNM and RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital Oswestry, covering key medical and surgical subspecialties.
How the course is taught
The course is taught through subject-centred lectures and seminars, supported by tutorials and practical exercises. Collaborative learning and student-centred learning are also adopted giving widespread opportunity for group work and individual assignments. Students are required to conduct extensive independent study, and this is supported by full access to two libraries, online journal access and a suite of dedicated computers for exclusive use by MSc students on the course. In addition, students are supported by the guidance of a personal tutor within the department, as well as having access to university-wide support services. This includes English language support where appropriate.
For the MSc route, students are required to successfully complete 120 credits of Core and Elective modules and a 60-credit research dissertation.
Modules will be assessed by a mixture of assessment methods, including lab reports, essays, and presentations, and final examination. This ensures the development of a range of transferable employability skills such as time management and planning, written and verbal communication and numeracy as well as technical and subject-specific knowledge. The project dissertation forms a major component of the student’s assessed work.
Core Taught Modules
ENGINEERING FOR MEDICAL APPLICATIONS*
This module will cover the fundamentals of mechanics, electronics and electromagnetism necessary to understand the application of engineering principles to medicine and biology. This will enable students from varying backgrounds and career paths to transition into the advanced topics covered in the core and specialist modules in biomedical engineering. In addition to the lectures, you will take part in a workshop-based project to apply the theory you have learned to practical measurement.
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY*
This module givesyou the fundamental knowledge in human physiology and anatomy allowing them to understand structure and function of major tissue types and organs. Students from differing backgrounds will be brought up to a basic level of understanding such that they can progress onto more advanced topics in future studies. The module is intended to set the foundation in a biological context to support the advanced topics in other modules.
This module draws on the basic principles of biological sensing within the research and clinical environments. Demonstrations and hands-on use of devices commonly used within clinical practice for physiological measurement will be included in this module. You will also gain an appreciation for sensor device and/or biological test selection. A number of anatomical structures will be evaluated focusing on their use to measure physiological properties, such as the heart and lungs. Instrumentation used by medics to assess such systems will be discussed in detail, as well as instruments and technology used for physiological measurement in biomedical research.
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY SERVICES MANAGEMENT
This module will give you insight into the technology management processes used in clinical settings that allow healthcare provider to make the best use of their resources. You will learn about the role of clinical engineers in ensuring the safe and effective management of medical equipment and the benefits and obligations of the various stakeholders operating within the clinical governance framework.
MEDICAL DEVICE DESIGN PRINCIPLES
You will gain an understanding of the systems engineering approach to medical device design, including the role of ergonomics in the design of safe and reliable medical devices. You will learn the importance of standards and regulations for medical device design and gain an overview of aspects of the mechanical, electrical and software components of medical devices.
BIOMEDICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING
In this module you will learn the fundamentals of signal and image processing and learn to apply theory to practical examples of biomedical signals. You will use an advanced software package to assist in the analysis of biomedical signals, and learn to interpret complex signals in the context of physiological function.
EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
This modules gives you the skill set that is required for your development in a scientific career; from learning how to take notes in research seminars allowing you to write a comprehensive literature review in that area, to making sure you are efficient with your time in written examinations by giving you the chance to mark practice questions and decide where the marks should be given. This module includes a range of seminars, workshops and taught classes. Classes on statistics will further support you in other theoretical and practical aspects of your course.
*Students may be able to gain a waiver if a sufficient level of prior learning can be evidenced.
This module offers an applied perspective on biomechanics at an advanced level. To support the theoretical concepts taught within the module across a number of different tissue types, a practical understanding will be given through an experimental workshop. You will be assessed through a write-up of the practical session and a final unseen written examination.
This module encompasses a multidisciplinary approach to the field of biomaterials, with a view of materials from their physical and chemical properties to how they interact with biological tissues during implantation. You will learn how assessment of materials is made within the clinic and how material properties can be altered/ engineered to produce better biomaterials.
NANOMAGNETICS IN NANOMEDICINE
Within the emerging field of nanomedicine a sub-field of nanomagnetics is playing a major role in the development of new technologies for the assessment and therapeutic treatment of biological tissues. This module delivers a series of lectures from multidisciplinary experts working at the interface of physics and biology. Theoretical concepts of nanomagnetism are given, through to the discussion of state-of-the-art research.
You will gain systematic knowledge on the interrelationship between mechanics and cell biology, as well as insight into the application of cell biomechanics in cell/tissue engineering and biomedical engineering. You will have the opportunity to apply constitutive models to experimental data and be given an overview of modern techniques for both clinical and in vitro cell biomechanics.
STEM CELLS: TYPES, CHARACTERISTICS & APPLICATIONS
This module draws upon the research within the field of stem cell biology to build a knowledge-base from basic principles to therapeutic use of stem cells. As this is a fast-paced field with research being competitively conducted worldwide, you will get the most recent up-to-date information being supported by basic concepts. It is delivered by leading academic researchers, with practical laboratory work cementing the delivery of taught elements.
BIOREACTORS AND GROWTH ENVIRONMENTS
This Module is delivered as an intensive course which covers the design and functionality of all bioreactor aspects for use in regenerative medicine. This includes the construction and different methods used to assess different sorts of tissue types grown within the bioreactors. You will learn about the growth environments for engineering tissues for transplantation, as well as being introduced to the subject of quality standards for growth environments in tissue production.
CELL AND TISSUE ENGINEERING
In an expanding area of research and industrial interest, cell and tissue engineering promises to change the way clinicians deliver therapies and treat disorders of various kinds. You will gain evidence based knowledge in cell and tissue engineering concepts, and learn current techniques for applying and evaluating stimulus to cells. You will be introduced to current concepts and methods in cell and tissue engineering.
MOLECULAR TECHNIQUES: APPLICATIONS IN TISSUE ENGINEERING
This covers all major aspects of current methods used for the analytical assessment of biological tissues. State-of-the-art techniques are taught, from the basic principles through to a laboratory-based practical. You will be given advanced training from academic researchers who have links into clinical evaluation of patient samples. This will allow you to appreciate the complexity and diversity of methods used within both research laboratories and clinical pathology.
Please Note that elective modules are offered subject to sufficient student demand and in some cases it may be necessary to withdraw a module from the offer.
The dissertation 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. During the dissertation period, the student will be assigned a project supervisor, having agreed a research project in discussion with research institute staff. The location for the project may be the research institute, hospital or with an industrial partner.
Academic entry requirements
2:2 degree, we welcome applications from people with a first or second-class degree (or equivalent) in engineering, physical or life sciences, medicine, or professions allied to medicine.
We also welcome enquiries from people with other professional qualifications acceptable to the University.
English Language Entry Requirement for International Students
For international applicants, an English language IELTS score of 6.5 is required
Some travel costs may be incurred if an external project or placement is undertaken; any such costs will be discussed with the student before the project is confirmed. It will be possible for the student to select an internal project and that would not incur any additional travel costs. There may be additional costs for textbooks and inter-library loans.
Keele University is located on a beautiful campus and has all the facilities of a small town. Student accommodation, shops, restaurants and cafes are all within walking distance of the teaching buildings. This is a very cost effective way to live and to reduce your living costs.
Scholarships and Funding
We are committed to rewarding excellence and potential. Please visit our scholarships and bursaries webpage for more information.
It's important to plan carefully for your funding before you start your course. Please be aware that not all postgraduate courses are eligible for the UK government postgraduate loans and, in this case, you would be expected to source alternative funding yourself. If you need support researching your funding options, please contact our Financial Support Team.
The aim of the course is to provide multidisciplinary Masters level postgraduate training in Biomedical Engineering to prepare students for future employment in healthcare, industrial and academic environments. This involves building on existing undergraduate knowledge in basic science or engineering and applying it to core principles and current issues in medicine and healthcare.
Specifically, the objectives of the course are to:
- Provide postgraduate-level education leading to professional careers in biomedical engineering in industry, academia and a wide range of healthcare establishments such as medical organisations, medical research institutions and hospitals
- Provide an opportunity for in-depth research into specialist and novel areas of biomedical and clinical engineering;
- Expose students to practical work in a hospital environment with hands-on knowledge of patient care involving technological developments at the forefront of the field
- Introduce students to exciting new fields such as regenerative medicine and novel technologies for physiological monitoring and diagnostics.