Biomedical Engineering - Msc
Accredited by the Institute for Physics and Engineering in Medicine, our MSc develops expertise to use engineering to create platforms including novel equipment, computer systems or software to facilitate improved patient care through enhanced diagnoses, monitoring, treatment and manufacturing. With a strong clinical focus you’ll see medical technology in action at University Hospital and access state-of-the-art equipment, including newly-developed diagnostics, advanced imaging and manufacturing facilities, in the research centre. You’ll also have access to leading bio and medical engineering experts, such as the author of Medical Device Design used by R&D departments worldwide.
Month of entry
- September, January
Mode of study
- Full time, Part time
Fees for 2023 entry
- UK - Full time £11,500 per year. Part time £6,400 per year.
International - £21,900 per year.
Duration of study
- 1 year full time, 2 years part time
Please note: this course is no longer accepting applications from international students for January 2023 entry
Why study Biomedical Engineering at Keele University?
Biomedical engineering is an exciting, diverse discipline that uses technology and engineering to solve medical and biological problems, inventing new equipment, materials, methods and processes to safely and accurately diagnose patients, improve medical treatment and its outcomes.
Responsible for innovations ranging from prosthetic limbs and heart valves, to tissue and stem cell research and biomedical signal processing, latest advances include brain-controlled prosthesis, 3D printing of human organs, remote surgery and disease fighting nanorobots.
Bringing together medicine, biological science and engineering, our MSc is both clinically and industry-focused, building on our internationally-leading reputation for regenerative medicine, medical engineering and longstanding expertise in medical devices. It covers a broad range of topics – nanotechnology in medicine, smart materials, biomaterials, prosthetics and rehabilitation, through to management of medical equipment in hospitals.
Based in the Guy Hilton Research Centre, you’ll have access to cutting-edge multi-disciplinary research into specialist and novel areas of regenerative medicine with the opportunity to conduct an in-depth research project alongside our world-class researchers.
Our proximity to the University Hospital means you’ll be able to see physiological monitors and diagnostic instrumentation being used and serviced. This could include anything from electroencephalograms (EEG), electrocardiograms (ECG) or electromyography (EMG) to anaesthetic machines or kidney dialysis.
You will be taught by staff with real world experience of developing and commercialising medical products, in particular, technological innovations that have improved the treatment of fractures and spinal injuries for thousands of patients.
You’ll also have the opportunity to conduct an in-depth research project into specialist and novel areas of biomedical and clinical engineering, working alongside our leading researchers who are actively investigating ways in which tissue engineering and associated technologies can aid the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, and the potential to use nanotechnology to control cell behaviour in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s.
As part of the Versus Arthritis Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Therapies Centre, researchers here at Keele are also pioneering cell therapy treatments to regenerate damaged bones, joints and muscles in patients with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Other courses you might be interested in:
- MSc Medical Engineering Design
- MSc Cell and Tissue Engineering
- MRes Bioengineering
"Biomedical Engineering gives me a bit of both worlds. Keele University was my best option as it gives students without an engineering background, like myself, a chance to pursue the engineering course due to the availability of introductory modules."
This multidisciplinary MSc builds your knowledge of core principles and practices in medicine, science, engineering and product design, preparing you to contribute to the development of novel technologies, instrumentation and treatment.
Accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), it takes you through the entire innovation life cycle – from conceptualisation and design, to production and implementation, both here in the UK and abroad. This in turn opens up career possibilities at any point in the process, for instance in R&D, hardware or software engineering, manufacturing or the sale of equipment, as well as maintenance and management in-situ.
In accordance with the IPEM’s mission to promote a diverse and inclusive professional community, our course is suitable for those with a wide range of backgrounds, including bioscience, life science, medicine and subjects allied to medicine, as well as the conventional disciplines of engineering and physical sciences.
Depending on your background, we offer two entry-level conversion modules: Engineering for Medical Applications for those without an engineering background, and Human Anatomy and Physiology for those without a medical science background. The flexible structure enables you to personalise your study according to your interests, choosing optional modules which enable you to learn more about exciting new fields, like nanomedicine or stem cell therapies.
The flexible structure of the course enables you to personalise your study according to your interests, choosing optional modules from a broad range of subjects, which span the disciplines of biology, maths and engineering. This, coupled with clinical visits, specialist seminars and a choice of dissertation projects that span fundamental research to clinical translation of technologies, ensures a truly ‘bench to bedside’ approach.
Interacting with active researchers, clinicians and practitioners also gives you a greater appreciation of the context in which healthcare engineering operates, including vital safety, environmental and economic concerns, for instance, in relation to medical devices and technology services.
The MSc Biomedical Engineering can be studied as either a one-year full-time or two-year part-time course, starting in January. You will complete 180 credits to obtain the master’s qualification, comprising five compulsory modules and four optional modules, including the core Project Dissertation (60 credits). There are also two interim awards available, depending on how many modules (and credits) have been successfully completed: a Postgraduate Certificate for 60 credits; and a Postgraduate Diploma for 120 credits.
MTE-40029 Medical Equipment and Technology Services Management (15 credits, Semester 1)
Medical devices play a key role in healthcare, vital for diagnosis, therapy, monitoring, rehabilitation and care. Effective management and maintenance is critical to ensure high quality patient care and satisfy clinical and financial governance. You will gain an insight into technology management processes that allow healthcare providers to make the best use of their medical equipment and technology services, limiting clinical and financial risk. You’ll learn about the lifecycle of medical equipment and he role of clinical engineers in ensuring its safe and effective management, comparing and evaluating different models of equipment maintenance. You’ll also be introduced to the legislation and obligations of the various health professionals involved as part of good clinical governance.
MTE-40026 Physiological Measurements (15 credits, Semester 1)
Learning why and how physiological processes of humans are measured and monitored, this module aims to improve your analytical skills in different physiological measurement, diagnostics and therapy techniques. Studying the basic principles of biological sensing within research and clinical environments, you’ll be given demonstrations and hands-on use of devices commonly used for physiological measurement, such as the use of biomedical transducers, biosensors, devices for oscillometry, ECG (electrocardiogram) and EOG (electrooculography). To help you better understand how to select appropriate biological tests and devices, you will discuss and evaluate the different instrumentation used to assess specific anatomical structures, such as the heart and lungs, to measure their physiological properties by medics and in biomedical research.
MTE-40038 Medical Device Design Principles (15 credits, Semester 2)
You will develop your 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’ll learn the importance of standards and regulations for medical device design, gaining an overview of aspects of the mechanical, electrical and software components of medical devices.
MTE-40031 Biomedical Signal Processing and Analysing (15 credits, Semester 2)
All living things, from cells to organisms, deliver signals of biological origin, which can be electric, mechanical or chemical. Analysing these signals can provide clinical, biochemical or pharmaceutically relevant information to improve medical diagnosis, either for patient monitoring and biomedical research. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of signal and image processing, applying theory to practical examples, learning to filter signals of interest from noisy, redundant background data.
MTE-40039 Experimental Research Methodology (15 credits, studied throughout the course)
Developing the academic skillset required for your master’s research and future scientific career, you’ll gain a strong grounding in appropriate level literature search, academic writing, statistical evaluation and manipulation of data. From learning how to take notes in research seminars, to managing your time efficiently in written examinations and writing a comprehensive literature review, this module addresses your personal and professional development. Research seminars provide direct access to innovative research, with students introduced to trending research topics in areas of cancer, neuroscience, heart, lung, drug development, nanomaterials, medical device and biomedical engineering, by national and international speakers. The module also includes a statistics workshop and sessions to improve soft skills to support the theoretical and practical aspects of the course.
MTE-40015 Project (Dissertation) (60 credits)
Representing the culmination of your studies, the Project provides an exciting opportunity to undertake laboratory-based research under the supervision of an expert in an agreed field of interest, based here in the Research Institute, a local hospital or within a collaborating industrial partner or clinical team. Applying the skills and knowledge gained throughout the course, you will design, conduct research and produce a 15,000-20,000-word dissertation. Projects cover a span of research interests related to Keele expertise in the fields of medical device design and manufacture, and regenerative medicine manufacture including storage conditions, scale-up, platform development and drug development/screening.
You will choose four optional modules from the following, studying two in each of the first two semesters.
MTE-40028 Stem Cells: Types, Characteristics and Applications (15 credits, Semester 1 or 2)
The field of stem cell biology is fast-paced with state-of-the-art research being competitively conducted across the world. On this module, you’ll draw on up-to-date international research in stem cell biology to build your knowledge from basic principles of stem cell isolation and differentiation, right through to the latest therapeutic use of stem cells trending in the field. The lecture series is delivered by leading academic researchers. To complement your understanding of the knowledge learned in class, you'll be trained in advanced practical skills in a state-of-the-art stem cell laboratory, using the latest approaches in the field. Gaining a greater appreciation of the diversity of stem cells and their potential, this module provides a basic foundation for regenerative medicine.
MTE-40033 Cell and Tissue Engineering (15 credits, Semester 1 or 2)
Cell and tissue engineering is a rapidly evolving discipline which promises to change the way clinicians deliver therapies and treat disorders of various kinds, from bone tissue engineering to skin grafts. Highlighting the latest research findings in engineering various cells, tissues and organs, you’ll be introduced to current concepts and methods used to apply and evaluate stimulus to cells to construct bioartificial tissues in vitro or alter cell growth and function in vivo by implanting donor tissue or biocompatible materials.
MTE-40023 Biomechanics (15 credits, Semester 1 or 2)
Biomechanics involves studying the structure, materials, function and motion of biological systems at a cellular level, identifying favourable properties, such as load-bearing capacity, and changes that occur naturally or as a result of chemical and other reactions. Discovering how and why organisms behave the way they do can inform new synthetic and engineered designs, for example, when treating cancer. This module offers an applied perspective on biomechanics at an advanced level, for example, analysing forces transmitted to cells at skeletal joints or bone. In an experimental workshop, you'll gain hands-on experience mechanically testing bone.
MTE-30003 Engineering for Medical Applications (15 credits, Semester 1 or 2)
You will cover the fundamentals of mechanics, electronics and electromagnetism necessary to understand the application of relevant physical and engineering principles to medicine and biology. Ideal if you are transitioning from a non-physics, maths or engineering background, you’ll learn to apply mathematical concepts to engineering and numerical modelling, including differential calculus, indices, exponentials and logarithms. Applying the theory you learn to practical measurement, you’ll take part in a workshop-based project, for example to conduct an experiment to measure grip strength.
MTE-40024 Human Physiology and Anatomy (15 credits, Semester 1 or 2)
Setting the foundation in a biological context in preparation for the study of more advanced topics, this module provides you with a broad knowledge of human physiology and anatomy. You’ll develop your understanding of the structure and function of major tissue types, organs and systems, how their physiology is assessed and what happens in the context of disease.
Biotechnology and Omics (15 credits, Semester 1 or 2)
You will cover all major aspects of current methods in biotechnology used for the analytical assessment and engineering of biological cells and tissues. Concepts will be married with tutorials and demonstrations to give students exposure to real applications in biomedicine. This will cover a range of technologies in genomics, metabolomics, proteomics, mass spectrophotometry, besides biotechnological advances in cell, gene and tissue engineering. From the basic principles through to tutorials and laboratory-based practical for hands-on training, you’ll learn to appreciate the complexity and diversity of methods used both within research laboratories and industry.
MTE-40022 Bioreactors and Growth Environments (15 credits, Semester 1 or 2)
The global bioreactors market is predicted to grow 14% between 2022 to 2029; fuelled by increases in conditions like arthritis, cancer and diabetes and the resulting demand for effective vaccines and treatments. This module covers the design principals and functionality of bioreactors used, for example, to grow organisms for cell development and product formation. As well as demonstrations on the workings of a range of research laboratory and good manufacturing practice (GMP) grade bioreactor systems used in academia and industry, you’ll be introduced to current real-world applications of bioreactors in regenerative medicine through a series of seminar-style presentations from national and international renowned researchers and industry. As part of the module, Keele hosts a renowned workshop that includes talks on a variety of bioreactors used for therapy, research and in industry, which also attracts national and international external participants, culminating in a 'design your own bioreactor' activity.
MTE-40036 Biomaterials (15 credits, Semester 1 or 2)
Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this module provides an overview of all types of materials, natural and synthetic, used in biological environments to support, enhance, or replace damaged tissue or a biological function. It explains the fundamental aspects of biomaterials from a materials perspective, but with particular focus on their use and potential wear within a biological ‘host’. You will develop a systematic knowledge, ranging from the physical structure and chemical properties of biomaterials, to how they interact with biological tissues during implantation, for example, in the case of skin grafts, heart valves and hip replacements. This will help you learn how materials are assessed within the clinic and how material properties can be altered/engineered to produce biomaterials with enhanced abilities and properties.
MTE-40034 Cell Biomechanics (15 credits, Semester 1 or 2)
Research into the relationship between the biological function and architecture of cells and their behaviour is providing new perspectives on the role of biomechanics in disease, for example, in cancer. You’ll be given an overview of modern techniques for both clinical and in vitro cell biomechanics, giving you a firm knowledge and understanding of the interrelationship between mechanics and cell biology. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply constitutive models to experimental data, gaining some direct insight into the application of cell biomechanics in cell/tissue engineering and biomedical engineering.
MTE-40030 Nanomagnetics in Nanomedicine (15 credits, Semester 1 or 2)
The application of nanotechnologies, in particular the use of nanoparticles to improve the behaviour of drug substances, is being used globally to improve the treatments for patients suffering from disorders including ovarian and breast cancer, kidney disease, fungal infections, and more. Now, the sub-field of nanomagnetics is playing a major role in the development of new technologies for the assessment and therapeutic treatment of biological tissues. For example, rapidly reversing the magnetic field of nanoparticles injected into a tumour generates enough heat to kill cancer cells. Delivered through a series of lectures working at the interface of physics and biology, this module introduces you to the theoretical concepts of nanomagnetism and the state-of-the-art research in this field.
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. The University also accepts a range of internationally recognised English tests. If you do not meet the English language requirements, the University offers a range of English language preparation programmes. During your degree programme you can study additional English language courses. This means you can continue to improve your English language skills and gain a higher level of English.
Planning your funding
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.
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Biomedical engineering focuses on the advances in equipment and technology that can improve human health and health care at all levels, bench to bedside – from the development of novel devices, materials and technologies, right through to their testing, manufacture, implementation and maintenance.
With an ageing population and rise in the number of people suffering chronic health conditions, biomedical and medical engineers are in high demand.
The modular structure of the course, with flexibility to choose from a wide range of optional modules, allows you to tailor the course to suit your career aspirations, building on your existing strengths and interests, while developing understanding in key topics. This can open up further career opportunities in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, for example, in bioengineering research.
Alternatively, you could choose to specialise, for example, in software and hardware engineering, equipment testing, field servicing or technical sales.
An ideal option for intercalating students who wish to undertake research training in field, an excellent route for those who wish to pursue specialist clinical training or continue their research training in medicine and register for a PhD, typically a requirement to work in the sector.
Positions may include:
- Biomedical engineer
- Clinical engineer
- Design support officer
- Development engineer
- Manufacturing specialist
- Mechanical engineer
- Medical design engineer
- Product developer
- Product design engineer
- Research scientist
- Sales representative (medical technology)
- Senior Scientist (R&D)
Teaching, learning and assessment
How you'll be taught
The course is primarily taught through subject-centred lectures, interactive-styled conferences, seminars and laboratory-based sessions.
This is supported by a range of workshops, tutorials, guest lectures and research seminars by nationally and internationally known scientists, engineers and clinicians, working at the forefront of regenerative medicine. Previous seminars have been led by academic researchers and industry partners on a range of current topics related to the course discipline.
All modules have some form of practical element, capitalising on our state-of-the-art laboratories and engineering facilities, and exposing you to the same specialist equipment and services found in this sector. Where possible, you'll be given opportunities to engage with industry experts, attend site visits to companies and research laboratories, and instigate a conversation with relevant stakeholders.
This course purposefully attracts a wide range of students, from different academic backgrounds and nationalities. This, together with the fact we share modules with the MSc Medical Design Engineering and MSc Cell and Tissue Engineering courses, ensures you’ll learn in an interesting and engaging environment, building the professional networks that will support your career.
At Keele, we are proud to showcase how research from bench to clinic works. Using an exemplar of doing exactly that, our sister site the RJAH hospital in Oswestry, is only one of a very few sites in the country that was approved by NICE to administer ACI (Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation) to treat articular cartilage defects of the knee. As a result, on this course, you will have opportunities to appreciate elements of this application and to interact with academics involved as part of our taught modules.
Allocated at the start of your studies, your personal tutor will provide pastoral support and your Course Director will guide you through the year by engaging you in a personal development plan that culminates with students recognising their employability skills and career options. You'll also receive dedicated project supervision during the Summer projects. As well as web-based virtual learning materials, you’ll have full access to two libraries, online journal access and a suite of dedicated computers for exclusive use by MSc students on the course.
How you’ll be assessed
Modules are assessed by a mixture of assessment methods, including lab reports, essays, presentations and online examinations to demonstrate your understanding of subject-specific content, as well as your analytical abilities and your evaluation of particular concepts and methodologies. Formative assessment occurs in a continuous process driven by lecturer-led discussion sessions, one-on-one mentoring, and practice presentations and posters.
As part of the course provision, you will have opportunity to follow styles of journal articles in your assignments. Such assessment ensures your competency in essential academic skills, such as referencing, quoting, selecting relevant material, answering the question set, and written English, vital if you intend to pursue a research career. However, it also helps you develop a range of essential transferrable skills, such as problem-solving and critical thinking, time management and planning, written and verbal communication and numeracy.
Keele Postgraduate Association
Keele University is one of a handful of universities in the UK to have a dedicated students' union for postgraduate students. A fully registered charity, Keele Postgraduate Association serves as a focal point for the social life and welfare needs of all postgraduate students during their time at Keele.
Hugely popular, the KPA Clubhouse (near Horwood Hall) provides a dedicated postgraduate social space and bar on campus, where you can grab a bite to eat and drink, sit quietly and read a book, or switch off from academic life at one of the many regular events organised throughout the year. The KPA also helps to host a variety of conferences, as well as other academic and career sessions, to give you and your fellow postgraduates the opportunities to come together to discuss your research, and develop your skills and networks.
Research within the School of Pharmacy and Bioengineering bridges the interface between new advances in science and technology with medicine and clinical practice, bringing together biological scientists, physicists, chemists, engineers, mathematicians and clinicians. Our exceptional track record in bench and bedside regenerative medicine research builds on the reputation and success of the former Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine (ISTM) which has now integrated within the School.
Our staff have been at the forefront of many innovative developments, working closely with healthcare partners including the Royal Stoke University Hospital (RSUH), one of the larger trauma hospitals in the country. For example, the Hartshill Horseshoe is an implant now in widespread use for spinal surgery across the world.
They have helped transform the treatment of leg fractures by two devices in particular. The Staffordshire Orthopaedic Reduction Machine (STORM), which realigns leg fractures prior to surgery, bringing them back to near perfect alignment, and IOS, a titanium alloy external fixator which promotes healing growth. Both inventions are now widely sold throughout Europe and the United States.
Teaching team includes:
- Professor Peter Ogrodnik, Senior Lecturer and Head of Orthopaedics and Biomechanics Research Group – a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Peter has conducted research into optimising the treatment of tibial fractures for over 20 years. Having founded two medical device companies himself, he has enhanced the application of engineering design principles to the solution of medical devices and his book Medical Devices Design is a core text in core R&D departments. In 2021, he received the Inspire, Support, Achieve Award from the Institution of Engineering Designers for his work to establish the charity ENG4, providing engineering solutions relating to healthcare during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Dr Nicholas Wragg, Lecturer in Bioengineering – His research is focused on complementary areas of regenerative medicine: Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering, and Regenerative Medicine Biomanufacturing and Process Development.
- Dr Jan-Herman Kuiper, Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics – Jan has extensive experience in the use of Finite Element-based computer models for design optimisation, modelling of hydrated tissues and bone, and biological processes such as adaptive bone remodelling and fracture repair. One of his long standing interests is the control of biological processes through mechanical conditions, in particular, mechanical guidance of skeletal tissue formation, and the development and pre-clinical testing of joint replacement implants, bioresorbable orthopaedic devices and bone substitution products.
- Dr Vinoj George, Lecturer – His research interest is in understanding and modulating mechanisms associated with cardiovascular cell biology and cardiovascular diseases, with the aid of genome engineering in human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (hiPSCs).
- Professor Nicholas Forsyth, Professor of Stem Cell Biology – His research is focused on three primary inter-related areas: basic biology of stem cells; cellular response to physiological norms; and the derivation of clinically useful cell types.
- Professor Ying Yang, Professor in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering – Ying's current research has been focused on the application of engineering strategies in translational medicine. This includes smart nanofiber design and applications, detection of variation of cell adhesion capacities, developing immunemodulating materials, exploring unique techniques to detect heterogeneous cellular populations and correlating the structures of collagen based matrices to diseases.
- Professor Neil Telling, Professor of Biomedical Nanophysics – Neil’s current research focuses on two main themes: the fabrication, functionalisation, reactivity and application of magnetic nanostructures in the biomedical sciences; and investigations of biomineralised nanoscale minerals related to neurodegenerative disorders.
- Dr Gianpiero Di Leva, Senior Lecturer in Regenerative Medicine – His research focuses on his long-standing interest in exploring the molecular roles of non-coding RNAs (ribonucleic acid) in determining cell fate changes and gene regulation. He aims to identify vulnerabilities in cancer cells and define innovative way to target them.
- Dr Wen-Wu Li, Lecturer in Analytical Biochemistry – Having previously worked on anticancer drug discovery and development in Chengdu Diao Pharmaceutical Group, China, Wen-Wu’s research explores drug discovery and development, as well as bioengineering of peptides and antibodies for biomedical application in cancer and infectious diseases.
- Dr Abigail Rutter, Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering – Abigail’s research interests are multidisciplinary; utilising bioengineering, spectrometry and spectroscopy to advance healthcare technologies and understanding. Primary focuses are to move analytical technology and practices to the non-invasive or non-destructive routes.
- Dr Karina Wright, Lecturer in Orthopaedics and Tissue Engineering – Focused on developing biological therapies for orthopaedic and spinal cord injury patients.
The School of Pharmacy and Bioengineering, within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, is located on two main sites: Hornbeam Building at the heart of Keele University campus and the Guy Hilton Research Centre in Hartshill with additional laboratories and facilities at three main NHS hospitals; University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM), Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt (RJAH) Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry and the Haywood Hospital, Stoke on Trent.
Guy Hilton Research Centre
The Guy Hilton Research Centre, which opened in 2006, provides extensive facilities for postgraduate taught and research students at the heart of a research-active environment. This includes a a dedicated room for MSc students and large study suite for PhD/MPhil/DM students with 24/7 access and Wi-Fi.
As well as generic laboratories, specialist facilities include dedicated labs for biomaterials and bioreactors, a class 100 clean room for supporting research, and molecular facilities which support the advanced biotechnology, drug development, development of magnetic nanotechnology in therapeutics and diagnostics, and SIFT-MS (selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry) technology for breath analysis.
Electron Microscope Unit
The Electron Microscope Unit has a range of microscopic techniques available to capture images, make slides and acquire data from biological, geological, physical and chemical specimens. These include: visible and electron microscopy; light microscopy; confocal/two photon imaging; field emission scanning electron microscopy (SEM); conventional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray microanalysis; atomic force microscopy (AFM); ultramicrotomy; vibratome; and microslice.
Proteomic Mass Spectrometry facility
Run in collaboration with Guy Hilton Research Centre (GHRC) and the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) in Oswestry, this facility offers a range of mass spectrometry equipment based at Huxley Building on Keele campus. Providing proteomics and mass spectrometry services for UK based researchers, equipment includes a 4800 MALDI TOF/TOF and 3200 QTRAP tandem quadrupole mass spectrometers, with nanoflow HPLC interfaces.
Central Science Laboratory (CSL)
The University’s £34m Central Science Laboratory (CSL) opened its doors to students in September 2019 and provides 5,300m2 of modern, co-located science laboratories. Over £2m alone has been spent on industrial research-grade analytical and laboratory equipment that will be used by students in their day-to-day laboratory teaching. Access to state-of-the-art facilities and high specification equipment will ensure you are well prepared for scientific or industrial employment post-graduation. The environment mirrors the multi-faceted nature of working life and the shared space allows group working and collaboration between disciplines, building the skills and experience much valued by employers.
David Weatherall Laboratories
These multi-users laboratories house equipment for histology, physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry and microbiology practicals. Here students learn to use stethoscopes, sphygmomanometers, microscopes, computerised spirometry, ECG and EMG equipment, make accurate drug dilutions, and gain skills in basic life support on resuscitation manikins. Facilities are also available to learn sterile technique, ophthalmoscopy, otoscopy and drug delivery. The IT laboratory, which has extended opening hours, houses over 50 networked PCs with additional facilities for digital imaging, scanning, and printing.
This course is accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), the UK’s professional body and learned society for physicists, engineers and technologists within the field of medicine. This provides independent recognition that our master’s programme meets defined educational standards and includes relevant teaching activities.