Medical Engineering Design - MSc

From CT scanners, X-ray and MRI machines, to pacemakers, defibrillators, stethoscopes and even spectacles, medical engineering has saved and enhanced lives, improving treatment and delivery for patients and medical practitioners alike. Our MSc prepares you for careers in this fascinating design discipline, inventing the next generation of ground-breaking medical devices. You’ll have the chance to work on a real project, gaining invaluable work experience via an optional internship. The course is led by Professor Peter Ogrodnik, a named inventor on numerous patents, who literally wrote the book on Medical Device Design, now a core text in R&D departments worldwide.

Month of entry

  • September, January

Mode of study

  • Full time, Part time


Subject area

  • Pharmacy

Fees for 2024/25 academic year

  • UK - Full time £12,700 per year. Part time £7,000 per year.
    International - £24,100 per year.

Duration of study

  • 1 year full time, 2 years part time

Why study Medical Engineering Design at Keele University?

Taught by staff with direct industry experience, including the manufacture and distribution of orthopaedic trauma devices through the spin-out company Intelligent Orthopaedics.
We offer wide and varied internship opportunities, giving you the chance to build your CV with practical industrial experience.
This programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).
Strong links with industry with expert speakers and field trips previously, for example, to visit a manufacturer of sterilisation equipment and the biggest medical device trade fair, Medica.
Keele is ranked top 5 in England for Medicine (Times Good University Guide 2022) and top 20 in the UK for Pharmacology and Pharmacy (The Complete University Guide 2022).
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This programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

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Research Excellence

Keele's engineering research is classified as either world-leading or internationally excellent 
(4* or 3* rated research), Research Excellence Framework, 2021

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Nathan, Medical Engineering Design

"The course exceeded my expectations and really gave me the skills I needed to progress my career in the industry of medical device engineering. This course didn’t just provided me with the knowledge in medical device design, but it also gave me the essential skills in product design, survey, and release to market, which is obviously critical. It gave me the confidence to work through a new product development from initial conception to market release, whilst adhering to all the relevant industry standards and regulations."

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Nathan Wright, Medical Engineering Design

"The course has helped me develop a better knowledge of concepts that underpin medical device design but also helped to give me an understanding of how to approach any design problem. The course also allowed me to work on a real world project, rather than a hypothetical one, which was both challenging but fun. I believe learning with Professor Ogrodnik has been pivotal in developing a methodology to follow and adhere to when designing new medical devices. By having a lecturer with a high level of experience it made it useful when debating and developing understanding of the reasoning behind why certain actions are taken."

Nathan, Medical Engineering Design

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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.

KPA interior

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.

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