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MSc Biomedical Engineering

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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Biomedical Engineering

Course type


Course Summary

Programme overview

Biomedical engineering is an emerging field in the UK that involves applying physical, chemical, mathematical, computer science and engineering principles to the analysis of biological, medical, behavioural and health-related problems. Biomedical engineers develop innovative devices and procedures to help prevent, diagnose and treat diseases. It relies on an in-depth understanding of science and engineering fundamentals, combined with a broad knowledge of physiological and anatomical systems.

This programme will enable you to gain expertise in this exciting field and covers both theory and practical applications. You will acquire analytical tools and a broad physical knowledge of modern engineering and science. This is combined with a fundamental understanding of anatomical and physiological systems, and familiarity with recent technological breakthroughs.


Employment opportunities in the sector are excellent and varied. Biomedical engineers can be employed by companies working in the design, development and manufacture of medical devices; within the NHS (for example, in hospitals to collaborate with clinicians in offering non-clinical services); in research institutes or academia; in governmental regulatory agencies; or as technical consultants within marketing departments.


This unit is taught intensively in TB1 (as a FAT unit) and aims to introduce mathematicians and engineers to some of the latest thinking in cell biology, neuroscience, systems and synthetic biology. It also aims to introduce modern mathematical techniques based on differential equations for understanding the dynamics of biological systems via numerical continuation, using the software XPP-aut. It will be shown how to derive mathematical equations from the basic laws of mass action that describe biochemical reactions, and therefore how certain chemical motifs carry out certain dynamical functions. A range of topics including ion channels and synthetic gene regulatory networks will be introduced using a combination of simple and advanced techniques.

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in engineering (preferably electrical, mechanical and computer science) or a subject related to biomedical engineering.