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Biomedical Engineering MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Biomedical Engineering

Course type


Course Summary

Biomedical engineers work at the interface of engineering, biology, and medicine, combining their engineering expertise with an understanding of human biology and medical needs to make the world a healthier place.

This masters course will equip you with the specialist knowledge, expertise and skills to integrate biology and medicine with engineering to solve problems related to living systems.

Introducing your degree

The MSc Biomedical Engineering is designed for engineering, and physical science graduates who want to specialise in this vibrant area of engineering. There is high demand for biomedical engineers, and this masters has been developed with our graduates’ employability in mind.

During this course, you will learn the fundamental scientific and technical aspects of biomedical engineering, alongside developing your knowledge of the relevant aspects of human biology in health and disease. This interdisciplinary course draws on expertise from leading departments within the University of Southampton, brought together through the Institute for Life Sciences; Engineering and the Environment, Medicine, Health Sciences, Natural and Environmental Sciences, and Electronics and Computer Science.

If you choose to, you will be able to specialise in your chosen area of biomedical engineering through themed areas of application: musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, imaging, diagnostic systems and audiology.

The course will enable you to thrive in an environment where teams from range of disciplines have work together efficiently. To help you succeed as biomedical engineer, the course features ‘problem-driven’ seminars, site and hospital visits, workshops and training sessions by experts from industry and national laboratories. This combination of advanced engineering, industrial experience and research enables our graduates to make a significant contribution to the development and translation of biomedical technology in both industry and academia.

You will develop the skills to apply advanced engineering in an interdisciplinary environment working in teams of physicians, scientists, engineers, business people and other professionals to monitor, restore and enhance normal body function, abilities and outcomes. You will also enhance your understanding of the ethical, safety and societal implications of developing medical technologies.

Through your research project you have a further opportunity to integrate your engineering skills with an understanding of the complexity of biological systems, enabling you to work successfully at the intersection of science, medicine and mathematics to solve biological and medical problems. Example research projects may include the design and performance evaluation of new devices to replace joints, or the development of new imaging methods to study bone or lung diseases.


This masters programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the academic requirement for Further Learning, for Chartered Engineer registration.

Candidates must hold a BEng/BSc undergraduate first degree that is accredited for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Exit points:

The taught component of the MSc course is assessed independently of the research project component. The MSc award depends on passing the examinations and on successful completion of a dissertation on the project. The possible exit points are:

PG Certificate (30 ECTS credit points)

PG Diploma (60 ECTS credit points)

MSc (90 ECTS credit points)

We only accept applications to the 90 ECTS credit MSc course. The PG Diploma and PG Certificate are exit points only and are not standalone qualifications.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



In Biomedical Engineering, it is essential to develop an in-depth understanding of human biology, anatomy and physiology, so that engineering expertise can be meaningfully applied to problems in human healthcare and disease and degeneration within the context of the life course. This ‘Human Biology and Systems Physiology’ module comprises a foundation in human cellular and molecular biology and how the body functions as a whole system. Particular attention will be given to five, key biological system strands: the Immune System, the Musculoskeletal System, the Cardiovascular System, the Respiratory System and Neurosensory Systems. In these key strands you will receive a more in-depth view of the relevant biology and physiology, existing concepts and models of the systems in health and in disease. Links are made throughout the module to allied engineering themes.
MSc Research Project - Core

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree (2:1 or equivalent) in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Maths, Audiology, Bioengineering, Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Engineering Materials, Mechatronics, Electrical Engineering or Electronics Engineering. Medical, Pharmacy and Biology based degrees are not considered. Those candidates with relevant employment experience will be considered if they do not meet the requirements. Applications are assessed individually, and any candidates who do not match the standard profile but who have appropriate academic qualifications and/or industry experience are encouraged to apply. Equivalent Qualifications: Relevant employment experience would be considered if a candidate does not meet the formal qualifications requirements. We are always happy to receive applications from candidates with an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Department profile

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton is home to Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, and the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics, which incorporates the Optoelectronics Research Centre. Postgraduate study: We offer over 50 taught masters programmes for you to choose from, ranging from electrochemistry to audiology,...more

University information

The University of Southampton has a long history of tradition, prestige and success, having just celebrated 100 years of its Highfield Campus. A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University is ranked in the Top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide, 2020 and is also a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The University is spread across five campuses in Southampton,...more