- Start date: September
- Study mode and duration: MSc: 12 months full-time
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- Biofluid Mechanics applies engineering, mathematical and physical principles of fluids to solve complex and multifaceted problems, primarily in biology and medicine, but also in aerospace and robotics
- gain hands-on experience of industrial software on real biofluid mechanics problems
- benefit from an innovative teaching and learning environment
- first one-year course dedicated to biofluid-mechanics
Why this course?
This one-year full-time programme covers a wide range of multidisciplinary training on the kinematics and dynamics of fluids related to biological systems, medical science, cardiovascular devices, numerical modelling and computational fluid dynamics.
It offers a unique opportunity to lead the next generation of highly-skilled postgraduates that will form a new model worldwide for academia – with world-class research knowledge, industry – with highly-competitive skills in both biomedical engineering and fluid dynamics, and for society – with better training to work with clinicians.
The course is taught by the Department of Biomedical Engineering, with input from other departments across the Faculty of Engineering and the wider University. You'll be supported throughout the course by a strong team of academics with global connections. You'll benefit from a unique training and an innovative teaching and learning environment.
Course director: Dr Asimina Kazakidi, Lecturer in Biofluid Mechanics
What you'll study
In Semesters 1 and 2, you'll take compulsory classes and a choice of optional classes. The remaining months are dedicated to project work, submitted as a research thesis (MSc students).
Masters research project
The project provides MSc students with the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of independent study in a topic of their own choice; the project may involve an extended literature review, experimental and/or computational work.
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This class provides an introduction and overview of the biofluid mechanics field. It will first set a common basis on the mechanics of fluids and then introduce you to a breadth of complex biofluid problems. From cells in flowing blood, through respiratory flows and insect flight, to swimmers and paddlers, you will explore the kinematics and dynamics of fluids and their properties, related to biological systems, through research journal club and blended learning environments. It will further encourage the development of problem-solving and critical thinking.
Medical Science for Engineering
To provide you with instruction in key areas of human anatomy, physiology and cell biology relevant to the advanced study of bio and clinical engineering. We aim to provide understanding of normal biological function and control as derived from scientific and clinical evidence. The class will educate students to use knowledge of normal function to better understand pathology, disease diagnosis and treatment.
This class provides industrial-like experience of high-end engineering CFD/CAE software and understanding of all aspects of the simulation technology life-cycle: CAD/mesh-generation, simulation solution, post-processing and analysis. It will include first-hand training directly from industry experts and learning from real industrial cases. You'll be introduced to computational engineering practices in industry, parametric modelling, multi-scale, and optimisation methods, and visualisation/presentation of complex results. It will further encourage the development of problem-solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills.
Professional Studies in Biomedical Engineering
This class aims to:
- provide an introduction to the philosophy, ethics and methodology of research
- outline the role that the bioengineer plays in the solution of clinical problems
- provide training in the principles, assessment and application of safety procedures in areas relevant to medical physics and biomedical engineering
- engender an awareness of the importance of regulatory issues in medical device design and manufacturing
Haemodynamics for Engineers
Haemodynamics is that branch of hydraulics which concerns the flow of blood in arteries; and insofar as the laws of fluid mechanics may be applied to the study of blood flow in arteries, knowledge of the structural and functional properties of the heart and circulation, and the flow characteristics of blood, is essential if these equations are to be applied appropriately. In presenting the fluid mechanics of the circulation in terms that are familiar to students of mechanical and electrical engineering, the module aims to give students an insight into the complexities of blood flow, and how the laws of fluid mechanics relate to the flow of blood in health and disease, and the design of cardiovascular prostheses and devices, in particular. The basic principles underlying the measurement of blood pressure and flow will be explored in relation the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
This class aims to:
- give you a broad overview of cardiovascular devices used in the clinical setting for the treatment of a range of clinical conditions
- demonstrate and develop an understanding of the clinical, design and regulatory challenges involved in developing devices for this clinical sector
- offer some insight into the pathologies underlying the need for cardiovascular device technologies
Introduction to Biomechanics
Numerical Modelling in Biomedical Engineering
This class provides experience of using numerical modelling tools, in particular Matlab, in a Biomedical Engineering context. For those with no knowledge of matlab, some pre-class preparatory work will be required and expected.
Case studies will be presented from the departmental research portfolio that require the use of numerical modelling. These case studies will be explained in detail, together with a methodology of the required numerical modelling to answer the research question. You'll be expected to write your own code to answer the research question, to appropriately graphically present results and to interpret the results in context.
The Medical Device Regulatory Process
You'll gain an understanding of the regulatory pathway and requirements to deliver a new medical device to the marketplace from concept to clinical use. You should understand the complexity of the regulatory requirements internationally, the importance of the maintenance of technical files and pre and post-certification vigilance.
Entrepreneurship & Commercialisation in Biomedical Engineering
You'll gain an understanding of the process of innovation for medical devices and technology. The class also highlights the commercialisation and intellectual property routes that can be pursued.
Finite Element Methods for Boundary Value Problems & Approximation
This class aims to present the student with the basic theory and practice of finite element methods and polynomial and piecewise polynomial approximation theory. On completion of this class, the student should:
- be familiar with the concept & techniques of orthogonal bases and best approximation
- be familiar with the concept & techniques of polynomial & piecewise polynomial interpolation
- be familiar with the concept & use of an error bound (and the differences when using different norms)
- be familiar with the idea of a weak formulation of a differential equation;
- be familiar with the Galerkin finite element method
- be able to perform an error analysis of the finite element analysis
Mathematical Biology & Marine Population Modelling
This course will teach the application of mathematical models to a variety of problems in biology, medicine and ecology.
It will show the application of ordinary differential equations to simple biological and medical problems, the use of mathematical modelling in biochemical reactions, the application of partial differential equations in describing spatial processes such as cancer growth and pattern formation in embryonic development, and the use of delay-differential equations in physiological processes.
The marine population modelling element will introduce the use of difference models to represent population processes through applications to fisheries, and the use of coupled ODE system to represent ecosystems. Practical work will include example class case studies that will explore a real-world application of an ecosystem model.
This class provides a structured introduction to the design management process, issues and tools.
You'll explore the entire process of structuring a risk problem, modelling it, supporting and communicating recommendations, both theoretically and in practice. Risk management is linked with decision analysis in so far as we explore decision-making under uncertainty and it has links with quantitative business analysis as we explore the use of statistics in understanding risk. However, the topic has some unique attributes such as risk communication and the role that experts play in risk assessment.
Learning & teaching
Classes are organised in lectures, laboratory demonstrations, practical exercises and hands-on experience with industrial software on real biofluid mechanics problems. In addition to the classes, you'll benefit from invited academic and industrial speakers, departmental seminars and knowledge exchange events.
Assessment methods include exams, coursework and the research project/thesis.
Normally a first-class or second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in engineering, physical science or mathematics.
Pre-Masters preparation course
The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.
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Fees & funding
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
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How can I fund my course?
Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students
Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
Students coming from England
Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
Students coming from Wales
Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
Students coming from Northern Ireland
Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
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Graduates will be highly employable in the following markets and related sectors/companies, among others:
- medical devices
- simulation and analysis software
- Academic research
- biosimulation market
- NHS and the healthcare/medical simulation
- life science research tools and reagents
Key providers have been identified in each of the above markets. Creating links with the relevant industry and monitoring the market and employability trends will enable us to tailor the course content appropriately, and to enhance graduates’ employability.
We've already established strong partnerships with industrial companies that have offered their support, eg through the provision of software licenses, teaching material and/or collaborative research projects, including:
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Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: full-time
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