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MScBiomedical Engineering

Why this course?

The MSc is a modular conversion course which provides broad training in biomedical engineering to help you progress with a career in research, industry or in the NHS.

We bring together engineering, medicine and the life and physical sciences to enable the development of relevant clinical and industrial research.

The programme explores advances in technology and engineering to generate applications and solutions to clinically relevant problems.

As part of the course you’ll go on visits to local clinical centres and attend lectures from industrialists and visiting experts from the UK and overseas. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet our many industrial and clinical partners to help advise and further your career.

You’ll study

The first and second semesters consist of taught classes, laboratory demonstrations, practical exercises and clinical visits.

Following this, Diploma students complete a project dissertation and MSc students complete a research or development project reported by a thesis.

Facilities

The Department of Biomedical Engineering was formed in 2012 following the merger of the Bioengineering Unit and the National Centre for Prosthetics & Orthotics.

Accreditation

The MSc in Biomedical Engineering is accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM). An IPEM-accredited MSc is normally required for those wishing to pursue careers as Clinical Scientists in the National Health Service.

Course content

Compulsory classes

Medical Science for Engineering

You'll be provided with instruction in key areas of human anatomy, physiology and cell biology relevant to the advanced study of bio and clinical engineering. You'll gain an understanding of normal biological function and control as derived from scientific and clinical evidence.

The class aims to educate you to use your knowledge of normal function to better understand pathology, disease diagnosis and treatment.

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Engineering Science
This class aims to provide instruction of fundamental engineering (mechanics of rigid bodies, mechanics of deformable bodies, mechanics of fluids and electronics) for life scientists who have no formal education in the engineering sciences.
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
Research Methodology
This class aims to equip the students with the skills necessary to use mathematics and statistics tools including software in experimental design and data visualisation and analysis needed to progress in their research in Biomedical Engineering.
Biomedical Electronics

This class aims to give the student a thorough introduction to the use of electronic circuits for the pre-conditioning, acquisition and display of biomedical signals and to provide an understanding of the components required in a basic biomedical measurement device. 

Biomedical Instrumentation

This class aims to give a detailed description of the principles and applications of a number of the most widely used biomedical instrumentation systems and devices found in the modern hospital environment.

This course will enable students to understand the diagnostic and research applications of the various instrumentation-related techniques currently available and to appreciate their limitations.

Elective classes

Choose 6 from the list for an MSc.

Choose 4 from the list for a PgDip.

Introduction to Biomechanics

This class aims to provide you with a tool set of analytical skills to enable you to undertake valid biomechanical analyses of human movement.  This includes the science, engineering and mathematical skill to produce kinematic and kinetic analyses of human movement and the external and internal load actions experienced by humans during activity. The class will provide generic analysis skills but examples will focus primarily on human gait.  

Prosthetics & Orthotics

This class aims to demonstrate to you how biomechanical principles can be applied to the design, manufacture, fitting procedures and evaluation of prostheses, orthoses and other devices externally applied to the body of patients in need of rehabilitation.

It is hoped that you should be able to join manufacturing companies, research groups or clinical teams responsible for the delivery of such systems.

Regenerative Medicine

You'll learn to describe the developments and advances in regenerative/repair medicine in terms of

  • Source of cells
  • Cell expansion/seeding and bioreactor technology
  • Tissue scaffolds: design criteria, fabrication and characterisation
  • Clinical status of replacement tissues and organs
Tissues mechanics
This class aims to provide an introduction to the mechanical properties of human tissue using a PBL approach. With the aid of an existing finite element (FE) model of the knee, students will virtually dissect the knee joint identify the different tissue types in the knee. Discussion will take place to determine how to incorporate the material properties of the different tissues into the model. A Journal “club” will be used to discuss recent literature, informing and directing you to perform appropriate experimental methods to determine the mechanical properties. these can then be incorporated into the FE model. A fully working FE knee joint will be the objective of the class.
Clinical & Sports Biomechanics

This class aims to provide you with the ability to appraise the role of biomechanics and biomechanical measurement techniques in the development and evaluation of clinical practice in rehabilitation and in the production and management of sports injuries. The class will also allow you to assess the role of biomechanics and biomechanical measurement in the improvement of human function and the optimising of sports performance.  The class will focus on orthopaedic and neurological issues.

Anatomy & Physiology

(for students taking Engineering Science but who do not have the prerequisite background in Anatomy & Physiology)

This class aims to provide you with the basic knowledge of the anatomical structure of the major body systems, together with an understanding of their physiological functioning. This knowledge is fundamental to understand and to develop specific topics that will be taught later in the course.

Biosignal Processing & Analysis

This class aims to familiarise students with the fundamentals and concepts of signals and systems (both continuous-time and discrete-time), and to develop a framework for processing and analysing a variety of biomedical signals and images (biosignals), including electrocardiograms (ECGs) and magnetic resonance images.

You'll also develop valuable Mathcad and MATLAB signal/image processing skills, through non-compulsory self-study laboratory exercises.

Biomaterials & Biocompatibility

This class aims to:

  • provide fundamental information on the properties of synthetic biomaterials, and how these are evaluated experimentally and from the literature
  • outline how material properties are influenced by methods of processing
  • explore with the aid of appropriate examples what is meant by biocompatibility; provide an overview of the host responses to and interactions with biomaterials, and how these interactions are assessed and influenced by surface properties
  • introduce the principles of toxicology, identify the major toxic interactions with foreign chemicals and the protective mechanisms which enable us to survive most toxic insults. Assessment of  the safety of materials according to the International Standards will be discussed
Cardiovascular Devices

This class aims to:

  • give students 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

MSc students only

MSc Project

This class aims to provide an opportunity for you to experience the challenges and rewards of sustained, independent study in a topic of their own choice in the general field of Biomedical Engineering.

It will involve you in a number of processes which include:

  • justification of the selected topic
  • selecting, devising and applying appropriate methods and techniques
  • anticipating and solving problems which arise
  • displaying knowledge of background literature
  • evaluating and reporting the conclusions of the study

The project may take the form of an extended literature review or involve experimental work. This project work will have been supported by a compulsory research methods module and specialist knowledge classes throughout the year designed to assist with technical aspects of methodology and analysis.

PgDip students only

PgDip Biomedical Engineering Dissertation

This class aims to provide an opportunity for you to experience the challenges and rewards of sustained, independent study in a topic of their own choice in the general field of Biomedical Engineering.

It will involve you in a number of processes which may include:

  • justification of the selected topic
  • selecting, devising and applying appropriate methods and techniques
  • anticipating and solving problems which arise
  • displaying knowledge of background literature
  • evaluating and reporting the conclusions of the study

The dissertation is likely to take the form of an extended literature review. This project work will have been supported by a compulsory research methods module and specialist knowledge classes throughout the year designed to assist with technical aspects of methodology and analysis.

Learning & teaching

Instructional classes include:

  • lectures
  • laboratory demonstrations
  • practical exercises
  • clinical visits

You’ll also have the opportunity to visit local clinical centres and attend seminars given by visiting experts from the UK and overseas.

Assessment

This credit-based modular degree comprises assessed instructional modules and project work.

Entry requirements

First or second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in engineering, physical science, life science, medicine, or a profession allied to medicine.

For candidates with other qualifications, or who may benefit from a longer period of study, the MSc can be undertaken over 21 months.

PgDip/PgCert

You’re normally required to be a graduate but applications from those with other qualifications can be considered.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit International Study Centre and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

2018/19

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • £7,800

Rest of UK

  • £9,250

International

  • £19,800

How can I fund my course?

Scholarship search

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 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.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England can 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.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for 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. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

How much will I earn?

The starting salaries for entry level medical engineering technicians in the NHS range between £21,176 and £27,625 (Band 5)*.

Salaries for biomedical engineers in the private sector are comparable to those in the NHS, ranging between £21,000 and £45,000 depending on experience and level of responsibility*.

*information is intended only as a guide. Figures taken from Prospects

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Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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