MSc Biomedical Engineering

Key facts

  • Start date: January & September
  • Accreditation: Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)
  • Study mode and duration: MSc: 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time* (depending on entry qualifications). *September start only
  • 6th in the UK (1st in Scotland) for Biomedical Engineering (Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 20233)

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  • modular conversion course which provides broad training in biomedical engineering to help you progress with a career in research, industry or in the NHS
  • contribute to solutions for clinically-relevant problems
  • explore advances in technology and engineering to generate applications and solutions to clinically relevant problems
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Why this course?

Studying an MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, you'll be learning at a multi-award-winning academic institution - the only to have won Times Higher Education University of the Year award twice.

The postgraduate taught Masters degree 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.

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THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

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.


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

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Course content

A typical selection of classes offered on the programme are outlined below. Please note that these classes may be subject to change.

180 credits are required for a Masters degree.

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.


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.

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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.

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

Rehabilitation Technology

This module aims to provide students with the evidence and rationale for embedding technology into rehabilitation practice considering the technological, design and cultural barriers to adoption.

The module will teach the following:

  • broad principles of rehabilitation including strengthening, flexibility, neuroplasticity and motivation (3 weeks)
  • application of design techniques (e.g. user centred design) to rehabilitation technology (1 week)
  • the gamification of rehabilitation activities, role of competition and fun (1 week)
  • principles of motor learning (1 week)
  • body worn sensors to provide movement feedback (0.5 weeks)
  • virtual reality in rehabilitation (0.5 weeks)
  • robotics in rehabilitation (0.5 weeks)
  • brain Computer interface technology (0.5 weeks)
  • barriers to adoption (1 week)
  • case studies from neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. (2 weeks)

On completion of the module you're expected to be able to:

  • justify the use of rehabilitation technologies within a modern health service
  • apply understanding of rehabilitation principles to the design of technologies
  • analyse the design features of rehabilitation technologies
  • appraise currently technologies within a specific area of rehabilitation in terms of efficacy and usability

Numerical Modelling In Biomedical Engineering

This module aims to provide 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. Students will be expected to write their own code to answer the research question, to appropriately graphically present results and to interpret the results in context.

On completion of the module you're expected to be able to:

  • design numerical modelling tools to solve research-related problems in the field of Biomedical Engineering
  • create appropriate methods of data presentation of structured data
  • interpret numerical solutions to address research question(s) in the context of the presented case studies

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.

On completion of the module you're expected to be able to:

  • identify appropriate governing equations and apply them to obtain solutions to clinical problems relating to the flow of blood in the body and in cardiovascular devices
  • relate the physical properties of the vessel wall and whole blood to their structure and composition (visco-elastic behaviour; the role of formed elements of blood, etc.)
  • understand the principles of operation of instrumentation used to measure blood pressure and flow, including the rheological properties of whole blood

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.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Normally a first-class or second-class honours degree (or international 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 24 months.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please visit our English language requirements page for full details of the requirements in place before making your application.

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-UK/Ireland) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde.

Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Please note: Previous Maths & English qualifications and your undergraduate degree must meet GTCS minimum entry requirements as well as the pre-Masters course and an interview will be conducted before an offer can be made.

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Fees & funding

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

Please note, for courses that have a January 2024 start date, 2023/24 academic year fees will apply. For courses that have a September 2024 and a January 2025 start date, 2024/25 academic year fees will apply.

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year (or studying standalone modules) should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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Additional costs
  • printing: £25 (based on 500 sheets of A4 print outs of assignments, lecture notes etc)
  • thesis print out and soft-binding: £10
  • text books: £100 (estimate)

Total: £135

Available scholarships


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Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish postgraduate students

Scottish 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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International students

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

Faculty of Engineering International Scholarships

If you're an international applicant applying for a full-time, on-campus postgraduate taught course in the Faculty of Engineering, you'll be eligible to apply for a scholarship award equivalent to a 15% reduction of your fees, which will typically be up to £4,240. In addition to this, we also have a limited number of Dean’s International Excellence Awards for our postgraduate taught applicants. These scholarships are worth £5,000 and £8,000 and will be offered to exceptional applicants at postgraduate taught level only. Applicants need to only submit one application and will be considered for all levels of postgraduate taught scholarships.

Scholarships are available for applicants to all self-funded, new international (non-EU) fee-paying students holding an offer of study for a full-time, on-campus postgraduate taught course in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.

Please note you must have an offer of study for a full-time course at Strathclyde before applying. You must start your full-time postgraduate taught course at Strathclyde in the coming academic year (2024-25), this can be in September 2024 or January 2025.

The deadline for applications for the Dean’s International Excellence Award is 28 June 2024. 

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How much will I earn?

The starting salaries for entry level medical engineering technicians in the NHS range between £23,023 to £29,608 (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 with figures taken from Prospects (accessed 24 October 2019).

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During the application process, you're required to upload the following supporting documents. If these are not provided, we'll not be able to process your application:

  • certified individual semester mark sheets/academic transcript showing subjects taken and grades achieved for all qualifications
    • if still studying, provide individual semester mark sheets to date
  • certified degree certificate for all qualifications
    • if still studying, provide this after completing the qualification
  • provide evidence of suitable English language proficiency if English is not your first language, or you're not from a “UKVI recognised "Majority English Speaking" country”; check the University’s language requirements
  • if you have been out of full-time education for over two years, provide a CV, detailing employment history, organisations worked for and a brief description of roles and responsibilities
  • a copy of your passport containing your photo and passport number
  • a copy of your sponsor letter/scholarship award (if appropriate) 
  • names, job titles and email addresses for two nominated referees

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