Why this course?
This MSc course provides engineers and physical scientists with knowledge and understanding of the medical devices used in diagnosis and treatment of patients.
The course is delivered by staff of the EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Health Technologies (CDT), with colleagues from Engineering, the Life Sciences and Physical Sciences. There’s also input from clinical advisers from the NHS and elsewhere.
The training programme equips you with the basic knowledge and terminology in current life science subjects to allow you to explore topics in your own research project with direction from your supervisor.
You'll gain practical experience in the life science techniques and an appreciation of interdisciplinary project work.
This credit-based modular degree comprises assessed instructional classes and project work.
You’ll also undertake a research project. You’ll choose from a list of relevant industrial or clinical projects, and submit a thesis.
There's a range of projects topics you can choose from. Some of our more recent titles are:
- Vaccine delivery via high-throughput nanoparticle-enhanced cell imaging in microfluidic devices
- Development of an optically guided navigated orthopaedic surgical tool (OGNOST)
- Developing a means of diagnosing and assessing prosodic deficits in people with Parkinson's disease
- A plastic laser diagnostic platform for assessing the risk of cardiovascular disease
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 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 you to understand the diagnostic and research applications of the various instrumentation-related techniques currently available and to appreciate their limitations.
Professional Studies in Biomedical Engineering
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.
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
Advanced Techniques in Biomedical Research
This class aims to equip you 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.
- To provide training in a range of standard techniques in biomedical sciences
- To develop an ability to apply techniques to specific problems in biomedical research
- To introduce genomics.
- To demonstrate the importance of gene and protein sequence analysis in biomedical research.
This class has been designed to enable you to integrate your knowledge of various areas of pharmacology, develop detailed knowledge and have a critical understanding of current and future drug treatment of selected major diseases. In addition you'll develop critical analytical skills in interpreting cardiovascular experimental data.
In particular this class addresses:
- health and illness
- normal and abnormal body function
- aetiology and epidemiology of major diseases and the principles of their drug treatment
- symptoms recognition and management
- molecular bases of drug action
- therapeutic uses of drugs in man
- prediction of drug properties, cell and molecular biology of relevance to pharmacy
- biological methods of measuring drug activity
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Regenerative Medicine & Tissue Engineering
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, you'll virtually dissect the knee joint and by doing so 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 in performing appropriate experimental methods to determine the mechanical properties, which can then be incorporated into the FE model. A fully working FE knee joint will be the objective of the class.
Prosthetics and Orthotics
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
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.
Clinical & Sports Biomechanics
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
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.
Bio-signal Processing & Analysis
Biomaterials & Biocompatibility
This class aims to familiarise you 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.
Introduction to Biomechanics
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
This class aims to provide you with a tool set of analytical skills to enable you to undertake valid biomechanical analyses of human movement, including 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.
To introduce you to the use of biochemical analysis in the diagnosis of disease conditions and instil an appreciation of the origin of disease specific biomolecular markers.
Advanced Techniques in Molecular Biology
Medical Device Project
This class will be co-taught in part with the level 3 undergraduate laboratory class ‘Laboratory Methods and Skills Development (BM310)’ and will include the following topics:
- plasmid isolation and restriction analysis
- gene cloning
- protein expression systems
- protein purification
- enzyme assays (β-glucosidase)
- enzymes kinetics (HPLC)
- bioinformatics - sequence annotation & multiple sequence alignment
- gene expression & microarrays
At the end of the second semester, you'll undertake a preliminary research project on a topic of their choosing (for a Doctor of Engineering student it is expected that this topic will form the basis of their doctoral thesis). You'll have the opportunity to consider a range of projects in discussion with potential supervisors from across the Faculties of Science and Engineering.
Projects are multidisciplinary in nature, and are expected to involve an element of practical work carried out in the laboratory of one of your chosen supervisors. A report based on this work carries 20 credits, completing the 180 credits required for the award of the degree of MSc in Medical Devices (or progression into Year 2 in the case of the four-year Doctor of Engineering programme).
Learning & teaching
The first and second semesters consist of taught classes, laboratory demonstrations, practical exercises and clinical visits.
First or second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in engineering, physical science, life science, medicine, or a profession allied to medicine.
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.
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Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
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
For a number of eligible courses, Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students can 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 scheme and what courses are eligible.
Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.
The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
This course will enable graduates to pursue a career in the medical device or research industry.