Postgraduate

Biomedical Engineering MSc

Biomedical Engineering MSc

Full time: 12 months
Full time: 24 months including a preliminary year

Profile

The Biomedical Engineering MSc enables you to widen your biomedical engineering knowledge and skills. You develop these to a postgraduate level with the opportunity to undertake in-depth studies through your research projects.

This one year course is intended for students with an honours degree (or international equivalent) in:

  • mechanical or mechanical-related engineering, eg biomedical, materials or design
  • maths
  • physics
  • or a related discipline.

If English isn't your first language, our two year MSc includes a preliminary year.

What you'll learn

The taught part of the course covers major biomedical engineering themes, including:

  • bioengineering
  • manufacturing
  • nanomaterials
  • biomaterials
  • tissue engineering
  • bioMEMs and microsystems engineering
  • design for human-systems integration

Project work

Your project is chosen from an extensive range of subjects. Project work can range from fundamental studies in areas of basic biomedical engineering science to practical design, make and test investigations.

Recent projects include:

  • investigations of bone cutting
  • assessment of finger splints
  • design of assistive technology
  • testing of artificial shoulder joints
  • design of a rig to flex spinal segments
  • investigation of nanoparticles
  • measuring the material properties of orthopaedic biopolymers

Some research may be undertaken in collaboration with industry.

Accreditation

The courses have been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Course delivery

The course is delivered by the School of Engineering. The taught component of the course combines delivery methods:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory work
  • seminars

Assessment is by written examination and submitted in-course assignments.

The research project (worth 60 credits) is undertaken throughout the duration of the Master's course. Project work is assessed by dissertation and oral/poster presentations. You will be allocated, and meet regularly with, project supervisors.

The School has an established programme of research seminars. These are delivered by guest speakers from academia and industry (both national and international), providing excellent insights into a wide variety of engineering research.

Effective communication is an important skill for the modern professional engineer. This course includes sessions to help develop your ability, both through formal guidance sessions dedicated to good practice in report writing, and through oral/poster presentations of project work.

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Student profile

I enjoy the modules that have been offered by my school because they provide knowledge in various fields which widens my view while designing or analysing a device.

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Modules

Modules for 2017 entry: 12 month course (5204F)

Modules for 2017 entry: 24 month course (including a Preliminary Year) (5245F)

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Careers

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Graduate destinations

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Work experience

Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.

Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

12 month MSc

A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in mechanical engineering or a related discipline, such as:

  • automotive, aeronautical or design engineering
  • mathematics
  • physics

24 month MSc

2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in mechanical engineering or a related discipline, such as:

  • automotive, aeronautical or design engineering
  • mathematics
  • physics

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and/ or relevant experience. If practical, you may need to attend an interview.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language requirements - 12 Month MSc

To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

English Language requirements - 24 Month MSc

To study this course you need to meet our Band 1 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry : IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

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