Full time: 12 months
About the MSc
Study with the innovators. Take your biomedical engineering knowledge and skills to the next level with our Masters degree.
Life-long maintenance or functional restoration of the human body is an extremely challenging task.
Biomedical Engineers apply engineering principles and push forward technology to create novel diagnostic and therapeutic tools for various medical conditions. We believe that the future of healthcare will be transformed by research and development in science and engineering.
About Biomedical Engineering
The taught postgraduate programme provides you with technical knowledge, analytical expertise and transferable skills in Biomedical Engineering. You'll develop these to a postgraduate level with the opportunity to undertake in-depth studies through your research projects.
The programme is split into two streams - biomechanical and bioelectrical - to allow you to specialise in your area of interest. The core material is common between the two streams, but you'll attend specialised modules according to your choice. Therefore, you'll need to choose the most suitable stream when you register. Both streams lead to the award of MSc in Biomedical Engineering.
In the core material, we'll introduce you to:
- biology and physiology for engineers
- techniques and technologies used in biomedical engineering
- designing for human-systems integration
- medical technology innovation
The core modules are:
Introduction to Biomedical EngineeringIntroduction to Biomedical Engineering
We'll use exciting case studies of the latest developments in biomedical engineering to show you how engineering saves and improves the lives of millions of people around the world.
Our lectures will cover fundamental biological phenomena. We'll discuss two case studies in spinal implants and prosthetic limbs.
Academics and researchers from the School of Engineering and the School of Medical Sciences, as well as guest lecturers from industry, will deliver these topics.
Design for Human-Systems IntegrationDesign for Human-Systems Integration
User-centred design is a vital element in any engineering project. You'll find out how to:
- define who you are designing for by establishing a ‘persona’
- understand your customer’s needs and aspirations
- convert those into quantifiable metrics to construct a rock solid design method.
In the process, you'll discuss and debate with your peers around the table.
Medical Technology InnovationMedical Technology Innovation
Learn the basics of the biodesign methodology of medical needs-based innovation. Working in teams, you'll investigate real unmet health needs, uncovered by meeting NHS stakeholders and people who are affected by a particular disease state. You'll learn how to brainstorm for ideas that might solve these needs, and select a concept which has the best probability of being a success.
You'll find out about:
- disease research
- stakeholder and market analysis
- low fidelity prototypes
- intellectual property
- regulation of medical technology
- value proposition
- business model development
You'll then put all this together and deliver an innovation pitch to a panel.
Studying at Newcastle
In this programme, you will interact with world-leading experts and benefit from state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities, including our flagship £1m Intelligent Sensing Laboratory.
The Biomedical Engineering MSc programme uses a blend of teaching methods, including:
- lectures and tutorials
- visits to local hospitals and industry
- computer workshops
- laboratory work
You will be taught by lecturers who are at the forefront of their field, as well as leading industry experts.
In addition to the programme, you will be invited to attend the monthly Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series at which leading researchers and scientists from academia and industry share their research vision and discuss their most recent achievements in diverse research areas. Recent talks have covered topics such as:
- Medical Imaging
- Orthopedic Engineering
- Tissue Engineering and 3D Bioprinting
- Biomaterials and Medical Physics
The Biomechanical stream is focused on bioengineering problems related to major diseases and health challenges, from those afflicting young children to the needs of our ageing population. As well as learning about biomedical engineering and biomaterial applications, our industrially and clinically focused modules look to develop future engineering solutions for urgent healthcare challenges.
We'll provide you with an in-depth knowledge of biomechanics and how it relates to the human body. An introduction to the anatomy and physiology of musculoskeletal systems leads on to a consideration of biotribology: the study of friction, lubrication, and wear of joint replacements.
You'll learn about the advantages and limitations of medical devices such as scaffolds, cements, implants, meshes, and valves, and their use in orthopaedic surgery. We'll describe the latest innovations in tissue engineering, including stem cells and bioreactors.
You'll find out how to select appropriate materials, and how they're manufactured.
Two examples of the Biomechanical specialist modules are:
Biomaterials and Tissue EngineeringBiomaterials and Tissue Engineering
You'll find out about the fundamental aspects of biomaterials science and tissue engineering. We place particular emphasis on orthopaedic biomaterials and bone tissue engineering.
We'll explore the dynamic inter-relationships between materials, design and medical device properties. To do this, we'll use varied clinical applications such as:
- bone scaffolds
- bone cements
- dental implants
- hip and knee implants
- hernia meshes
- heart valves
You'll investigate common material properties, together with the main advantages and limitations of commercial medical devices. You'll gain a good understanding of the concept of tissue engineering and its applications to support clinical treatments.
Orthopaedic EngineeringOrthopaedic Engineering
Orthopaedic Engineering covers everything from artificial hip replacements to injectable polymers to heal broken spines. It is part of the huge growth in the global medical technologies sector.
If you want a career in this incredibly exciting and rapidly expanding industry, then choose the Biomedical Engineering MSc at Newcastle and get a head start with the experts. The Biomechanical stream of this Master's course provides you with an introduction to:
- the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology
- engineering applications pertinent to the important areas of orthopaedics and biomechanics.
Our Bioengineering Laboratory will provide you with access to equipment for assessing orthopaedic implant bearings. Some of the equipment in the laboratory has been built by our earlier Master’s students.
We'll provide you with a thorough grounding in neurophysiology and intelligent data analysis in the first semester. In the second semester, you'll study three specialised modules in Bioelectronics, Computer Vision and Medical Device Innovation.
You'll develop all of the technical skills required to carry out future PhD work in the challenging areas of neurotechnology or join the thriving industry of neural engineering or electronic medicine.
You'll gain expertise in intelligent signal processing, and be able to apply this to biomedical and healthcare applications. You'll have an in-depth knowledge of image acquisition and processing, relevant to many fields.
You'll understand bioelectronics within the human body and how we develop interventions. You'll explore the latest findings and research in modern prosthetic systems and electroceuticals.
Two examples of the Bioelectrical specialist modules are:
Standing on the shoulders of engineers and scientists, Google recently joined forces with GlaxoSmithKline (Britain’s biggest drugmaker). The £540m venture will develop implantable electronic solutions to chronic conditions, be it depression or obesity.
The therapies map the neural circuitry of internal organs, such as the liver, and deliver electric impulses to enhance their function.
Bioelectronics is destined to become a mainstay of medical treatment over the next two decades. Developments in this field will benefit up to two billion people.
Image Processing and Computer VisionImage Processing and Computer Vision
Image processing and computer vision is one of the fastest growing areas in the global market. It is expected to grow from $7.91 billion to $12.29 billion in the next five years.
Our Image Processing and Computer Vision module lays the foundations to enable development of a computer-based system capable of synthesising the human eye-brain system. Mainly concerned with capturing and making sense of digital images, it draws on material from digital image processing and artificial intelligence.
A 2:2 honours degree or international equivalent in electrical and electronic engineering or mechanical engineering or a related discipline, such as:
- general engineering
- automotive, aeronautical or design engineering
- physics, including medical physics
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