School of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering: Masters

Biomedical Engineering

Full time: 12 months


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.

Rebekah: MSc student, Biomedical 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 three streams - biomechanical, bioelectrical and regulatory sciences - to allow you to specialise in your area of interest. Some core material is common between the three streams, but you'll attend specialised modules according to your choice. Therefore, you'll need to choose the most suitable stream when you register. All three streams lead to the award of MSc in Biomedical Engineering.

In the Semester 1 core material, we'll introduce you to:

  • biology and physiology for engineers
  • techniques and technologies used in biomedical engineering
  • designing for human-systems integration

The Semester 1 core modules are:

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:

  • Bioelectronics
  • Medical Imaging
  • Orthopedic Engineering
  • Tissue Engineering and 3D Bioprinting
  • Biomaterials and Medical Physics



Developing future engineering solutions for health challenges.

Dr Oana Bretcanu: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

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:



The primary focus of the Bioelectrical Stream is on Neurotechnology.

Dr Patrick Degenaar: Bioelectronics

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 BioelectronicsComputer Vision and Medical Devices Regulatory Requirements.

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:


Regulatory Sciences

We're understanding regulatory sciences to enhance future healthcare.

You can develop the finest medical device in the world. But if you do not understand the regulatory systems that allow such devices to come to market, no-one will see the benefits.

Demand for regulatory expertise

Companies report difficulties recruiting sufficient staff with an understanding of regulation. Regulators themselves are struggling to keep pace with rapid developments in medical technology.

In our regulatory sciences stream, you'll:

  • learn about fundamental bioengineering developments
  • assess three recent ‘scandals’ in medical implants, namely metal-on-metal hips, breast implants and vaginal mesh implants
  • critique current regulatory systems and decide if and how they could be improved

Emerging field of research

Regulatory science is an emerging field of research. It informs the regulatory systems that aim to strike the optimal balance between protecting the public and fulfilling unmet needs of patients.

In a time of rapid advances in bioengineering, medicine and the biosciences, both regulators and companies need trained regulatory experts. They need help to cope with the huge regulatory challenges.

Modules of study

Two examples of the Regulatory Sciences specialist modules are:

A hospital operating theatre where medical devices are implanted.
Medical device implants are at the heart of recent regulatory science scandals that you'll learn about.


You'll be taught by, and work with, experts who are research active in their fields.

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Entry requirements

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
  • mathematics
  • physics, including medical physics

Find out more

The University's online prospectus provides detailed information about:

  • Modules
  • Careers
  • Fees and Funding
  • Entry Requirements
  • How to Apply

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