Biomedical Engineering MSc

Biomedical Engineering MSc

Full time: 12 months


The Biomedical Engineering MSc provides you with technical knowledge, analytical expertise and transferable skills in exciting and rapidly developing fields within Biomedical Engineering.

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About this course

Our Biomedical Engineering MSc programme is designed for both practising professionals and new graduates with an engineering or science-based degree.

This industrially focused degree will enable you to 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.

The MSc has three streams, to allow you to specialise in your area of interest:

  • Biomechanical
  • Bioelectrical
  • Regulatory Sciences

Some taught modules are common between the three streams, but you will study specialised modules according to your choice of stream.  All three streams lead to the award of MSc in Biomedical Engineering.

Our varied MSc programme is designed to consider the needs of cliniciansbioengineersmanufacturers and regulators. By the end of this programme, you’ll have a wide range of transferable skills and technical knowledge to allow you to contribute to biomedical engineering industry and beyond.


Specialist streams


Biomechanical stream


Biomechanical stream

The Biomechanical stream will enable you to:

  • understand fundamental aspects of biomaterials and tissue engineering and applications
  • critically assess the main advantages and limitations of medical products
  • understand the biomechanics of the human body
  • analyse the design and function of orthopaedic products
  • explore different techniques for biofabrication and bioprinting
  • learn how to use biomedical CAD/CAM software to design person specific medical devices
Biomechanical Stream: Dr Oana Bretcanu

Bioelectrical stream


Bioelectrical stream

The Bioelectrical stream will enable you to:

  • understand the fundamentals of biomedical image processing techniques
  • understand the tenets of biosignal processing from bioelectronic sensors
  • learn about the functionality of the human bioelectrical system
  • learn about the methods for biosensing signals inside the body
  • learn about the methods for stimulus of nerve cells and neuroprosthetics.
  • understand the integration of physical sensors and signal processing for biomedical systems
Bioelectronics Stream : Dr Patrick Degenaar

Regulatory Sciences stream

Regulatory Sciences stream

The Regulatory Sciences stream will enable you to:

  • understand global health policy and regulation related to medicine use
  • understand the global drug supply chain
  • discuss the role of WHO and national governments in promoting new medicines
  • analyse current health challenges
  • understand the biomechanics of the human body
  • analyse the design and function of orthopaedic implants
Regulatory Sciences Stream: Prof Tom Joyce and Prof Allyson Pollock


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.

Elmira's student profile

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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2021 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.


Curious about what our graduates have gone on to do? Find out about opportunities they’ve pursued, and how we can help you develop your career.

Graduate destinations

You will complete this MSc as a very well-qualified graduate, with opportunities for employment both in many leading industries as well as in research. Our graduates have found employment opportunities in many fields including:

  • engineering
  • healthcare
  • research
  • medical device manufacturing
  • hospital consultancy
  • medicine
  • teaching
  • consultancy
  • teaching

Graduates destinations include:

  • Ace Medical
  • Amazon Robotiks
  • British Army
  • Etkin Medical Devices Ltd.
  • Olympus
  • OMS Engineering
  • QuantuMDx Group Limited
  • Stryker

This course also provides a route into PhD level study.

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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

2021-2022 fees

The fees displayed here are per course.

EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

All students

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

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in:

  • electrical and electronic engineering
  • mechanical engineering

Or related disciplines such as: 

  • general engineering
  • automotive, aeronautical or design engineering
  • mathematics
  • physics: including medical physics

Relevant professional experience is desirable, although not essential.

We will consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and significant, relevant professional experience.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

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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.

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Applications for 2022/23

You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021

You will initially apply for the Biomedical Engineering MSc but choose a specialist stream upon registration. 

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.


If you are an international student or a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland and you need a visa to study in the UK, 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 with us. The deposit is non-refundable, but we will deduct it from your tuition fees when you register.