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.
The Biomedical Engineering MSc has two specialist streams to suit your individual needs, background and career aspirations:
It is intended for students with an honours degree (or international equivalent) in:
- mechanical or mechanical-related engineering, eg biomedical, materials or design
- electrical or electronic-related engineering
- other engineering disciplines
- or a related scientific discipline.
What you'll learn
The taught part of the course covers major biomedical engineering themes, including:
- medical technology innovation
- biomaterials and tissue engineering
- orthopaedic engineering
- design for human-systems integration
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
- testing of spinal implants
Some research may be undertaken in collaboration with industry.
The course is delivered by the School of Engineering. The taught component of the course combines delivery methods:
- laboratory work
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.
The School of Engineering has both general and specialist laboratories and workshop facilities. These are used for training, course delivery and the manufacture of materials/components needed to support project work.
We have multiple networked computer clusters on campus (120+ PCs), which supports all of the specialist software introduced and used within the course.
There are dedicated biomaterial and biotribology labs in the School where appropriate projects may be undertaken.
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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 2018 entry
Bioelectrical StreamBioelectrical Stream
- EEE8129 Intelligent Signal Processing
- EEE8098 Image Processing and Computer Vision
- EEE8093 Research Project
- MEC8050 Medical Technology Innovation
(*) If you are a Newcastle University graduate and have already studied Biomedical Engineering (MEC3022), you will replace MEC8054 with MEC8026 Robotics
Biomechanical StreamBiomechanical Stream
- MEC8023 Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
- MEC8028 Design for Human-Systems Integration
- MEC8050 Medical Technology Innovation
- MEC8052 Manufacturing Materials and Processes
- MEC8054 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (*)
- MEC8049 Orthopaedic Engineering
- MEC8095 MSc Project: Mechanical and Systems Engineering
(*) If you are a Newcastle University graduate and have already studied Biomedical Engineering (MEC3022) or Bioengineering (MEC3013), you will replace MEC8054 with MEC8026 Robotics
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 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
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EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
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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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.
Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
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.
You will initially apply for the Biomedical Engineering MSc (12 month course) but choose a specialist stream upon registration.
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 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.