Spanning 12 months full-time, this degree programme focuses on the intricate and unique field of medical device development and the key entrepreneurship and management skills required to get the device to market, from concept to business planning and market emergence.
In addition to specific training in medical device entrepreneurship, you will also develop research and analytical skills related to bioengineering. This provides a solid foundation for those intending to go into industry or on to study for a PhD.
This is a very hands-on course, with much of the training and assessment based around a year-long project aimed at developing an engineering developmental and start-up business plan around a medical device concept.
The programme is supplemented by a small amount of formal teaching (see Course Structure below), and a requirement to attend least one seminar per week throughout the first two terms, either in the Department of Bioengineering or elsewhere in College.
About the Department
The Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London is leading the bioengineering agenda both nationally and internationally, advancing the frontiers of our knowledge in the discipline’s three main areas: — Biomedical Engineering: Developing devices, techniques and interventions for human health. — Biological Engineering: Solving problems related to the life sciences and their applications for health. — Biomimetics: Using the structures and functions of living organisms as models for the design and engineering of materials and machines.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), 95% of the Department’s returned research was judged either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, confirming our position as the leading Department in the UK. We’re committed to building on this success, expanding both our basic and applied bioengineering research, and providing excellent training through our popular undergraduate, Masters and PhD programmes.
As befits a new and growing discipline, the Department’s staff come from diverse academic disciplines including all main branches of engineering, physical sciences, life sciences and medicine, creating a rich collaborative environment. The interaction of our staff, along with colleagues across the institution, ensures our research benefits from both engineering rigour and clinical relevance.
We focus on six core themes: — Biomechanics and Mechanobiology — Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering — Detection, Devices and Design — Implants and Regenerative Medicine — Human and Biological Robotics — Neural Engineering. These areas are connected and fluid, with staff and students working across more than one area, and often at the interfaces.
We want our students to make important discoveries in the world of biomedical engineering. This MSc will help you develop the skills to break down complex problems and develop the solutions needed by patients and wanted by industry.
We cover every step in the process of designing a medical device from concept design and material selection, through analysis and optimisation, to regulatory approval.
We have first hand practical experience of medical device development and we will mentor you as you develop your own ideas. You will gain valuable experience of working with either the NHS or with other relevant industries as we have built strong partnerships to drive forward innovation and excellence.
You will have access to up-to-the minute biomaterials, biomechanics and physiological measurement testing equipment as well as scanning technology including CT, ultrasound and laser.
The University has taken the unusual step of becoming ISO accredited, which means our work reaches industry standards. We are committed to making important breakthroughs. This is evidenced in our development of a speech valve, called a tracheoesophageal fistula, which is used to restore speech in patients who have had a laryngectomy, normally as a result of throat cancer.
We take a broad approach to teaching. You will attend lectures by speakers from industry, hospitals and leading medical researchers. Seminars will also be led by professionals from a variety of medical and engineering backgrounds, as well as academics. The course is flexible and we make sure that teaching is delivered in a way that is appropriate to your development. We offer a variety of modules, listed below. Your major project to develop a medical device is undertaken in collaboration with industry, a local hospital or a research group.
We will teach you how to take a systematic approach to developing logical and practical strategies, so that you can make your complex ideas become reality. This MSc has been designed to help you to seek sustainable solutions, to be risk and value conscious as well as being aware of the wider professional, social, cultural, environmental and health and safety responsibilities.
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* All modules are subject to availability.
This MSc course has been designed with employability in mind. Students who successfully complete it go on to work for medical device companies, in industry or academia. There are also employment opportunities to work for regulatory bodies and consultancy companies.
During your studies, you will regularly come into contact with professionals working in the sphere of biomedical engineering and there will be opportunities to enhance your CV by undertaking placements.
You will learn vital professional skllls such as the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, customers, and the public. You will also gain experience in leading, chairing and participating in meetings, presentations and discussions, as well as opportunities for you to present proposals, negotiate agreements and resolve conflicts.
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As a world-leader in the research areas of power semiconductor technology and devices, power electronics, nanotechnology and biometrics, and advanced numerical modelling of micro and nanoelectronic devices, Swansea University provides an excellent base for your research as a MSc by Research student in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
The Electronic Systems Design Centre (ESDC) is known for its ground-breaking research into Power IC technology, the key technology for more energy efficient electronics. The Centre is also a world-leader in semiconductor device modelling, FEM and compact modelling.
The MSc by Research Electronic and Electrical Engineering has a wide range of subject choice including areas such as:
- Parallel 3D Finite Element Monte Carlo Device Simulations Of Multigate Transistors
- Modelling of Metal-Semiconductor Contacts for the Next Generation of Nanoscale Transistors
- Novel GaN HEMT Switches for Power Management: Device Design, Optimization and Reliability Issues
MSc by Research in Electronic and Electrical Engineering typically lasts one year full-time, two to three years part-time. This is an individual research project written up in a thesis of 30,000 words.
The new home of the Electronic and Electrical Engineering programme is at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.
Engineering at Swansea University has extensive IT facilities and provides extensive software licenses and packages to support teaching. In addition the University provides open access IT resources.
Students on the Electronic and Electrical Engineering research programme benefit from the Electronic Systems Design Centre (ESDC) facilities.
At Swansea University, Electronic and Electrical Engineering has an active interface with industry and many of our activities are sponsored by companies such as Agilent, Auto Glass, BT and Siemens.
Electronic and Electrical Engineering has a good track record of working with industry both at research level and in linking industry-related work to our postgraduate courses. We also have an industrial advisory board that ensures our taught courses maintain relevance.
Our research groups work with many major UK, Japanese, European and American multinational companies and numerous small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to pioneer research. This activity filters down and influences the project work that is undertaken by all our postgraduate students including those on the Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.
The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.
Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.
Highlights of the Engineering results according to the General Engineering Unit of Assessment:
Research Environment at Swansea ranked 2nd in the UK
Research Impact ranked 10th in the UK
Research Power (3*/4* Equivalent staff) ranked 10th in the UK
With recent academic appointments strengthening electronics research at the College, the Electronic Systems Design Centre (ESDC) has been re-launched to support these activities.
The Centre aims to represent all major electronics research within the College and to promote the Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree.
Best known for its research in ground-breaking Power IC technology, the key technology for more energy efficient electronics, the Centre is also a world leader in semiconductor device modelling, FEM and compact modelling.