Biomedical engineering is a fast evolving interdisciplinary field, which has been at the forefront of many medical advances in recent years. As such, it is a research-led discipline, which sits at the cutting edge of advances in medicine, engineering and applied biological sciences.
This MSc programme is designed to provide an advanced biomedical engineering education and to develop specialist understanding; the programme contains a large project component which allows you to develop advanced knowledge and research skills in a specialist area.
The programme also aims to develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the subject, which can be applied in a variety of clinical, biomedical and industrial settings. All subjects are taught by biomedical/medical engineers and clinical scientists. This allows you to gain the related skills and experience in healthcare science and technology, engineering principles and manufacturing, and management of various industry standard medical devices.
Cutting-edge research feeds directly into teaching and various student projects, ensuring your studies are innovative, current and focused with direct relation to related industries. All academic staff are research active and very enthusiastic, leading to research led/taught core modules with an excellent pass rate.
Tissue characterisation laboratory, incorporating three state-of-the-art atomic force microscopes (AFM), which enables the nano- and microstructure of various tissues and other biomaterials to be characterised in great detail. This facility enables the mechanical, physical and biological performance characteristics of tissue/biomaterials to be better understood.
Modern cell/tissue engineering laboratory for in-vitro culturing of various cells/tissues such as skin, bone, cartilage, muscle, etc, and wound repair.
State-of-the-art human movement laboratory, which enables the movement and gait of patients to be analysed in great detail. In particular, the laboratory incorporates a new VICON motion capture facility.
Prosthetic/orthotic joint laboratory containing several state-of-the-art test machines, including a friction hip/knee simulator, for evaluating the performance of artificial hip and knee joints.
Human physiology laboratory for evaluating human physiological performance including EMG, ECG, Blood Pressure, Urine, skin analysis and Spirometry (lung function) tests, etc.
World-class bioaerosol test facility for performing microbiological experiments. This facility comprises a class two negatively pressurised chamber, into which microorganisms can be safely nebulised, thus enabling infection control interventions to be evaluated.
Electrostatics laboratory for evaluating the impact of electrical charge on biological and medical systems.
Medical Electronics Laboratory equipped for the design and manufacturing of Medical diagnostic devices such as Electrocardiography (ECG), Pacemaker, Oximeter and Heart Rate Monitoring, etc.
Other Engineering Laboratories for related subjects such as materials testing and characterisation. Labs and Workshops shared with Mechanical Engineering undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Biomedical Engineering is a growing, increasingly important field, with many significant diagnostic and therapeutic advances pioneered by biomedical engineers. It is highly interdisciplinary in nature and requires engineers who are flexible, able to acquire new skills, and who have a broad knowledge base. In particular, given the research-lead nature of the discipline, there is demand for engineers who can work effectively in a research-lead environment and who can push forward technological boundaries.
Consequently, there is need for people with advanced knowledge and skills, who have a good appreciation of developments in the clinical and biological fields. The MSc in Advanced Biomedical Engineering programme is designed to give you this.
There is a shortage of professionally qualified engineers in both routine clinical and medical research activities in hospitals, industrial research centres and companies that design, maintain, repair and manufacture electronic medical devices and equipment for public and private health services
We aim to produce postgraduates who aspire to challenging careers in industry, the National Health Service (NHS), commerce and the public sector or to developing their own enterprises. You should therefore be able to move directly into responsible roles in employment with a minimum of additional training. This aim is achieved by:
Various local and national companies including NHS trusts are invited for graduate careers/schemes and for providing placement year specific to biomedical/medical engineering students.
You will be allocated a personal tutor who is someone with whom you will be able to talk about any academic or personal concerns. There are time-tabled personal tutorial hours per week throughout the academic year, including feedback sessions for all assignments and group/individual projects.
Programme leaders are available for any related matters and advice is given regularly towards curriculum and progression.
University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree programmes. From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.
At Bradford, you’ll be taught only by lecturers who are involved in cutting edge research and you'll work in their research laboratories, using top-class facilities.
It has been suggested that irregular physical exertion, unhealthy diet and shift work alongside occupational situations of high demand and low control can lead to increased risk of cardiovascular disease in emergency responders (Kales et al., 2009). This includes police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services. Three quarters of emergency responders demonstrated blood pressure values of prehypertension or hypertension (Kales et al., 2009). A contributing factor to the elevated blood pressure was related to the fact that 75% of the population reviewed were overweight or obese as categorised by body mass index (BMI). This suggests that emergency responders (Kales et al., 2009) have increased risk factors for metabolic syndrome. These risk factors of metabolic syndrome; obesity, dislipidemia, hyperglycemia and hypertension, have been linked to sub-clinical electrocardiographic (ECG) measures of cardiovascular disease (Elffers et al., 2017). It can therefore be considered that front line police officers may demonstrate increased risk factors for metabolic syndrome, and an early indication of cardiovascular disease. Further to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, BMI has been found to have a negative correlation with functional movement patterns in firefighters (Cornell et al., 2017). Therefore, this suggests that overweight or obese emergency responders may be at an increased risk of musculoskeletal injury.
The aim is to identify the physical health of the Bedfordshire Police Force, highlighting factors that may lead to an increased risk of hypertension, metabolic syndrome and musculoskeletal injury. This study will be cross sectional in design, with one observation point for all physiological variables. The police force will be grouped into front line staff and office workers, all physiological measures including body mass and composition, blood pressure, cholesterol, height, lung function resting glucose and heart rate will be compared for differences between the two groups. In addition, exaggerated blood pressure response to exercise and VO2MAX will also be calculated, respectively. All the outlined measures will be used to predict future skeletal muscle injuries and illnesses including, hypertension, cardiac hypertrophy, metabolic syndrome.
This studentship will cover fees for a full year-long MSc by Research alongside costs towards the dissemination of the findings (i.e. conference attendance, publication fees).
Applicants should be available for a 19th March 2018 start date.
Interviews will be held week commencing 19th February 2018 and/or week commencing 26th February 2018.
The successful candidate and the experienced supervisory team of Dr Jeff Aldous ([email protected]), Dr Jo Richards ([email protected]) and Dr Andrew Mitchell ([email protected]) will be responsible for developing the final project outline.
*Subject to satisfactory progress on PP1 and PP2.
The Master’s Degree Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences offers extensive training ranging from molecular level interactions to individuals and society. Medical Analytics and Health Internet-of-Things is one of the four tracks offered in Digital Health and Life Sciences programme. Other tracks in the programme are: Health Technology, Bioinformatics, and Molecular Systems Biology.
The students graduating from this cross-disciplinary programme will have acquired scientific and analytical skills, expertise in present theories and up-to-date technologies, as well as practical skills including teamwork, leadership, and interpersonal skills in an international environment. The acquired methodological skills and advanced knowledge allow the students to continue their career paths in academia or industry.
The Programme offers four tracks with specific focus on digital health and life sciences:
The Medical Analytics and Health IoT track brings together skills and principles from computer science, embedded systems and medical sciences in order to build understanding of theory and to gain practical competences in the field. Unlike many traditional biomedical study programmes, which are often focused on signal processing and medical machinery, Medical Analytics and Health IoT puts emphasis on contemporary technologies and gives tools to work with the near future ICT technologies. This study track has a strong focus on data analytics and medical Internet of Things while at the same time leveraging from machine learning and software engineering, embedded electronics and security that are strongly represented at the Department of Future Technologies.
The final project aiming for the Master’s thesis is based on an independent, experimental research project, research seminar and written Master’s thesis. The Master’s thesis will be written based on the results from the experimental work and a review of relevant background literature.
Examples of thesis topics in Medical Analytics and Health Internet of Things track:
In the Medical Analytics and Health IoT track of the Master’s Degree Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences, you will:
The Master´s Programme in Digital Health and Life Sciences educates future experts for positions in academia, industry and public sector. Students graduating from the Programme may work, among others, as:
A Master of Science degree provides you with an eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and licentiate degrees.
Graduates from the Programme are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS. The Graduate School consists of 16 doctoral programmes which cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.
Together with the doctoral programmes, the Graduate School provides systematic and high quality doctoral training. UTUGS aims to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional career in research and other positions of expertise.
Gain both theoretical and applied knowledge of clinical cognitive neuroscience. Cognitive neuroscience combines techniques and skills including psychometric testing, electroencephalography (EEG), eye tracking and imaging techniques – for application to neuropathological and healthy groups in clinical, academic or biomedical settings. Various neurobiological mechanisms of cognitive and perceptual functions with demonstration of practical recordings, as well as psychology experimental software are taught on the course.
This course is ideal if you
The course gives you the knowledge and skills to evaluate cognitive and brain function and dysfunction in healthy and neuropathological groups. You learn to understand the important ethical issues involved in neuroscientific research targeted at various age groups and people with range of cognitive abilities, as well as developmental disorders.
You have an opportunity to learn psychophysiological recording techniques, including electrocardiogram (ECG), Skin Conductance (SC), performance speed and accuracy, as well as perceptual mechanisms using Eprime, Martlab and other specialist software.
We also build your research skills enabling you to work as an independent researcher in this area. You have the opportunity to attend workshops run by experts from relevant professions and fields of work. Examples include private clinical consultants, NHS neuropsychologist, teaching staff from the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course at the University of Sheffield and alumni from our course working in academia and the private sector.
Our specialist learning resources include psychometric measures for assessing cognitive function and 3D model brains for understanding neuroanatomy. You learn to use specialist equipment including • EEG • transcranial magnetic stimulation • analysis of Biopack • structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data • visuo-psychophysics equipment.
Some lectures are taught by guest tutors including clinical psychologists and neuroimaging experts.
You are automatically affiliated with our Brain, Behaviour and Cognition Research Group, which
International students are most welcome on this course. At Sheffield Hallam University we provide international students with a wealth of support, from pre-arrival right up to, and including, study support while you are studying here. Please see the International Experience Team webpage for more information.
Full-time – one year
Part-time – typically one day per week for two years
This course gives you the skills to work in both academic and clinical settings with healthy population and diverse neuropathological groups.
Graduates have the skills and knowledge to work in roles involved in assessing and evaluating cognitive function and dysfunction in healthy ageing across the lifespan and patient groups including people with Parkinson’s disease, head injury, dementia, and other neuropathological conditions.
During the course you benefit from employability sessions, where our alumni currently working in academia or industry, clinical psychologists and professionals from private research companies discuss possible career choices.
You may find roles in academic and clinical contexts using methods of neuroscience such as • functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) • structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) • electroencephalogram (EEG) • transcranial magnetic stimulation • eye tracking techniques • visual psychophysics.
You can also complete further cognitive neuroscience postgraduate academic work.