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The one-year MRes Medical Device Design and Entrepreneurship is a unique programme which combines development of medical devices and biomedical engineering knowledge, alongside entrepreneurship skills. Read more

The one-year MRes Medical Device Design and Entrepreneurship is a unique programme which combines development of medical devices and biomedical engineering knowledge, alongside entrepreneurship skills.

The focus is 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, and a requirement to attend at least one seminar per week throughout the first two terms in the Department of Bioengineering.

Careers

This MRes was the first of its kind in the UK and aims to ensure the development of advanced medical devices.

Our course prepares you for an innovative research career in Bioengineering. The practical nature of the course, and the key training in business skills, sees you well-placed to seek a career in this area.

You are equally well-prepared to pursue further study and research at PhD level, with the research project element of this course accounting for three-quarters of the assessment.

Further information

For full information on this course, including how to apply, see: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/bioengineering/medical-device-design-mres/

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The medical technologies sector is seeing unprecedented growth, with an increasing need for trained professionals with a skill set combining scientific proficiency with entrepreneurial and business flair. Read more
The medical technologies sector is seeing unprecedented growth, with an increasing need for trained professionals with a skill set combining scientific proficiency with entrepreneurial and business flair. This innovative programme, in partnership with the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering, offers a unique graduate pathway into this flourishing sector.

Degree information

This programme combines medical device scientific research and development with training in translation techniques, enterprise and entrepreneurship. Students will learn about entrepreneurial finance and gain knowledge in business management, while carrying out technical research that will give them a solid grounding in medical device development. The programme provides the essential skills to move forward in the medical device sector.

Students take modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), and a dissertation/report (120 credits).

Core modules
-Two skill modules with an emphasis on entrepreneurship based in UCL School of Management.

Optional modules
-Two scientific modules will be chosen from a wide range of appropriate MSc modules across UCL

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project culminating in a dissertation of a maximum of 20,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, problem classes, workshops, and projects. Assessment of taught components is through unseen written examinations or by assessed coursework. Assessment of the project is by dissertation and viva.

Careers

It is anticipated that on completion of this programme students will either embark on a career in either industry or academic research. This MRes forms the first year of a doctoral training programme in Medical Device Innovation. An industrial career in this expanding area could lie anywhere on the spectrum of working within large multinational medical technology companies to setting up your own enterprise in a medical device need area that you have identified.

Employability
This programme offers a unique opportunity to combine an understanding of medical device engineering with enterprise skills. You will gain an understanding of the innovation pipeline concept, through development, to bringing a product to the marketplace. This skill set is key to being at the forefront of the emerging medical device market as the balance of power shifts from pharmaceuticals to medical technologies.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering provides a unique source of coherent entrepreneurship training for medical technology graduate students in the UK, alongside a vibrant multidisciplinary biomedical engineering research community engaged in developing new medical devices to transform medicine.

Our entrepreneurial training is delivered by the UCL School of Management, and is complemented by seminars and networking events bringing together researchers, clinicians and industrialists.

Where students are sponsored by an industrial partner, they will spend time with that partner. Links are also being built with Yale University and students may have the opportunity to spend short periods of time there.

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The MSc in Bioengineering provides education and training to the next generation of biomedical engineers. Bioengineering is defined as the application of the principles of engineering to advancements in healthcare and medicine. Read more
The MSc in Bioengineering provides education and training to the next generation of biomedical engineers. Bioengineering is defined as the application of the principles of engineering to advancements in healthcare and medicine. Some of the most exciting work in biomedical engineering today takes place at the intersection of disciplines where the biological, physical and digital worlds intersect and have an impact on the human condition.

Students of the MSc in Bioengineering in Trinity College Dublin take lectures from experts in a variety of biomedical engineering subjects and carry out research in world class, state of the art research laboratories and facilities.

Students of the MSc in Bioengineering have the opportunity to specialise in one of three key research themes - neural engineering, tissue engineering and medical device design.

The MSc in Bioengineering with specialisation in Neural Engineering aims to provide students with the education needed to undertake neural engineering in research and clinical environments. Students receive a focused education on the key subjects of neural engineering such as Neural Signal Analysis, Implantable Neural Systems and Neuroimaging Technologies. Neural engineering has generated considerable scientific and clinical opportunities, not only for the development of interfaces between the brain and computers but also for its mostly untapped potential to help understand neurological disorders such as Parkinson's Disease or psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.

The MSc in Bioengineering with specialisation in Medical Device Design is designed to bring together clinicians, researchers and the medical device industry to produce new solutions for clinical needs. The field of medical device research is a fast moving area which can offer students a rewarding career in the global medical device market. Students will gain a specific education of the key topics in medical device design process and a knowledge of medical device regulation.

The MSc in Bioengineering with specialisation in Tissue Engineering provides students with an understanding of stem cells, animal/human cell culture processes, and strategies to regenerate or repair damaged tissues. This exiting multidisciplinary field of research holds significant potential in the treatment of many diseases and disorders.

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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. Read more

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.

Study information

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.

Topics covered :

  • anatomy and physiology
  • product innovation and support technology
  • biomaterials
  • finite element analysis
  • human locomotive systems
  • orthopaedic devices
  • medical imaging and analysis
  • cardiovascular devices
  • regulatory requirements and device certification
  • major biomedical engineering or medical device project

* All modules are subject to availability.

Future prospects

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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Project Objectives. To determine the effectiveness of the national competent authority for medical device regulation in Ireland. To investigate the role of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), in the regulation of health care in Ireland by studying a number of product recalls as a case study. Read more

Project Objectives

  • To determine the effectiveness of the national competent authority for medical device regulation in Ireland
  • To investigate the role of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), in the regulation of health care in Ireland by studying a number of product recalls as a case study.

Methodology proposed

The impact and effectiveness of the HPRA shall be determined by analysis of a number of case studies. An example of this would be, in 2003 De Puy a Johnson & Johnson company released a metal on metal hip replacement onto the market. In 2010 this medical device was recalled. The device was recalled due to the numbers revision surgeries required due to the failure of this specific medical device (hip replacement joint).

There are a number of identified challenges in regard to both the recall processes and regulatory procedures within the Irish health care sector. The first challenge identified pertained to the fact that the National Health Service (NHS) in England and Wales tracking systems found the issue, however the HPRA was unaware of any such issue.

Secondly, the application system used for the approval of this device, (510K) does not appear to be appropriate. This system is used for introducing essentially equivalent/ identical devices to ones already on the market, the level of failure here suggests that the decision to not perform clinical trials was questionable. Finally this specific product recall has been underway for an inordinate amount of time (2010 to present). While the recall is in place, patients are being tested for chrome and vanadium in their blood due to the degradation of this implant.

Assessment of the challenges associated with the recall and the possibility of highlighting other similar products and issues could lead to better regulation and thus safer medical devices/pharmaceuticals for all.

Expected outcomes: (e.g. deliverables & strategic impacts)

The proposed project will deliver high quality outputs in the form of journal publications and conference presentations.

The project will build new research links within healthCORE and provide initial steps towards development of a collaboration between healthCORE and socialCORE with significant potential to leverage external funding from sources such as horizon2020, Enterprise Ireland and EU funding schemes.



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If you have ever spent some time in hospital, you are probably unaware that you were the beneficiary of medical devices that have been designed and developed by Medical Engineering Designers. Read more

If you have ever spent some time in hospital, you are probably unaware that you were the beneficiary of medical devices that have been designed and developed by Medical Engineering Designers. Everything from the bed you lie on to the MRI scanner that shows your insides on a screen, to the blood pressure monitor, to the scalpel that cuts your skin is known as a Medical Device and will have had input from Medical Engineering Designers. Even if you have a blood pressure monitor at home, this is still a medical device and will have been designed by a Medical Engineering Designer. The aim of the MSc in Medical Engineering Design is to convert you into a Medical Engineering Designer so that you can work in this highly regulated design discipline.

The course is run by the School of Medicine (https://www.keele.ac.uk/medicine/) in collaboration with the Research Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine (https://www.keele.ac.uk/istm/).

Teaching takes place at the Guy Hilton Research Centre, a dedicated research facility located on the Royal Stoke University Hospital site, and also at the main University Campus. The School of Medicine is one of the top-ranked in the UK, and the research institute has an international reputation for world-leading research (https://www.keele.ac.uk/istm/newsandevents/istmnews2015/istmrefratingsmar2014.php) in medical engineering and healthcare technologies.

The Guy Hilton Research Centre offers state-of-the-art laboratories housing equipment for translational research including newly-developed diagnostic instruments, advanced imaging modalities and additive manufacturing facilities. Its location adjacent to the University Hospital ensures that students experience real-world patient care and the role that technology plays. Students also have access to advanced equipment for physiological measurement, motion analysis and functional assessment in other hospital and campus-based laboratories.

The School embraces specialists working in Royal Stoke University Hospital, County Hospital in Stafford and specialist Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry. You therefore have the opportunity to specialise in any of the varied clinical disciplines offered at these hospitals.

Download the MSc Medical Engineering Design Leaflet (https://www.keele.ac.uk/media/keeleuniversity/fachealth/fachealthmed/postgraduate/MSc%20in%20Medical%20Engineering%20Design%20web.pdf)

The School also runs MSc courses in Biomedical Engineering (https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/biomed/) and in Cell and Tissue Engineering (https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/biomed/), and an EPSRC and MRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training, ensuring a stimulating academic environment for students and many opportunities for engaging with further study and research.

As a postgraduate student at Keele not only will you be joining a vibrant undergraduate community you will also be part of Keele's celebrated postgraduate family (the first student union dedicated to postgraduate students in the country). For more information on postgraduate life at Keele follow this link to the Keele Postgraduate Association (the link is http://www.kpa.org.uk).

Between March and September 2017 the University will be holding a number of Postgraduate Open Afternoons (https://www.keele.ac.uk/visiting/postgraduateopenafternoons/) to give prospective students the opportunity to visit the campus and learn more about Keele and postgraduate life in general. Please visit the Postgraduate Open Afternoons web page for more information.

Entry requirements:

Because this is a “conversion” course you need not have an engineering degree to apply. You must have a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) based degree, but that could be anything from Biomedical Science, through Forensic Science, to Computer Science. Of course, if you have an engineering degree you can still apply.

We welcome applications with a first or second-class degree (or equivalent) in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline. We also welcome enquiries from people with other professional qualifications acceptable to the University.

We recommend applicants discuss their first degree with the course tutor before applying to ensure that this course meets personal aspirations.

For international applicants, an English language IELTS score of 6.5 is required.



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This course offers the academic training required for a career in scientific support of medical procedures and technology. The course is coordinated through the Medical Physics Departments in St. Read more
This course offers the academic training required for a career in scientific support of medical procedures and technology. The course is coordinated through the Medical Physics Departments in St. James's Hospital and St. Luke's Hospital, Dublin.

Students enter via the M.Sc. register. This course covers areas frequently known as Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering. It is designed for students who have a good honours degree in one of the Physical Sciences (physics, electronic or mechanical engineering, computer science, mathematics) and builds on this knowledge to present the academic foundation for the application of the Physical Sciences in Medicine.

The course will be delivered as lectures, demonstrations, seminars, practicals and workshops. All students must take a Core Module. Upon completion of this, the student will then take one of three specialisation tracks in Diagnostic Radiology, Radiation Therapy or Clinical Engineering. The running of each of these tracks is subject to a minimum number of students taking each track and therefore all three tracks may not run each year.

Core Modules

Introduction to Radiation Protection andamp; Radiation Physics (5 ECTS)
Imaging Physics andamp; Technology (5 ECTS)
Introduction to Radiotherapy and Non-Ionising Imaging (5 ECTS)
Basic Medical Sciences (5 ECTS)
Introduction to Research Methodology and Safety (5 ECTS)
Medical Technology and Information Systems (5 ECTS)
Seminars (5 ECTS)
Specialisation Track Modules (Diagnostic Radiology)

Radiation Physics and Dosimetry (5 ECTS)
Medical Informatics and Image Processing (5 ECTS)
Ionising and Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (5 ECTS)
Imaging Physics and Technology 2 (10 ECTS)
Specialisation Track Modules (Radiation Therapy)

Radiation Physics and Dosimetry (5 ECTS)
Principles and Applications of Clinical Radiobiology (5 ECTS)
External Beam Radiotherapy (10 ECTS)
Brachytherapy and Unsealed Source Radiotherapy (5 ECTS)
Specialisation Track Modules (Clinical Engineering)

The Human Medical Device Interface (5 ECTS)
Principle and Practice of Medical Technology Design, Prototyping andamp; Testing (5 ECTS)
Medical Technology 1: Critical Care (5 ECTS)
Medical Technology 2: Interventions, Therapeutics andamp; Diagnostics (5 ECTS)
Medical Informatics and Equipment Management (5 ECTS)
Project Work and Dissertation (30 ECTS)

In parallel with the taught components, the students will engage in original research and report their findings in a dissertation. A pass mark in the assessment components of all three required sections (Core Module, Specialisation Track and Dissertation) will result in the awarding of MSc in Physical Sciences in Medicine. If the student does not pass the dissertation component, but successfully passes the taught components, an exit Postgraduate Diploma in Physical Sciences in Medicine will be awarded. Subject areas include

Radiation Protection and Radiation Physics
Imaging Physics and Technology
Basic Medical Sciences
Medical Technology Design, Prototyping and Testing
Medical Informatics
Image Processing
External Bean Radiotherapy
Brachytherapy and Unsealed Source Radiotherapy
The Human-Medical Device Interface
The course presents the core of knowledge for the application of the Physical Sciences in Medicine; it demonstrates practical implementations of physics and engineering in clinical practice, and develops practical skills in selected areas. It also engages students in original research in the field of Medical Physics / Engineering. The course is designed to be a 1 year full-time course but is timetabled to facilitate students who want to engage over a 2 year part-time process.

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What's the Master of Biomedical Engineering about? . The Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering provides students with a state-of-the-art overview of all areas in biomedical engineering. Read more

What's the Master of Biomedical Engineering about? 

The Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering provides students with a state-of-the-art overview of all areas in biomedical engineering:

  • Biomechanics
  • Biomaterials
  • Medical sensors and signal processing
  • Medical imaging
  • Tissue engineering

The teaching curriculum builds upon the top-class research conducted by the staff, most of whom are members of the Leuven Medical Technology Centre. This network facilitates industrial fellowships for our students and enables students to complete design projects and Master’s theses in collaboration with industry leaders and internationally recognized research labs.

Biomedical engineers are educated to integrate engineering and basic medical knowledge. This competence is obtained through coursework, practical exercises, interactive sessions, a design project and a Master’s thesis project.

Structure

Three courses provide students with basic medical knowledge on anatomy and functions of the human body. The core of the programme consists of biomedical engineering courses that cover the entire range of contemporary biomedical engineering: biomechanics, biomaterials, medical imaging, biosensors, biosignal processing, medical device design and regulatory affairs.

The elective courses have been grouped in four clusters: biomechanics and tissue engineering, medical devices, information acquisition systems, and Information processing software. These clusters allow the students to deepen their knowledge in one particular area of biomedical engineering by selecting courses from one cluster, while at the same time allowing other students to obtain a broad overview on the field of biomedical engineering by selecting courses from multiple clusters.

Students can opt for an internship which can take place in a Belgian company or in a medical technology centre abroad. 

Through the general interest courses, the student has the opportunity to broaden his/her views beyond biomedical engineering. These include courses on management, on communication (e.g. engineering vocabulary in foreign languages), and on the socio-economic and ethical aspects of medical technology.

A design project and a Master’s thesis familiarize the student with the daily practice of a biomedical engineer.

International

The Faculty of Engineering Science at KU Leuven is involved in several Erasmus exchange programmes. For the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering, this means that the student can complete one or two semesters abroad, at a number of selected universities.

An industrial fellowship is possible for three or six credits either between the Bachelor’s and the Master’s programme, or between the two phases of the Master’s programme. Students are also encouraged to consider the fellowship and short courses offered by BEST (Board of European Students of Technology) or through the ATHENS programme.

You can find more information on this topic on the website of the Faculty.

Strengths

The programme responds to a societal need, which translates into an industrial opportunity.

Evaluation of the programme demonstrates that the objectives and goals are being achieved. The mix of mandatory and elective courses allows the student to become a generalist in Biomedical Engineering, but also to become a specialist in one topic; industry representatives report that graduates master a high level of skills, are flexible and integrate well in the companies.

Company visits expose all BME students to industry. Further industrial experience is available to all students.

Our international staff (mostly PhD students) actively supports the courses taught in English, contributing to the international exposure of the programme.

The Master’s programme is situated in a context of strong research groups in the field of biomedical engineering. All professors incorporate research topics in their courses.

Most alumni have found a job within three months after graduation.

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Career perspectives

Biomedical engineering is a rapidly growing sector, evidenced by an increase in the number of jobs and businesses. The Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering was created to respond to increased needs for healthcare in our society. These needs stem from an ageing population and the systemic challenge to provide more and better care with less manpower and in a cost-effective way. Industry, government, hospitals and social insurance companies require engineers with specialised training in the multidisciplinary domain of biomedical engineering.

As a biomedical engineer, you'll play a role in the design and production of state-of-the-art biomedical devices and/or medical information technology processes and procedures. You will be able to understand medical needs and translate them into engineering requirements. In addition, you will be able to design medical devices and procedures that can effectively solve problems through their integration in clinical practice. For that purpose, you'll complete the programme with knowledge of anatomy, physiology and human biotechnology and mastery of biomedical technology in areas such as biomechanics, biomaterials, tissue engineering, bio-instrumentation and medical information systems. The programme will help strengthen your creativity, prepare you for life-long learning, and train you how to formalise your knowledge for efficient re-use.

Careers await you in the medical device industry R&D engineering, or as a production or certification specialist. Perhaps you'll end up with a hospital career (technical department), or one in government. The broad technological background that is essential in biomedical engineering also makes you attractive to conventional industrial sectors. Or you can continue your education by pursuing a PhD in biomedical engineering; each year, several places are available thanks to the rapid innovation taking place in biomedical engineering and the increasing portfolio of approved research projects in universities worldwide.



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Your programme of study. If you want to study Medical Physics with applications in nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, electronics and MRI University of Aberdeen has an world renowned historic reputation within major global innovation in this health area. Read more

Your programme of study

If you want to study Medical Physics with applications in nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, electronics and MRI University of Aberdeen has an world renowned historic reputation within major global innovation in this health area. Did you know the first MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanner was invented at Aberdeen over 30 years ago? Major innovations to this technology are still being researched at Aberdeen today. You learn everything you need to know as an advanced grounding in medical physics such as understanding anatomy and how cells are altered by disease. You look at the engineering behind MRI and other visual scanning techniques to understand how applications are made in areas such as nuclear, Positron, Tomography, Radio diagnosis (X-ray), MRI and Ultrasound. You understand radiation and you apply electronics and computing to medical physics. The degree ensures plenty of practical understanding and application and you learn MRI within the department that built it.

If you want to work within imaging and medical physics to pursue a medical career in hospitals, industry and healthcare and diagnose disease by different methods of imaging the degree in Medical Physics will help you towards this goal. You can also develop your own research portfolio and PhD from this MSc and work within academia to pursue innovation in the discipline.

You receive a thorough academic grounding in Medical Physics, are exposed to its practice in a hospital environment, and complete a short research project. Many graduates take up careers in health service medical physics, either in the UK or their home country. The MSc programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine as fulfilling part of the training requirements for those wishing to work in the NHS. You can also work as a researcher, risk manager, radiation physics specialist and within the medical device industry in product development and innovation.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Biomedical and Professional Topics in Healthcare Science
  • Imaging in Medicine
  • Radiation in Medicine
  • Computing and Electronics in Medicine
  • Generic Skills

Semester 2

  • Radiation and Radiation Physics
  • Nuclear Medicine and Post Emission Tomography
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Medical Electronics and Instrumentation
  • Medical Image Processing and Analysis
  • Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Protection

Semester 3

  • Project Programmes in Medical Physics and Medical Imaging

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught by renowned researchers with opportunity to contribute to the expanding research portfolio
  • You learn in a cutting edge medical facility adjacent to the teaching hospital including a PET-CT scanner, radiotherapy centre and linac treatment machines, plus MRI scanners
  • The MRI scanner was invented and developed at University of Aberdeen

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 months or 24 months
  • Full time or Part Time
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs



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Biomedical Engineers apply their knowledge in engineering, biology, and medicine to healthcare and medical device industries. Biomedical Engineering is a distinct field that encompasses engineering disciplines, biology, life sciences, medicine, clinical applications, and the improvement of human health. Read more

Biomedical Engineers apply their knowledge in engineering, biology, and medicine to healthcare and medical device industries. Biomedical Engineering is a distinct field that encompasses engineering disciplines, biology, life sciences, medicine, clinical applications, and the improvement of human health. Since 2006, our MASC program has trained students in the fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering, providing extensive research experience in biomechanics, biomaterials, biochemical processing, cellular engineering, imaging, medical devices, micro-electro-mechanical implantable systems, and physiological modeling, simulation, monitoring, and control, as well as medical robotics. Graduates continue on to PhD programs as well as research and development positions in industry and other institutions. A professional program, Master of Engineering, is also available.

What makes the program unique?

The Biomedical Engineering Program at UBC is a part of the School of Biomedical Engineering. This unique interdisciplinary structure provides students with unparalleled access to engineering experts across varied Biomedical Engineering research areas at UBC. It emphasizes a balance of biomedical engineering and life science study with a focus on clinical and industrial application. Our graduates have gone on to become industry leaders, especially in the medical device industry, and provide a network of professionals within the community.

Biomedical Engineering at UBC is the only program in Canada to offer the Engineers in Scrubs (EiS) training program. The EiS program began as an NSERC-funded Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program designed to foster innovation in medical technology by training biomedical engineers in clinical environments. Students receive a significant portion of their training in hospital settings, and the program focuses on the medical technology innovation process. This program complements the research training of MASc and PhD students and allows them to work closely with medical professionals in identifying clinical problems and developing a solution.

Research information

Research highlights

  • Recent research highlights include:
  • Overdoes Detection Device
  • Surgical Screw Cover
  • Magnetic Drug Implant
  • Parkinson’s App
  • Painless and Inexpensive Microneedle System
  • Non-Invasive Migraine Monitoring Technique

Research focus

UBC Biomedical Engineering researchers work in a wide range of areas. Our main research clusters (RC) include: Imaging, Modeling, Simulation, and Guided Interventions; BIOMEMs and Bio-Optics; Musculoskeletal Biomechanics, Injury, Disease, and Restorative Treatments; Rehabilitative and Assistive Technologies and Human-Environment Interactions; and Physiological Modeling and Control.

Career options

The MASc program in Biomedical Engineering is designed to prepare students for employment in the public or private sector, or to pursue further studies in a PhD program. Recent graduates have gone on to work at Winnepeg Health Authority, Vancouver Costal Health, and Neovasc Inc. Many have started their own companies, like Arbutus Medical, NrSign Inc, and S2N Engineering Services. Those looking to pursue their MD or Phd have gone on to study at Berkeley, Cambridge, Stanford, University of Tokyo, University of Toronto, as well as UBC. A burgeoning field, ample opportunities exist in the medical instrument industry, pharmaceutical/biochemical industry, hospitals, medical research facilities and educational institutions, and regulatory bodies, governments, and industry associations.



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Rapid growth in the global medical devices industry demands an innovative fusion of biomedical, materials sciences, manufacturing, and engineering knowledge - and the University of Auckland is responding to the challenge. Read more

Rapid growth in the global medical devices industry demands an innovative fusion of biomedical, materials sciences, manufacturing, and engineering knowledge - and the University of Auckland is responding to the challenge.

This programme is aimed primarily at engineers and health professionals to provide them with the necessary broad range of knowledge in the various technologies underpinning medical devices.

Programme overview

The programme is funded by the Tertiary Education Commission of New Zealand, and is a collaboration between the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland and the Medical Technology Association of New Zealand.

The programme is normally two semesters and will accommodate part-time enrolments. To best meet the needs of participants with different backgrounds, including those coming from industry, the programme is provided as both a research masters and a taught masters. 

All students complete two core courses that give an overview of technology and practices related to medical devices.

Students have a choice of completing a 90-point research portfolio or a smaller 60-point research project. In both cases the research is a significant component of the study programme and will involve working with a research group or being seconded to industry for a supervised research project that provides specialisation in a particular aspect of medical device technology. For participants without a medical background, a clinical secondment will be used to strengthen the experiential component of their learning.

Participants enrolled in the 90-point research portfolio will prepare a written thesis, while participants enrolled in the 60-point project will prepare a written project report. Both are examined following the standard the University of Auckland processes.

The taught masters option provides a wide variety of courses that participants can draw upon to best address their own areas of interest. Courses are lecture-based and delivered as modules, each taught by the University’s research specialists ensuring participants meet the multidisciplinary requirements of medical devices technology.

Employment opportunities

Graduates of the programme will be equipped with the technical, medical, ethical, regulatory and business knowledge required for innovation in medical devices and technologies, filling the large demand for these skills in the global and domestic medical devices industry.

The programme works closely with New Zealand medical devices companies such as Fisher & Paykel Healthcare and members of Medical Technology Association of New Zealand.

There are over 130 medical devices companies in New Zealand and many of our graduates are employed by these companies.



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Research opportunities. Biofluid mechanics applies engineering, mathematical and physical principles of fluids to solve complex and multifaceted problems primarily in biology and medicine, but also in aerospace and robotics. Read more

Research opportunities

Biofluid mechanics applies engineering, mathematical and physical principles of fluids to solve complex and multifaceted problems primarily in biology and medicine, but also in aerospace and robotics.

Our new MRes course covers a wide range of multidisciplinary training on the kinematics and dynamics of fluids related to biological systems, medical science, cardiovascular devices, numerical modelling and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), focusing on research. The MRes differs from an MSc in that you'll have the opportunity to perform multidisciplinary research for a longer time, preparing you for a research career and equipping you with world-class research knowledge.

The course is taught by the Department of Biomedical Engineering, with input from other departments across the faculty and the University.

During the course, you'll be supported by a strong team of academics with worldwide connections and you'll be offered a unique training and innovative teaching and learning environment.

What you'll study

This one-year programme consists of compulsory and optional classes in the first two semesters. Each class has timetabled contact hours, delivered mainly in lectures, laboratories and tutorials. The MRes research project will be chosen and started in semester one with guidance from a supervisor. Throughout the year you'll be working on your project.

Compulsory classes

  • Professional Studies in Biomedical Engineering
  • Research Methodology
  • MRes project

Elective classes

  • Biofluid Mechanics
  • Industrial Software
  • Medical Science for Engineering
  • Haemodynamics for Engineers
  • Numerical Modelling in Biomedical Engineering
  • Cardiovascular Devices
  • The Medical Device Regulatory Process
  • Entrepreneurship & Commercialisation in Biomedical Engineering
  • Introduction to Biomechanics
  • Finite Element Methods for Boundary Value Problems and Approximation
  • Mathematical Biology & Marine Population Modelling
  • Design Management
  • Risk Management

Support & development

The new MRes course aims to train students in the Biofluid Mechanics field, targeting primarily the academic research market, but also the Medical Devices and Simulation/Analysis software industries and other related and new emerging markets.

Our postgraduates will benefit from acquiring world-class training and competitive skills in both biomedical and fluid dynamics disciplines that will make them highly employable at the following markets and related sectors/companies:

  • academic research
  • medical device market
  • simulation & analysis software market
  • biosimulation market
  • NHS & the healthcare/medical simulation market
  • life science research tools & reagents market

We've identified the current key vendors in each of the above markets and aim to create links with the relevant industry and monitor the changing market and employability trends, in order to adjust teaching modules and approaches and to enhance employability of our graduates.

Industrial partnerships

We've already established strong partnerships with industrial companies that have offered their support, eg through the provision of software licenses, teaching material and/or collaborative research projects, including:



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This programme pathway is designed for students with an interest in the engineering aspects of technology that are applied in modern medicine. Read more

This programme pathway is designed for students with an interest in the engineering aspects of technology that are applied in modern medicine. Students gain an understanding of bioengineering principles and practices that are used in hospitals, industries and research laboratories through lectures, problem-solving sessions, a research project and collaborative work.

About this degree

Students study in detail the engineering and physics principles that underpin modern medicine, and learn to apply their knowledge to established and emerging technologies in medical imaging and patient monitoring. The programme covers the engineering applications across the diagnosis and measurement of the human body and its physiology, as well as the electronic and computational skills needed to apply this theory in practice.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits), and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.

Core modules

  • Ionising Radiation Physics: Interactions and Dosimetry
  • Imaging with Ionising Radiation
  • MRI and Biomedical Optics
  • Ultrasound in Medicine
  • Medical Electronics and Control
  • Clinical Practice
  • Medical Device Enterprise Scenario

Optional modules

Students choose one of the following:

  • Applications of Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials and Engineering for Orthopaedic Devices
  • Computing in Medicine
  • Programming Foundations for Medical Image Analysis

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project within the broad area of physics and engineering in medicine which culminates in a written report of 10,000 words, a poster and an oral examination.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, practicals, assignments and a research project. Lecturers are drawn from UCL and from London teaching hospitals including UCLH, St. Bartholomew's, and the Royal Free Hospital. Assessment is through supervised examination, coursework, the dissertation and an oral examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Physics and Engineering in Medicine: Biomedical Engineering and Medical Imaging MSc

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates from the Biomedical Engineering and Medical Imaging stream of the MSc programme have obtained employment with a wide range of employers in health care, industry and academia sectors.

Employability

Postgraduate study within the department offers the chance to develop important skills and acquire new knowledge through involvement with a team of scientists or engineers working in a world-leading research group. Graduates complete their study having gained new scientific or engineering skills applied to solving problems at the forefront of human endeavour. Skills associated with project management, effective communication and teamwork are also refined in this high-quality working environment.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The spectrum of medical physics activities undertaken in UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering is probably the broadest of any in the United Kingdom. The department is widely acknowledged as an internationally leading centre of excellence and students receive comprehensive training in the latest methodologies and technologies from leaders in the field.

The department operates alongside the NHS department which provides the medical physics and clinical engineering services for the UCL Hospitals Trust, as well as undertaking industrial contract research and technology transfer.

Students have access to a wide range of workshop, laboratory, teaching and clinical facilities in the department and associated hospitals. A large range of scientific equipment is available for research involving nuclear magnetic resonance, optics, acoustics, X-rays, radiation dosimetry, and implant development, as well as new biomedical engineering facilities at the Royal Free Hospital and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.



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The MSc in Biomedical Science (via Distance Learning) is ideal for those interested in earning a Master’s degree while continuing to work. Read more

About the Programme

The MSc in Biomedical Science (via Distance Learning) is ideal for those interested in earning a Master’s degree while continuing to work. Developed for working graduates of engineering, technology or science who wish to upskill or change career direction, the 14 module course will introduce students to interdisciplinary research using technologies and skills from scientific, engineering and clinical disciplines. Modules include: Molecular & Cellular Biology, Anatomy (gross and histology), Innovation & Technology Transfer, Biomaterials, Molecular & Regenerative Medicine, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Tissue Engineering, Stereology, Biomechanics, Project Management, Experimental Design and Data Analysis, Monitoring for Health Hazards at Work, Lasers & Applications, Product Development, Validation and Regulation. Course contributors include senior academics, industry experts and scientists who are actively engaged in research in all areas of biomedical science.
The NUI Galway programme is based within the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES), an interdisciplinary centre of research excellence with a primary focus on five research themes that include; Biomedical Engineering, Cancer, Infectious Disease, Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (see http://www.ncbes.ie for more details).

Career Opportunities

Current participants work in medical device and pharmaceutical companies including Boston Scientific, Abbott, Medtronic, Elan, Stryker, Allergan, Advanced Surgical Concepts, Pfizer, and Tyco Healthcare. Whether industry- or healthcare-based, precise job descriptions vary from sales, to R&D engineers. Completion of this new distance-learning biomedical science programme will broaden career prospects of new graduates and those who have already joined the work force.
As a current participant has said, “I feel the course has enhanced my position in my company, as well as opening up other career opportunities. It is a course well-worth pursuing,” Dermot, Senior Process Development Engineer.

A Prime Location

The NUI Galway campus offers students the vibrancy and activity of a bustling community with over 40,000 students. Offering an extensive range of academically-challenging undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas of international quality, NUIG’s programmes provide students with opportunities for personal and academic development, as well as equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to embark on successful careers. The University's long-standing policy of innovative programme development ensures that the teaching programmes respond to the ever-changing needs of employers and of the economy.
Being a University City, Galway is a lively energetic place throughout the year. The University, situated close to the heart of Galway, enjoys an intimate relationship with the city and during the academic year, 15% of the population of the city are students. A compact, thriving city, Galway caters to youth like few other places can. The University's graduates have played a pivotal role in all areas of the development of Galway, including the arts, industry and commerce.

Programme Delivery

The course is delivered over two years, based on a blended learning format; a mixture of face-to-face contact (approximately 9 hours per module) in addition to 12-18 hours per week of self-directed study combined with e-tutorial on-line support. Students attend on-campus lectures/tutorials on a Friday afternoon and/or Saturday, approximately once every 5 weeks. The final module of year one consists of practical experimentation, when students obtain hands-on experience of a range of biomedical and engineering techniques. Students are required to attend 3-4 practical sessions during this module. Completion of a research project (preferably at place of work) is also required. Semester 1 exams are held in January and Semester 2 exams are held in June. Students will also be required to produce a thesis based on a research project preferably carried out at their place of work.

Minimum entry requirements

Second Class Honours in any science, engineering, medical or technology discipline. Candidates with a general (ie non-honours), or third class honours, B.Sc./B.E. can still apply provided they have at least three years relevant work experience.

Apply

Apply online at http://www.pac.ie (look for college of science postgraduate course code GYS19). Selection is based on the candidate’s academic record at an undergraduate level and their relevant work experience.

First-hand Testimonials

“The masters in distance learning is ideal for anyone who wants to continue with their education without having the full time commitment of other courses that are 9-5, 5 days a week. The modules undertaken during the courses are varied and regardless of a physics or biology background the work is challenging without being too involved. The lab work is excellent-getting to work with new and exciting technologies the module notes are excellent and the tutors and lectures are brilliant.” Sinead, Physicist, self-employed
"A great course. Hard work, but fun. Well designed to meet the needs of the biomedical/medical device industry. It has added hugely to my understanding of the body, its function and the requirements of medical devices and the materials which go into them. I feel that it has expanded my horizons hugely." Martin, Senior Quality Engineer, Boston Scientific

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Medical engineering combines the design and problem-solving skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to contribute to medical device solutions and interventions for a range of diseases and trauma. Read more

Medical engineering combines the design and problem-solving skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to contribute to medical device solutions and interventions for a range of diseases and trauma.

This exciting and challenging programme will give you a broad knowledge base in this rapidly expanding field, as well as allowing you to specialise through your choice of optional modules.

We emphasise the multidisciplinary nature of medical engineering and the current shift towards the interface between engineering and the life sciences. You could focus on tissue engineering, biomaterials or joint replacement technology among a host of other topics.

Whether you’re an engineer or surgeon, or you work in sales, marketing or regulation, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to launch or develop your career in this demanding sector.

Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering

You’ll learn in an exciting research environment where breakthroughs are being made in your discipline. This programme is closely linked to our Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (IMBE), which focuses on research and education in the fields of medical devices and regenerative medicine. It focuses on innovating and translating new therapies into practical clinical applications.

Our world-class facilities in materials screening analysis, joint simulation, surface analysis, heart valve simulation and tensile and fatigue testing allow us to push the boundaries in medical engineering.

Find out more about IMBE

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.



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