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Under the patronage of SIT – the Italian Society of Telemedicine - The Rome Business School’s Master’s Degree Course in e-Health Management has been designed to supply training on organizational processes and technologies aimed at the proper introduction and management of ICT solutions and Telemedicine in Health Systems. Read more
Under the patronage of SIT – the Italian Society of Telemedicine - The Rome Business School’s Master’s Degree Course in e-Health Management has been designed to supply training on organizational processes and technologies aimed at the proper introduction and management of ICT solutions and Telemedicine in Health Systems.

E-Health is the combined use of information technology and electronic communication, especially the internet, in the health sector, for clinical, educational and administrative purposes; both on-site and at distance (in which case it is called Telemedicine). E-Health is not only a technical development, but also represents a way of thinking, a commitment, an organizational approach to improve health care locally or regionally by using the new opportunities presented by Information and Communication Technology.

By means of e-Health and Telemedicine, a Healthcare Institution or Ministry can achieve:
• More efficiency in health care: reducing costs by networking data and knowledge, avoiding duplication in diagnostic or therapeutic interventions, treating patients directly at home.
• A higher quality of care: by networking the Health professionals’ knowledge, enabling comparisons, and involving the patients and care givers.
• The empowerment of patients.
• The education of both physicians and patients about the management of pathologies
• More equity, for example by networking smaller hospitals with larger institutions and making virtual visits to remote areas.

In this scenario, it is crucial for a Manager to understand the potentiality, seize the opportunities, push and, above all, lead the e-Health and Telemedicine revolution in health care.
The Rome Business School’s Master’s Degree Course in e-Health Management has been designed to supply training on organizational processes and technologies aimed at the proper introduction and management of ICT solutions and Telemedicine in Health Systems.

TARGET RECIPIENTS

The Master’s Degree Course is designed for
• Directors and Managers of Healthcare Institutions,
• Directors and Managers of Social and Healthcare Ministries,
• Healthcare Decision-Makers,
• Clinicians,
• Clinical Engineers.

TRAINING OBJECTIVES
On completion of the training course, attendees will:
• Understand e-Health and Telemedicine terminologies and their areas of application.
• Be aware of the most widespread and innovative technology platforms and solutions available.
• Possess the skills to evaluate and choose the best e-Health projects and solutions.
• Be able to manage the organizational aspects stemming from the introduction of e-Health in an Institution, a Region, or a Country.
• Be able to apply the knowledge of the best-in-class European e-Health projects to the domestic contexts.
• Be e-Health evangelists.

PROFESSIONAL OUTLETS
On completion of this Master’s Degree Course, attendees will be able to work or improve their careers as:
• E-Health Managers
• Chief Information Officers for healthcare institutions
• E-Health executive consultants
• Managers of ICT Departments of Health Ministries
• E-Health and Telemedicine evangelists

Course Content
• Introduction, Terms and General Concepts
• Health Technology Assessment
• Electronic Medical Records
• National Electronic Health Records
• Chronic Disease Management
• EMR for Primary Care
• Clinical Decision Support Systems
• UK WSD “The Largest Randomised Control Trial of Telehealth and Telecare in the World”
• Better Health Through IT
• Standards and Interoperability
• Telemedicine: areas of use and technologies
• Introducing e-Health in Hospital environments
• Economics of e-Health
• Healthcare reform: changing the healthcare models in Europe
• ESA activities in Telemedicine: space technology for downstream eHealth applications
• E-Health experiences in the Italian regions
• E-Health in Hospitals
• Telemedicine for local organizations
• Telemedicine for developing Countries
• Public-Private Partnerships
• Designing of e-health projects
• European Structural Funding for e-Health management

STRUCTURE
The course is structured in:
• 20 two hour seminars (6 months) +
• A final project work (6 months).

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The longest established MSc in Health Informatics in Europe, focusing on cutting-edge skills for delivering informatics-led healthcare. Read more
The longest established MSc in Health Informatics in Europe, focusing on cutting-edge skills for delivering informatics-led healthcare.

Who is it for?

This course is for health professionals who wish to enhance their careers with an informatics qualification, and computer scientists, engineers and others with relevant technical or professional qualifications who wish to move into a successful career involving the application of informatics in the health service.

You will have a keen interest in developing high-quality and sustainable healthcare through the application of informatics solutions and a desire to be part of the newest and fastest growing specialty in health care.

Objectives

The Health Informatics MSc at City University London aims to develop future leaders in the field who will transform healthcare with informatics-led approaches.

High-quality teaching is a healthy balance of theory and practice, with a strong focus on real-world applications including EHR systems, clinical data analytics, mobile technology and telemedicine. University teaching is supported by guest lectures from medicine and industry and you will also benefit from City University's central location close to many hospitals. Further, you will be part of a highly multi-professional and strongly international cohort bringing together multiple points of view on national and international computerized healthcare initiatives.

Health Informatics at City University London is the only such MSc in the UK to be accredited by the British Computer Science Society.

Academic facilities

Lectures, tutorials and workshops are delivered in small classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art interactive technologies. The University’s computer science laboratories are equipped with modern and up-to-date hardware and software required for you to progress through your studies.

Teaching and learning

High-quality teaching is delivered by research-active academic experts in Health Informatics from City University London. Furthermore university teaching is supported by guest lectures from medicine and industry.

Teaching is a healthy balance of theory and practice, with a strong focus on real-world applications including EHR systems, clinical data analytics, mobile technology and telemedicine. You will also undertake an independent research project.

All taught modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, online activities and interactive workshops and tutorials and are supported by the University's online learning environment.

Taught modules are generally assessed through a combination of coursework and examination where coursework is worth 30% of the final mark and the examination contributes 70%. Some elective modules are 100% coursework based (e.g. Information Architecture and Project Management). See the full programme specification for details.

The taught component of the MSc is worth 66.67% (eight 15-credit modules) and the independent research project is worth 33.33% (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of eight modules and the independent research project, you will be awarded 180 credits and a masters level qualification. Alternatively, if you do not complete the dissertation but have successfully completed eight modules you will be awarded 120 credits and a postgraduate diploma. Successful completion of four modules (60 credits) will lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate.

Modules

You will study six core modules and two elective modules. You will also undertake an independent research project.

A full time student is expected to commit 35 hours a week which includes attendance at lectures, tutorials and workshops, and independent study on coursework, the individual research project and preparation for examinations.

Taught Core Modules
-Clinical Records
-Data Analysis with Healthcare
-Information for Decisions in Healthcare
-Knowledge Management in Healthcare
-Telemedicine
-Research, Methods and Professional Issues

Taught Elective Modules - choose two options from the following:
-Databases
-Information Architecture
-Project Management
-Programming with Java
-Practices and Theories in Interaction Design

Career prospects

Graduates pursue successful careers in the health service (both state and private sectors in the UK and overseas), and in related healthcare industries such as Electronic Health Record providers.

Specifically graduates have pursued roles such as application analysts, IT project managers, data and taxonomy managers, digital transformation leads, PACS & RIS managers and research informatics programme managers. Other graduates have successfully completed PhD degrees.

The course has a successful track record of producing more than 350 employable graduates over the past 20 years.

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This course provides students with advanced knowledge, industry-valued skills and new design perspectives, empowering them to succeed in a User Experience (UX) career. Read more
This course provides students with advanced knowledge, industry-valued skills and new design perspectives, empowering them to succeed in a User Experience (UX) career.

Who is it for?

This course is for people who share our ethos of wanting to design technology that meets user needs - interactive systems that are useful, easy-to-use and engaging. It is for people who get frustrated when they interact with unnecessarily complicated Websites, mobile apps or other interactive systems and think 'I want to be able to improve this.' It is for people that want to design technology based on an understanding of users' needs and to ensure that the products they and others design meet those needs. We welcome students who share this user-centred ethos.

Objectives

This course will equip you with the latest academic research, theories and techniques in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), User Experience (UX), usability and Interaction Design and encourages you to think about design in new ways - recognising that there are many 'right' ways to design interactive systems.

You will gain a mix of theoretical and practical knowledge, along with the necessary skills and experience to create engaging user experiences. You will study modules that cover the entire user-centred design and evaluation process; from understanding user needs, to designing interactive systems that meet those needs, to evaluating the usability of those (and existing systems) through user research.

Placements

You will have the option to undertake a six month UX internship, after the taught part of the course has finished.

All internships are paid and provide valuable work experience, enhancing employability. As an internship student you can apply the HCI/UX knowledge and skills you have developed on the course in real-world projects and build a UX work portfolio. This supports you in standing out in the job market. You will also get the opportunity to conduct your independent research project on a topic of interest to both you and the internship company. This helps ensure the practical importance of the research.

Previous internships include positions at:
-London UX agencies (e.g Webcredible, Foolproof, Bunnyfoot)
-The BBC
-The Telegraph
-Nature.com

Academic facilities

You will benefit from the use of the City Interaction Lab - a combined commercial and research lab, where we have undertaken UX consultancy for prestigious companies including Virgin Atlantic. The lab is fitted with the latest technologies including a usability testing suite, mobile testing station, eye-tracker, interactive tabletop, brain interaction technology, 3D printer and more. We employ student consultants on some projects, providing the opportunity to work on real client projects.

Teaching and learning

The course is delivered by distinguished academics from City University London's Centre for HCI Design, who all have a passion for user-centred design. Industry professionals also participate in teaching and learning - by giving guest lectures, running practitioner tutorials and even by providing feedback on students' design outputs and input into module content, ensuring that students learn the knowledge and skills most valued by industry.

Assessment

The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, online activities and interactive workshops and tutorials. It is assessed in a variety of ways, including:
-Examinations (which focus on applying HCI theory in realistic situations).
-Coursework (which range from written reports and essays, to posters, presentations and design documentation - e.g. wireframe prototypes). A range of both group and individual courseworks are set during the course. Group courseworks are often centred around realistic design projects.
-Independent research project (dissertation). The independent project allows students to conduct original research on an HCI topic of their choice.
-Each of these account for around one-third of the total course assessment. However, the exact balance varies according to the chosen elective module.

Modules

You will study seven core modules and one elective module that cover the entire user-centred design and evaluation process. Modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, online activities and interactive workshops and tutorials. These include sessions delivered by guest lecturers from industry. Full-time students spend eight hours/week in lectures and four hours/week in seminars/tutorials. Part-time students spend half this time in classes. Overall workload is around 36 hours/week for full-time and 18 hours/week for part-time students.

You will also undertake an independent Research Project, for which our module on Research Methods and Professional Issues will prepare you.

A series of optional, but recommended, practitioner tutorials supplement the taught modules. These include talks, workshops and field trips. Previous tutorials have featured HCI/UX practitioners from prestigious companies including Foolproof, Futureheads and eBay.

Taught Core Modules
-Interaction design (15 credits)
-Creativity in design (15 credits)
-Information architecture (15 credits)
.-Evaluating interactive systems (15 credits)
-Inclusive design (15 credits)
-Cognition and technologies (15 credits)
-Research, methods and professional issues (15 credits)

Taught Elective modules
-Web applications development (15 credits)
-Data visualisation (15 credits)
-Telemedicine (15 credits)

Career prospects

This course empowers students to succeed in a variety of User Experience (UX) roles in leading digital agencies, business consultancies, IT companies and commercial/government organisations.

Roles include:
-UX Designer/Consultant
-User Researcher
-Information Architect
-Accessibility Specialist.

There is an increasing need for specialists with a deep knowledge of Human-Computer Interaction design. As the industry continues to expand, there is no better time to become a Master in this field. The course is also an excellent starting point for those wanting to pursue a PhD in HCI.

Our course is highly respected by industry, with exceptional employability; Over 90% of students are employed within six months of graduating (City Graduate Destinations), in prestigious companies including Samsung, Tesco, Thomson Reuters and Google.

The median annual salary for our recent graduates is £34,000 per year (City Graduate Destinations).

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The School conducts high-quality significant national and international research and offers excellent opportunities for graduate studies, successfully combining modern engineering and technology with the exciting field of digital media. Read more
The School conducts high-quality significant national and international research and offers excellent opportunities for graduate studies, successfully combining modern engineering and technology with the exciting field of digital media. The digital media group has interests in many areas of interactive multimedia and digital film and animation.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/264/digital-arts

About the School of Engineering and Digital Arts

Established over 40 years ago, the School has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments.

The School undertakes high-quality research (http://www.eda.kent.ac.uk/research/default.aspx) that has had significant national and international impact, and our spread of expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments. Our 30 academic staff and over 130 postgraduate students and research staff provide an ideal focus to effectively support a high level of research activity. There is a thriving student population studying for postgraduate degrees in a friendly and supportive teaching and research environment.

We have research funding from the Research Councils UK, European research programmes, a number of industrial and commercial companies and government agencies including the Ministry of Defence. Our Electronic Systems Design Centre and Digital Media Hub provide training and consultancy for a wide range of companies. Many of our research projects are collaborative, and we have well-developed links with institutions worldwide.

Course structure

The digital media group has interests in many areas of interactive multimedia and digital film and animation.

There is particular strength in web design and development, including e-commerce, e-learning, e-health; and the group has substantial experience in interaction design (eg, Usability and accessibility), social computing (eg, Social networking, computer mediated communication), mobile technology (eg, iPhone), virtual worlds (eg, Second Life) and video games. In the area of time-based media, the group has substantial interest in digital film capture and editing, and manipulation on to fully animated 3D modelling techniques as used in games and feature films.

Research Themes:
- E-Learning Technology (http://www.eda.kent.ac.uk/research/theme_detail.aspx?gid=1&tid=1)

- Medical Multimedia Applications and Telemedicine (http://www.eda.kent.ac.uk/research/theme_detail.aspx?gid=1&tid=2)

- Human Computer Interaction and Social Computing (http://www.eda.kent.ac.uk/research/theme_detail.aspx?gid=1&tid=3)

- Computer Animation and Digital Visual Effects (http://www.eda.kent.ac.uk/research/theme_detail.aspx?gid=1&tid=4)

- Mobile Application Design and Development (http://www.eda.kent.ac.uk/research/theme_detail.aspx?gid=1&tid=25)

- Digital Arts (http://www.eda.kent.ac.uk/research/theme_detail.aspx?gid=1&tid=26)

Research areas

- Intelligent Interactions

The Intelligent Interactions group has interests in all aspects of information engineering and human-machine interactions. It was formed in 2014 by the merger of the Image and Information Research Group and the Digital Media Research Group.

The group has an international reputation for its work in a number of key application areas. These include: image processing and vision, pattern recognition, interaction design, social, ubiquitous and mobile computing with a range of applications in security and biometrics, healthcare, e-learning, computer games, digital film and animation.

- Social and Affective Computing
- Assistive Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction
- Brain-Computer Interfaces
- Mobile, Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing
- Sensor Networks and Data Analytics
- Biometric and Forensic Technologies
- Behaviour Models for Security
- Distributed Systems Security (Cloud Computing, Internet of Things)
- Advanced Pattern Recognition (medical imaging, document and handwriting recognition, animal biometrics)
- Computer Animation, Game Design and Game Technologies
- Virtual and Augmented Reality
- Digital Arts, Virtual Narratives.

Careers

We have developed our programmes with a number of industrial organisations, which means that successful students are in a strong position to build a long-term career in this important discipline. You develop the skills and capabilities that employers are looking for, including problem solving, independent thought, report-writing, time management, leadership skills, team-working and good communication.

Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 94% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2013 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.

Building on Kent’s success as the region’s leading institution for student employability, we offer many opportunities for you to gain worthwhile experience and develop the specific skills and aptitudes that employers value.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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Make future breakthroughs within healthcare with the MSc Biomedical Engineering with Healthcare Technology Management course. This course is for inquisitive students who want to design, develop, apply or even manage the use of cutting-edge methods and devices that will revolutionise healthcare. Read more
Make future breakthroughs within healthcare with the MSc Biomedical Engineering with Healthcare Technology Management course.

Who is it for?

This course is for inquisitive students who want to design, develop, apply or even manage the use of cutting-edge methods and devices that will revolutionise healthcare. It is open to science and engineering graduates and those working within hospitals or related industry who want to work in healthcare organisations, in the medical devices industry, or in biomedical engineering research.

The course will suit recent graduates and/or clinical engineers with a technical background or those working in healthcare who want to move into a management position.

Objectives

With several medical conditions requiring extensive and continuous monitoring and early and accurate diagnosis becoming increasingly desirable, technology for biomedical applications is rapidly becoming one of the key ingredients of today and tomorrow’s medical care.

From miniaturised home diagnostic instruments to therapeutic devices and to large scale hospital imaging and monitoring systems, healthcare is becoming increasingly dependent on technology. This course meets the growing need for biomedical and clinical engineers across the world by focusing on the design of medical devices from conception to application.

One of the few accredited courses of its kind in London, the programme concentrates on the use of biomedical-driven engineering design and technology in healthcare settings so you can approach this multidisciplinary topic from the biological and medical perspective; the technological design and development perspective; and from the perspective of managing the organisation and maintenance of large scale equipment and IT systems in a hospital.

This MSc in Biomedical Engineering with Healthcare Technology Management course has been created in consultation and close collaboration with clinicians, biomedical engineering researchers and medical technology industrial partners. The programme fosters close links with the NHS and internationally-renowned hospitals including St. Bartholomew's (Barts) and the Royal London Hospital and Great Ormond street so that you can gain a comprehensive insight into the applied use and the management of medical technology and apply your knowledge in real-world clinical settings.

Placements

In the last few years there have been some limited opportunities for our top students to carry out their projects through placements within hospital-based healthcare technology groups or specialist London-based biomedical technology companies. Placement-based projects are also offered to selected students in City’s leading Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering (RCBE). As we continue our cutting-edge research and industrial and clinical collaborations, you will also have this opportunity.

Academic facilities

As a student on this course you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge test and measurement instrumentation – oscilloscopes, function generators, analysers – as well as specialist signal generators and analysers. The equipment is predominantly provided by the world-leading test and measurement equipment manufacturer Keysight, who have partnered with City to provide branding to our electronics laboratories. You also have access to brand new teaching labs and a dedicated postgraduate teaching lab. And as part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught through face-to-face lectures in small groups, where there is a lot of interaction and feedback. Laboratory sessions run alongside the lectures, giving you the opportunity to develop your problem-solving and design skills. You also learn software skills in certain modules, which are taught inside computer labs. We also arrange hospital visits so you gain hands-on experience of different clinical environments.

We arrange tutorials for setting coursework, highlight important subject areas, conduct practical demonstrations, and offer support with revision. You are assessed by written examinations at the end of each term, and coursework assignments, which are set at various times throughout the term.

You also work towards an individual project, which is assessed in the form of a written thesis and an oral examination at the end of the summer. The project can be based on any area of biomedical engineering, telemedicine or technology management and will be supervised by an academic or clinical scientist with expertise in the subject area. Many projects are based in hospital clinical engineering departments, or if you are a part-time student, you can base the project on your own workplace. You will have regular contact with the supervisor to make sure the project progresses satisfactorily. Some of the programme’s current students are working on a project focusing on devices that use brain signals to move external objects such as a remote control car and a prosthetic arm.

Some of the previous projects students have worked on include:
-A cursor controller based on electrooculography (EOG)
-Modelling a closed-loop automated anaesthesia system
-Design of a movement artefact-resistant wearable heart rate/activity monitor
-Review of progress towards a fully autonomous artificial mechanical heart
-Design of smartphone-based healthcare diagnostic devices and sensors.

If you successfully complete eight modules and the dissertation you will be awarded 180 credits and a Masters level qualification. Alternatively, if you do not complete the dissertation but have successfully completed eight modules, you will be awarded 120 credits and a postgraduate diploma. Completing four modules (60 credits) will lead to a postgraduate certificate.

Modules

Along with the 60 credit dissertation eight core modules cover diverse subject areas including biomedical electronics and instrumentation, technology infrastructure management, as well as the latest advances in medical imaging and patient monitoring.

The course includes a special module which gives you an introduction to anatomy, physiology and pathology designed for non-clinical science graduates.

The most innovative areas of biomedical and clinical engineering are covered and the content draws from our research expertise in biomedical sensors, bio-optics, medical imaging, signal processing and modelling. You will learn from academic lecturers as well as clinical scientists drawn from our collaborating institutions and departments, which include:
-Charing Cross Hospital, London
-The Royal London Hospital
-St Bartholomew's Hospital, London
-Basildon Hospital
-Department of Radiography, School of Community and Health Sciences, City, University of London

Modules
-Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology (15 credits)
-Physiological Measurement (15 credits)
-Biomedical Instrumentation (15 credits)
-Medical Electronics (15 credits)
-Cardiovascular Diagnostics and Therapy (15 credits)
-Medical Imaging Modalities (15 credits)
-Clinical Engineering Practice (15 credits)
-Healthcare Technology Management (15 credits)

Career prospects

This exciting MSc programme offers a well-rounded background and specialised knowledge for those seeking a professional career as biomedical engineers in medical technology companies or research groups but is also uniquely placed for offering skills to clinical engineers in the NHS and international healthcare organisations.

Alumnus Alex Serdaris is now working as field clinical engineer for E&E Medical and alumna Despoina Sklia is working as a technical support specialist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. Other Alumni are carrying out research in City’s Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering (RCBE).

Applicants may wish to apply for vacancies in the NHS, private sector or international healthcare organisations. Students are encouraged to become members of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) where they will be put in touch with the Clinical Engineering community and any opportunities that arise around the UK during their studies. Application to the Clinical Scientist training programme is encouraged and fully supported.

The Careers, Student Development & Outreach team provides a professional, high quality careers and information service for students and recent graduates of City, University of London, in collaboration with employers and other institutional academic and service departments. The course also prepares graduates who plan to work in biomedical engineering research and work within an academic setting.

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This interdisciplinary programme introduces health informatics in the context of international health systems and global health challenges, supported by specialist courses covering areas such as public health informatics, telehealthcare and mHealth. Read more

Programme description

This interdisciplinary programme introduces health informatics in the context of international health systems and global health challenges, supported by specialist courses covering areas such as public health informatics, telehealthcare and mHealth.

The term eHealth describes a diverse field concerned with the application of ICT to support the organisation and delivery of healthcare services and to enable citizens to manage their own health and wellness.

eHealth has become a priority area for the international healthcare sector and is attracting considerable global investment. This interdisciplinary programme introduces eHealth in the context of international health systems and global health challenges, supported by specialist courses covering areas such as public health informatics, telehealthcare and mHealth.

It is aimed at a wide audience, including health professionals, policymakers, NGOs, researchers, eHealth vendors and ICT practitioners. The programme is unique in addressing the topic from a truly international perspective, including a consideration of low and medium income economies.

Online learning

Our online learning environment is fully interactive and enables you to communicate with classmates and tutors from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

Courses include:

Introduction to Global eHealth
Introduction to Health Informatics
The Ethics and Governance of eHealth
Telemedicine and Telehealth
The Business of eHealth
mHealth in High and Low Resource Settings
Global Health Challenges
User-centred Design
Public Health Informatics
Project Management

In the final phase of the programme students are be assessed on the basis of a structured research dissertation, based on a piece of original empirical research using a range of methods suited to the technology context and questions under investigation.

Postgraduate Professional Development

If you are looking for a shorter course option, or are unsure if online postgraduate study is for you, we offer online credit-bearing courses. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses through our Postgraduate Professional Development scheme. These credits will be recognised in their own right at postgraduate level, or may be put towards gaining a higher award, such as a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.

Learning outcomes

The programme is focused on eHealth applications, delivery, research and policy and does not provide training in technical aspects of software design.

Career opportunities

Academic and commercial research in eHealth
eHealth industry - design, development
Aid agencies/NGOs - eHealth deployments and evaluation
Governments and health providers - eHealth policy and management
International Agencies - eHealth policy, analysis, delivery

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The application of engineering in the field of biomedicine is gaining significant momentum with many emerging themes within the medical and healthcare communities. Read more
The application of engineering in the field of biomedicine is gaining significant momentum with many emerging themes within the medical and healthcare communities. Consequently there is an increasing demand to train science and engineering graduates to augment and extend their knowledge under the general umbrella of biomedical engineering.

The design and implementation of biomedical instrumentation in the form of monitoring, diagnostic or therapeutic devices is a growing specialist field and the demand for a suitably qualified workforce is set to expand rapidly as healthcare is increasingly devolved to smaller clinics and household devices.

London South Bank University is well placed to deliver first-rate professional education in this field because of the Division of Mechanical Engineering and Design's established work in telemedicine and signal processing, allied to our strong industry connections and reputation for developing innovative practical hardware solutions through knowledge transfer partnerships or other similar industrial collaborations. Together, with specialist input from the School of Health and Social Care, this programme enables graduate scientists and engineers to focus themselves towards a career in biomedical engineering.

The programme will cover a broad range of techniques for developing fundamental skills for medical applications of electronics and communications. Further, it will provide students with a thorough understanding of the field, specifically with practical knowledge and expertise sufficient to evaluate, design and build medical engineering systems using a wide range of tools and techniques.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/biomedical-engineering-instrumentation-msc

Modules

- Technical, research and professional skills
This module introduces and develops the skills you'll need to make use of your technical knowledge as a professional engineer.

- Technology evaluation and commercialisation
This module will increase your awareness of the commercial aspects of your design embedded in your MSc project.

- Advanced instrumentation and control
You'll develop advanced techniques in data acquisition and manipulation that is required for instrumentation and control applications.

- Digital signal processing and real-time systems
You'll be introduced to the theory behind digital signal processing to including how it can be implemented in real-time and embedded systems.

- Applied biomedical sciences for engineers
This module introduces you to biological systems; from the organisational level of the molecular, to the organ and physiological functions of the whole body.

All modules have a number of assessment components. These can consist of assignments, mini tests, essays, laboratory reports and log books and examinations of various kinds.

Employability

This programme provides students with a thorough understanding of the field and with practical knowledge and expertise sufficient to evaluate, design and build medical engineering systems using a wide range of tools and techniques. This postgraduate programme aims to address the upsurge in interest in this field and the future need for highly skilled graduates in this area.

Graduate career opportunities

Jobs are widespread throughout the UK, particularly in NHS trusts. Manufacturing industries employ around 35 percent of all biomedical engineers, primarily in the pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing and medical instruments and supplies industries. Many others work for hospitals. Some also worked for government agencies or as independent consultants. The workplace may be an office, laboratory, workshop, hospital, clinic or more likely a combination of the above.

After graduating from this course you'll acquire a broad range of techniques for developing basic skills for healthcare applications of electronic and instrumentation systems. You'll be able to design and build medical engineering systems using a large range of tools and techniques.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Professional links

The Department maintains active industry links through KTP schemes, spin-out companies, and industrial consultancy works. The industry requirements and needs are then fed back into the teaching to enhance the teaching quality and student learning experiences. This also improves personal development planning.

Established research expertise

This programme builds on the expertise of the research team established by the Biomedical Communications and Engineering (BiMEC) Research Group within the Department of Engineering and Design. This research group has diverse research interests broadly in the fields of telecommunications, computer networks, ultra wideband systems, opto-electronics, signal processing, embedded systems and software engineering.

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As well as giving a solid scientific understanding, the course also addresses commercial, ethical, legal and regulatory requirements, aided by extensive industrial contacts. Read more
As well as giving a solid scientific understanding, the course also addresses commercial, ethical, legal and regulatory requirements, aided by extensive industrial contacts.

Programme Structure

The MSc programmes in Biomedical Engineering are full-time, one academic year (12 consecutive months). The programmes consist of 4 core taught modules and two optional streams. Biomedical, Genetics and Tissue Engineering stream has 3 modules, all compulsory (individual course pages). The second option, Biomedical, Biomechanics and Bioelectronics Engineering stream consists of 5 modules. Students choosing this option will be required to choose 60 credit worth of modules.

The taught modules are delivered to students over two terms of each academic year. The taught modules are examined at the end of each term, and the students begin working on their dissertations on a part-time basis in term 2, then full-time during the months of May to September.

Core Modules
Biomechanics and Biomaterials (15 credit)
Design and Manufacture (15 credit)
Biomedical Engineering Principles (15 credit)
Innovation, Management and Research Methods (15 credit)
Plus: Dissertation (60 credit)

Optional Modules

60 credit to be selected from the following optional modules:
Design of Mechatronic Systems (15 credit)
Biomedical Imaging (15 credit)
Biofluid Mechanics (15 credit)
Artificial Organs and Biomedical Applications (15 credit)
Applied Sensors Instrumentation and Control (30 credit)

Module Descriptions

Applied Sensors Instrumentation and Control

Main topics:

Sensors and instrumentation – Sensor characteristics and the principles of sensing; electronic interfacing with sensors; sensor technologies – physical, chemical and biosensors; sensor examples – position, displacement, velocity, acceleration, force, strain, pressure, temperature; distributed sensor networks; instrumentation for imaging, spectroscopy and ionising radiation detection; 'lab-on-a-chip'.

Control – Control theory and matrix/vector operations; state-space systems, multi-input, multi-output (MIMO) systems, nonlinear systems and linearization. Recurrence relations, discrete time state-space representation, controllability and observability, pole-placement for both continuous and discrete time systems, Luenberger observer. Optimal control systems, Stochastic systems: random variable theory; recursive estimation; introduction to Kalman filtering (KF); brief look at KF for non-linear systems and new results in KF theory.

Artificial Organs and Biomedical Applications

Main topics include: audiology and cochlear implants; prostheses; artificial limbs and rehabilitation engineering; life support systems; robotic surgical assistance; telemedicine; nanotechnology.

Biofluid Mechanics

Main topics include: review of the cardiovascular system; the cardiac cycle and cardiac performance, models of the cardiac system, respiratory system and respiratory performance, lung models, physiological effects of exercise, trauma and disease; blood structure and composition, blood gases. oxygenation, effect of implants and prostheses, blood damage and repair, viscometry of blood, measurement of blood pressure and flow; urinary system: anatomy and physiology, fluid and waste transfer mechanisms, urinary performance and control, effects of trauma, ageing and disease; modelling of biofluid systems, review of mass, momentum and energy transfers related to biological flow systems, fluid mechanics in selected topics relating to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems; measurements in biomedical flows.

Biomechanics and Biomaterials

Main topics include: review of biomechanical principles; introduction to biomedical materials; stability of biomedical materials; biocompatibility; materials for adhesion and joining; applications of biomedical materials; implant design.

Biomedical Engineering Principles

Main topics include: bone structure and composition; the mechanical properties of bone, cartilage and tendon; the cardiovascular function and the cardiac cycle; body fluids and organs; organisation of the nervous system; sensory systems; biomechanical principles; biomedical materials; biofluid mechanics principles, the cardiovascular system, blood structure and composition, modelling of biofluid systems.

Biomedical Imaging

Principle and applications of medical image processing – Basic image processing operations, Advanced edge-detection techniques and image segmentation, Flexible shape extraction, Image restoration, 3D image reconstruction, image guided surgery

Introduction of modern medical imaging techniques – Computerized tomography imaging (principle, image reconstruction with nondiffracting sources, artifacts, clinical applications)

Magnetic resonance imaging (principle, image contrast and measurement of MR related phenomena, examples of contrast changes with changes of instrumental parameters and medical applications)

Ultrasound imaging (description of ultrasound radiation, transducers, basic imaging techniques: A-scan, B-scan and Doppler technique; clinical application)

Positron emission tomography (PET imaging) (principle, radioactive substance, major clinical applications)

Design and Manufacture

Main topics include: design and materials optimisation; management and manufacturing strategies; improving clinical medical and industrial interaction; meeting product liability, ethical, legal and commercial needs.

Design of Mechatronic Systems

Microcontroller technologies. Data acquisition. Interfacing to power devices. Sensors (Infrared, Ultrasonic, etc.). Optoelectronic devices and signal conditioning circuits. Pulse and timing-control circuits. Drive circuits. Electrical motor types: Stepper, Servo. Electronic Circuits. Power devices. Power conversion and power electronics. Line filters and protective devices. Industrial applications of digital devices.

Innovation and Management and Research Methods

Main topics include: company structure and organisation will be considered (with particular reference to the United Kingdom), together with the interfacing between hospital, clinical and healthcare sectors; review of existing practice: examination of existing equipment and devices; consideration of current procedures for integrating engineering expertise into the biomedical environment. Discussion of management techniques; design of biomedical equipment: statistical Procedures and Data Handling; matching of equipment to biomedical systems; quality assurance requirements in clinical technology; patient safety requirements and protection; sterilisation procedures and infection control; failure criteria and fail-safe design; maintainability and whole life provision; public and environmental considerations: environmental and hygenic topics in the provision of hospital services; legal and ethical requirements; product development: innovation in the company environment, innovation in the clinical environment; cash flow and capital provision; testing and validation; product development criteria and strategies.

Dissertation

The choice of Dissertation topic will be made by the student in consultation with academic staff and (where applicable) with the sponsoring company. The topic agreed is also subject to approval by the Module Co-ordinator. The primary requirement for the topic is that it must have sufficient scope to allow the student to demonstrate his or her ability to conduct a well-founded programme of investigation and research. It is not only the outcome that is important since the topic chosen must be such that the whole process of investigation can be clearly demonstrated throughout the project. In industrially sponsored projects the potential differences between industrial and academic expectations must be clearly understood.

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WHAT YOU WILL GAIN. - Practical guidance from biomedical engineering experts in the field. - 'Hands on' knowledge from the extensive experience of the lecturers, rather than from only the theoretical information gained from books and college reading. Read more
WHAT YOU WILL GAIN

- Practical guidance from biomedical engineering experts in the field
- 'Hands on' knowledge from the extensive experience of the lecturers, rather than from only the theoretical information gained from books and college reading
- Credibility as a biomedical engineering expert in your firm
- Skills and know-how in the latest technologies in biomedical engineering
- Networking contacts in the industry
- Improved career prospects and income
- An EIT Advanced Diploma of Biomedical Engineering

Next intake is scheduled for June 06, 2017. Applications are now open; places are limited.

INTRODUCTION

Biomedical engineering is the synergy of many facets of applied science and engineering. The advanced diploma in biomedical engineering provides the knowledge and skills in electrical, electronic engineering required to service and maintain healthcare equipment. You will develop a wide range of skills that may be applied to develop software, instrumentation, image processing and mathematical models for simulation. Biomedical engineers are employed in hospitals, clinical laboratories, medical equipment manufacturing companies, medical equipment service and maintenance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturing companies, assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering manufacturing companies, research centres. Medical technology industry is one of the fast-growing sectors in engineering field. Join the next generation of biomedical engineers and technicians and embrace a well paid, intensive yet enjoyable career by embarking on this comprehensive and practical program. It provides a solid overview of the current state of biomedical engineering and is presented in a practical and useful manner - all theory covered is tied to a practical outcomes. Leading biomedical/electronic engineers with several years of experience in biomedical engineering present the program over the web using the latest distance learning techniques.

There is a great shortage of biomedical engineers and technicians in every part of the world due to retirement, restructuring and rapid growth in new industries and technologies. Many companies employ electrical, electronic engineers to fill the vacancy and provide on the job training to learn about biomedical engineering. The aim of this 18-month eLearning program is to provide you with core biomedical engineering skills to enhance your career prospects and to benefit your company/institution. Often universities and colleges do a brilliant job of teaching the theoretical topics, but fail to actively engage in the 'real world' application of the theory with biomedical engineering. This advanced diploma is presented by lecturers who are highly experienced engineers, having worked in the biomedical engineering industry. When doing any program today, a mix of both extensive experience and teaching prowess is essential. All our lecturers have been carefully selected and are seasoned professionals.

This practical program avoids weighty theory. This is rarely needed in the real world of industry where time is short and immediate results, based on hard-hitting and useful know-how, is a minimum requirement. The topics that will be covered are derived from the acclaimed IDC Technologies' programs attended by over 500,000 engineers and technicians throughout the world during the past 20 years. And, due to the global nature of biomedical engineering today, you will be exposed to international standards.

This program is not intended as a substitute for a 4 or 5 year engineering degree, nor is it aimed at an accomplished and experienced professional biomedical engineer who is working at the leading edge of technology in these varied fields. It is, however, intended to be the distillation of the key skills and know how in practical, state-of-the-art biomedical engineering. It should also be noted that learning is not only about attending programs, but also involves practical hands-on work with your peers, mentors, suppliers and clients.

WHO WOULD BENEFIT

- Electrical and Electronic Engineers
- Electrical and Electronic Technicians
- Biomedical Equipment/Engineering Technician
- Field Technicians
- Healthcare equipment service technicians
- Project Engineers and Managers
- Design Engineers
- Instrumentation Engineers
- Control Engineers
- Maintenance Engineers and Supervisors
- Consulting Engineers
- Production Managers
- Mechanical Engineers
- Medical Sales Engineers

In fact, anyone who wants to gain solid knowledge of the key elements of biomedical engineering in order to improve work skills and to create further job prospects. Even individuals who are working in the healthcare industry may find it useful to attend to gain key, up to date perspectives.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The program is composed of 18 modules. These cover the basics of electrical, electronic and software knowledge and skills to provide you with maximum practical coverage in the biomedical engineering field.

The 18 modules will be completed in the following order:

- Basic Electrical Engineering
- Technical and Specification Writing
- Fundamentals of Professional Engineering
- Engineering Drawings
- Printed Circuit Board Design
- Anatomy and Physiology for Engineering
- Power Electronics and Power Supplies
- Shielding, EMC/EMI, Noise Reduction and Grounding/Earthing
- Troubleshooting Electronic Components and Circuits
- Biomedical Instrumentation
- Biomedical Signal Processing
- C++ Programming
- Embedded Microcontrollers
- Biomedical Modelling and Simulation
- Biomedical Equipment and Engineering Practices
- Biomedical Image Processing
- Biomechanics and Assistive Technology
- Medical Informatics and Telemedicine

COURSE FEES

What are the fees for my country?

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) provides distance education to students located almost anywhere in the world – it is one of the very few truly global training institutes. Course fees are paid in a currency that is determined by the student’s location. A full list of fees in a currency appropriate for every country would be complex to navigate and, with today’s exchange rate fluctuations, difficult to maintain. Instead we aim to give you a rapid response regarding fees that is customised to your individual circumstances.

We understand that cost is a major consideration before a student commences study. For a rapid reply to your enquiry regarding courses fees and payment options, please enquire via the below button and we will respond within 2 business days.

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Programme description

Demand is growing for high value data specialists across the sciences, medicine, arts and humanities. The aim of this unique, modular, online distance learning programme is to enhance existing career paths with an additional dimension in data science.

The programme is designed to fully equip tomorrow’s data professionals, offering different entry points into the world of data science – across the sciences, medicine, arts and humanities.

Students will develop a strong knowledge foundation of specific disciplines as well as direction in technology, concentrating on the practical application of data research in the real world.

You can study to an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Professional Development level.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to the University of Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

You can study to an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Professional Development level.

For the MSc programme, students must successfully complete a total of 180 credits: Practical Introduction to Data Science (20 credits), the Dissertation Project (60 credits) plus 100 credits from the list of courses below.

For the MSc with specialism in Medical Informatics, students must successfully complete a total of 180 credits: Medical Informatics (10 credits), Research and Evaluation in eHealth (10 credits), the Dissertation Project (60 credits) plus 100 credits from the list of courses below. Students wishing to study the MSc with specialism in Medical Informatics should apply for the standard MSc in Data Science, Technology and Innovation and contact the Programme Administrator to discuss the specialism.

For the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip), students must successfully complete a total of 120 credits: Practical Introduction to Data Science (20 credits) plus 100 credits from the list of courses below.

For the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), students must successfully complete a total of 60 credits: Practical Introduction to Data Science (20 credits) plus 40 credits from the list of courses below.

For the Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD), students may take a maximum of 50 credits from the list of courses below. These credits will be recognised in their own right for postgraduate level credits or may be put towards gaining a higher award such as a PgCert.

Option courses

Some option courses may be compulsory for a specific programme; please refer to the information above.

Advanced Vision (10 credits)
Engaging with Digital Research (10 credits)
Ethics and Governance of eHealth (10 credits)
Introduction to Clinical Trials (10 credits)
Introduction to Health Informatics 1 (10 credits)
Introduction to Health Informatics 2 (10 credits)
Introduction to Vision and Robotics (10 credits)
Machine Learning (10 credits)
Managing Digital Influence (10 credits)
Medical Informatics (10 credits)
Neuroimaging: Common Image Processing Techniques 1 (20 credits)
Neuroimaging: Common Image Processing Techniques 2 (10 credits)
Practical Introduction to Data Science (20 credits)
Practical Introduction to High Performance Computing (20 credits)
Public Health Informatics (10 credits)
Research and Evaluation in eHealth (10 credits) (restricted to the MSc and MSc with Medical Informatics programmes)
Social Shaping of Digital Research (10 credits)
Technologies of Civic Participation (10 credits)
Telemedicine and Telehealth (10 credits)
The Use and Evolution of Digital Data Analysis and Collection Tools (10 credits)
Understanding Data Visualisation (10 credits)
User Centred Design in eHealth (10 credits)
Dissertation project – all Masters

(We recommend you take Introduction to Vision and Robotics before or simultaneously taking Advanced Vision, or have some previous experience with image processing.)

Learning outcomes

The modular course structure offers broad engagement at different career stages. Individual courses provide an understanding of modern data-intensive approaches while the programme provides the knowledge base to develop a career that majors in data science in an applied domain.

Career opportunities

This programme is intended for professionals wishing to develop an awareness of applications and implications of data intensive systems. Our aim is to enhance existing career paths with an additional dimension in data science, through new technological skills and/or better ability to engage with data in target domains of application.

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This module is designed to enhance and develop specialist knowledge related to ambulatory care of children and young people. It covers topics including:
-Concept of ambulatory care to prevent and reduce hospitalisation and readmission to hospital
-Purpose and function of clinical assessment and observation units
-National and local policy drivers for ambulatory care, relevant ethical, legal and cultural issues
-Out of hours services, protocols and care guidelines/ pathways, telemedicine including IV antibiotics in the community
-Elective day case procedures, investigations including liaison with community adult & children's services
-Specialist nursing roles

Core content will provide students with the opportunity to acquire and critique skills and knowledge related to the clinical assessment and care of the child/young person in ambulatory care settings.

Why Bradford?

Bradford has a diverse population with a higher population of children and young people than the national average. There is also a higher than average concentration of young people with complex health needs necessitating long term care which may be provided in a variety of care settings.

Modules

This module is an optional module which forms part of the MSc Professional Healthcare Practice (Children and Young People) programme.

It is provided as part of this interdisciplinary Framework within the Faculty of Health Studies. The Framework enables students to create an individualised programme of study that will meet either their needs and/or the employers’ needs for a changing diverse workforce within a modern organisation.

The modules and academic awards are presented in areas representing employment practice or work based or clinical disciplines.

Whilst some students can build their own academic awards by choosing their own menu of module options, other students will opt for a named academic award. The Framework also provides the option for students to move from their chosen named award to another award if their job or personal circumstances change and they need to alter the focus of their studies. The majority of named awards also offer students, the option of choosing at least one module, sometimes more, from across the Faculty module catalogue enabling them to shape their award more specifically to their needs.

Learning activities and assessment

Level 7 Essay – Critical analysis of how ambulatory care can be developed from a service perspective to improve and develop care for a local Trust to prevent hospitalisation (4000 words).

Level 6 Essay - Analysis of ambulatory care as a concept to improve and develop care for a child and family to prevent hospitalisation (3000 words).

OSCE - Based around clinical assessment of child/young person. Completion of competency outcomes in practice document.

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Professionals working in either adult or child services will benefit from this module when they work with children or young people who require care in the community or assessment to prevent hospitalisation.

The module will develop knowledge of planning, communication and relevant guidelines and policy related to ambulatory care.

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This programme is designed to provide core training in concepts, techniques and research methods applied to health informatics. Read more
This programme is designed to provide core training in concepts, techniques and research methods applied to health informatics. In order to accommodate the expected student profile of people currently working in the healthcare and/or the IT sectors who are looking to switch careers, the programme is offered on a part-time as well as a full-time basis. Flexibility is key for the targeted student demographic, particularly the clinicians, so entry in Semester A and Semester B has been incorporated into the programme design.

Why choose this course?

This course will:
-Provide you with the knowledge and understanding to equip them for research in health informatics
-Make you aware of the problems faced in delivering effective healthcare, the concepts used in analyzing them and the principles that govern the successful design, implementation and evaluation of technological solutions to healthcare problems
-Ensure graduates are capable of using sophisticated technologies and information management techniques to improve the quality of health care

Structure

Year 1
Core Modules
-Electronic Communication of Clinical Data
-Telemedicine and Telehealth

Optional
-Advanced Database
-Contemporary Practices in Information Technology
-E-Learning Applications Development
-Evidence Based Practice
-Health Disciplines Project
-Health Informatics Project
-Health Technology and Innovation
-Interaction Design
-Leadership in Practice
-Learner Centred Design
-Medical Emergencies and Human Error, Managing Risk, Improving Services
-Mobile Standards, Interfaces and Applications
-Programming and Program Design
-Software Development Tools and Methods
-Web Scripting and Application Development

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