Masters degrees in Biosensors equip postgraduates with the skills to design and develop devices that detect, record and transmit information about the body. This includes tracking physiological change in the body, and the presence of chemical or biological materials.
Courses range from taught MSc and Meng (Master of Engineering) degrees, to research-based MRes and MPhil programmes. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in an appropriate science, engineering or technology subject.
Biosensors help medical professionals to understand the basic structure and function of different biological processes within the human body, particularly molecular structures such as DNA and RNA, cells, and their roles within biological systems.
They also enable experts to explore the effectiveness of processes such as tissue engineering, including synthetic tissues and prosthetics, and how compatible they are with organic functions.
Biosensor techniques include waves and diffraction such as radiation, and digital signal processing methods. You will also explore nanofabrication methods (the design and manufacture of devices with dimensions measured in nanometers).
Expertise from this field may be applied to a range of medical and biomedical careers, from radiology and midwifery, through to drug design biotechnology manufacturing.
This industry-focused programme - run jointly by the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow - focuses on the principles, methods, techniques and technologies that underpin a vast range of needs in applications spanning from research to industry to medicine.
The programme is designed for students looking to develop the skills and knowledge that will open up opportunities in the many companies developing sensor and image based solutions.
Sensing and sensor systems are essential for advances in research across all fields of physics, engineering and chemistry and can be enhanced when multiple sensing functions are combined into arrays to enable imaging.
Industrial applications of sensor systems are ubiquitous: from mass-produced sensors found in modern smartphones and cars to the state-of-the-art, specialist high-value sensors routinely used in oil and gas recovery, scientific equipment, machine tools, medical equipment and environmental monitoring.
This programme is run over 12 months. The first semester of taught courses is run at the University of Glasgow and the second at the University of Edinburgh. The taught courses are followed by a research project, carried out at either university, leading to the production of your masters thesis.
Semester 1 is delivered at the University of Glasgow.
Semester 2 is delivered at the University of Edinburgh.
Two compulsory courses:
Two optional courses in engineering and/or chemistry:
Sensor and imaging systems (SIS) underpin a vast range of societal, research and industrial needs. Sensing is essential for advances in capability across all fields of physics, engineering and chemistry and is enhanced when individual sensing units are configured in arrays to enable imaging and when multiple sensing functions are integrated into a single smart system.