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    14 May 2019

Biomedical engineering is a fast evolving interdisciplinary field, which has been at the forefront of many medical advances in recent years. As such, it is a research-led discipline, which sits at the cutting edge of advances in medicine, engineering and applied biological sciences.

This MSc programme is designed to provide an advanced biomedical engineering education and to develop specialist understanding; the programme contains a large project component which allows you to develop advanced knowledge and research skills in a specialist area.

The programme also aims to develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the subject, which can be applied in a variety of clinical, biomedical and industrial settings. All subjects are taught by biomedical/medical engineers and clinical scientists. This allows you to gain the related skills and experience in healthcare science and technology, engineering principles and manufacturing, and management of various industry standard medical devices.

Cutting-edge research feeds directly into teaching and various student projects, ensuring your studies are innovative, current and focused with direct relation to related industries. All academic staff are research active and very enthusiastic, leading to research led/taught core modules with an excellent pass rate.

What you will study

Core Modules

Option Modules

  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Genomic Coding
  • Clinical Biomechanics
  • Clinical Diagnostics
  • Polymer and Materials Engineering
  • Risk Assessment & Management
  • Engineering Computational Methods
  • Biomaterials with Implant Design & Technology

Learning and assessment

  • Formal and informal lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory practicals
  • Workshop skills
  • Seminars
  • Group and individually assessed projects


Tissue characterisation laboratory, incorporating three state-of-the-art atomic force microscopes (AFM), which enables the nano- and microstructure of various tissues and other biomaterials to be characterised in great detail. This facility enables the mechanical, physical and biological performance characteristics of tissue/biomaterials to be better understood.

Modern cell/tissue engineering laboratory for in-vitro culturing of various cells/tissues such as skin, bone, cartilage, muscle, etc, and wound repair.

State-of-the-art human movement laboratory, which enables the movement and gait of patients to be analysed in great detail. In particular, the laboratory incorporates a new VICON motion capture facility.

Prosthetic/orthotic joint laboratory containing several state-of-the-art test machines, including a friction hip/knee simulator, for evaluating the performance of artificial hip and knee joints.

Human physiology laboratory for evaluating human physiological performance including EMG, ECG, Blood Pressure, Urine, skin analysis and Spirometry (lung function) tests, etc.

World-class bioaerosol test facility for performing microbiological experiments. This facility comprises a class two negatively pressurised chamber, into which microorganisms can be safely nebulised, thus enabling infection control interventions to be evaluated.

Electrostatics laboratory for evaluating the impact of electrical charge on biological and medical systems.

Medical Electronics Laboratory equipped for the design and manufacturing of Medical diagnostic devices such as Electrocardiography (ECG), Pacemaker, Oximeter and Heart Rate Monitoring, etc.

Other Engineering Laboratories for related subjects such as materials testing and characterisation. Labs and Workshops shared with Mechanical Engineering undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Career prospects

Biomedical Engineering is a growing, increasingly important field, with many significant diagnostic and therapeutic advances pioneered by biomedical engineers. It is highly interdisciplinary in nature and requires engineers who are flexible, able to acquire new skills, and who have a broad knowledge base. In particular, given the research-lead nature of the discipline, there is demand for engineers who can work effectively in a research-lead environment and who can push forward technological boundaries.

Consequently, there is need for people with advanced knowledge and skills, who have a good appreciation of developments in the clinical and biological fields. The MSc in Advanced Biomedical Engineering programme is designed to give you this. 

There is a shortage of professionally qualified engineers in both routine clinical and medical research activities in hospitals, industrial research centres and companies that design, maintain, repair and manufacture electronic medical devices and equipment for public and private health services

We aim to produce postgraduates who aspire to challenging careers in industry, the National Health Service (NHS), commerce and the public sector or to developing their own enterprises. You should therefore be able to move directly into responsible roles in employment with a minimum of additional training. This aim is achieved by:

  • Providing a supportive, structured environment in which students are encouraged to develop independent learning and research skills
  • Developing subject knowledge and understanding, developing discipline skills and developing personal transferable skills, to enable graduates to pursue programmes of advanced study, or to move directly into responsible employment

Various local and national companies including NHS trusts are invited for graduate careers/schemes and for providing placement year specific to biomedical/medical engineering students.

Study support

You will be allocated a personal tutor who is someone with whom you will be able to talk about any academic or personal concerns. There are time-tabled personal tutorial hours per week throughout the academic year, including feedback sessions for all assignments and group/individual projects.

Programme leaders are available for any related matters and advice is given regularly towards curriculum and progression.

University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree programmes. From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.


At Bradford, you’ll be taught only by lecturers who are involved in cutting edge research and you'll work in their research laboratories, using top-class facilities.

Visit the Advanced Biomedical Engineering - MSc page on the University of Bradford website for more details!