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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    MSc: 12 months full-time PgDip: 9 months full-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    29 January 2018

Course content

Why this course?

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. 

This newly-launched MSc course is the first one-year taught course dedicated to Biofluid Mechanics. It 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.

The one-year full-time programme offers you a unique opportunity to lead the next generation of highly-skilled postgraduates that will form a new model worldwide for academia – with world-class research knowledge, industry – with highly-competitive skills in both biomedical engineering and fluid dynamics, and for society – with better training to work with clinicians.

The course is taught by the Department of Biomedical Engineering, with input from other departments across the Faculty of Engineering and the wider University. You'll be supported throughout the course by a strong team of academics with global connections. You'll benefit from a unique training and an innovative teaching and learning environment.

You'll study

In Semesters 1 and 2, you'll take compulsory classes and a choice of optional classes. The remaining months are dedicated to project work, submitted as dissertation (Diploma students) or as a research thesis (MSc students).

Compulsory Classes

  •    Biofluid Mechanics
  •    Industrial Software
  •    Medical Science for Engineering
  •    Research Methodology
  •    Professional Studies in Biomedical Engineering 

Optional Classes

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

Masters Research Project

The project provides MSc students with the opportunity to experience the
challenges and rewards of independent study in a topic of their own choice; the project may involve an extended literature review, experimental and/or
computational work.

Postgraduate Diploma Dissertation

The dissertation is likely to take the form of an extended literature review. Your project work will have been supported by a compulsory research methods module and specialist knowledge classes throughout the year designed to assist with technical aspects of methodology and analysis.

Learning & teaching

Classes are organised in lectures, laboratory demonstrations, practical exercises and hands-on experience with industrial software on real biofluid mechanics problems. In addition to the classes, you'll benefit from invited academic and industrial speakers, departmental seminars and knowledge exchange events.


Assessment methods include exams, coursework and the research project/thesis.


Graduates will be highly employable in the following markets and related sectors/companies, among others:

  •    Medical Devices
  •    Simulation and Analysis Software
  •    Academic Research
  •    Biosimulation market
  •    NHS and the Healthcare/Medical Simulation
  •    Life Science Research Tools and Reagents

Key providers have been identified in each of the above markets. Creating links with the relevant industry and monitoring the market and employability trends will enable us to tailor the course content appropriately, and to enhance graduates’ employability.

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:

Visit the Biofluid Mechanics MSc/PgDip/PgCert page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!




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