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Biomedical Engineering and Instrumentation (MSc)

Course Description

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


- 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.


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. 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.

Visit the Biomedical Engineering and Instrumentation (MSc) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Entrants to the programme will be graduates in science and engineering who have prior experience of computer programming, electronics and mathematics in their first degree and who wish to obtain specialised training in Biomedicine. The minimum requirement is a Bachelor's degree in any engineering and science subject.

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