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Biomedical Engineering (MSc/PgDip)

Course Description


The MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Keele is a multidisciplinary course that will prepare you for an exciting career across a wide range of areas of engineering in medicine, be that in academic or industrial research, the medical devices sector or in the clinical arena. The course is professionally accredited and suitable for people with both engineering and life science backgrounds, including medicine and subjects allied to medicine.

Course Director: Dr Ed Chadwick ()

Studying Biomedical Engineering at Keele

The course will cover the fundamentals of engineering in medicine, introduce you to the latest developments in medical technology, and expose you to the challenges of working with patients through clinical visits. Learning and teaching methods include lectures and demonstrations from medical and engineering specialists, practical classes using state-of-the-art facilities and seminars with leading national and international researchers.

Graduate destinations for our students could include: delivering non-clinical services and technology management in a hospital; designing, developing and manufacturing medical devices in the private sector; working for a governmental regulatory agency for healthcare services and products; undertaking further postgraduate study and research (PhD); pursuing a university-based, academic research career; or providing technical consultancy for marketing departments.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/biomed/

Course Accreditation by Professional Body

The course is accredited by the Institute for Physics and Engineering in Medicine, whose aims are to ensure that graduates of accredited programmes are equipped with the knowledge and skills for the biomedical engineering workplace, be that in industry, healthcare or academic environments. Accreditation gives you confidence that the course meets strict suitability and quality criteria for providing Masters-level education in this field.‌‌‌

About the department

Now delivered through the Keele Medical School and the Research Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine, the course dates as far back as 1999, when it was established in partnership with Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics at the University Hospital. Most teaching now takes place in the Guy Hilton Research Centre, a dedicated research facility located on the hospital campus. The medical school is one of the top-ranked in the UK, and the research institute has an international reputation for world-leading research.

The centre was opened in 2006 and offers state-of-the-art equipment for translational research including newly-developed diagnostic instruments, advanced imaging modalities and additive manufacturing facilities. Its location adjacent to the university hospital ensures that students experience real-world patient care and the role that technology plays in that. Students also have access to advanced equipment for physiological measurement, motion analysis and functional assessment in other hospital and campus-based laboratories. The School embraces specialists working in UHNM and RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital Oswestry, covering key medical and surgical subspecialties.

The course runs alongside its sister course, the MSc in Cell and Tissue Engineering, and an EPSRC and MRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training, ensuring a stimulating academic environment for students and many opportunities for engaging with further study and research.

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to provide multidisciplinary Masters level postgraduate training in Biomedical Engineering to prepare students for future employment in healthcare, industrial and academic environments. This involves building on existing undergraduate knowledge in basic science or engineering and applying it to core principles and current issues in medicine and healthcare.

Specifically, the objectives of the course are to:
- provide postgraduate-level education leading to professional careers in biomedical engineering in industry, academia and a wide range of healthcare establishments such as medical organisations, medical research institutions and hospitals;

- provide an opportunity for in-depth research into specialist and novel areas of biomedical and clinical engineering;

- expose students to practical work in a hospital environment with hands-on knowledge of patient care involving technological developments at the forefront of the field;

- introduce students to exciting new fields such as regenerative medicine and novel technologies for physiological monitoring and diagnostics.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The course is taught through subject-centred lectures and seminars, supported by tutorials and practical exercises. Collaborative learning and student-centred learning are also adopted giving widespread opportunity for group work and individual assignments. Students are required to conduct extensive independent study, and this is supported by full access to two libraries, online journal access and a suite of dedicated computers for exclusive use by MSc students on the course. In addition, students are supported by the guidance of a personal tutor within the department, as well as having access to university-wide support services. This includes English language support where appropriate.


Modules will be assessed by a mixture of assessment methods, including lab reports, essays, and presentations, and final examination. This ensures the development of a range of transferrable employability skills such as time management and planning, written and verbal communication and numeracy as well as technical and subject-specific knowledge. The project dissertation forms a major component of the student’s assessed work.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

Visit the Biomedical Engineering (MSc/PgDip) page on the Keele University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Richard Balint

What are/did you study?
I’m studying MSc Biomedical Engineering after graduating in mechatronics
engineering from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. I always wanted to take my studies in a biomedical direction as I’m interested in medicine and the workings of the human body – it’s an exciting and completely new field to my
previous engineering studies.

Why Keele?
Keele University was my number one choice for several reasons. I loved the way they placed an emphasis on being multidisciplinary and accepted students from a wide range of backgrounds. The course is an intensive one year programme and
my course is placed at a research institute which appealed to my research and development aspirations. It also has start dates in January, which meant I could come straight from my undergrad studies.

How are you funding your studies?
I was lucky enough to receive a bursary towards my tuition fees from the University, which I found out about through other students here. Keele offers various funding opportunities for home and international students – the rest of my tuition fees and living costs are being financed by my parents.

What’s the best bit of the course?
The most important and exciting part for me was the research project, which can be
either hospital or lab-based. Mine is lab-based and is about stimulating a type of stem cells with electricity and then investigating what that does to the proliferation and gene expression of the cells. I would never have imagined as an engineer
that I would be able to work with stem cells, but here I am.

Has it been worth it? What advice would you give to others?
Definitely. I will be able to work in research and development and all kinds of technical support jobs at medical device companies when I graduate, as well as research institutes. It’s definitely been worth it, and no one I know has regretted
making this choice.


Keele Graduate Bursaries - 20+ Awards

A discount of £1,000 is available on some taught postgraduate course tuition fees for all UK/EU and international students who have graduated from a first degree programme or the Certificate in Counselling at Keele. Keele Graduate Bursaries are available for all taught postgraduate courses other than those where financial support is already available - such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Social Work or certain courses where the student fee is directly funded by the National Health Service.

There are no additional forms or paperwork. You do not have to apply for this bursary. If you are eligible we will contact you.The £1,000 will be deducted from the second payment instalment of postgraduate tuition fees. For part-time and modular study, it will be deducted on a prorata basis.Please note: to obtain the discount you must begin postgraduate study during 2011. We cannot defer the bursaries until another academic year, and we will not offer a new bursary to students who commenced their studies before September 2011.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All UK/EU and international students who have graduated from a first degree programme at Keele.

Application Procedure

There are no additional forms or paperwork. You do not have to apply for this bursary. If you are eligible we will contact you.The £1,000 will be deducted from the second payment instalment of postgraduate tuition fees. For part-time and modular study, it will be deducted on a prorata basis.

Further Information



Keele International Student Scholarship - 10 Awards

Keele is offering its prestigious Scholarships to full-time international students from the following countries:Brunei, China, The Gulf States (Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE), Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, The Maldives, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and VietnamThe Scholarships are GBP3000 towards the cost of annual tuition fees for Postgraduate courses, the award is open to postgraduate applicants. (For further bursaries and scholarships specifcally for postgraduate study please see above)The Scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate excellence in at least two of the following areas: Academic qualifications,
English Language ability,
Understanding of the course and motivation to study at Keele,
Extra-curricular or work experiencePlease note that students studying the 5-year undergraduate degree in Medicine and the 4-year undergraduate degree in Pharmacy are not eligible for this award.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Students from the following countries are eligible:
Brunei, China, The Gulf States (Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE), Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, The Maldives, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam

Application Procedure

You must have applied to Keele and been made an offer of a place before you apply for a Scholarship. You will need to complete the application form, including a statement indicating how you meet the criteria for the Scholarship. If you are interviewed by a Keele representative in-country, you do not need to write a personal statement as you will present your case at interview.Decisions on Scholarships will be made by the International Recruitment Team, and their decision will be final.If you are holding a conditional offer from Keele - that is, you need to complete some qualifications - you can still apply for a Scholarship. Depending on your other information, we may wait for your academic results before making a decision.Please note that this award is only open to new students starting at the University in September. It is not available to current students.For further information email: [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from people with a first or second-class degree (or equivalent) in engineering, physical or life sciences, medicine, or professions allied to medicine. We also welcome enquiries from people with other professional qualifications acceptable to the University. For international applicants, an English language IELTS score of 6.5 is required.

Course Fees

UK/EU: Full-time £5,100, Part-time £2,800; International: £14,590

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