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Biomedical engineering is an emerging field in the UK that involves applying physical, chemical, mathematical, computer science and engineering principles to the analysis of biological, medical, behavioural and health-related problems. Biomedical engineers develop innovative devices and procedures to help prevent, diagnose and treat diseases. It relies on an in-depth understanding of science and engineering fundamentals, combined with a broad knowledge of physiological and anatomical systems.

This programme allows you to gain expertise in this exciting field and covers both theory and practical applications. You will acquire the analytical tools and broad physical knowledge of modern engineering and science, as well as a fundamental understanding of the anatomical and physiological systems, and familiarity with recent technological breakthroughs.

Programme structure

Your course will cover the following core subjects:
-Physiology for biomedical engineering
-Computational genomics and bioinformatics algorithms
-Anatomical science for engineering
-Computational neuroscience
-Biomedical imaging
-Research skills

You will be able to choose three optional subjects from the following:
-Mathematical modelling in physiology and medicine
-Digital filters and spectral analysis
-Wireless networking and sensing in e-healthcare

You will carry out a substantial research project, which you will start during the second teaching block and complete during the summer.


Employment opportunities in the sector are excellent and varied. Biomedical engineers can be employed by companies working in the design, development and manufacture of medical devices; within the NHS, for example in hospitals to collaborate with clinicians in offering non-clinical services; in research institutes or academia; in governmental regulatory agencies; or as technical consultants within marketing departments.

Visit the Biomedical Engineering MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!




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