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    22 August 2018

Biomedical engineers work at the interface of engineering, biology, and medicine, combining their engineering expertise with an understanding of human biology and medical needs to make the world a healthier place.

This masters course will equip you with the specialist knowledge, expertise and skills to integrate biology and medicine with engineering to solve problems related to living systems.

Introducing your degree

Our Biomedical Engineering programme is designed for engineering and physical science graduates who want to work at the interface of engineering, biology and medicine. We will equip you with specialist knowledge, expertise and the skills to integrate biology and medicine with engineering to solve problems related to living systems.


During this course, you will learn the fundamental scientific and technical aspects of biomedical engineering, alongside developing your knowledge of the relevant aspects of human biology in health and disease. This interdisciplinary course draws on expertise from leading departments within the University of Southampton, brought together through the Institute for Life SciencesEngineering and the EnvironmentMedicineHealth SciencesNatural and Environmental Sciences, and Electronics and Computer Science.

If you choose to, you will be able to specialise in your chosen area of biomedical engineering through themed areas of application: musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, imaging, diagnostic systems and audiology.

The course will enable you to thrive in an environment where teams from range of disciplines have work together efficiently. To help you succeed as biomedical engineer, the course features ‘problem-driven’ seminars, site and hospital visits, workshops and training sessions by experts from industry and national laboratories. This combination of advanced engineering, industrial experience and research enables our graduates to make a significant contribution to the development and translation of biomedical technology in both industry and academia.

You will develop the skills to apply advanced engineering in an interdisciplinary environment working in teams of physicians, scientists, engineers, business people and other professionals to monitor, restore and enhance normal body function, abilities and outcomes. You will also enhance your understanding of the ethical, safety and societal implications of developing medical technologies. 

Through your research project you have a further opportunity to integrate your engineering skills with an understanding of the complexity of biological systems, enabling you to work successfully at the intersection of science, medicine and mathematics to solve biological and medical problems. Example research projects may include the design and performance evaluation of new devices to replace joints, or the development of new imaging methods to study bone or lung diseases.

View the specification document for this course

Career Opportunities

Many biomedical engineers work in research, either in academia or industry, along with medical scientists, to develop and evaluate systems and products such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, and diagnostic, health management and care delivery systems.

Biomedical engineers may design devices used in various medical procedures and develop imaging systems and devices for observing and controlling body functions.

Biomedical engineers therefore make careers in academia, industry, healthcare and clinical medicine, as well as government.


Compulsory modules include: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering; Human Biology and Systems Physiology; Translational Medicine; MSc Research Project

Optional modules include: A wide range of optional modules are available, from materials engineering to biological-inspired robotics. We also offer five pathways for those who wish to specialise: Musculoskeletal, Cardiovascular, Imaging, Diagnostic Systems, and Audiology

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





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