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Medical Engineering at Swansea University

Medical Engineering is the application of engineering principles to both the human body and to a broad range of instrumentation used in modern medicine. 

The engineering degree courses at Swansea University draw on the exciting medical research that is taking place within the College of Engineering and the College of Medicine. The research success in the two colleges led to the creation of the £22 million Centre for NanoHealth (CNH), a unique facility linking engineering and medicine.

Our Medical Engineering degree graduates gain the skills of engineering, whilst also providing employers with the added experience and knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and the ability to communicate with clinicians.


The Bay Campus includes an extensive Engineering Quarter, designed to capitalise on our research expertise and our collaboration with major companies.

The £450 million development project includes specialist laboratories and excellent computing facilities.

Our Medical Engineering degrees schemes make extensive use of our dedicated Metallography Laboratory, Fluids Laboratory and Dynamics Laboratory Mechanics.

Within the College of Engineering there are key resources that are used by medical engineering students and researchers.

These include:

  • Electrical engineering instruments for the building and testing of medical devices
  • Biomechanical modelling for optimisation of implant technologies
  • Process engineering equipment for pharmaceutical production

Systems and Process Engineering Centre (SPEC)

For research projects students are provided with workspace in the Systems and Process Engineering Centre (SPEC).

Examples of equipment employed during the characterisation and study of medical engineering processes include:

  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Fermentation rigs
  • Particle characterisation
  • Surface plasmon resonance
  • Hydrodynamic shear adhesion assays
  • Membrane separation rigs
  • Rheometers

Electronics Systems Design Centre

Medical engineering students at all levels use facilities of the Electronic Systems Design Centre within the Systems and Process Engineering Centre. It has a variety of state-of-the art equipment. Facilities include:

  • Design and modelling laboratory equipped with Sun UNIX machines and TCAD (TSUPREM, MEDICI) softwares, as well as IC-CAP parameter extraction tool, SABER simulator and Synopsys IC design software suit.
  • Fully equipped state-of-the-art power electronics laboratory consisting of oscilloscopes, function generators, power analyzers, micro-processor development systems, spectrum analyzers, high voltage test equipment, thermal device characterisation equipment, and device characterisation equipment (including an HP4124 parameter analyzer, a probe station and CV characterisation equipment).
  • Fully equipped clean room for power device fabrication including plasma etch/deposition, e-beam metallisation, sputtering, spin coating, mask alignment, surface profiling, wet/dry oxide growth, acid etch, rapid thermal anneal.
  • Fpga / cpld system development tools

Chemistry Laboratory

The Chemistry Laboratory has bench-scale experiments which provide fundamental understanding and experience in measuring and estimating data relating to various aspects of basic chemical and process engineering.

Examples include:

  • Determining the efficiency profile of a pump
  • Behaviour of a gas fluidised bed
  • Gas calorimetry
  • Vapour pressure as a function of temperature (Ramsay-Young experiment)
  • Mixing in flow-through stirred vessels
  • Distillation of toluene solutions
  • Drying of solids
  • Nature of fluid flow
  • Dynamic response of sensors
  • Residence time distribution in reactors

Visit the Medical Engineering MSc by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!




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