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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Engineering

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    12 months FT or 24 months PT

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    09 August 2017

Course content

Medical engineering combines the design and problem-solving skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to contribute to medical device solutions and interventions for a range of diseases and trauma.

This exciting and challenging programme will give you a broad knowledge base in this rapidly expanding field, as well as allowing you to specialise through your choice of optional modules.

We emphasise the multidisciplinary nature of medical engineering and the current shift towards the interface between engineering and the life sciences. You could focus on tissue engineering, biomaterials or joint replacement technology among a host of other topics.

Whether you’re an engineer or surgeon, or you work in sales, marketing or regulation, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to launch or develop your career in this demanding sector.

Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering

You’ll learn in an exciting research environment where breakthroughs are being made in your discipline. This programme is closely linked to our Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (IMBE), which focuses on research and education in the fields of medical devices and regenerative medicine. It focuses on innovating and translating new therapies into practical clinical applications.

Our world-class facilities in materials screening analysis, joint simulation, surface analysis, heart valve simulation and tensile and fatigue testing allow us to push the boundaries in medical engineering.

Find out more about IMBE

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

Course content

One core module in Semester 1 will give you a background in experimental design and analysis within medical engineering. You’ll look at computational and biological methodologies alongside statistical data analysis and different data visualisation techniques to lay the foundations of your studies.

Optional modules in each semester will allow you to build on this knowledge and focus on specialist topics that suit your own interests and career intentions. You could focus on biomechatronics and medical robotics, spinal biomechanics, surface engineering or computational fluid dynamics analysis and a range of other topics. Depending on your academic or professional background, you may decide to take introductory modules such as Basic Orthopaedic Engineering or Structure and Function of the Body to fill the gaps in your knowledge.

Throughout the programme you’ll complete your Professional Project – an independent piece of research on a topic within mechanical engineering that allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills. In the two taught semesters you’ll review the literature around your topic and plan the project, before completing the design, analysis, computation, experimentation and writing up in the summer months.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll extend your studies over a longer period so you can take fewer modules in each year.

Want to find out more about your modules?

Take a look at the Medical Engineering module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Medical Engineering Experimental Design and Analysis 15 credits
  • Professional Project 75 credits

Optional modules

  • Biomaterials and Applications 15 credits
  • Managing for Innovation 15 credits
  • Structure and Function of the Body 15 credits
  • Spinal Biomechanics and Instrumentation (Distance Learning) 15 credits
  • Basic Orthopaedic Engineering 15 credits
  • Surface Engineering 15 credits
  • Biomaterials (Short Course) 15 credits
  • Functional Joint Replacement Technology (Short Course) 15 credits
  • Biomechatronics and Medical Robotics 15 credits
  • Biotribology 15 credits
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis 15 credits
  • Tissue Engineering 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Medical Engineering MSc Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Medical Engineering MSc Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular interactions with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings. Some modules make use of online learning methods or a short course format.

Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.

Projects

The professional project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.

Recent projects for MSc Medical Engineering students have included:

  • Investigating aspects of wear in total disc replacements
  • Finite element analysis of tissue engineered structures
  • Determining properties of bone and cement augmentation in vertebroplasty
  • Cartilage tribology
  • Investigating 3D printing of a bone substitute

Career opportunities

Career destinations are diverse and include medical engineering within industrial or public sector organisations, regulatory affairs and sales and marketing.

Graduates from this programme have gone on to work in a range of roles for employers such as the clinical research centres, continued in a career in clinical orthopaedics, progressed to a PhD programme.

You’ll also be well prepared to continue with engineering research, whether in industry or at PhD level.

Careers support

You’ll have access to the wide range of engineering and computing careers resources held by our Employability team in our dedicated Employability Suite. You’ll have the chance to attend industry presentations book appointments with qualified careers consultants and take part in employability workshops. Our annual Engineering and Computing Careers Fairs provide further opportunities to explore your career options with some of the UK's leading employers.

The University's Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website


Visit the Medical Engineering MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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