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    23 January 2019

Biomedical Engineering applies the principles of science and engineering to biological and medical problems. It has applications in a variety of fields from the design, development and operation of complex medical devices used in diagnosis and treatment, to the development of software products and theoretical models that enhance the understanding of complex issues in the biomedical area. Biomedical engineering is a rapidly developing field that relies on inter- and multidisciplinary approach to research and development. Specialists in this area face problems that differ significantly from the more traditional branches of engineering. Biomedical engineers use methodologies and techniques developed in the more traditional engineering fields and adapt them to the particular specifications of the biomedical applications. 

The aim of this course is to allow students with a strong engineering background to develop their knowledge in this field to an advanced level, in both experimental and computational areas, allowing them to participate in the advancement of knowledge as well as technology in this area. The programme aims to prepare specialists with advanced skills in computational modelling, numerical techniques and in depth understanding in engineering approaches to biological problems. Students completing this programme will be able to develop novel computational and technology products for use in the biomedical industries. You will have have acquired extensive knowledge in the areas of computational solid and fluid mechanics with a focus on biomedical applications such as biomechanics, bio-fluids, tissue engineering. 

The MSc in Biomedical Engineering may also appeal to clinicians interested in this exciting and rapidly developing area of medicine. The MSc provides the opportunity to be involved in internationally leading bioengineering research and to gain a valuable postgraduate qualification, both of which may aid career progression within medicine.


The MSc in Biomedical Engineering includes 3 compulsory, and 4 optional taught modules, you can see examples of these modules on the structure shown below. Starting in Semester A the programme also includes a research project, which is completed under close supervision throughout the year, and submitted in September.

Please note the modules are correct at the time of reading; however we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future. Information based upon modules offered during the 2018/19 academic year

Core modules

  • Research methods and experimental techniques
  • Physiology for Medical Engineers
  • Ethics and Regulatory Affairs

Optional modules include

  • Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine
  • Advanced Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Biomedical Engineering in Urology
  • Advanced Polymer Synthesis
  • Surgical techniques and safety
  • Science of Biocompatibility
  • Tissue Mechanics
  • Principles and application of medical imaging
  • Clinical Measurements
  • Advanced Materials Characterisation Techniques
  • Chemical and Biological Sensors
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Numerical Optimisations in Engineering Design
  • Introduction to Law for Science and Engineering
  • Foundations of Intellectual Property Law and Management
  • Fundamentals of DSP
  • C++ for image processing
  • Electronics
  • Real-time and Critical Systems

Research project

The research project forms a major component of the Biomedical Engineering degree course providing an excellent opportunity for students to participate in the internationally leading research taking place within the School of Engineering and Materials Science. Students work on a Biomedical Engineering related project supervised by a member of academic staff and integrating within the wider research team.

Our MSc students have access to our excellent laboratory facilities enabling them to conduct cutting edge research leading to publication at scientific conferences and in peer reviewed journals. Here are examples of the areas of Biomedical Engineering our students have conducted research projects in:

  • Bioengineering in Urology
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Biosensors and Nanomedicine
  • Development of enzyme based biosensors
  • Tissue Biomechanics
  • Orthopaedic Implant Analysis
  • Clinical Biomechanics

Learning and teaching

The School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) undertakes high quality research in a wide range of areas. This research feeds into our teaching at all levels, helping us to develop very well qualified graduates with opportunities for employment both in many leading industries as well as in research

As a student in the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, and a variety of coursework.


The methods of assessment are coursework and formal examinations, which take place in May. Many courses will include continuous assessment so that some or all of the work you do during the course counts towards the final mark.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £10,000

Part time £5,000

Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £21,250

Part time £10,625

Part-time study is not available for this course

Graduate employment

Our graduates work in research, development and consultancy positions within the engineering and materials industries for companies such as BAE Systems, Baxter, Atkins, JRI Orthopaedics. Many graduates apply their degree knowledge directly, working as engineers and/or scientists in sectors relevant to those they have studied. The healthcare industry is one of the world's biggest industrial sectors, and it grows every year, providing stimulating job opportunities in research, development and patient care. Biomedical Engineering graduates have gone to work as an NHS Clinical Scientists or an NHS Clinical Engineers others now work for the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

Visit the MSc Biomedical Engineering page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!




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