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Masters Degrees in Rehabilitation Engineering

We have 12 Masters Degrees in Rehabilitation Engineering

Masters degrees in Rehabilitation Engineering equip postgraduates with the skills to substitute lost or reduced functionality in parts of the human body, through the development of devices such as prosthetic limbs.

Courses range from taught MSc degrees, to research oriented MRes and MPhil programmes. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Design Technology, Medicine or Sports Science.

Why study a Masters in Rehabilitation Engineering?

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The Masters in Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary programme that will equip you for employment within the biomedical engineering sector. Read more

The Masters in Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary programme that will equip you for employment within the biomedical engineering sector. This programme addresses all the key aspects of biomedical engineering.

Why This Programme

  • The University of Glasgow’s School of Engineering has been delivering engineering education and research for more than 150 years and is the oldest School of Engineering in the UK.
  • Biomedical Engineering is the newest division of the School, bringing together our long standing expertise. Research covers four themes, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Bionanotechnology, Rehabilitation Engineering, Biosensors and Diagnostics.
  • The course is based on in-depth modules and individual projects, which are designed to give graduates an opportunity to specialise in specific areas of Biomedical Engineering or to cover a more general Biomedical Engineering syllabus.
  • This taught MSc/PG Dip offers a wide exposure to the philosophy and practice of Biomedical Engineering whilst simultaneously enabling the students to deepen their knowledge of specific areas of biomedical engineering disciplines, which have been chosen on the basis of the research strengths of the Discipline. The choice includes Biomaterials and Biomechanics including their application in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Rehabilitation Engineering includes applied within Glasgow hospital and bioelectronics and diagnostic systems, designed to be applied from advanced hospitals to out-in-the-field situations.
  • The compulsory part provides the basic underlying knowledge need throughout biomedical engineering these core courses are taken in both semesters to allow a wide range of optional subjects to be available.
  • You will broaden and/or deepen your knowledge of biomedical engineering disciplines.

Programme structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Biomedical Engineering include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, team work and study trips in the UK. You will undertake an MSc project working on a specific research area with one of the academics.

Core courses

  • Applications of biomedical engineering
  • Biological fluid mechanics
  • Cellular biophysics
  • Energy in biological systems
  • Medical imaging
  • Statistics for biomedical engineering
  • MSc project.

Optional courses

  • Advanced imaging and therapy
  • Applied engineering mechanics
  • Bioinformatics and systems biology
  • Biomechanics
  • Biosensors and diagnostics
  • Microscopy and optics
  • Nanofabrication
  • Rehabilitation engineering
  • Scaffolds and tissues
  • Signal processing of bio-signatures
  • Tissue and cell engineering.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions in rehabilitation engineering, biomaterials for reconstructive surgery, biosensors, device and implant design and development, and biosignal processing.



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This exciting programme focuses on the design, development and clinical application of novel rehabilitative and assistive technologies. Read more

This exciting programme focuses on the design, development and clinical application of novel rehabilitative and assistive technologies. The programme is delivered by the Aspire Create team, which is engineering the next generation of these technologies, in partnership with clinicians at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

About this degree

You will engage in research-based learning and work on real-world medical engineering projects which are driven by a clinical need. Throughout the MSc, you will receive core training in “anatomy for engineers", biomechanics and research methodologies, before choosing modules that explore cutting-edge topics ranging from robotics and electronic implants to social cognitive rehabilitation and “disability and development”.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), a group research module (30 credits) and an individual project (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers
  • Assistive Technology Devices and Rehabilitation Robotics
  • Biomechanics for Assistive Technologies
  • Research Methods and Experiment Design
  • Group research projects
  • Individual research project

Optional modules

All students participate in two group research projects which put the theory from the core modules into practice. Each project results in a group report and an individual mini-viva.

  • Disability and Development
  • Electronic Devices and Implant Technologies
  • Inclusive Design and Human-Machine Interfaces
  • Social Cognitive Rehabilitation

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars and hands-on laboratory sessions, supported by exercise/problem sheets and opportunities for reflection and discussion. Assessment is through coursework, research project reports, mini-vivas, MCQs and written exams.

The programme will be taught mostly at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, London. Some teaching will also take place in Bloomsbury.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies MSc

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Typical career destinations for our graduates range from, but are not limited to: academic researchers, biomedical R&D engineers, clinical scientists, and entrepreneurs who spin out their project work into start-up companies.

Employability

This programme will give you the opportunity to enhance your employability by gaining and refining both technical and transferable skills. Not only will you gain specialist theoretical knowledge, you will also learn how to put this into practice through our research-based learning activities. The highly interdisciplinary research focus will give you experience of the academic, clinical and third sectors. Importantly, you will refine your communication skills by interacting with different audiences (technical, clinical and lay) and learn how to pitch your arguments at the right level – this is a highly valued skill in any sector.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Rehabilitation engineering promises to revolutionise the way patients regain their independence. Complementary to drugs and surgery, this unique MSc focuses on how state-of-the-art technologies can be developed and translated into clinical practice.

You will tackle real problems, faced by people with complex and challenging medical conditions, such as spinal cord injuries and stroke.

There are plenty of networking opportunities throughout the programme, which is run by internationally renowned UCL academics, in conjunction with clinicians at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital; assistive technology specialists from the Aspire charity; and our industrial research partners.



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Technology has always been central for the diagnosis and treatment in orthopaedics, biomechanics and rehabilitation, and the use of technology has never been greater than it is at the present time. Read more
Technology has always been central for the diagnosis and treatment in orthopaedics, biomechanics and rehabilitation, and the use of technology has never been greater than it is at the present time. For instance, twenty-five years ago there was only one type of artificial hip and today there are more than forty. This rapid development has considerable implications for all those working in the fields of orthopaedics and rehabilitation. This programme aims to provide an understanding of the principles involved in the development, application and evaluation of orthopaedics, biomechanics and rehabilitation technology.

The programme consists of two seperate courses, the Postgraduate Diploma in Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology and the MSc in Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology. For each course there are four groups of distance learning modules. In addition, the MSc course includes a project. The courses must be completed within a period of two to five years from the start date.

This programme is delivered by the Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery Department.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, to reflect the multi-disciplinary aspect of the research carried out at the Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery Department where the majority of staff are tutors on this programme, the respective staff were returned into Unit of Assessment 25 (General Engineering - Biomedical Engineering) and Unit of Assessment 8 (Primary Care and Other Community Based Clinical Subjects) where 90% and 85% of our quality profile was deemed of international class.

Aims of the Programme

The programme is intended to provide students with an understanding and knowledge of the technological aspects of orthopaedics and rehabilitation.

Programme Content

The programme consists of four taught modules: Introductory Topics, Biomechanics, Rehabilitation Technology and Orthopaedic Technology. In addition, those studying for an MSc, undertake a research project in a relevant area.

Each student is assigned a tutor, who is available for direct contact by telephone; a telephone answering service is available after office hours, and you may also contact your tutor by email, post or fax. Email is the preferred option for all tutor contact.

For detailed information on the syllabus, visit the course website.

Methods of Assessment

The modules are assessed by a combination of written examination and continuous assessment. In addition, the research project, undertaken by those studying towards an MSc, is assessed by dissertation and oral examination.

Coursework:
At the end of each module group you submit an assignment to your tutor(s) for assessment. A copy of the assignment is returned to you with your marks and the original is retained by the University. The assignment forms the coursework element of the final assessment.

Examinations:
Written examinations are held during March every year in Dundee and also by arrangement at fully approved examination centres throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. You will sit either four or five examinations, depending on the introductory modules you have studied. You must complete all the modules in a module group, including the assignment, before you can sit the exam(s) for that group. You may choose to sit all the exams together or spread them throughout your course.

Dissertation:
The Masters project is assessed by dissertation and viva (oral examination). Vivas are held during September each year in Dundee. Course regulations require MSc students to pass the final assessment for the Diploma course before they may submit their dissertation.

Learning Materials

For each module, you receive learning materials consisting of a module guide and one or more study guides. The module guide for each module provides information about the structure, recommended reference materials and the tutor support system. Modules consists of several individual units, each unit dealing with a different aspect of the module. For every unit there is a study guide that explains the objectives of that unit (what you will have learned by the end of the unit) and leads you through the learning material, section by section, using text, illustrations, activities, exercises and references to the recommended textbooks.

You monitor your own progress through the unit by completing the self-assessment questions, which are placed at regular intervals throughout the text, and checking your answers against those provided in the study guide. At the end of each study guide, there is a short exercise which you complete and return to your tutor for marking.

Tutor Support

When you need to discuss any aspects of your study, you may contact your tutor for support. Your tutor is available for direct contact by telephone at set times during the week, as specified in the module guide for each module. A telephone answering service is available after office hourse and you may also contact your tutor by email, post or fax.
You recieve a regular newsletter and are encouraged to contact other students, even to form local groups where possible, to share ideas.

Students wishing to pursue the MSc must complete the Diploma within 3 years part-time or 9 months full-time. The MSc must be completed within a period of 1 year full-time or 2-5 years part-time.

Fees must be paid in full prior to commencing the course (in-house only).

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Your programme of study. If you want to study Medical Physics with applications in nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, electronics and MRI University of Aberdeen has an world renowned historic reputation within major global innovation in this health area. Read more

Your programme of study

If you want to study Medical Physics with applications in nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, electronics and MRI University of Aberdeen has an world renowned historic reputation within major global innovation in this health area. Did you know the first MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanner was invented at Aberdeen over 30 years ago? Major innovations to this technology are still being researched at Aberdeen today. You learn everything you need to know as an advanced grounding in medical physics such as understanding anatomy and how cells are altered by disease. You look at the engineering behind MRI and other visual scanning techniques to understand how applications are made in areas such as nuclear, Positron, Tomography, Radio diagnosis (X-ray), MRI and Ultrasound. You understand radiation and you apply electronics and computing to medical physics. The degree ensures plenty of practical understanding and application and you learn MRI within the department that built it.

If you want to work within imaging and medical physics to pursue a medical career in hospitals, industry and healthcare and diagnose disease by different methods of imaging the degree in Medical Physics will help you towards this goal. You can also develop your own research portfolio and PhD from this MSc and work within academia to pursue innovation in the discipline.

You receive a thorough academic grounding in Medical Physics, are exposed to its practice in a hospital environment, and complete a short research project. Many graduates take up careers in health service medical physics, either in the UK or their home country. The MSc programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine as fulfilling part of the training requirements for those wishing to work in the NHS. You can also work as a researcher, risk manager, radiation physics specialist and within the medical device industry in product development and innovation.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Biomedical and Professional Topics in Healthcare Science
  • Imaging in Medicine
  • Radiation in Medicine
  • Computing and Electronics in Medicine
  • Generic Skills

Semester 2

  • Radiation and Radiation Physics
  • Nuclear Medicine and Post Emission Tomography
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Medical Electronics and Instrumentation
  • Medical Image Processing and Analysis
  • Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Protection

Semester 3

  • Project Programmes in Medical Physics and Medical Imaging

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught by renowned researchers with opportunity to contribute to the expanding research portfolio
  • You learn in a cutting edge medical facility adjacent to the teaching hospital including a PET-CT scanner, radiotherapy centre and linac treatment machines, plus MRI scanners
  • The MRI scanner was invented and developed at University of Aberdeen

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 months or 24 months
  • Full time or Part Time
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs



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This UK masters in Sports and Biomechanical Medicine programme is designed to cover a wide variety of sport-related topics including. Read more
This UK masters in Sports and Biomechanical Medicine programme is designed to cover a wide variety of sport-related topics including:

research design and medical statistics
measurement systems in motion analysis
biomechanics in sport
sports injury management and rehabilitation
dissertation on a substantive laboratory-based or focused research project in the field of sports rehabilitation and biomechanics

We offer you a wide ranging curriculum that will help you to achieve your career goals no matter what your speciality. Our distinguished visiting lecturers are specialists at the forefront of sport, sports injury, biomechanics, exercise physiology and other sports medicine related areas. You will have access to:

Fully equipped Sports Lab (Institute of Motion Analysis and Research)
Opportunities to publish your research in peer-reviewed sports journals
Lectures from leading multi-disciplinary teaching faculty from medicine, sports and biomechanics
Close working relationships with the University of Dundee's Institute of Sports & Exercise (ISE)
Facilities within Ninewells, a large, modern teaching hospital

Graduates from this sports MRes will be able to use their skills and knowledge to successfully increase their level of integration of sport and exercise medicine within their respective professions and disciplines at an advanced practitioner level. Graduates will be able to contribute to team work with a greater understanding of the inter-relationship between movement mechanisms, the fundamental nature of human performance at all levels and clinical outcome.

Aims of the programme

After completing the course, you will be able to demonstrate:

Expert knowledge on the roles of physical activity and sports exercise in rehabilitation.
The means and techniques to ensure athletes and sports people can perform to their maximum capacity whilst limiting the injury process.
The ability to use your skills and knowledge to successfully increase your level of integration of sport, biomechanics, exercise medicine and rehabilitation within your respective profession or discipline.
The skills and knowledge to undertake a substantive research project in your specialty. You will gain new insights and also the foundations for studying for a higher research degree.

What you will study

The MRes programme consists of five mandatory modules.

Taught modules: 90 credits

Research Project: 90 credits

Module 1: Research Design and Medical Statistics
Module 2: Biomechanics in Sport
Module 3: Measurement Systems in Motion Analysis
Module 4: Management of Soft Tissue and Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation
Module 5: Research Project
After completing the research project, the Master of Research (a minimum of 180 credits) will be awarded.

How you will be taught

Teaching of this MRes Sports Biomechanics and Rehabilitation will primarily be through a combination of flexible learning modules and formal lectures.

Assignments and coursework will foster the development of an enquiry-led, self-directed student approach to learning.

Assessment of modules 1-4 will be by examination upon completion of each individual module and a summative assessment on completion of all four modules. Assessment is weighted - 80% exam and 20% coursework.

During the research project, learning will be partly experiential, partly directed and partly self-directed. The research project will be assessed through the presentation of a dissertation, and the final mark will be moderated through an oral exam in Dundee (90 credits).

Careers

This MRes Sports Biomechanics and Rehabilitation will prepare graduates for a research-focused clinical graduate career in either the NHS or academia, and is particularly well positioned to prepare for entry into a clinical academic career path if you are a clinical graduate. Those students not already in academia or the NHS will broaden their scope of being able to do so and additionally benefit from the multitude of opportunities in the public and private sectors involving sport and exercise.

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The programme focuses on biological and artificial interfaces that are of utmost importance and interest in the field of biomedical science. . Read more

The programme focuses on biological and artificial interfaces that are of utmost importance and interest in the field of biomedical science. 

This is an excellent opportunity for you who has a bachelor’s degree in life sciences and would like to advance your skills in biomedical science. The programme offers theoretical as well as practical skills, beyond traditional teaching in biomedicine, biology and chemistry. The education combines cell and molecular biology with surface and colloid chemistry. It offers unique knowledge, useful in biotech applica­tions such as: drug delivery systems, implants, bio-assays, medical nano-technology and food technology. Arranged in close collaboration with regional industry, it provides an up to date overview of research and development in the field of biomedical surface science.

About

The program creates a platform for understanding the involvement of surface science in biomedicine and biotechnology. You will get theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the areas of biomedical activities which require expertise beyond traditional disciplines of biomedicine, chemistry or biology.

Active connections

The program is carried out in close collaboration with regional industry, and provides up to date overview on research and development work in the area of biomedical technology. Education is conducted by researchers and teachers who are participants of an industrially relevant research network called Profile “Biofilms – research center for biointerfaces”. Our experimental facilities combine chemistry, cell and molecular biology, and bioanalytical laboratories.

Forms of study

We use different pedagogical forms, with a strong focus on research questions in development of biomedical products. The collaboration with surrounding biomedical industry is conducted through CDIO, Conceive - Design - Implement - Operate projects.

What is Biomedical Surface Science?

Biomedical surface science refers to the knowledge and understanding of the theoretically and practically integration of surface chemistry in applied aspects of cell biology, immunology, molecular biology and nanotechnology.Biomedical surface science refers to specialised knowledge of surface chemistry in applied areas of cell biology, immunology, molecular biology, nano-biotechnology and colloid chemistry, as well as substantially knowledge on integration of these subject in biomedical surface science.

Major Biomedical industries

Drugs and biotechnology

  • small molecules - synthetic organic molecules
  • biologics - biological molecules made by living organisms (biotechnology)

Devices and diagnostics

  • medical devices industry
  • diagnostics - IVD (in-vitro diagnostics)

Content

Course list:

Degree

Master's Degree (120 credits).

After the education on the programme is accomplished the requirements for the master degree in Biomedical Surface Science are fulfilled. 

The degree certificate states the Swedish title Masterexamen i biomedicinsk ytvetenskap (120 hp)and the English title Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Biomedical Surface Science.



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Why this course?. Biofluid Mechanics applies engineering, mathematical and physical principles of fluids to solve complex and multifaceted problems, primarily in biology and medicine, but also in aerospace and robotics. . Read more

Why this course?

Biofluid Mechanics applies engineering, mathematical and physical principles of fluids to solve complex and multifaceted problems, primarily in biology and medicine, but also in aerospace and robotics. 

This newly-launched MSc course is the first one-year taught course dedicated to Biofluid Mechanics. It covers a wide range of multidisciplinary training on the kinematics and dynamics of fluids related to biological systems, medical science, cardiovascular devices, numerical modelling and computational fluid dynamics.

The one-year full-time programme offers you a unique opportunity to lead the next generation of highly-skilled postgraduates that will form a new model worldwide for academia – with world-class research knowledge, industry – with highly-competitive skills in both biomedical engineering and fluid dynamics, and for society – with better training to work with clinicians.

The course is taught by the Department of Biomedical Engineering, with input from other departments across the Faculty of Engineering and the wider University. You'll be supported throughout the course by a strong team of academics with global connections. You'll benefit from a unique training and an innovative teaching and learning environment.

You'll study

In Semesters 1 and 2, you'll take compulsory classes and a choice of optional classes. The remaining months are dedicated to project work, submitted as dissertation (Diploma students) or as a research thesis (MSc students).

Compulsory Classes

  •    Biofluid Mechanics
  •    Industrial Software
  •    Medical Science for Engineering
  •    Research Methodology
  •    Professional Studies in Biomedical Engineering 

Optional Classes

  •    Haemodynamics for Engineers
  •    Numerical Modelling in Biomedical Engineeirng
  •    Cardiovascular Devices
  •    The Medical Device Regulatory Process
  •    Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation in Biomedical Engineering
  •    Introduction to Biomechanics
  •    Finite Element Methods for Boundary Value Problems and Approximation
  •    Mathematical Biology and Marine Population Modelling
  •    Design Management
  •    Risk Management

Masters Research Project

The project provides MSc students with the opportunity to experience the
challenges and rewards of independent study in a topic of their own choice; the project may involve an extended literature review, experimental and/or
computational work.

Postgraduate Diploma Dissertation

The dissertation is likely to take the form of an extended literature review. Your project work will have been supported by a compulsory research methods module and specialist knowledge classes throughout the year designed to assist with technical aspects of methodology and analysis.

Learning & teaching

Classes are organised in lectures, laboratory demonstrations, practical exercises and hands-on experience with industrial software on real biofluid mechanics problems. In addition to the classes, you'll benefit from invited academic and industrial speakers, departmental seminars and knowledge exchange events.

Assessment

Assessment methods include exams, coursework and the research project/thesis.

Careers

Graduates will be highly employable in the following markets and related sectors/companies, among others:

  •    Medical Devices
  •    Simulation and Analysis Software
  •    Academic Research
  •    Biosimulation market
  •    NHS and the Healthcare/Medical Simulation
  •    Life Science Research Tools and Reagents

Key providers have been identified in each of the above markets. Creating links with the relevant industry and monitoring the market and employability trends will enable us to tailor the course content appropriately, and to enhance graduates’ employability.

Industrial Partnerships

We've already established strong partnerships with industrial companies that have offered their support, eg through the provision of software licenses, teaching material and/or collaborative research projects, including:



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Research opportunities. Biofluid mechanics applies engineering, mathematical and physical principles of fluids to solve complex and multifaceted problems primarily in biology and medicine, but also in aerospace and robotics. Read more

Research opportunities

Biofluid mechanics applies engineering, mathematical and physical principles of fluids to solve complex and multifaceted problems primarily in biology and medicine, but also in aerospace and robotics.

Our new MRes course covers a wide range of multidisciplinary training on the kinematics and dynamics of fluids related to biological systems, medical science, cardiovascular devices, numerical modelling and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), focusing on research. The MRes differs from an MSc in that you'll have the opportunity to perform multidisciplinary research for a longer time, preparing you for a research career and equipping you with world-class research knowledge.

The course is taught by the Department of Biomedical Engineering, with input from other departments across the faculty and the University.

During the course, you'll be supported by a strong team of academics with worldwide connections and you'll be offered a unique training and innovative teaching and learning environment.

What you'll study

This one-year programme consists of compulsory and optional classes in the first two semesters. Each class has timetabled contact hours, delivered mainly in lectures, laboratories and tutorials. The MRes research project will be chosen and started in semester one with guidance from a supervisor. Throughout the year you'll be working on your project.

Compulsory classes

  • Professional Studies in Biomedical Engineering
  • Research Methodology
  • MRes project

Elective classes

  • Biofluid Mechanics
  • Industrial Software
  • Medical Science for Engineering
  • Haemodynamics for Engineers
  • Numerical Modelling in Biomedical Engineering
  • Cardiovascular Devices
  • The Medical Device Regulatory Process
  • Entrepreneurship & Commercialisation in Biomedical Engineering
  • Introduction to Biomechanics
  • Finite Element Methods for Boundary Value Problems and Approximation
  • Mathematical Biology & Marine Population Modelling
  • Design Management
  • Risk Management

Support & development

The new MRes course aims to train students in the Biofluid Mechanics field, targeting primarily the academic research market, but also the Medical Devices and Simulation/Analysis software industries and other related and new emerging markets.

Our postgraduates will benefit from acquiring world-class training and competitive skills in both biomedical and fluid dynamics disciplines that will make them highly employable at the following markets and related sectors/companies:

  • academic research
  • medical device market
  • simulation & analysis software market
  • biosimulation market
  • NHS & the healthcare/medical simulation market
  • life science research tools & reagents market

We've identified the current key vendors in each of the above markets and aim to create links with the relevant industry and monitor the changing market and employability trends, in order to adjust teaching modules and approaches and to enhance employability of our graduates.

Industrial partnerships

We've already established strong partnerships with industrial companies that have offered their support, eg through the provision of software licenses, teaching material and/or collaborative research projects, including:



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Post. Research studentship. Department. Institute for Research in Applicable Computing. Salary. Funding covers full cost of UK/EU tuition fees. Read more

Post: Research studentship

Department: Institute for Research in Applicable Computing

Salary: Funding covers full cost of UK/EU tuition fees

Fixed term:  1 year

Closing date: 19th February 2018

Start date: 19th March 2018

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Introduction

Applications are invited for an MSc by Research fees funded studentship post commencing 19th March 2018. The Studentship is open to home/EU students. It will run for 1 year and the fees of the MSc by Research programme will be paid by the Institute for Research in Applicable Computing (IRAC) at the University of Bedfordshire.

About the project

The Institute for Research in Applicable Computing (IRAC) and Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research (ISPAR) at the University of Bedfordshire have partnered with Moorfields Eye Hospital based at Bedford Hospital to deliver this exciting interdisciplinary research project.

A wide range of eyelid related conditions require surgical intervention, including skin cancers, age related changes, congenital abnormalities and watery eyes. Age related changes and congenital abnormalities affecting the lower eyelid can cause the eyelid to turn inside out (ectropion) or turn inward (entropion). Both conditions can present with infection, red and watery eyes. Additionally entropion can cause foreign-body sensation as a result of the inward rotated eyelashes irritating the ocular surface.

Ptosis is drooping of the upper eyelid most commonly caused by age related changes of muscles that elevate the upper eyelid. Depending on the degree of the upper eyelid covering the visual axis, symptoms may include from headaches associated with the forehead muscles lifting the upper lid compensating for the weakened muscle of the eyelid and reduced vision when the forehead muscles cannot elevate the upper eyelid at all.

These eyelid conditions causing discomfort to the patient require surgical intervention. The corrective surgery may cause lid swelling, haemorrhage, pain and tenderness during the healing period that may reduce quality of life. In this project the physical activity, sedentary behaviour and quality of life responses before and after surgical interventions on (a) a single eyelid (unilateral), versus (b) both eyelids (bilateral) will be compared. The findings of the project will help inform clinicians and patients on the impact of the surgical intervention on patient recovery and quality of life. This has implications on the patient making informed decisions regarding their choice of operations.

The successful candidate will undertake the above project and will gain research experience in a clinical setting as part of an interdisciplinary team. It is expected that the student will contribute to the study design, delivery and evaluation of the measurements, and author a journal publication to disseminate the findings.

Candidate requirements

The applicant will gain experience in the design, conduct and presentation of research relating to the project. Applicants will have a good first degree (minimum of 2:1) in a relevant discipline (e.g. physical activity, sport and exercise science, applied computing, biomedical science, ophthalmology or related subject).

 

Supervisor:

The student will be under the supervision of:

-      Dr Daniel Bailey Senior Lecturer in Health, Nutrition and Exercise; Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research

-      Dr Enjie Liu, Reader in Network Applications, Institute for Research in Applicable Computing

 

Funding: IRAC will pay the fees of £4,107; there are no bench fees associated with this project. The post will not include a bursary.

 

How to apply

For an application pack or any application queries please email quoting the appropriate reference number. In addition to a CV all applicants will need to send a cover letter with supporting information on their experience and skills and how these relate to the advertised studentship.

It is expected that interviews will take place the week beginning 26th February 2018.

For informal discussions or non-application related queries, please contact Dr Daniel Bailey by email at , or Dr Ejie Liu by email at .

Closing date: 19th February 2018



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