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Biomedical Engineering (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

Accreditation: Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)

Why this course?

The MSc is a modular conversion course which provides broad training in biomedical engineering to help you progress with a career in research, industry or in the NHS.

We bring together engineering, medicine and the life and physical sciences to enable the development of relevant clinical and industrial research.

The programme explores advances in technology and engineering to generate applications and solutions to clinically relevant problems.

As part of the course you’ll go on visits to local clinical centres and attend lectures from industrialists and visiting experts from the UK and overseas. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet our many industrial and clinical partners to help advise and further your career.

You’ll study

The first and second semesters consist of taught classes, laboratory demonstrations, practical exercises and clinical visits.

Following this, Diploma students complete a project dissertation and MSc students complete a research or development project reported by a thesis.


The Department of Biomedical Engineering was formed in 2012 following the merger of the Bioengineering Unit and the National Centre for Prosthetics & Orthotics.


The MSc in Biomedical Engineering is accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM). An IPEM-accredited MSc is normally required for those wishing to pursue careers as Clinical Scientists in the National Health Service.

Learning & teaching

Instructional classes include:

-laboratory demonstrations
-practical exercises
-clinical visits

You’ll also have the opportunity to visit local clinical centres and attend seminars given by visiting experts from the UK and overseas.


This credit-based modular degree comprises assessed instructional modules and project work.


How much will I earn?

The starting salaries for entry level medical engineering technicians in the NHS range between £21,176 and £27,625 (Band 5)*.

Salaries for biomedical engineers in the private sector are comparable to those in the NHS, ranging between £21,000 and £45,000 depending on experience and level of responsibility*

Visit the Biomedical Engineering (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

Entry Requirements

First or second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in engineering, physical science, life science, medicine, or a profession allied to medicine. For candidates with other qualifications, or who may benefit from a longer period of study, the MSc can be undertaken over 21 months. PgDip/PgCert: You’re normally required to be a graduate but applications from those with other qualifications can be considered.

Course Fees

Scotland/EU: £5,000; Rest of UK: £9,000; International: £18,600

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