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Biomedical Engineering - MSc


Course Description

Running continuously for over 50 years, our Masters in Biomedical Engineering is one of the longest-established in the world, giving a breadth of expertise with a focus on solving real-world, biomedical problems.

You’ll benefit from access to world-leading experts and teaching in state-of-the-art facilities, such as the new £12m “Engineering for Health” facility.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

In the first semester of the programme, graduates from a range of backgrounds are brought up-to-speed on core knowledge in engineering, biology and research practice.

This is followed by specialist modules in the second semester on human movement analysis, prostheses, implants, physiological measurements and rehabilitation, as well as numerous computer methods applied across the discipline.

The course makes use of different approaches to teaching, including traditional lectures and tutorials, off-site visits to museums and hospitals, and lab work (particularly in the Human Movement and Instrumentation modules).

The core lecturing team is supplemented by leading figures from hospitals and industry.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over two academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a research project.

All modules are taught on the University main campus, with the exception of visits to the health care industry (e.g. commercial companies and NHS hospitals). The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Human Biology Compulsory
-Instrumentation Compulsory
-Biomechanics Compulsory
-Professional and Research Skills
-Computer Methods in Biomedical Research
-Medical Implants and Biomaterial Applications
-Human Movement and Rehabilitation
-Biomedical Sensors and Signals
-Research Project

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

The course aims:
-To educate engineering, physical science, life science, medical and paramedical graduates in the broad base of knowledge required for a Biomedical Engineering career in industry, healthcare or research in the United Kingdom, Europe and the rest of the world
-To underpin the knowledge base with a wide range of practical sessions including laboratory/experimental work and applied visits to expert health care facilities and biomedical engineering industry
-To develop skills in critical review and evaluation of the current approaches in biomedical engineering
-To build on these through an MSc research project in which further experimental, analytical, computational, and/or design skills will be acquired

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding
-Demonstrate breadth and depth of awareness and understanding of issues at the forefront of Biomedical Engineering
-Demonstrate broad knowledge in Human Biology, Instrumentation, Biomechanics, and Professional and Research skills
-Demonstrate specialist knowledge in Implants, Motion analysis and rehabilitation, and Medical signals
-Understand how to apply engineering principles to conceptually challenging (bio)medical problems
-Appreciate the limitations in the current understanding of clinical problems and inherent in adopted solutions
-Understand routes/requirements for personal development in biomedical engineering including state registration
-Understand key elements of the concept of ethics and patient-professional relationships, recognise, analyse and respond to the complex ethical issues

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Evaluate a wide range of applied engineering and clinical measurement and assessment tools
-Design and implement a personal research project; this includes an ability to accurately assess/report on own/others work with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies, showing insight and understanding of alternative points of view
-Carry out such research in a flexible, effective and productive manner, optimising use of available support, supervisory and equipment resources, demonstrating understanding of the complex underlying issues
-Apply appropriate theory and quantitative methods to analyse problems

Professional practical skills
-Make effective and accurate use of referencing across a range of different types of sources in line with standard conventions
-Use/ apply basic and applied instrumentation hardware and software
-Correctly use anthropometric measurement equipment and interpret results in the clinical context
-Use/apply fundamental statistical analysis tools
-Use advanced movement analysis hardware and software and interpret results in the clinical context
-Use advanced finite element packages and other engineering software for computer simulation
-Program in a high-level programming language and use built-in functions to tackle a range of problems
-Use further specialist skills (laboratory-experimental, analytical, and computational) developed through the personal research project

Key / transferable skills
-Identify, select, plan for, use and evaluate ICT applications and strategies to enhance the achievement of aims and desired outcomes
-Undertake independent review, and research and development projects
-Communicate effectively between engineering, scientific and clinical disciplines
-Prepare relevant, clear project reports and presentations, selecting and adapting the appropriate format and style to convey information, attitudes and ideas to an appropriate standard and in such a way as to enhance understanding and engagement by academic/ professional audiences

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Visit the Biomedical Engineering - MSc page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Miguel Hernandez Silveira

604.jpg The University of Surrey provides excellent academic support for PhD students as well as all the resources necessary to carry out a worthy research project. In addition, Surrey has offered me the opportunity of participate in sports and other activities that has led me to meet new people from different countries. Finally, I have found that Guildford is a special place to live, with a beautiful high street, outskirts and kind, friendly people.

(Student Profile)

Professor Julie Yeomans; Director of the Industrial Doctorate Centre in Micro and Nanomaterials and Technologies

"The Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences has a wealth of opportunities for anyone thinking about postgraduate study. From aerostructures, Alzheimer’s disease and adhesion to vehicle dynamics, water pipes and wind engineering, our research tackles issues that make a real difference to people’s lives."

(Student Profile)

Alex Bates

"After seven years within marketing and sales, I decided to come back to education to study for an MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Surrey. I’ve always been interested in human biology and how the body works, and was attracted to the wide range of topics the course covered – everything from motion analysis, to engineering principles of prosthetics, to cell culture.

My supervisors were great, always available to give a helping hand or point in the right direction when needed, taking an interest in what I was doing and providing me with prompt and informative feedback on my work. I also found the lectures really interesting and was able to understand the material even if I wasn’t an expert on it – this shows how good the course material was and how well it was delivered. Some of my favourite modules included Gait Analysis and Rehabilitation Engineering, and I loved the hands-on approach to learning, using a movement analysis lab and experimenting to test theory within practical sessions.

I received a lot of opportunity on my course to interact from those within industry. Visiting speakers helped expand my knowledge and there were also numerous trips to hospitals and private companies at the cutting edge of research. During my MSc I was able to organise a week-long work experience placement at the Queen Mary Hospital in Roehampton, within the Gait Analysis lab, observing patients undergoing testing.

I’m now a PhD student, investigating how the knee moves in those with hypermobility syndrome. I feel that Surrey’s MSc in Biomedical Engineering not only gave me a broad knowledge-base of the subject, but also an understanding of a career in academia."


(Scholarship)

Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount

Eligibility

Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]


(Scholarship)

GREAT Surrey Scholarships India - 6 Awards

Funded by the University and the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign, up to six scholarships worth £5,000 (paid in the form of a fee discount) are being offered on postgraduate taught courses from the following subjects:- Chemical and Process Engineering
- Chemistry
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Environment and Sustainability
- Mathematics
- Mechanical Engineering Sciences
- PhysicsWHO CAN APPLY?You can apply for a GREAT Surrey Scholarship if:- You hold a high first-class degree from an Indian university (the minimum requirement is 65 per cent from a prestigious university or 70 per cent from a regional university).
- You hold an offer from Surrey to study any MSc course within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, as listed above (you must hold an offer before submitting an application for a scholarship)

Value of Scholarship(s)

5,000

Eligibility

The GREAT Scholarship – India programme is aimed at high-calibre Indian students who want to study for a postgraduate programme in engineering.

Application Procedure

To apply, you will need to complete the online form - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/content/great-scholarships-india-2016

Further Information

http://www.surrey.ac.uk/scholarships/great-surrey-scholarships-india



Entry Requirements

A minimum 2.2 honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in engineering, physical sciences, medicine, or life/medical/paramedical sciences. Other related paramedical professional qualifications may be considered. Occasionally students may be admitted with a lesser academic qualification, if they can prove several years’ relevant industrial (or Health Service) experience.

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