Biomedical engineers work at the interface of engineering, biology, and medicine, combining their engineering expertise with an understanding of human biology and medical needs to make the world a healthier place.
This masters course will equip you with the specialist knowledge, expertise and skills to integrate biology and medicine with engineering to solve problems related to living systems.
The MSc Biomedical Engineering is designed for engineering, and physical science graduates who want to specialise in this vibrant area of engineering. There is high demand for biomedical engineers, and this masters has been developed with our graduates’ employability in mind.
If you choose to, you will be able to specialise in your chosen area of biomedical engineering through themed areas of application: musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, imaging, diagnostic systems and audiology.
The course will enable you to thrive in an environment where teams from range of disciplines have work together efficiently. To help you succeed as biomedical engineer, the course features ‘problem-driven’ seminars, site and hospital visits, workshops and training sessions by experts from industry and national laboratories. This combination of advanced engineering, industrial experience and research enables our graduates to make a significant contribution to the development and translation of biomedical technology in both industry and academia.
You will develop the skills to apply advanced engineering in an interdisciplinary environment working in teams of physicians, scientists, engineers, business people and other professionals to monitor, restore and enhance normal body function, abilities and outcomes. You will also enhance your understanding of the ethical, safety and societal implications of developing medical technologies.
Through your research project you have a further opportunity to integrate your engineering skills with an understanding of the complexity of biological systems, enabling you to work successfully at the intersection of science, medicine and mathematics to solve biological and medical problems. Example research projects may include the design and performance evaluation of new devices to replace joints, or the development of new imaging methods to study bone or lung diseases.
You can apply through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. For more background and detailed information, see how to apply.
The deadline for new applications to this course is the 30th June each year.
We will seek to accredit this course retrospectively.
The full-time postgraduate course lasts for 12 months. The first eight months are spent mainly on the taught component, with lectures divided into two 12-week periods (semesters one and two), and with exams at the end of each semester. The final four months are spent full time on a research project, for which some preparation is done in semester two.
The taught component of the MSc course is assessed independently of the research project component. The MSc award depends on passing the examinations and on successful completion of a dissertation on the project. The possible exit points are:
PG Certificate (30 ECTS credit points)
PG Diploma (60 ECTS credit points)
MSc (90 ECTS credit points)
We only accept applications to the 90 ECTS credit MSc course. The PG Diploma and PG Certificate are exit points only and are not standalone qualifications.
The Institute for Life Sciences' mission is to facilitate fusions of expertise from a range of disciplines in order to broaden scientific opportunities and address key issues in health, society and enterprise.
The University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service has transformed the lives of more than 1000 people and their research has formed the basis of NHS guidelines.
2008 saw the first ceramic-on-ceramic total hip replacement surgery, after development with the University of Southampton. By 2015 over 10,000 had been implanted worldwide.
Typical entry requirements
Average applications per place:
Upper second class honours degree (2:1 or equivalent) in Engineering, Mathematics, Physical Sciences or a related subject. Those candidates with relevant employment experience will be considered if they do not meet the requirements. Applications are assessed individually, and any candidates who do not match the standard profile but who have appropriate academic qualifications and/or industry experience are encouraged to apply.
Relevant employment experience would be considered if a candidate does not meet the formal qualifications requirements. We are always happy to receive applications from candidates with an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University. If you are unsure about our entry criteria, please contact our admissions staff who would be happy to provide advice in advance of your application. Applicants who have successfully completed a pre-masters programme in a relevant subject will also be admitted provided marks are equivalent to the above requirements.
English Language requirements
If your first language is not English, we need to ensure that your listening, written and spoken English skills would enable you to enjoy the full benefit of your studies. For entry onto our courses, you will need an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University’s Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedures as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Disability Office to assess their needs. The course may require adaptation for students with disabilities (e.g. hearing impairment, visual impairment, mobility difficulties, dyslexia), particularly the practical laboratory sessions, and we will attempt to accommodate students wherever possible.
You will study a number of compulsory and optional subjects during both semesters. These provide sound preparation for the final part of the degree, the Research Project.
The first eight months are spent mainly on the taught component, with lectures divided into two 12-week periods (Semesters one and two), and with exams at the end of each semester. The final four months are spent full time on a research project.
Human Biology and Systems Physiology – module subject to approval
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
Fees & funding
Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are
listed for UK,
EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course
Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you
through your course.
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or
your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the
Approved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Design equipment and materials: Standard construction/modelling materials will be provided where appropriate, unless otherwise specified in a module profile. For customisation of designs/models calling for material other than standard construction/ modelling materials, students will bear the costs of such alternatives.
Field equipment and materials: A number of essential items will be provided to you e.g.: field notebook(s); compass-clinometer; geological hammer; steel tape measure; map case; pocket lens (x 10); safety helmet; safety goggles; bottle of dilute hydrochloric acid. However, you will need provide yourselves with a ruler; a pair of compasses; set squares; protractor; pencils (including coloured); eraser; calculator, penknife. These can be purchased from any source.
Field course clothing: You will need to wear suitable clothing when attending field courses, e.g. waterproofs, walking boots. You can purchase these from any source.
Printing and copying
In some cases, coursework and/or projects may be submitted electronically. Where it is not possible to submit electronically students will be liable for printing costs, which are detailed in the individual module profile.
Optional visits: Some modules may include additional optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.
Many biomedical engineers work in research, either in academia or industry, along with medical scientists, to develop and evaluate systems and products such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, and diagnostic, health management and care delivery systems.
Biomedical engineers may design devices used in various medical procedures and develop imaging systems and devices for observing and controlling body functions.
Biomedical engineers therefore make careers in academia, industry, healthcare and clinical medicine, as well as government.
Learning & Assessment
Teaching and learning:
The range of subject matter covered in the modules calls for varied teaching and learning techniques. The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory experiments, industrial visits, coursework, and projects. You will be encouraged to openly communicate your experiences, exchange ideas and share knowledge. One-to-one tutorials are also arranged to cater for individual learning differences.
Candidates wishing to obtain an MSc will carry out a research project and complete a dissertation. Research projects may concern any of the areas covered by the course. The research project will bring together all the acquired skills learnt on the course, and demonstrate in-depth knowledge of one or more of the subject areas studied. It will involve sourcing and gathering information, critical analysis, and evaluation and presentation skills. The project should contain your own original ideas. It should also exceed the existing standard of technical design, and address a novel problem that requires the application of new research.
Your education will be timely and relevant while you are taught by our world-leading academics who are at the forefront of their respective fields. This is especially important in engineering where technology is advancing rapidly. We also have a global network of companies, shared facilities and expertise to draw on to advance your learning curve.
Assessment and examinations:
Assessment is through a combination of written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, essays, and an individual research project with a dissertation.
Every student is assigned a personal academic tutor from the start of their course.
We have our own team of administrators who act as a point of contact for day-to-day advice and information for postgraduate students. They are also responsible for collecting assignments and issuing the documents and forms which are required during your period of study.