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Engineering and the EnvironmentPostgraduate study

MSc Biomedical Engineering - 1 yr(s)

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.

Introducing your degree

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.

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Overview

During this course, you will learn the fundamental scientific and technical aspects of biomedical engineering, alongside developing your knowledge of the relevant aspects of human biology in health and disease. This interdisciplinary course draws on expertise from leading departments within the University of Southampton, brought together through the Institute for Life Sciences; Engineering and the Environment, Medicine, Health Sciences, Natural and Environmental Sciences, and Electronics and Computer Science.

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.

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To Apply

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.

Accreditation

We will seek to accredit this course retrospectively.

Programme Structure

Full-time study:

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.

Exit points:

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.

Key Facts

  • 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.
Musculoskeletal: prosthetic interface loading and test measurement
Musculoskeletal: prosthetic interface loading and test measurement
Imaging: investigating the structure of tissue, using a laser
Imaging: investigating the structure of tissue, using a laser
Audiology: innovating solutions to improve hearing & balance disorders
Audiology: innovating solutions to improve hearing & balance disorders
Cardiovascular: prosthetic heart valve deployment simulation using FEA
Cardiovascular: prosthetic heart valve deployment simulation using FEA
Diagnostics: echocardiagram (ECG)
Diagnostics: echocardiagram (ECG)

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Intake: n/a

Average applications per place: 0

Honours Degree

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.

Equivalent Qualifications

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.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

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.

Year 1

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 or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

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 name.

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Funding

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.

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Costs associated with this course

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 University:

TypeDescription
EquipmentApproved 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.
StationeryYou 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.
BooksWhere 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.
EquipmentDesign 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.
EquipmentField 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.
ClothingField 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 copyingIn 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.
OtherOptional 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.

Career Opportunities

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.

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