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Biomedical Engineering (MEng)

Master of Engineering
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4 years
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About this course

Biomedical engineers design, develop and deliver the health and wellbeing devices of the future. On this 4-year programme you’ll study key aspects of biomedicine, electronics and computer science. You’ll have the opportunity to tailor your degree to your liking by choosing a specialist pathway.

With all economies facing an increase in health spending, engineers and computer scientists have an ever-increasing role to play in inventing solutions for healthcare and treatment. Biomedical engineers work to bridge this gap. 

You’ll explore topics like: 

  • the creation of diagnostic systems and devices for observing and controlling body functions 
  • the design and creation of electronic circuits, systems, and computer software 
  • the use of simulation, design, and verification tools to aid in the creation of systems, and how to report and comment on results 
  • the specific clinical, safety and ethical implications of biomedical engineering work and routes to commercialization of devices. 

You’ll make use of our diverse range of modern laboratories and facilities, each filled with industry-standard equipment. 

As you progress, you’ll learn to exercise awareness of quality systems and management in engineering. This includes the requirements and responsibilities of leadership, business and management practices relevant to biomedical electronic engineering enterprises. 

You can tailor your degree to your liking by picking a pathway. These include: 

Electronic Systems 

You’ll learn to develop engineering solutions to health and healthcare problems, ranging from rehabilitation technologies and implantable sensors to smart signal analysis for wearable healthcare, and rapid testing and diagnostic devices.  

You will gain key insight into how to design and develop a wide range of systems, from underlying sensor technology to signal analysis and data interpretation. 

Mechatronics for Health 

You’ll learn the fundamental science, methods, analysis, and engineering applications to start a career in mechatronic engineering with a focus on medical technology and robotics. 

You’ll have the opportunity to design and build intelligent machines and robots as part of your study, which integrate electrical, mechanical and control systems to perform complex tasks. 

Digital Health 

You'll learn to develop m-health and e-health solutions based on healthcare needs and available technology. You will gain key data science skills that allow you to analyse data, build solutions and communicate results. 

As one of the few universities in the UK (United Kingdom) to have a Digital Health research group, you will be taught by academics actively involved in technologies in this area. 

Artificial Intelligence 

You’ll additionally learn to design and build AI (Artificial Intelligence) programs and systems to solve global healthcare challenges and integrate with Biomedical engineering solutions.  

As a highly respected hub for AI research, you'll benefit from a range of specialist modules that few UK universities can match. You’ll also be taught by academics actively involved in the latest advances in AI. 

The MEng programme is also available with an industrial placement year. 

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Biomedical Engineering 5 in Five

This short video covers an explanation of what Biomedical Engineering is, why it's an important subject to study, exploring current research and development, careers in Biomedical Engineering and how to become a Biomedical Engineer.
“For me, the speciality of the course was a massive winning point. In my second year, I had a design project looking at remote monitoring of physical therapy exercises for stroke rehabilitation. It was a really fun project, with incorporation from different sides of my course, including physical sensors, software design and machine learning. ”
Isabel Howard - MEng Biomedical Electronics, third year student

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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