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Biomedical Engineering (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2023

About this course

Combine biology and medicine with engineering on our MSc Biomedical Engineering degree. Study human biology in your chosen specialist area and learn the skills to develop new engineering solutions. Prepare to take on a leading role in helping healthcare practitioners and providers to improve and maintain people's health.

This UK master’s degree is ideal if you're an engineering, mathematics or physical science graduate who wants to specialise in Biomedical Engineering or support your continued professional development.

Biomedical engineers work in the fields of engineering, biology and medicine to solve medical and healthcare challenges facing society. This work helps to create medical procedures, imaging systems, and devices for observing and controlling body functions.

A range of optional modules are available, from materials engineering to biological-inspired robotics. We also offer 5 pathways for those who wish to specialise:

  • musculoskeletal
  • cardiovascular
  • imaging
  • diagnostic systems
  • audiology

You'll study with teams of physicians, scientists, engineers, business people and other professionals. In this environment you’ll learn to monitor, restore and enhance normal body function, abilities and outcomes. You’ll also develop and evaluate products such as artificial organs, prostheses and instruments.

Throughout your studies you’ll improve your understanding of the ethical, safety and societal implications of developing medical technologies.

This course draws on expertise from leading departments within the University of Southampton, brought together through the:

Course lead

Markus O. Heller is Professor of Biomechanics within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton. His current research looks at the biomechanical problems of musculoskeletal disorders to help footballers with hip and groin pain. Find out more on Professor Heller’s staff profile page.


This master's programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the academic requirement for Further Learning, for Chartered Engineer registration. Candidates must hold a BEng/BSc undergraduate first degree that is accredited for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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