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Faculty of Science and Engineering

MSc in Biomedical Engineering

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in September

Full time
MSc 1 year

About the course

We want our students to make important discoveries in the world of biomedical engineering. This MSc will help you develop the skills to break down complex problems and develop the solutions needed by patients and industry.

We cover every step in designing a medical device from concept design and material selection, through analysis and optimisation, to regulatory approval.

We have first-hand practical experience of medical device development and we will mentor you as you develop your own ideas. Gain valuable experience of working with either the NHS or other relevant employers as we have built strong partnerships to drive innovation and excellence.

Access up-to-the-minute biomaterials, biomechanics and physiological measurement testing equipment as well as scanning technology including CT, ultrasound and laser.

The University has taken the unusual step of becoming ISO accredited, which means our work reaches industry standards. We commit to making important breakthroughs. Our development of a speech valve, called a tracheoesophageal fistula, illustrates this. This is used to restore speech in patients who have had a laryngectomy, normally as a result of throat cancer.

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM); this programme meets, in part, the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc and BEng (Hons) graduates satisfy the educational base for CEng registration.


What you'll study

Core module

  • Individual Project

Compulsory module

  • Research Skills and Project Planning

    This module provides you with the skills to plan and conduct an academic or industry-based research project, and start the preparatory work on your own project that you will undertake over the summer.

Optional modules

  • Research Skills and Project Planning

    This module provides you with the skills to plan and conduct an academic or industry-based research project, and start the preparatory work on your own project that you will undertake over the summer.

  • Individual Project

  • Prosthetics, Orthotics and Assistive Technologies

    This module provides you with an understanding of modern prosthetics, orthotics, assistive devices and their application. You'll study the principles and biomechanics behind their design, and the processes and technology used to manufacture the devices.

  • Finite Element Analysis for Modelling Medical and Biological Problems

    This module introduces you to finite element analysis, a computer modelling technique that allows you to accurately design and analyse medical devices, focusing in particular on the challenges of modelling complex medical and biological problems.

  • Medical Device Development and Cardiovascular Devices

  • Musculoskeletal Modelling

  • Biomaterials and Orthopaedic Devices

  • Advanced Biomaterials and Orthopaedic Devices

    Explore key structural biological materials in the human body and the biomedical materials currently available to the medical engineer for implantation in the body. Consideration of the design and development processes of orthopaedic devices to replace or augment damaged or diseased body parts is also explored.

  • Artificial Organs & Biomedical Applications of Micro and Nanotechnologies

  • Medical Imaging, Processing and Analysis

  • Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine

  • Human Locomotion in Health and Clinical Practice

    This module will enhance your critical appreciation of biomechanical analyses in a clinical setting. You will cover topics such as lower-limb amputation; osteoarthritis and osteoporosis; normal development and ageing; and barefoot running.

We take a broad approach to teaching. You will attend lectures by speakers from industry, hospitals and leading medical researchers. Seminars will also be led by professionals from a variety of medical and engineering backgrounds, as well as academics. The course is flexible and we make sure that teaching is delivered in a way that is appropriate to your development. We offer a variety of modules, listed below. 

We will teach you how to take a systematic approach to developing logical and practical strategies so that you can make your complex ideas become reality. This MSc has been designed to help you seek sustainable solutions, to be risk and value conscious as well as being aware of the wider professional, social, cultural, environmental and health and safety responsibilities.

Core and optional modules depend on which pathway you choose to study.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Hull Campus

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £7,275

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

The fees shown for Home/EU are for 2018/19 entry. The fees for 2019/20 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

  • International:  £16,600

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

“I have grown more confident in my ability to undertake quality research because of the training I received at Hull. I feel a sense of accomplishment having finished my MSc, and I look forward to my PhD.”

Samson Shittu, MSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Ranked among the top 10 universities in the country for medical technology degrees by the 2017 Complete University Guide.

Experienced engineers and NHS clinicians from local hospitals teach on our programmes.

Our accredited courses give you the skills to succeed in a £150-billion global industry.

We are committed to making important breakthroughs, and our research addresses some of the most challenging and complex issues of modern times.

Entry requirements

Normally an Honours degree (typically 2.2 or above, or equivalent) in an engineering or related discipline, but less well-qualified applicants with relevant industrial experience may be considered.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

This MSc course has been designed with employability in mind. Students who successfully complete it go on to work for medical device companies, in industry or academia. There are also employment opportunities to work for regulatory bodies and consultancy companies.

During your studies, you will regularly come into contact with professionals working in the sphere of biomedical engineering and there will be opportunities to enhance your CV by undertaking placements.

You will learn generally applicable professional skills such as effective communication. You will also gain experience in leading, chairing and participating in meetings, presentations and discussions, as well as negotiation and conflict resolution.