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Faculty of Science and Engineering

MSc in Biomedical Engineering

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2018/19

Open for admission in 2019/20

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 wanted by industry.

We cover every step in the process of 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. You will gain valuable experience of working with either the NHS or with other relevant industries as we have built strong partnerships to drive forward innovation and excellence.

You will have access to 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 are committed to making important breakthroughs. This is evidenced in our development of a speech valve, called a tracheoesophageal fistula, which 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 graduates who also have an accredited BEng (Hons) will be able to show they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration. 

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.

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:
    2018/19 entry: £16,000
    2019/20 entry: £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 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.

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

What you'll study

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 to 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.

    Modules include

    • 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

    • 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.

    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 vital professional skllls such as the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, customers, and the public. You will also gain experience in leading, chairing and participating in meetings, presentations and discussions, as well as opportunities for you to present proposals, negotiate agreements and resolve conflicts.