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Medical Engineering Applications for Healthcare - MSc *

  • Level: Postgraduate Taught
  • Starting: January 2022
  • Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: City South

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Any arrangements put in place by the University for the 2021/22 academic year will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

Medical Engineering is a field with excellent career prospects, and this exciting and challenging course aims to prepare students for a career in Medical Engineering by the integration and application of their physical, biological, scientific, clinical and engineering theory and principles in to engineering practice.

Delivered online and taught face to face on campus – this unique, cross-faculty, interdisciplinary programme is designed to help you gain an enriched leaning experience via its practice-led, knowledge-applied course structure where you will have optional opportunities to undertake valuable work placements in summer break, either in the UK or internationally.

The course is currently in the process of seeking accreditation from the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

International students will be eligible for a Graduate Route visa, which allows them to stay in the UK for up to two years after they graduate from the course, with no restriction on the type of work they can do.

What's covered in the course?

Medical engineering combines the design and problem-solving skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to contribute to medical device solutions and interventions for a range of diseases and trauma.

This exciting and challenging course will give prospective students a broad knowledge base in this rapidly expanding field, as well as enable students to specialise through their choice of a number of innovative and challenging modules. 

We emphasise the multidisciplinary nature of (bio) medical engineering and the current shift towards the interface between engineering and the life sciences. Students could focus on, biomaterials or healthcare technology among a host of other topics. The proposed programme will enable students from a diverse background such as from; engineering, medical / surgical, or sales/ marketing / regulation, to gain the knowledge and skills to launch or develop their career in this demanding sector.

Why Choose Us?

  • Partnership working with medical technology SME’s / NHS Trust partners.
  • Potential for elective summer projects with a Medical Engineering placement provider such that students gain valuable work based employment skills.
  • Potential for students to extend their elective summer projects into research internships were appropriate.
  • Practitioners alongside the staff from the faculty and wider university involved in the delivery of curriculum
  • Careful selection of level 7 modules allowing students to cater for future career aspirations.
  • With ongoing collaborations with partners around the globe, students will have numerous opportunities to undertake HELS go abroad opportunities, etc.

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Open Days

Our Open Day for this course will take place in Spring 2021. Register now and we will contact you when the booking form goes live.

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This course is open to International students

New £11,222 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £11,222 available for postgraduate study.

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Subject to approval

This course is in the final stages of approval to ensure it meets the very highest standards of quality, creativity and applied learning.

Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential
Applicants need to hold at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an engineering, technical or medical discipline. 
Applicants without standard entry qualifications if can demonstrate and provide evidence of the necessary knowledge and skills and experience (of minimum three years) to successfully complete the course will also be considered.
International students
Essential
International Applicants: IELTS 6.0 with no bands less than 5.5
Other requirements
In addition, development of this new provision, will provide opportunities for:
BCU top-up degree (in Biomedical Engineering) students in Colombo, Sri Lanka - which is currently delivered by HELS and
BEng Biomedical Engineering – UG degree, students at BCU to progress to a standalone Masters provision with or without a gap year, etc.

BCU Biomedical Science or Diagnostic Radiography or Radiotherapy students to progress to a standalone Masters provision in Medical Imaging Technology

BEng Mechanical / Electronics engineering – UG degree, students at BCU to progress to a standalone Masters provision with or without a gap year, etc.

International Students

Entry requirements here

International Students

Don't meet our entry requirements? You could apply for courses at our International College.

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  • UK students
  • International students

Award: MSc

Starting: Jan 2022

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Award: MSc

Starting:

TBC

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The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Personal statement

Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Core Modules

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 180 credits):

Principles of Experimental Design and Ethical Practices in Engineering and Technology for Medicine
20 credits
Introduction to STEMM* Principles and Practices for Technical Decision Making
40 credits
Introduction to Principles and Approaches of Data Science for Healthcare Applications
20 credits
Fundamental Principles of Physiological Signal Measurement, Synthesis and Processing OR
20 credits
Applied Digital Signal Processing
20 credits
Masters Research Project
60 credits

Optional Modules

20 credits of optional modules are required to ensure 180 credits are achieved to gain the MSc.

Healthcare Technology Management
20 credits
Internet of Things for Healthcare Applications
20 credits
Leadership and Project Management for Health and Healthcare
20 credits
Selective Summer placement
0 credits

How you'll learn

An extensive range of assessments are utilised within this programme, which include podcasts, webinars, video conferencing presentations and debates, article preparation for publication, case reviews, critical incidence analysis and service development opportunities.

* STEMM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine.

Further study

On completion of stand-alone masters in medical engineering, there are numerous opportunities for students to consider an extended research via our MRes provision or by registering interest to pursue a PhD in your specialised subject area.

Employability

By undertaking suitable elective/optional placement opportunities, you'll gain a greater understanding of the causes and mechanisms underlying health, ageing and disease. This will allow you to collaboratively support the design and delivery of healthcare technology and or medical devices within a clinical or industrial setting.

You may also have invaluable opportunities to test and demonstrate new electro-mechanical models and tools for health and care delivery.

Placements

You may have the chance to undertake valuable work placements, either in the UK or internationally. This could be done in a local hospital, a manufacturing company or in another relevant sector.

More about our placement opportunities...

Accreditation

The course is currently in progression of accreditation by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

£1500 Scholarship

Start in January and receive a £1500 scholarship on eligible courses.

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Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge learning facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Zeiss Laboratory 

We are the very first University in the UK to install a Zeiss interactive digitally connected microscope system in our life sciences laboratories.

Microbiology equipment

Our Life Science labs are equipped with modern equipment for teaching many of the molecular biology techniques that underpin modern clinical and research labs such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines (including real-time PCR), protein and DNA electrophoresis & sequencing equipment, ELISA, a variety of cell-analysis and cell-culture tools.

Biomedical Laboratories

The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Engineering facilities

active learning labs such as engineering workshops that contain state-of-the art machine tools. Mechanical engineering labs, innovative CAD lab, automotive test cells and engineering social study space..

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Zenghai Lu

Dr Zenghai Lu

Course Leader for MSc Medical Engineering

Dr Zenghai Lu is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Life Sciences. Before joining Birmingham City University in October 2020, he has worked as a Lecturer in Medical Imaging (Medical Physicist) for two years at Teesside University. He received a Seedcorn Fund as PI at Teesside to develop a low-cost, portable multispectral imaging tool for noninvasive, continuous, and real-time blood hemoglobin (Hgb) measurements with an unmodified smartphone.

Read Zenghai's full profile

Dr Vivek Indramohan

Associate Professor and Course Lead - Biomedical Engineering

With an overseas research student award (ORSAS) and University of Strathclyde scholarship, Vivek completed his Ph.D. (in Bioengineering) in 2009. Following the completion of his research degree, he commenced his work as a Research Assistant at University College of London (UCL) for 6 months, during which he was successful in obtaining a remarkable and valuable opportunity as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Health and Social Care Research at the Birmingham City University. During this period, he was engaged in undertaking biomechanical investigation of one of the patented medical devices designed by BCU.

In addition, during the same period Vivek also undertook substantial plan of action to identify and accomplish various professional needs so as to emerge as a successful academic member of staff within the faculty. This eventually allowed him to contribute to various learning, teaching and research activities for undergraduate nursing students within the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences.