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Medical Engineering Applications for Healthcare - MSc

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Medical engineers support improving healthcare delivery and medical practice by combining the design and problem-solving skills of engineering with medical and biological science to close the gap between engineering and medicine....

  • Level Postgraduate Taught
  • Study mode Full Time
  • Location City South
  • School School of Health Sciences
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Overview

Medical engineers support improving healthcare delivery and medical practice by combining the design and problem-solving skills of engineering with medical and biological science to close the gap between engineering and medicine.

This MSc Medical Engineering Applications for Healthcare course combines fundamental concepts and knowledge in engineering, biology, and medicine to develop innovative technologies, material, processes, and systems, with the aim of improving healthcare. The course will enable students from a diverse background such as from engineering, biomedical engineering, medical / surgical, or life sciences, to gain the knowledge and skills to launch or develop their career as medical engineers in this demanding sector of healthcare.

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.

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

Medical Engineering is a discipline of engineering that interacts with the human body. The course will provide you with a thorough grounding across the whole field of medical engineering and to enable you to integrate and apply this knowledge to clinical problems. Industrial-led practical workshops and labs will help enhance your technical skills. This will enable you to relate ‘real-life’ commercial innovations to the underpinning academic theory learnt in the lectures.

Birmingham City University attracts a diverse range of students from across the world. Our state-of-the-art facilities will allow you to explore a variety of biomedical applications including: sensing and measuring on micro and nano scales, personal health tracking, remote diagnosis and monitoring, biomaterials to name a few. The knowledge acquired will then enable you to engage in exciting projects such as designing prostheses or devising new medical technology for physicians and medical professionals to be used in the prognosis, diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Throughout the course you will complete your Professional Project – an independent piece of research on a topic within medical engineering that allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in this exciting field of Medical Engineering Applications for healthcare.

Throughout the course you will gain a range of transferable skills allowing you to undertake a career in a number of sectors, alongside developing an in-depth understanding of your subject. We build employability into every aspect of our course. 

Where and how will I study?

You will learn within our recently extended City South Campus, located in Edgbaston just five minutes from Birmingham City Centre. Our campus has been recently re-developed and provides access to cutting-edge facilities that will enhance and support your learning during your time here.

You will experience a mixture of face-to-face and virtual teaching, self-directed study, practice-based lab activities.

Why Choose Us?

  • You will learn from and collaborate with world-renowned educators and researchers across many disciplines. The course combines mechanical, mechatronic, electronic, chemical and materials engineering, allowing you to specialise in the areas that best suit your interests and aspirations.
  • You will develop your expertise, communication and team-working skills as well as skills in fields of research whilst increasing your employability.
  • You will have the opportunity to work with others through partnership working with medical technology SME’s / NHS Trust partners.
  • You will gain the knowledge allowing you to contribute to innovative discoveries within fields such as biomedical technology, orthopaedic or tissue engineering, bioelectronics and the computational simulation of biomedical systems.
  • You will have numerous opportunities to undertake HELS go abroad opportunities, etc. with ongoing collaborations with partners around the globe.

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

Open Days

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Entry Requirements

UK students
Applications will be through UCAS or direct application to the University. Opportunities for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be identified during the admissions process and will be on an individual basis before enrolment.
Essential
Applicants need to hold at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an engineering, technical, life sciences, medicine or medical aligned qualification.
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
Those who meet residency/academic requirements of UK learners but whose language is not English will need to hold IELTS with an overall score of at least 6.0 with no element below 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 Engineering Applications for Healthcare.

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

Fees & How to Apply

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UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: MSc

Starting: Jan 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 15 months
  • £10,000 in 2022/23

International students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: MSc

Starting: Jan 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 15 months
  • £16,300 in 2022/23

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead.

Access to computer equipment

You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.

Printing

You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key Software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.

Free access to Rosetta Stone

All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.

Clothing and safety equipment (mandatory)

This course requires the purchase of safety equipment, including clothing, shoes, goggles and gloves (£75 max) in order to use the workshop facilities.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Placement expenses (optional)

If you choose to undertake a placement, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst living or working away from home.

Field trips (optional)

This course includes the option of additional trips that may enhance your experience, at extra cost.

Books (optional)

All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.

Subscriptions (optional)

You may wish to purchase subscriptions to additional journals and websites.

Memberships (optional)

You may wish to join a union or professional body related to this course.

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.

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.

Course in Depth

Core Modules

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

This module is designed to introduce you to the knowledge and skills required to design, execute and disseminate a research project relevant to medical engineering and imaging technology for healthcare. This will prepare you to carry out your research project later in the course. You will discuss fundamentals of experimental design, data acquisition and statistical analysis and have opportunities to analyse, interpret and report realistic experimental data.

This module focuses on the application of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) principles to medicine and biology. The aim of the module is to introduce you to key principles and practices relating to human anatomy and physiology, mechanics, electronics, electromagnetism, and mathematics used in the technical decision-making process for the design and development of healthcare technologies. This module enables students from varying backgrounds and career paths to transition into the advanced topics covered in the core and specialist modules delivered in the subsequent semesters of the course. In addition to lectures, you will undertake a workshop-based practical group project requiring you to apply the theory you have learned to solve practical problems.

This module will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of data science principles and approaches for healthcare applications to allow you to develop health data science skills and abilities for improving healthcare. It will also introduce you to the concepts and practicalities of programming in R. You will learn to explore, visualise, and analyse health data to understand data science principles, investigate patterns, model outcomes, and make predictions for medical applications. 

This module covers the key principles of biological sensing within the clinical and research environments allowing you to develop the abilities and skills to apply the principles commonly used in the design and development of medical instrumentation for various clinical and non-clinical purposes.

This module introduces key concepts, techniques, and tools for digital signal processing. Applied Digital Signal Processing is a fundamental tool for any organisation to create realisable digital filters which can be applied in diverse application domains including the healthcare sector. There is a strong practical aspect to the module which culminates in a demonstration and viva of a real-time digital filter design.

The project is an opportunity for you to complete a piece of individual research work in your chosen topic to demonstrate your understanding of the field via applications in healthcare. You will have guidance and support from both the teaching staff and your allocated project supervisors.

Optional Modules

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

This module will introduce you to various management protocols and procedures used within a Medical Devices / Health Care Sector to effectively manage a healthcare technology. It is intended that by undertaking this module, you will develop essential skills associated with the management of healthcare technology by undertaking strategic activities to inform your decision making so as to update an existing technology or implement essential change(s) at your work.

This module will introduce you to the technical concepts underpinning the design of SMART ultrasonic sensors for healthcare applications. It is intended that by undertaking this module, you will be able to apply and appreciate various technical skills pertaining to the technical design and development of the bespoke (bio) medical sensor technology, which encompasses: sensor modelling; sensor hardware design aspects; sensor interface with mobile applications; and using artificial intelligence to predict the performance of the same for various (bio) medical engineering / healthcare applications.

This module explicitly addresses students’ personal and/or professional development with a view to enhancing competence for service improvement in a rapidly changing health and healthcare environment. Through a flexible provision, students are inspired to reflect critically upon their individual learning needs as well as their organisations’ practices, to appraise and apply concepts from the literature on leadership, to issues of relevance for their role, organisation and overall programme of study.

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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.

Employability

Employability

There are excellent employment opportunities in the healthcare sector. The mix of professional engineering and healthcare related skills acquired through the course will enable you to pursue a wide range of careers in this dynamic and growing sector.

You could choose to work as a clinical engineer in hospitals to collaborate with clinicians in offering non-clinical services, or a medical engineer in companies working in the design, development and manufacture of medical devices. You could also go on to work in research institutes or academia; in governmental regulatory agencies; or as a technical consultant within marketing departments.

In addition, you’ll have a full complement of transferable skills – such as critical thinking, data analysis, report writing and communication – which are valued by employers.

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.

International

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:

Facilities & Staff

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.

Our staff

Dr Zenghai Lu

Course Leader for MSc Medical Engineering

Dr Zenghai Lu is a senior lecturer and course leader in medical engineering and imaging technology at Birmingham City University (BCU), and his responsibilities involve postgraduate course associated operational administration, curriculum development and quality management and enhancement. His current research focuses on developing smartphone-based...

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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...

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Dr Bisola Biobaku-Mutingwende

Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Bisola Mutingwende is Lecturer on and Deputy Course Lead for the Biomedical Engineering course within the department of Life Sciences in the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences (HELS). As a BCU Alumni, she completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering and Healthcare Technology and first degree in BSc. Engineering Product Design...

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Dr Vijayalakshmi Ahanathapillai

Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Viji Ahanathapillai completed her B.Eng in India and obtained her PhD in Biomedical Signal and Image Processing at the University of Strathclyde. After her PhD, she worked as an Image Processing Algorithms Engineer for Lucid Software Ltd., working on industrial non-destructive testing application. Later, she joined the Institute of Digital...

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Dr George Oguntala

Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering

 Dr. George Oguntala is a Lecturer with the Biomedical Engineering in the Faculty of HELS. Before joining Birmingham City University in June 2020, he has worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant and Research Assistant in wireless communication, digital and smart health with the Department of Biomedical and Electronics Engineering,...

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