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School of Mechanical Engineering

Medical Engineering MSc

Medical Engineering - Masters Course


This course aims to provide advanced training in the rapidly expanding field of medical engineering. It is aimed at a range of personnel involved in medical engineering including engineers, surgeons, sales and marketing staff and regulatory personnel, who wish to pursue a career in this sector or are already in employment.

The course provides students with a broad coverage of this rapidly expanding field whilst at the same time allowing a degree of specialisation through the provision of optional material. Particular emphasis is placed on inter-professional training and the multidisciplinary nature of the discipline, enabling the student to successfully complete complex tasks at the increasingly important interface between engineering and the life sciences.

Course duration: 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time) plus all modules are short course based or distance learning making them more suitable for personnel in full-time employment.
Qualifications available: MSc, PGDip, PGCert
Start date: September
Course fees: UK/EU: £10,000; International: £16,800
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £2,000 available.
Accreditation: This course is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.



The tables below show the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2013. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules.

If you are looking to start your studies in September 2014 a list of modules is available in the 2014 brochure.

All of our MSc courses operate on a credit-based modular system. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits. You have the opportunity to select modules from a range of delivery styles including distance learning, short courses and more traditional semester long modules, enabling part time students with busy life or work schedules to have a more flexible approach to their learning.

Compulsory module Credits
Professional Project 75
Optional modules (choose 105 credits)  
Spinal Biomechanics and Instrumentation (distance learning) 15
Basic Orthopaedic Engineering 15
Biotribology (distance learning) 15
Biomaterials (short course) 15
Functional Joint Replacement Technology (short course) 15
Computational and Experimental Methods 15
Surface Engineering 15
Biomedical Engineering Simulation 10
Biomaterials and Applications 10
Tissue Engineering 15

This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content of our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Career options

Career options
Career destinations are diverse and include medical engineering within industrial or public sector organisations, regulatory affairs and sales and marketing.

Graduate destinations
Every year our Careers Centre undertakes a destination of leavers survey with students six months after graduation. A selection of these destinations, from the last five years, can be found on our employability page.

Entry requirements

A degree equivalent to either:
a) a UK upper second class (2.1) honours degree or higher in engineering, a physical science or mathematics;
b) or a medical degree or allied subject with a background in orthopaedics.

We also welcome and accept students with a wide range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirement: A pass at GCSE level in English language (grade C or above). If English is not your first language, you are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. You will need to meet our minimum requirements for one of the following recognised English language tests: the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Pearson Test of English Academic.

How to apply

The easiest and quickest way to apply for one of our masters courses is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process. However, if you prefer, you can download an application form to print out and complete. Once complete, please return this, along with the correct documents to our Engineering Admissions Hub either via email or post: Engineering PGT Admissions Hub, Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.

If you are an International (non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen) applicant who has applied for, or intends to apply for, this course within the Faculty of Engineering and require a student visa to study in the UK then you will require an ATAS certificate.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 2149.