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School of Mechanical Engineering

Medical Engineering MSc

Medical Engineering - Masters 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 programme will give you a broad knowledge base in this rapidly expanding field, as well as allowing you to specialise through your choice of optional modules.

We emphasise the multidisciplinary nature of medical engineering and the current shift towards the interface between engineering and the life sciences. You could focus on tissue engineering, biomaterials or joint replacement technology among a host of other topics.

Whether you’re an engineer or surgeon, or you work in sales, marketing or regulation, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to launch or develop your career in this demanding sector.

Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
You’ll learn in an exciting research environment where breakthroughs are being made in your discipline. This programme is closely linked to our Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (IMBE), which focuses on research and education in the fields of medical devices and regenerative medicine. It focuses on innovating and translating new therapies into practical clinical applications.

Our world-class facilities in materials screening analysis, joint simulation, surface analysis, heart valve simulation and tensile and fatigue testing allow us to push the boundaries in medical engineering.

Find out more about IMBE

Find out about our MSc programme managers on our staff profiles page.

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.
Start date: September
Course fees (full-time): UK/EU: £10,000; International: £19,500
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.



One core module in Semester 1 will give you a background in experimental design and analysis within medical engineering. You’ll look at computational and biological methodologies alongside statistical data analysis and different data visualisation techniques to lay the foundations of your studies.

Optional modules in each semester will allow you to build on this knowledge and focus on specialist topics that suit your own interests and career intentions. You could focus on biomechatronics and medical robotics, spinal biomechanics, surface engineering or computational fluid dynamics analysis and a range of other topics. Depending on your academic or professional background, you may decide to take introductory modules such as Basic Orthopaedic Engineering or Structure and Function of the Body to fill the gaps in your knowledge.

Throughout the programme you’ll complete your Professional Project – an independent piece of research on a topic within mechanical engineering that allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills. In the two taught semesters you’ll review the literature around your topic and plan the project, before completing the design, analysis, computation, experimentation and writing up in the summer months.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll extend your studies over a longer period so you can take fewer modules in each year.

Course Structure
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

You’ll take two compulsory modules and select six options to complete your studies.

Compulsory module Credits
Professional Project 75
Medical Engineering Experimental Design and Analysis 15
Optional modules (choose 90 credits)  
Managing for Innovation 15
Structure and Function of the Body 10
Spinal Biomechanics and Instrumentation (distance learning) 15
Basic Orthopaedic Engineering 15
Surface Engineering 15
Biomaterials (short course) 15
Functional Joint Replacement Technology (short course) 15
Biotribology 15
Biomaterials and Applications 15
Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis 15
Tissue Engineering 15


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

Graduates from this programme have gone on to work in a range of roles for employers such as the clinical research centres, continued in a career in clinical orthopaedics, progressed to a PhD programme.

You’ll also be well prepared to continue with engineering research, whether in industry or at PhD level.

Careers Support
You’ll have access to the wide range of engineering and computing careers resources held by our Employability team in our dedicated Employability Suite. You’ll have the chance to attend industry presentations book appointments with qualified careers consultants and take part in employability workshops. Our annual Engineering and Computing Careers Fairs provide further opportunities to explore your career options with some of the UK's leading employers.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in engineering, a physical science, mathematics, 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: GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide a range of English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional courses, which are designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

How to apply

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. This will allow you to track your application at each stage of the process. For assistance please view our postgraduate taught guidelines.

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.