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School of Mechanical Engineering

Medical Engineering MSc

Medical Engineering - Masters Course


Medical engineering is the application of engineering principles and techniques to medicine. It 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 provides you with a broad coverage in the rapidly expanding field of medical engineering, while at the same time allowing a degree of specialisation through the provision of optional material. Particular emphasis is placed on the multidisciplinary nature of medical engineering and the current shift towards the interface between engineering and the life sciences.

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.

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.



The table below shows the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2015. 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 2016, it will provide you with an example of what you will study.

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
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

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 UK upper second class honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in engineering, a physical science or mathematics 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: 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.