Biomedical engineering is a vast and challenging interdisciplinary subject. Different branches of engineering and science combine to develop a fundamental understanding of how the natural tissues of the body function and to try and develop methods of replicating these when they start to fail.
The programme covers rehabilitation engineering, medical electronics, as well as key aspects of medical physics and medical imaging. The role of engineering in rehabilitation requires that those working in the healthcare professions become familiar with the principles of prosthetics, orthotics, wheelchairs and other devices for the disabled. Electronics involves looking at the instrumentation required for medical purposes, and how that equipment is managed.
The MSc programme has been designed to integrate with the UK NHS's grade-A medical physicist training scheme, and has been accredited for this purpose by the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine.
The MSc programme consists of three terms each lasting 4 months. The first term comprises lectures and practicals covering the whole range of the subject; in the second term students specialise in three areas. The third term is a research-style project.
Engineering or physical science second-class Honours degree (or equivalent).