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Course summary

MSc Medical Engineering is a postgraduate taught course in a highly interdisciplinary field that involves applying engineering, computer science, physical, chemical and mathematical principles to the analysis of biological, medical, behavioural and health-related problems. Medical engineers develop innovative medical devices, implants and procedures to help prevent, diagnose and treat diseases. Success relies on an in-depth understanding of engineering and computer design concepts, combined with a broad knowledge of physiological and anatomical systems. The programme is built based upon the strong expertise that School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (SECaM) has in (bio)medical engineering and nanotechnology as well as the long collaboration with the Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry, School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Biological & Marine Sciences and School of Health Professions at the University of Plymouth (UoP). This course is available as one year course (or two year part-time) incorporating subjects including Nanoelectronics and Biosensors, Medical Data and Statistics, Engineering Research Methods and Professional Development, Medical Engineering and Biomechanics, Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and Advanced Engineering Design. A summer research project will allow students to work on a project of their choosing, working alongside the international leading research being carried by a team of bioengineers and expert academics in the field. Students have the option to choose between two pathways; MSc Medical Engineering with Nanotechnology and MSc Medical with Biomedical Diagnostics. Students on the Biomedical Diagnostics pathway will be able to select specialty modules in one of the following areas; Cancer Biology, Clinical Neuroscience, Infection and Immunity. Both pathways are available as an intercalation course to Medical and Dental School students. MSc Medical Engineering is designed to target previous graduates (engineering, computing, biomedical sciences, medicine, dentistry, biology, chemistry) who seek a career in the medical device and healthcare industry. No prerequisite specific knowledge in medical engineering or nanotechnology is required. It is also anticipated that the course will be suitable for mathematics, health profession and psychology graduates with sufficient science background and/or relevant industrial experience. The programme is designed to provide students all the necessary transferrable skills and technical knowledge to succeed in one of the fastest growing industries in the UK and internationally. Medical Engineering graduates will be well-placed to gain employment and pursue successful careers in: Healthcare (including Hospitals, NHS), medical device industry, pharmaceutics, medical research, medicine, start-ups, teaching, consultancy and finance. Medical engineers can work as (bio)medical engineers, clinical engineers/scientists, medical research scientists, rehabilitation engineers, prosthetic design engineers, application engineers in medical devices, bioinstrumentation engineers and robotic surgical instruments engineers.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/international-students/international-student-advice for more information. You can apply for one of our postgraduate courses directly using our online application form. For details on how to apply, and to access the online application form, please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/how-to-apply/international-students-postgraduate-applications. Once you have applied, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in (www.plymouth.ac.uk/study). A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/study/international-students-country-guides. If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

Entry requirements

This programme primarily aims to recruit graduate engineers with a degree to honours level at 2:2 or above in engineering, computing, robotics, biomedical sciences, biology, medicine, dentistry and chemistry. The course is also suitable for mathematics, health profession and psychology graduates with sufficient science background and/or relevant industrial experience. All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English at Grade C or above. If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5 and not less than 5.5 in all components.


Fees and funding

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Medical Engineering at University of Plymouth - UCAS