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Medical Engineering

Degrees Available

MSc Full-time

Suitable for International Students?


Award Tuition Fees Attendance Mode Length of Course


  • Home/EU: £4,900
  • International: £13,250

(A small increase can be expected for the subsequent year)

Full-time 12 months
September - September

Course Introduction

This exciting course was developed in response to increasing demand in this emerging discipline and is run by the medical engineering research team, which is an integral part of the Advanced Materials Engineering Research Group at Bradford.

The Medical Engineering Lecturers and Research Team include:

  • Professor Clive Beggs (microbiology, biophysics and infection control)
  • Professor Simon Shepherd (biophysics and genomics)
  • Dr Peter Twigg (biomaterials, mechanical properties of tissue, substrate & bioreactor design and biomechanics)
  • Dr Mansour Youseffi (orthopaedic biomaterials, rehabilitation and cell/tissue engineering)
  • Dr John Buckley (normal and abnormal human gait analysis, biomechanics and visual performance).

Some of the core subject areas that students are exposed to are biomaterials, biomechanics, implant design & Technology, human movement analysis and prosthetic design, infection control, biophysics and cell/tissue engineering. The team has close research ties with clinicians at hospitals in Bradford, Leeds, Harrogate and King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as well as local orthopaedic companies such as DePuy (Johnson & Johnson) In Leeds, Smith & Nephew in York and Coventry, and Biomet UK Healthcare Ltd in South Wales, and Blatchford Products Ltd ( in Basingstoke (Hants).

Course Syllabus

Modules: (C) = Core, (O) = Option

Semester 1 (60 Credits - 3 x (C) Modules and 3 x (O) Modules):

  • Genomic Coding (10 Credits) (C)
  • Tissue Engineering and Wound Repair (10 Credits) (C)
  • Biomaterials (10 Credits) (C)
  • Medical Ethics and Regulations (10 Credits) (O)
  • Design Optimisation (10 Credits) (O)
  • Materials Failure Analysis (10 Credits) (O)
  • Interdisciplinary Competitive Design (20 Credits split over both Semesters, 10 Credits per Semester) (O)
  • Advanced Numerical Methods (10 Credits) (O)
  • Manufacturing Planning and Control (10 Credits) (O)

Semester 2 (60 Credits - 4 x (C) Modules and 1 x (O) Modules):

  • Advanced Project Skills (20 Credits) (C)
  • Clinical Signals (10 Credits) (C)
  • Infection Control (10 Credits) (C)
  • Clinical Biomechanics (10 Credits) (C)
  • Rehabilitation Engineering (10 Credits) (O)
  • Wireless-Embedded Technology in Healthcare (10 Credits) (O)
  • Medical Instrumentation and Imaging (10 Credits) (O)
  • Finite Element Methods (10 Credits) (O)
  • Advanced Solid Mechanics (10 Credits) (O)
  • Interdisciplinary Competitive Design (20 Credits split over both Semesters, 10 Credits per Semester) (O)
  • Risk Management (10 Credits) (O)
  • Sustainable Energy (10 Credits) (O)

Stage 3 (60 Credits):

  • MSc Project (60 Credits) (C)

Special Features

The University has a long tradition of outstanding research in the field of medical engineering and was the first university in the UK to offer this discipline at undergraduate level.

You will study in a research-intensive environment and gain an advanced understanding of the subject.

You will have the opportunity to use some of the specialist medical engineering research facilities including:

  • A tissue characterisation laboratory, incorporating an atomic force microscopy (AFM) suite, which enables the nano and microstructure of animal/human tissue and other biomaterials to be characterised in great detail. This facility enables the physical and biological performance characteristics of tissue to be better understood.
  • A modern cell/tissue engineering laboratory in joint collaboration with the School of Life Sciences for in-vitro culturing of various tissues such as skin, bone, cartilage, muscle, etc. and wound repair.
  • A state-of-the-art human movement laboratory, which enables the movement and gait of patients to be analysed in great detail. In particular, the laboratory incorporates a new VICON motion capture facility.
  • A prosthetic/orthotic joint laboratory containing several state-of-the-art test machines, including a friction hip/knee simulator, for evaluating the performance of artificial hip and knee joints.
  • A human physiology laboratory for evaluating human physiological performance including EMG, ECG, Blood Pressure, Urine and Spirometry tests, etc.
  • A world-class bioaerosol test facility for performing microbiological experiments. This facility comprises a class two negatively pressurised chamber, into which microorganisms can be safely nebulised, thus enabling infection control interventions to be evaluated.
  • An electrostatics laboratory for evaluating the impact of electrical charge on biological and medical systems.
  • Medical Electronics Laboratory equipped for the design and manufacturing of Medical diagnostic devices such as Electrocardiograpphy (ECG), Pacemaker and Heart Rate Monitoring, etc.
  • Plus other Engineering Laboratories for related subjects such as materials testing and characterisation Labs and Workshops shared with Mechanical Engineering U/G and P/G students.
  • This course is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE).

Entry Requirements

  • A second-class Honours degree or equivalent in relevant discipline.
  • Candidates who do not fulfil the normal entry requirements but have extensive industrial experience in a related area are considered on an individual basis.

Level of English Required

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.


[Full information on our General English Language Requirements]

Career Opportunities

Orthopaedic and prosthetic/orthotic manufacturing industries, medical diagnostic device industries as well as rehabilitation centres working with assistive devices and patient rehabilitation.

Contact Details

John Purvis
School of Engineering, Design & Technology Admissions Office

Tel: 00 44 1274 234567
Fax: 00 44 1274 234111

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.