This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by August 2020 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

MSc Biomedical Engineering

This multidisciplinary MSc in Biomedical Engineering aims to meet industry’s need for professional engineers with the postgraduate knowledge and skills required to successfully develop engineering solutions for medicine and biology. Taught at the University of Bolton’s School of Engineering, it’s an ideal choice if you’re an engineering and physical science graduate seeking to specialise in this exciting and rewarding industry.

Biomedical Engineering

Key information

Award:

MSc

Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

2 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

Start date:

20/09/2021

Course Details

Our MSc in Biomedical Engineering is focused on helping you gain the advanced knowledge, scientific and technical expertise, and research skills needed for a professional career in this diverse and rapidly developing field. Our dedicated staff will support you to develop the specialist engineering knowledge and skills needed to address medical and biological problems in healthcare, rehabilitation and advanced materials.

We’ll support you as you extend your knowledge and understanding of the engineering and scientific principles that underpin biomedical engineering and explore emerging technological advancements in the field. We’ll focus on helping you gain the postgraduate-level research and critical thinking skills that you’ll need to successfully apply your knowledge and understanding to contemporary problems in the industry. By enhancing your transferable skills, such as critical analysis, problem-solving, project management, decision making, leadership and communication, we aim to help you maximise your employability ready for successful career as a professional biomedical engineer.

Additionally, the course is designed to address all the competencies set out by the Engineering Council and UK-SPEC, and to support you to achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. So, if you’re an ambitious engineering or physical science graduate, this master’s degree should prove an excellent investment in your future.

Highlights
  • This master’s course is designed to meet professional institution standards in the UK, and support your achievement of Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
  • Our dedicated staff team, who possess a wide range of professional experience, industry knowledge, technical expertise and academic credentials, offers face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support.
  • Our approach to teaching and learning is ‘student-centred’, so we’ll work with you on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout your studies.
Key Features
  • Course materials are available online, allowing you to prepare work at home and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • By studying alongside students and professionals from other engineering specialisms or alternative industrial sectors, you can benefit from a wider range of knowledge and experience that supports cross-disciplinary thinking.
  • This course is based at the University of Bolton’s campus in the North West of England.
  • This programme is part of a well-established suite of master’s programmes offered by the School of Engineering at the University of Bolton.
Professional recognition

The University of Bolton’s MSc Biomedical Engineering uses UK-SPEC learning outcomes and is designed to meet the academic requirements leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Please see the Engineering Council UK website for further details of UK-SPEC.

We’ll be seeking accreditation of the MSc Biomedical Engineering for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).


  • Normally, you should have at least a lower second class honours degree (2.2) in a relevant subject; for instance, a BSc (Hons) or BEng (Hons) in Engineering or Physics.
  • If you have alternative equivalent qualifications and relevant work experience, then we’ll be happy to consider your application and may invite you for an interview or request a portfolio of work.
  • We welcome your application if you hold a degree awarded by an overseas institution. The University will assess the equivalence of your qualifications.
  • We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • We're more than happy to have an informal chat with you about this course, either over the phone or in person. If you wish to meet in person, please contact the Programme Leader to arrange a mutually convenient time. (While we reserve the right to interview it's not our usual practice for this course.)

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


This course addresses contemporary issues in biomedical engineering. After graduation, you’ll be ready to enter the biomedical engineering industry, especially in roles that demand knowledge of biomedical device design and development, biotechnology and regenerative medicine and simulation and manufacturing technologies. In addition to developing your technical knowledge and experience, this programme will also help you improve your transferable and personal skills. These include problem-solving, critical thinking, team working, and communication.

What can I do with this qualification?

As a graduate of this MSc, you’ll be prepared to take on advanced roles in the biomedical and medical industries; for instance, in design, development and operations, research and testing, structures and analysis, or quality assurance. In particular, you’ll be ready to promote and develop medical devices and undertake problem-solving for a biomedical engineering-based organisation.

It’s likely that you will seek to achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, and this master’s degree is designed to meet the academic requirements leading to this professional registration.

Research is an exciting career path that will allow you to explore working in research and development roles or in academia. An MSc can also be used as a stepping-stone if you wish to continue to study towards an MPhil or PhD.

Alternative career options

MSc Biomedical Engineering graduates can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers. For some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Career areas include:

  • Research and development
  • Teaching and education
  • Project management
  • Test engineering
  • Consultancy
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials science
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Tissue engineering
  • Quality management
  • Product management

Course fees

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021/2022.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.


Our overall teaching and learning strategy is student-centred. We use a blended approach involving face-to-face sessions and online learning. Active learning is promoted using lectures, seminars, workshops, practicals and tutorials, along with guided and self-directed study. These are supported by online discussions and activities posted on our virtual learning environment (VLE).

You’ll be expected to spend a considerable amount of time on independent learning, including literature searches, reading, completing work for seminars, preparing for workshops, presentations or group discussions. Some modules will have on-line resources and activities to complete.

Assessment serves several functions, with the obvious and primary purpose being to evaluate your achievement of the stated learning outcomes. Assessment also helps you to identify what you have done well and where you can improve so that you can organise and develop your learning. The major forms of assessment we use are reports, presentations and portfolios.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Mohammad Sanami
Programme Leader

M.Sanami@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903109

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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