University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Biomedical Engineering

The taught element of the programme consists of a maximum of 12 modules and is followed by a substantial research project leading to a dissertation. The specific goals are: to enable students to acquire advanced knowledge and practical skills needed for a professional career in biomedical engineering and to provide students with specialist knowledge and skills relevant to this theme; to provide students with a sound understanding of the fundamental principles, operation requirements, design criteria and engineering applications in advanced mechanical engineering science; to enhance student's transferable skills, including critical analysis, problem solving, project management, decision making, leadership, and communication by oral, visual and/or written means; to equip students with specialist knowledge, scientific and technical expertise and research skills for further research in biomedical engineering.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1 or equivalent) in engineering, mathematics, physical sciences or a related subject; those candidates with relevant employment experience will be considered if they do not meet the requirements; applications are assessed individually, and any candidates who do not match the standard profile but who have appropriate academic qualifications and/or industry experience are encouraged to apply.

Course modules

Modules: Introduction to advanced mechanical engineering sciences; orthopaedic biomechanics; biomaterials; computational methods in biomedical engineering design; biomedical implants and devices. Optional: Bio, nano and modelling aspects of tribology; biological flow; biomedical application of signal image and processing; advanced finite element analysis; experimental mechanics; microstructure and surface characterisation; advanced computational methods 1; advanced management; numerical methods.

Assessment methods

Testing of the knowledge base is through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects.Analysis and problem solving skills are assessed through unseen written examinations and problem based exercises. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises, project reports and oral presentations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ South East

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