Queen Mary University of London Biomedical Engineering

Queen Mary University of London Biomedical Engineering

Queen Mary University of London Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

HBF2 BEng (Hons) 3 years

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Overview

The new Biomedical engineering programmes are replacing our existing programmes in Medical Engineering. These programmes have run successfully for 15 years; we are changing the name in reaction to changes in the industry and after listening to students. The programmes will continue to be delivered by our excellent staff, who are world-leading Biomedical Engineering specialists, and to include modules and projects relevant to industry.

Biomedical Engineering brings technological innovation to the field of medicine and healthcare. It integrates professional engineering activities with the human body. Many of the advances in this field are now commonplace such as hip replacements, pacemakers, medical imaging and life-support systems. You will study core engineering modules and specialist biomedical engineering options. For the third year individual research project, you will be integrated into our internationally leading research activities. The fourth year MEng design projects are linked to industry and contain appropriate clinical input with a focus on solving real biomedical engineering design problems.

Study abroad

You can choose to apply for a four-year version of this degree with a full year abroad. We have links with universities around the world, including Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia (specific partnerships for each programme may vary).

While there are no extra tuition fees associated with these placements abroad, you will need to cover the cost of your transport to your destination and your living expenses, including accommodation.

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at QMUL.

Biomedical Engineering

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )

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Overview

Postgraduate Open AfternoonBiomedical Engineering is a new and rapidly emerging field of engineering that relies on a multidisciplinary approach to research and development by applying the principles of science and engineering to biological and clinical problems. Problems in this area differ significantly from the more traditional branches of engineering. Nevertheless, the biomedical engineer relies on methodologies and techniques developed in more traditional engineering fields, which are further advanced and adapted to the particular complexities associated with biological systems. These applications vary from the design, development and operation of complex medical devices used in prevention, diagnosis and treatment, to the characterisation of tissue behaviour in health and disease, to the development of software products and theoretical models that enhance the understanding of complex biomedical issues.

This programme aims to prepare specialists with advanced skills sought by the biomedical industries and establishments, including experimental and numerical techniques, computational modelling and in-depth understanding of engineering approaches to biological problems. The acquired knowledge and skills would enable you to participate in the advancement of knowledge and technology in this field. Case studies originating in practical medical and industrial problems are provided throughout the programme involving a range of clinical disciplines including orthopaedics, cardiovascular medicine, urology, radiology and rehabilitation.

The MSc in Biomedical Engineering is organised by a team of medical engineers within the School of Engineering and Materials Science, which has an internationally leading reputation in research, working closely with collaborators in Europe, US and Asia, on exciting research and development projects in this field. World-renowned specialists from the nationally leading Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry provide vital contributions to the programme.

This programme will:

  • Give you extensive knowledge of computational solid and fluid mechanics with a focus on biomedical applications such as biomechanics, bio-fluids, tissue engineering.
  • Provide an in-depth understanding of the underlying theoretical issues and the technology developments in biomedical areas.
  • Teach advanced computational and theoretical apparatus and in-depth understanding of development cycle of novel biomedical technologies to allow you to be able to contribute in advanced design developments.

Why study your MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Queen Mary?

The School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) undertakes high quality research in a wide range of areas. This research feeds into our teaching at all levels, helping us to develop very well qualified graduates with opportunities for employment both in many leading industries as well as in research. Both Engineering and Materials are very well established at Queen Mary, with the Aerospace Department being the first established in the UK. Our aerospace teaching programmes were ranked number two in the UK in the 2011 National Student Survey.

  • This programme is taught by medical engineers who have an internationally leading reputation in research, and work closely with industry.
  • The MSc in Biomedical Engineering may also appeal to clinicians interested in this exciting and rapidly developing area of medicine.
  • The MSc provides the opportunity to be involved in internationally leading bioengineering research and to gain a valuable postgraduate qualification, both of which may aid career progression within medicine.
  • Recent graduates from Medical Engineering work within the many different medical device companies.

Facilities

Our postgraduate students enjoy a range of excellent resources, including:

  • Comprehensive computing facilities: several high-performance PC clusters and parallel SGI computer clusters, and an extensive network of Linux and UNIX workstations.
  • Extensive wind tunnel facilities: eight low speed wind tunnels, a very low turbulence wind tunnel, three high-speed wind tunnels, computer-based flow control system with high-speed, real-time data acquisition and processing system, colour and high-focused Schlieren systems, interactive aerodynamic simulator, and a PIV system.
  • Experimental thermofluids engineering facilities: heat transfer and condensation rigs, six IC-engine test beds and three combustion rigs, laser Doppler anemometry, electron microscopy gas/particulate-sampling and analysis facilities, several exhaust gas sampling and testing kits for engine and combustion emissions and thermal instrumentation.
  • Two new electrospray technology laboratories that were created with the support of the UK Joint Research Councils. The facilities include a wide range of instrumentation including a mass spectrometer capable of resolving high m/z particles up to 40,000, Fourier Transform Infra-Red Spectrometer, a wide-range, high-voltage power supply and a high speed camera.
  • A cell and tissue engineering suite: this houses cell culture labs, a molecular biology unit with quantitative RT-PCR capability, and a radio-isotope labelling facility. A general purpose laboratory incorporates advanced mechanical test machines and standard biochemical/cell biology analysis equipment. The microscopy unit incorporates two confocal microscopes.
  • The latest electron microscopes and a range of modern materials characterisation facilities including: FTIR and FT-Raman spectroscopy, x-ray fluorescence (XRF), inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, x-ray diffractometer (XRD), calorimetric (DTA, DSC) and thermomechanical (DMA, rheometer) techniques, analytical and computational facilities and image analysis, materials processing and fabrication, heat treatment equipment and dielectric and electrical characterisation.
  • Thanks to a Royal Society Wolfson Grant we recently opened new laboratories to support functional materials research. The laboratories will hold the latest processing and characterisation equipment for organic solar cells.
  • A new NanoVision Centre enhances the experimental nanomechanics and high resolution imaging capabilities of the School. The centre houses two high-resolution environmental scanning electron microscopes (SEM) one with an additional focused ion beam, a custom-built atomic force microscope and a cryo-sample preparation stage. Both SEMs incorporate the latest STEM technology and are supported by transmission electron microscopy. Our scanning probe laboratory contains two low-drift, high-stability closed loop Scanning Probe Microscopes (SPM).