Biomedical Engineering

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )


Biomedical Engineering applies the principles of science and engineering to biological and medical problems. It has applications in a variety of fields from the design, development and operation of complex medical devices used in diagnosis and treatment, to the development of software products and theoretical models that enhance the understanding of complex issues in the biomedical area. Biomedical engineering is a rapidly developing field that relies on inter- and multidisciplinary approach to research and development. Specialists in this area face problems that differ significantly from the more traditional branches of engineering. Biomedical engineers use methodologies and techniques developed in the more traditional engineering fields and adapt them to the particular specifications of the biomedical applications. 

The aim of this course is to allow students with a strong engineering background to develop their knowledge in this field to an advanced level, in both experimental and computational areas, allowing them to participate in the advancement of knowledge as well as technology in this area. The programme aims to prepare specialists with advanced skills in computational modelling, numerical techniques and in depth understanding in engineering approaches to biological problems. Students completing this programme will be able to develop novel computational and technology products for use in the biomedical industries. You will have have acquired extensive knowledge in the areas of computational solid and fluid mechanics with a focus on biomedical applications such as biomechanics, bio-fluids, tissue engineering. 
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.


The MSc in Biomedical Engineering includes 3 compulsory, and 4 optional taught modules, you can see examples of these modules on the structure shown below. Starting in Semester A the programme also includes a research project, which is completed under close supervision throughout the year, and submitted in September.

Please note the modules are correct at the time of reading; however we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future. Information based upon modules offered during the 2018/19 academic year

Core modules

  • Research methods and experimental techniques
  • Physiology for Medical Engineers
  • Ethics and Regulatory Affairs

Optional modules include

  • Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine
  • Advanced Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Biomedical Engineering in Urology
  • Advanced Polymer Synthesis
  • Surgical techniques and safety
  • Science of Biocompatibility
  • Tissue Mechanics
  • Principles and application of medical imaging
  • Clinical Measurements
  • Advanced Materials Characterisation Techniques
  • Chemical and Biological Sensors
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Numerical Optimisations in Engineering Design
  • Introduction to Law for Science and Engineering
  • Foundations of Intellectual Property Law and Management
  • Fundamentals of DSP
  • C++ for image processing
  • Electronics
  • Real-time and Critical Systems

Research project
The research project forms a major component of the Biomedical Engineering degree course providing an excellent opportunity for students to participate in the internationally leading research taking place within the School of Engineering and Materials Science. Students work on a Biomedical Engineering related project supervised by a member of academic staff and integrating within the wider research team.
Our MSc students have access to our excellent laboratory facilities enabling them to conduct cutting edge research leading to publication at scientific conferences and in peer reviewed journals. Here are examples of the areas of Biomedical Engineering our students have conducted research projects in:

  • Bioengineering in Urology
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Biosensors and Nanomedicine
  • Development of enzyme based biosensors
  • Tissue Biomechanics
  • Orthopaedic Implant Analysis
  • Clinical Biomechanics

More information

Visit the School of Engineering and Materials Science website.


Postgraduate Admissions Coordinator School of Engineering and Materials Science
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8735

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree (minimum good second class honours or equivalent) in a relevant engineering subject, or equivalent. Each application is individually assessed; you are recommended to contact us for guidance in specific cases. IELTS 6.5 is required.

International applicants: Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements page.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the School of Engineering and Materials Science for assistance.

Learning and teaching

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
As a student in the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, and a variety of coursework.

The methods of assessment are coursework and formal examinations, which take place in May. Many courses will include continuous assessment so that some or all of the work you do during the course counts towards the final mark.

Research Project
A major part of the MSc is your research project: an individual research project based around the in the current internationally-recognised research taking place in SEMS. This project will be based in the labs and gives you the opportunity to apply the theory you will have learnt in the taught modules while taking advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities within SEMS.

Here are some examples of the areas of Biomedical Engineering in which our students have conducted research projects in:

  • Bioengineering in Urology

  • Cell and Tissue Engineering

  • Biosensors and Nanomedicine

  • Development of enzyme based biosensors

  • Tissue Biomechanics

  • Orthopaedic Implant Analysis

  • Clinical Biomechanics


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £10,900
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £22,750
Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

Graduate employment

Our graduates work in research, development and consultancy positions within the engineering and materials industries for companies such as BAE Systems, Baxter, Atkins, JRI Orthopaedics. Many graduates apply their degree knowledge directly, working as engineers and/or scientists in sectors relevant to those they have studied. The healthcare industry is one of the world's biggest industrial sectors, and it grows every year, providing stimulating job opportunities in research, development and patient care. Biomedical Engineering graduates have gone to work as an NHS Clinical Scientists or an NHS Clinical Engineers others now work for the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

Some graduates use their MSc to secure positions within the wider fields of general engineering. Others work in areas beyond those directly related to their degree, including regulatory bodies, teaching, finance and the NHS. The range of skills developed through our programmes, coupled with opportunities for extracurricular activities and work experience, has enabled our graduates to move into careers across many successful companies both in the UK and worldwide. A significant number of graduates also go into research careers by studying for a PhD in a wide variety of areas from stem cells and tissue engineering to biomechanics and implant design.

We have strong links with many industrial partners in terms of both research collaboration and funding. We host a biannual engineering Industrial Liaison Forum - potential employers, industry representatives and alumni working in industry attend sharing their experiences and offering advice. These strong industrial links, combined with the skills and training you will acquire during your studies, are highly valued by potential employers. 



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