Biomedical Engineering applies core engineering principles to the understanding and advancement of medical and healthcare technologies. In this programme, the foundations of medical engineering will be studied alongside cutting-edge technologies used in medical devices and healthcare delivery, giving students the opportunity to understand the clinical context and the opportunities for future development.

Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
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This programme has been designed to provide its graduates with the skills for rewarding careers in clinical engineering, medical device development and biomedical engineering research. This involves understanding the roles that biomedical engineering technologies play in transforming medicine and healthcare delivery. As well as studying core topics around medical devices and the modelling of biological systems, you will carry out an in-depth research project that will lead you into your chosen career. Delivered by experts in medical technologies from the Schools of Engineering, and Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, this programme offers a true interdisciplinary education in Biomedical Engineering.

What You'll Study

Semester 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses
  • Fundamentals of Engineering in Medicine (15 credit points)
  • Biomaterials for Medical Devices and Implants (15 credit points)

Plus one from:

  • Biomedical and Professional Topics in Healthcare Science (15 credit points)
  • Introduction to Engineering for Life Scientists (15 credit points)

And one from:

  • Introduction to Mobile Robotics and Bioinspiration (15 credit points)
  • Advanced Composite Materials (15 credit points)
  • Introduction to Bio-Business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research (15 credit points)
Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses
  • Research Methods for Bioengineers (15 credit points)
  • Modelling of Biological Systems (15 credit points)
  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Biomechanics (15 credit points)

Plus one from:

  • Finite Element Methods (15 credit points)
  • Comparative Imaging (15 credit points)
  • Advanced Bio-Business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research (15 credit points)
Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses
  • Individual project (60 credit points)

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Lab Work
  • Lectures
  • Peer Learning
  • Research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Why Study Biomedical Engineering?

  • This programme will prepare you for a wide range of rewarding careers spanning clinical engineering, design and development of medical devices, and the fundamental research shaping the future of this exciting field.
  • The programme will give you a solid grounding in the core areas of engineering in medicine and biology, including human anatomy and biomechanics, physiological signals and their use in medical devices, and computer modelling for biomedical applications.
  • Optional courses and an in-depth summer research project will allow you to pursue your own interests and career ambitions.
  • You will be taught by leading experts from both Engineering and Medicine, and across campuses in both Old Aberdeen and at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
  • The programme has been shaped by a multidisciplinary Programme Advisory Board and designed in line with the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine Masters-level educational framework.

Entry Requirements


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

A 2:2 degree or higher in engineering, life sciences, medicine or physical sciences is preferred, but applicants with related degrees and significant experience in a relevant area are also encouraged to apply.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £23,500
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
Home / RUK £9,200
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year

Additional Fee Information

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.


Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

Aberdeen Global Scholarship (EU)

The Aberdeen Global Scholarship is open to European Union (EU) students.

This is a £2,000 tuition fee discount available to eligible self-funded Postgraduate Masters students who are classed as International fee status and are domiciled in the EU, plus another £3,000 discount for eligible Postgraduate Masters students who would have previously been eligible for Home fees (Scottish/EU) fee status.

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There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

Our Experts

Deputy Programme Coordinator
Dr Wenbo Zhan
Other Experts
Professor Iain Gibson
Maria Elena Giannaccini
Professor Maria Kashtalyan
Professor Heather Wallace
Professor Andy Welch
Dr Ian Fleming
Dr Marina Menshykova
Programme Leader
Dr Edward Chadwick

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
AB24 3FX