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
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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

  • Biomedical and Professional Topics in Healthcare Science (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Engineering in Medicine (15 credits)
  • Biomaterials for Medical Devices and Implants (15 credits)

Plus one of:

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (15 credits)
  • Advanced Composite Materials (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Bio-Business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research (15 credits)

Semester 2

  • Research Methods for Bioengineers (15 credits)
  • Modelling of Biological Systems (15 credits)
  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Biomechanics (15 credits)

Plus one of:

  • Finite Element Methods (15 credits)
  • Mathematical Optimisation (15 credits)
  • Advanced Bio-Business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research (15 credits)

Semester 3

  • Individual Project in Biomedical Engineering (60 credits)
Semester 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses
Biomedical and Professional Topics in Healthcare Science (BP5003)
Fundamentals of Engineering in Medicine (EG505J)

15 Credit Points

This course will introduce students to core topics in engineering in medicine, such as the nature and origin of physiological signals, the methods by which those signals are acquired and understood, and how they are used in medical devices. Students will also gain an understanding of the role of biomedical engineers in the design, safe use and management of medical devices.

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Biomaterials for Medical Devices and Implants (EG505K)

15 Credit Points

This course introduces the field of biomaterials, specifically the use of synthetic materials to make medical devices for the repair or replacement of diseased or damaged tissue/joints in the body. This will include an understanding of the need to balance the required performance and functionality of the medical device with the biological response to the device. The concept of biocompatibility will be introduced. Students will gain an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of designing and developing medical devices and will use some case studies to demonstrate this.

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Optional Courses

Plus one from the following

Computational Fluid Dynamics (EG501V)

15 Credit Points

The course aims to provide understanding of main principles and techniques underpinning computational fluid dynamics (CFD) combining numerical methods with practical experience using appropriate software. The course develops a foundation for understanding, developing and analysing successful simulations of fluid flows applicable to a broad range of applications.

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Advanced Composite Materials (EM501Q)

15 Credit Points

Advanced materials underpin many industry sectors and are viewed as one of the key enabling technologies that can help address environmental, economic and social challenges the society is facing. Lightweight materials such as composites applied to vehicles, structures and devices can help reduce energy consumption and emissions, and increase energy efficiency. The aim of this course is introduce students to the mechanical behaviour of composite materials and the design of structures made of composites.

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Introduction to Commercialisation and Bio - Business (BT5015)

15 Credit Points

This course will describe the basic language of business and give examples of large versus small businesses in the bioscience area. Intellectual property rights will be explained as will how present your business and how to set up a small biotech company. A comparison will be made of the big Pharma business model and that of small biotech businesses.

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Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses
Research Methods for Bioengineers (EG555J)

15 Credit Points

This course will introduce you to the key principles of ethical research in bioengineering, and cover core topics such as experiment design, basic statistical analysis, and how to review the scientific literature.

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Modelling of Biological Systems (EG555L)

15 Credit Points

Physiological and physicochemical phenomena in biological systems involve complex interactions between tissue, blood and nutrients such as glucose. This course will introduce the principles of biofluid and soft tissue mechanics, and mass transfer phenomena relevant to biological systems. Students will develop the ability to use mathematical modelling to analyse those phenomena, and gain insight into a range of therapies from the perspective of engineering.

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Rehabilitation Engineering and Biomechanics (EG555K)

15 Credit Points

Our bodies are shaped by the forces that act on them, and to understand movement, we need to understand the nature of that interaction. In this course, students will learn the basis of human movement in terms of the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. They will also appreciate the impacts that disease or injury can have on our ability to move, and gain insight into some of the technologies that can help improve function in people with movement disorders.

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Optional Courses

Plus one from the following

Finite Element Methods (EG55M1)

15 Credit Points

The background to the finite element method and its use in various industrial applications is explained in this course. As well as the modelling of linear static and dynamic problems, the modelling of material and geometric non-linearity is an important aspect of the course. Coursework assignments will be based on the student edition of ABAQUS which is supplied with the Course Textbook which students are required to purchase.

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Mathematical Optimisation (EG551T)

15 Credit Points

Ever wondered how Excel is able to draw an optimal line through a set of points? This course looks at how typical engineering problems that cannot be described mathematically (or are difficult to do so) can be solved so that the optimal solution is found. The course contains a range of examples to show how the techniques are applied to real world problems in different engineering disciplines. The course will show how to develop computational algorithms from scratch, with a fundamental understanding of how the algorithms function, both mathematically and then in real time on a computer.

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Advanced Bio - Business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research (BT5508)

15 Credit Points

This advanced course builds on the basics provided in Introduction to Bio-business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research (BT5012). It provides more detail on financing and setting up a Bio-business.

The course deals in depth with finance, corporate governance and business models. The major assessment involves the students working together in teams to set up a virtual bio-business and to pitch this business to a group of experts in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector. The team will adopt the roles of senior management team and present to the experts their part of the business.

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Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses
Individual Project In Biomedical Engineering (EG595D)

60 Credit Points

The Biomedical Engineering Individual Project provides an opportunity for students on the Biomedical Engineering MSc programme to put their acquired technical knowledge and skills into practice by delivering an independent project. Students are encouraged to focus their dissertation on a problem confronting the industrial or clinical biomedical engineers.

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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 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 - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

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

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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
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.

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Contact Details

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