Biomedical Engineering, MSc

Biomedical Engineering, MSc


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

Compulsory Courses

Choose one from:

    Biomedical and Professional Topics in Healthcare Science (BP5003)

    15 Credit Points

    This course introduces students to fundamental aspects of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry, in order to develop a basic understanding of cells, tissues and organs and how they may be altered by disease. The course also includes a range of topics around Professional Issues, Management of Medical Physics, Statistics and Safety.

    Introduction to Engineering for Life Scientists (EG504Q)

    15 Credit Points

    This course will introduce the key principles in engineering science. Topics cover fluid mechanics, mass and heat transfer, chemical reaction, mechanics in materials and electricity.

    Optional Courses

    Plus one from:

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

    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.

    Introduction to Mobile Robotics and Bioinspiration (EG504M)

    15 Credit Points

    Mobile robots can be used in a range of applications, including warehouses, agriculture, and other real-world environments. One of the main challenges for robots operating in the real world is that this is an unstructured environment. Nature has found clever solutions for the design of intelligent and effective systems operating in the unstructured environment hence biology is an obvious source of inspiration for robotics. In this course we take inspiration from nature to engineer intelligent systems for real-world applications as, for example, locomotion.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Optional Courses

    Plus one from:

    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.

    Comparative Imaging (MP5501)

    15 Credit Points

    A study of the similarities and differences between the various modalities that are used for medical imaging

    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.

    Semester 3

    Compulsory Courses

    MSc Individual Project (EG59F1)

    60 Credit Points

    The MSc Individual Project is an independent piece of research based on a topic related to a student’s degree programme. Students are encouraged to focus on a problem confronting industry or a related area. The individual project provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate how the in-depth skills and knowledge they have gained during the taught courses can be used to provide solutions to practical problems. The individual project should contain a degree of original research.

    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.

    Fee Information

    Fee information
    Fee category Cost
    EU / International students £25,100
    Tuition Fees for 2022/23 Academic Year
    Home / RUK £10,600
    Tuition Fees for 2022/23 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.

    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.

    Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

    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

    TOEFL iBT:

    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


    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
    University of Aberdeen
    University Office
    Regent Walk
    AB24 3FX