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Advanced Biomedical Engineering

Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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Biomedical engineering is a fast evolving interdisciplinary field, which has been at the forefront of many medical advances in recent years. As such, it is a research-led discipline, which sits at the cutting edge of advances in medicine, engineering and applied biological sciences.

This MSc programme is designed to provide an advanced biomedical engineering education and to develop specialist understanding; the programme contains a large project component which allows you to develop advanced knowledge and research skills in a specialist area.

The programme also aims to develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the subject, which can be applied in a variety of clinical, biomedical and industrial settings. All subjects are taught by biomedical/medical engineers and clinical scientists. This allows you to gain the related skills and experience in healthcare science and technology, engineering principles and manufacturing, and management of various industry standard medical devices.

Cutting-edge research feeds directly into teaching and various student projects, ensuring your studies are innovative, current and focused with direct relation to related industries. All academic staff are research active and very enthusiastic, leading to research led/taught core modules with an excellent pass rate.

Why Bradford?

The School of Engineering at the University of Bradford is a pioneer in the sector, offering the first full-time BEng/MEng/MSc Medical Engineering courses in the UK. 

We offer state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities for various projects and modules.

Our students gain industry and professional insights from UK based hospitals and orthopaedic companies such as DePuySynthes (Johnson & Johnson),  Smith & Nephew, ZimmerBiomet and GE Healthcare, as well as consultant Prosthetists from Blatchford-Endolite, IET and IMechE Engineering Councils.

Entry requirements

You must have a first degree in relevant discipline; normally at least a Second-class Honours degree or equivalent in Science, Engineering, or Technology.

Candidates who do not fulfil the normal entry requirements but have extensive engineering, clinical, biomedical or related experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Those applicants seeking to use this MSc, if it is accredited by the IMechE, as Further Learning to satisfy the educational base requirements for CEng must also be in possession of an appropriate accredited degree. 

English language requirements:

All students must satisfy the English language requirements for admission.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

  • MSc Project (60 credits, core)
  • Big Data Systems and Analysis (20 credits, core)
  • Regenerative Medicine (20 credits, optional)
  • Genomic Coding and Genetic Engineering (20 credits, optional)
  • Clinical Biomechanics (20 credits, optional)
  • Clinical Diagnostics (20 credits, optional)
  • Polymer and Materials Engineering (20 credits, optional)
  • Risk Assessment & Management (20 credits, optional)
  • Engineering Computational Methods (20 credits, optional)
  • Biomaterials with Implant Design & Technology (20 credits, optional)

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

  • Formal and Informal Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory Practicals
  • Workshop skills
  • Seminars
  • Group and individually assessed projects

Career support and prospects

Career support

We aim to produce postgraduates who aspire to challenging careers in industry, the National Health Service (NHS), commerce and the public sector or to developing their own enterprises. You should therefore be able to move directly into responsible roles in employment with a minimum of additional training. This aim is achieved by:

  • Providing a supportive, structured environment in which students are encouraged to develop independent learning and research skills
  • Developing subject knowledge and understanding, developing discipline skills and developing personal transferable skills, to enable graduates to pursue programmes of advanced study, or to move directly into responsible employment

Various local and national companies including NHS trusts are invited for graduate careers/schemes and for providing placement year specific to biomedical/medical engineering students.

Career prospects

Biomedical Engineering is a growing, increasingly important field, with many significant diagnostic and therapeutic advances pioneered by biomedical engineers. It is highly interdisciplinary in nature and requires engineers who are flexible, able to acquire new skills, and who have a broad knowledge base. In particular, given the research-lead nature of the discipline, there is demand for engineers who can work effectively in a research-lead environment and who can push forward technological boundaries.

Consequently, there is need for people with advanced knowledge and skills, who have a good appreciation of developments in the clinical and biological fields. The MSc in Advanced Biomedical Engineering programme is designed to give you this. 

There is a shortage of professionally qualified engineers in both routine clinical and medical research activities in hospitals, industrial research centres and companies that design, maintain, repair and manufacture electronic medical devices and equipment for public and private health services.

Study Support

You will be allocated a personal tutor who is someone with whom you will be able to talk about any academic or personal concerns. There are time-tabled personal tutorial hours per week throughout the academic year, including feedback sessions for all assignments and group/individual projects.

Programme leaders are available for any related matters and advice is given regularly towards curriculum and progression.

University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree programmes. From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.


  • A tissue characterisation laboratory, incorporating three state-of-the-art atomic force microscopes (AFM), which enables the nano- and microstructure of various tissues and other biomaterials to be characterised in great detail. This facility enables the mechanical, physical and biological performance characteristics of tissue/biomaterials to be better understood.

  • A modern cell/tissue engineering laboratory for in-vitro culturing of various cells/tissues such as skin, bone, cartilage, muscle, etc, and wound repair.

  • A state-of-the-art human movement laboratory, which enables the movement and gait of patients to be analysed in great detail. In particular, the laboratory incorporates a new VICON motion capture facility.

  • A prosthetic/orthotic joint laboratory containing several state-of-the-art test machines, including a friction hip/knee simulator, for evaluating the performance of artificial hip and knee joints.

  • A human physiology laboratory for evaluating human physiological performance including EMG, ECG, Blood Pressure, Urine, skin analysis and Spirometry (lung function) tests, etc.

  • A world-class bioaerosol test facility for performing microbiological experiments. This facility comprises a class two negatively pressurised chamber, into which microorganisms can be safely nebulised, thus enabling infection control interventions to be evaluated.

  • An electrostatics laboratory for evaluating the impact of electrical charge on biological and medical systems.

  • Medical Electronics Laboratory equipped for the design and manufacturing of Medical diagnostic devices such as Electrocardiograpphy (ECG), Pacemaker, Oximeter and Heart Rate Monitoring, etc.

  • Other Engineering Laboratories for related subjects such as materials testing and charaterisation. Labs and Workshops shared with Mechanical Engineering U/G and P/G students.

Learning Resources

The JB Priestley Library on the city campus provides a wide range of printed and electronic resources to support your studies.  We offer quiet study space if you want to work on your own, and group study areas for the times when you need to discuss work with fellow students.  Subject librarians provide training sessions and individual guidance in finding the information you need for your assignment, and will help you organise your references properly.

Student PC clusters can be found in both our libraries and elsewhere on the campus.  Many of these are open 24/7.  You can also use the University's wireless network to access the internet from your own laptop.  Most of our journals are available online (both on and off campus), and you can also access your University email account, personal information and programme-related materials this way. 

Staff are on hand during the daytime to help you if you get stuck, and there is a 24/7 IT helpline available.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £7,960
  • International: £18,480

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan to put towards your fees and living costs.

Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.