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Biomedical Engineering, MSc

Newcastle University, the United Kingdom

Newcastle University

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About Biomedical Engineering, MSc - at Newcastle University

Our Biomedical Engineering MSc is suitable for both practising professionals and new graduates with an engineering or science-based degree.

With this degree, you'll apply engineering principles and push forward technology. You'll create novel diagnostic and therapeutic tools for various medical conditions. Research and development in science and engineering will likely transform future healthcare.

The MSc has four streams, so you can specialise in your area of interest:

  • biomechanical
  • biomaterials
  • bioelectrical
  • regulatory sciences

You'll study specialised modules according to your choice of stream. Some taught modules are common between the four streams. These lead to the award of MSc in Biomedical Engineering.

What you'll learn

The taught modules that are common across streams are:

  • Contemporary Case Study in Biomedical Engineering
  • Orthopaedic Engineering

Our common modules develop your knowledge and analytical skills to enable you to:

  • explore fundamental bioengineering developments
  • understand how bioengineering relates to human body
  • analyse case studies of medical device performance
  • understand the importance of regulatory requirements to medical devices
  • use engineering software (MATLAB, CAD, FEA) for data analysis
  • develop engineering solutions to practical medical problems

MSc Project and Dissertation (Individual Project)

The School of Engineering has an international reputation for transformative engineering and technology research. You'll have the opportunity to be part of this research and development though your MSc project.

The project will be decided in Semester 1 and will primarily occur in semesters 2 and 3. You’ll join world class research groups and learn to combine and apply the skills, knowledge and understanding gained from the modules you've undertaken. Specifically, you’ll learn to develop the ability to:

  • formulate planning and organisational strategies
  • review and summarise relevant technical papers and reports
  • critique different techniques and strategies
  • identify relevant/irrelevant material related to your MSc

Examples of research-led projects have included:

  • Bone scaffolds
  • Bone cements
  • Artificial bone
  • Closed loop neural implants
  • Artificial finger joints
  • Challenges Facing Medical Device Regulations in Saudi Arabia: A Mixed-Method Approach


We have a multidisciplinary approach to teaching. Our Biomedical Engineering MSc is delivered by expert staff in:

  • the School of Engineering
  • the Faculty of Medical Sciences
  • and the School of Law

This offers a rich and diverse learning experience.

The course uses a blend of teaching methods, including:

  • lectures and tutorials
  • visits to local hospitals and industry
  • seminars
  • practical laboratory sessions
  • computer workshops
  • research-led projects
  • group work
  • personal supervision

You'll benefit from clinical and industry guest lectures. You'll have the opportunity to carry out research and development projects. With access to multi-million-pound state-of-the-art facilities, you'll work alongside active collaborations between the University and industry.

Each stream is 180 credits and runs for three semesters, from late September until August in the following year.

Our modules are taught in a block format to allow an immersive alignment of lab and tutorial sessions with the teaching.


You'll have access to a range of dedicated specialist facilities used for teaching and research in the School of Engineering and across campus to support your studies and enhance your learning experience.

Teaching facilities include:

  • Computing Lab
  • Electrical Power Teaching Lab
  • Electronics Lab

Research facilities include:

  • CAD Lab
  • Clean- Room Microfabrication Lab
  • Embedded Systems Lab
  • Microelectronic Characterisation Lab
  • Modelling and Device Design
  • Neuro-Prosthesis Lab
  • µSystems Lab
  • Biomaterials lab
  • Tissue engineering lab
  • Biotribology lab
  • Biosensors lab

These labs are used for training, course delivery and the manufacture of materials/components needed to support project work. There are also further labs in the medical school in which MSc projects have been developed.

You'll also have access to multiple networked computer clusters on campus with standard and specialist software. Some clusters have 24-hour access.

Finally, you'll benefit from the Philip Robinson library. The library has over one million books and journals, and over half a million e-books. The Philip Robinson Library is also home to Maths Aid and Writing Development Centre study support services.

Notes about fees for this course

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

Entry requirements

2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in electrical and electronic engineering or mechanical engineering or a related discipline, such as:

  • general engineering
  • automotive, aeronautical or design engineering
  • mathematics
  • physics, including medical physics.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Pre-sessional English Course Requirements

  • 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
  • 10 week Pre-sessional entry:  IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)

You can study a pre-sessional English course at our INTO Newcastle Centre.

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