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MSc

Medical Engineering

Medical engineering

Year Of Entry

2021
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich / January start (Postgraduate)
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2021 ; January 2022
  • Course duration: One year full-time or two years full-time with a placement


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This course has been developed to meet the needs of the healthcare sector and the medical industry in the UK and internationally. It is specifically designed to increase the employability of its graduates in an engineering and technological context by identifying new medical product opportunities and by conducting projects in collaboration with a range of relevant partners.

Medical Engineering is user-focused, taking a multidisciplinary approach and building on strong relationships with industry and the health sector. The course aims to provide you with live engineering and design experience and the tools to drive forward process, material and critical thinking in the commercial world.

You will benefit from the internationally recognised research activities in the engineering subject area which have been supported by grants from a variety of funding organisations. The engineering team has been involved with numerous international collaborative projects, and closely works with industry and the healthcare sector on different research and development schemes.

You will get direct industrial experience of the newest developments in the field through collaboration with NTU's Medical Technologies Innovation Facility (MTIF), start-up companies, the Medical Engineering Design team, and the SWIFT research group.

Work with the surgical and clinical community on live project briefs as part of a substantial existing network between NTU and our relevant partners. These links and others we have in the medical industry mean that you could collaborate and undertake a project with them.

Working with our Medical Engineering Design Research Group gives a multi-disciplinary approach to design and engineering.

The course will be seeking accreditation from the IET.

Postgraduate open events: We hold postgraduate open events throughout the year. Find out more and book a place.

What you'll study

You will be working in groups during lab exercises for some of the modules and also work on individual projects, especially during the individual industrial or engineering research project. You will have the possibility to work on (live) projects during all modules as part of training and formative assessment. Below is an overview of the areas you will cover.

  • Design of medical and surgical products, tools and apparatus to improve the lives of patients and the workflow of medical professionals.
  • Introduction to a range of tools and techniques applicable to the field including medical imaging, fluid dynamics prosthetics and rehabilitation robotics.
  • Application of smart materials in medical products including prosthetics, medical devices and advanced medical coatings.
  • Explore recent developments in bioinformatics, gene therapeutics, bionics, prosthesis, assistive robotics and exoskeletons.
  • Understand the requirements for ethics, regulation and innovation in the medical sector.
  • Modules

    • Research Methods and CPD
    • Prosthetics and Rehabilitation Robotics
    • Fluid Dynamics in Physiology and Medical Devices
    • Medical Applications of Smart Materials
    • Medical Imaging
    • Current Developments in Biomedical Engineering
    • Individual Industrial or Research Engineering Project
  • Learn a new language

    Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

How you’re taught

This programme is delivered by a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Seminars and Tutorials
  • Project Work
  • Case studies
  • Oral presentations
  • Workshops
  • Laboratory assessments and reports

You will be assessed by a mixture of coursework including reports, ePortfolio, and project work, and written and practical exams.

Assessment methods

Coursework (50%), written (38%) and practical (12%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Lectures / seminars / workshops (27%) and independent study (73%)

Careers and employability

Mentoring and support

All students will be allocated a personal tutor throughout their course of study in order to provide pastoral support. Each module will provide students with the opportunity to engage with specialist lecturers via seminars and project work, allowing them to explore knowledge they are applying to assignments and topical discussion points.

All staff members teaching on the programme are members of professional institutions and most are active researchers, with many undertaking industrial consultancy.

Our commercial, surgical and clinical partners will also be available to provide support for student projects and as needed for other student-specific requirements.

Your future

You will graduate with a broad range of skills applicable to medical engineering and design. These include (but will not be limited to):

  • concepts behind medical imaging techniques and good practice in image acquisition and processing
  • understanding of new (smart) materials for improving the functionality
  • cost and / or sustainability of medical devices and prosthetics
  • understanding of the impact of prosthetics or medical implants on the body’s metabolism.

You will also gain an understanding of the implementation of medical engineering in industry and academia, gaining an understanding of intellectual property, medical ethics and regulations, as well as business principles and commercialisation.

The course is ideal preparation for roles in the design, application or regulation of medical devices within specialist design consultancies or medical device companies.

The multi-disciplinary nature of this course means you are able to acquire advanced engineering design, technological, materials and design skills to enhance your potential to becoming a leading medical design engineer, technologist, or medical product designer.

You may also wish to progress onto further study at PhD level.

Placement

NTU is one of the most employment-focused universities. Increasingly, employers want to recruit graduates who have real-world work experience. That’s why all of our courses, across every subject area, offer you a work experience opportunity. Our experts help build and support your future with a range of career programmes and events.

This course offers you the opportunity to take a one-year (sandwich) placement. With a placement, the course will be a total of two years full-time study.

The school of Science and Technology will work closely with you to help you find a placement and strengthen your CV and interview techniques. During the placement year, an academic member of staff will visit to check on your progress and offer any advice. On completion of the placement year students will submit a placement report and continue back at NTU for three months during which time they will complete their research project.

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NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A UK honours degree (minimum 2:1) or equivalent in a related discipline such as Engineering or BEng / BSc Product Design subjects
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • A UK honours degree (minimum 2:1) or equivalent in a related discipline such as Engineering or BEng / BSc Product Design subjects
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step by step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2021 and January 2022 entry are:

Study routeUKInternational / EU
Full-time£8,500£15,500
Full-time with placement year£8,500 + £1,385£15,500 + £1,385

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page and our funding page will answer all your questions.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 20% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on: +44 (0)115 848 2494. For scholarship help please contact us on: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Course fees for September 2021 and January 2022* entry are:

Study routeUKInternational / EU
Full-time£8,500£15,500
Full-time with placement year£8,500 + £1,385£15,500 + £1,385

* For January study please check your student visa regulations as this is a 15 month course.

For a list of international fees for all courses and study routes in the School of Science and Technology please visit our postgraduate fees and funding page.

When and how to pay your fees

For advice and guidance on making secure international payments to the University please visit our international fees page.

Scholarships and other funding

If you’re an international or EU student holding an offer to study with us, you can apply for one of our international scholarships. Please visit our international scholarships page for details. You’ll also find information about EU tuition fee loans and external scholarships to study in the UK on these pages.

Advice and guidance

If you have any questions about international fees, scholarships and other funding please contact the International Development Office at international@ntu.ac.uk or + 44 (0) 115 848 8175.

Still need help?

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