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    1. 2017
    2. 2016
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Biomedical Engineering with Healthcare Technology Management

MSc |
Make future breakthroughs within healthcare with the MSc Biomedical Engineering with Healthcare Technology Management course.

Key Information

Start date

Autumn 2017

Duration

Full-time: 12 months
Part-time: 24 to 36 months

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,000

Part-time: £4,500 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £16,000

Part-time: £8,000 per year

Who is it for?

This course is for inquisitive students who want to design, develop, apply or even manage the use of cutting-edge methods and devices that will revolutionise healthcare. It is open to science and engineering graduates and those working within hospitals or related industry who want to work in healthcare organisations, in the medical devices industry, or in biomedical engineering research.

The course will suit recent graduates and/or clinical engineers with a technical background or those working in healthcare who want to move into a management position.

Objectives

With several medical conditions requiring extensive and continuous monitoring and early and accurate diagnosis becoming increasingly desirable, technology for biomedical applications is rapidly becoming one of the key ingredients of today and tomorrow’s medical care.

From miniaturised home diagnostic instruments to therapeutic devices and to large scale hospital imaging and monitoring systems, healthcare is becoming increasingly dependent on technology. This course meets the growing need for biomedical and clinical engineers across the world by focusing on the design of medical devices from conception to application.

One of the few accredited courses of its kind in London, the programme concentrates on the use of biomedical-driven engineering design and technology in healthcare settings so you can approach this multidisciplinary topic from the biological and medical perspective; the technological design and development perspective; and from the perspective of managing the organisation and maintenance of large scale equipment and IT systems in a hospital.

This MSc in Biomedical Engineering with Healthcare Technology Management course has been created in consultation and close collaboration with clinicians, biomedical engineering researchers and medical technology industrial partners. The programme fosters close links with the NHS and internationally-renowned hospitals including St. Bartholomew's (Barts) and the Royal London Hospital and Great Ormond street so that you can gain a comprehensive insight into the applied use and the management of medical technology and apply your knowledge in real-world clinical settings.

Accreditation

Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) logo

The course is accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM). This means the degree equips you with the knowledge and skills you will need to seek employment within the industry.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or second-class honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution, in a physical science. However, we will also consider other qualifications with relevant experience in a field related to biomedical engineering and medical imaging as well as proficiency in mathematics.

Other suitable qualifications

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to follow a Graduate Diploma pathway to the programme through one of our partners.

INTO City, University of London

Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Informatics - Science and Engineering.

Kaplan International College

Additionally, City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Foundation and Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students including regular one-to-one tuition. Progression to City is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London course at the required level.

English requirements

For overseas students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is required:

  • IELTS: 6.5

Due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

English language programmes

Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses. Learn more about INTO's English for University Study programme.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Thank you for having decided to apply to study a postgraduate course at the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. Please note that the deadline for applications for the 2017/18 academic year is 31st August 2017.

In order for your application to be considered, please ensure that you upload the following documentation with your application:

  • For all applicants, please upload your degree certificate and transcript of marks from your first degree (if you do not have your final results at the time of making your application, please upload a provisional certificate/interim transcript of marks). A transcript is required in order to have your application processed.
  • If your first language is not English, or you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, please upload a Proof of English Proficiency if you have already obtained it. A list of accepted qualifications can be found here.
  • If you require a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Master's programme in the UK, please upload a detailed personal statement outlining why you wish to study this specific course, at City University London, as well as explaining how your past studies have prepared you for this course and how it will help you to progress in your career.
  • If you are applying for a Part-time course, or have relevant work experience relating to the degree you are applying for, please upload a copy of your current CV/resume.

You can apply in the following ways:

Postal applications and supporting documents

We encourage online applications, however if you are unable to do this, please send a completed paper application form, together with supporting documents, to:

Postgraduate Courses Office, A302
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

Contact information for the Postgraduate Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 0248
Email: smcsepg@city.ac.uk

Over £1m
of recent investment in Keysight equipment means you work with the most advanced technology.
One of 21
IPEM accredited biomedical engineering courses in the UK.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

If a student leaves City after commencing but before completing their course, City reserves the right to charge the student the tuition/course fee for the full academic year (or full course for capacity limited post-graduate courses - up to a maximum of 2 years fees) in question. The student may be charged the full fee for that year or course as applicable unless the student is able to present justification that exceptional and unforeseeable reasons for their withdrawal exist.

How to pay

City has introduced an instalment payment scheme which is available to certain categories of students, including taught postgraduate students. For students following the normal academic year, the annual fee may be paid in two equal instalments: the first on registering, the second on 31st January. If you wish to pay your fees by instalment you must pay the first instalment at or before registration, by cheque or credit/debit card. You must also supply your bank details or credit card details for payment of your second instalment which will be deducted automatically from your bank or credit card account on 31st January.

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Placements

In the last few years there have been some limited opportunities for our top students to carry out their projects through placements within hospital-based healthcare technology groups or specialist London-based biomedical technology companies. Placement-based projects are also offered to selected students in City’s leading Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering (RCBE). As we continue our cutting-edge research and industrial and clinical collaborations, you will also have this opportunity.

Academic facilities

As a student on this course you will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge test and measurement instrumentation – oscilloscopes, function generators, analysers – as well as specialist signal generators and analysers. The equipment is predominantly provided by the world-leading test and measurement equipment manufacturer Keysight, who have partnered with City to provide branding to our electronics laboratories. You also have access to brand new teaching labs and a dedicated postgraduate teaching lab. And as part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

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Teaching and learning

You will be taught through face-to-face lectures in small groups, where there is a lot of interaction and feedback. Laboratory sessions run alongside the lectures, giving you the opportunity to develop your problem-solving and design skills. You also learn software skills in certain modules, which are taught inside computer labs. We also arrange hospital visits so you gain hands-on experience of different clinical environments.

We arrange tutorials for setting coursework, highlight important subject areas, conduct practical demonstrations, and offer support with revision. You are assessed by written examinations at the end of each term, and coursework assignments, which are set at various times throughout the term.

You also work towards an individual project, which is assessed in the form of a written thesis and an oral examination at the end of the summer. The project can be based on any area of biomedical engineering, telemedicine or technology management and will be supervised by an academic or clinical scientist with expertise in the subject area. Many projects are based in hospital clinical engineering departments, or if you are a part-time student, you can base the project on your own workplace. You will have regular contact with the supervisor to make sure the project progresses satisfactorily. Some of the programme’s current students are working on a project focusing on devices that use brain signals to move external objects such as a remote control car and a prosthetic arm.

Some of the previous projects students have worked on include:

  • A cursor controller based on electrooculography (EOG)
  • Modelling a closed-loop automated anaesthesia system
  • Design of a movement artefact-resistant wearable heart rate/activity monitor
  • Review of progress towards a fully autonomous artificial mechanical heart
  • Design of smartphone-based healthcare diagnostic devices and sensors.

If you successfully complete eight modules and the dissertation you will be awarded 180 credits and a Masters level qualification. Alternatively, if you do not complete the dissertation but have successfully completed eight modules, you will be awarded 120 credits and a postgraduate diploma. Completing four modules (60 credits) will lead to a postgraduate certificate.

Modules

Along with the 60 credit dissertation eight core modules cover diverse subject areas including biomedical electronics and instrumentation, technology infrastructure management, as well as the latest advances in medical imaging and patient monitoring.

The course includes a special module which gives you an introduction to anatomy, physiology and pathology designed for non-clinical science graduates.

The most innovative areas of biomedical and clinical engineering are covered and the content draws from our research expertise in biomedical sensors, bio-optics, medical imaging, signal processing and modelling. You will learn from academic lecturers as well as clinical scientists drawn from our collaborating institutions and departments, which include:

  • Charing Cross Hospital, London
  • The Royal London Hospital
  • St Bartholomew's Hospital, London
  • Basildon Hospital
  • Department of Radiography, School of Community and Health Sciences, City, University of London.

Modules

Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology (15 credits)

This module introduces the basic principles of human anatomy and physiology on a systems-based approach. We cover the respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, skeletal, muscular and digestive systems as well as vision and hearing. Key topics such as anaesthesia and high-altitude medicine will also be covered.

Physiological Measurement (15 credits)

This module investigates the principles of physiological measurement and its application to clinical medicine. You will study measurement theory, sensors, signal conditioning, calibration, quality control, data acquisition, analogue-to digital conversion and signal processing. You also study key clinical equipment in detail, including ECG, haemodynamic monitoring, pulse oximetry, laser Doppler flowmetry, medical spectroscopy, anaesthetic gas monitoring systems etc.

Biomedical Instrumentation (15 credits)

This module focuses on the study of the design, construction and clinical testing of biomedical electronics and instrumentation for acquisition of bio-signals from the body and is taught solely in the laboratory. The experimental sessions build your skills in electronic sensor and circuit design and a series of experimental mini-projects allow you to design and test your own hardware and software to record and interpret physiological measurements.

Medical Electronics (15 credits)

This module focuses on electronics for bio-interfacing and applications of medical electronics. Its purpose is to provide in-depth knowledge in analogue electronic circuit design for interfacing with bio-potential electrodes, both for bio-signal monitoring and for electrical stimulation. Bio-potential electrodes as well as operational amplifier based circuits are studied in detail.

Cardiovascular Diagnostics and Therapy (15 credits)

Cardiovascular medicine is an area with considerable dependence on engineering technology.  The application of biomedical instrumentation applied to clinical measurement of the function of the heart and circulatory systems will be studied. In addition the module will give you insight into therapeutic systems including non-surgical interventions for treating coronary artery disease. The module culminates in a visit to St Bartholomew's hospital cardiothoracic operating theatres and intensive care units. Cardiac surgery will also be covered with a focus on new technology in surgery.

Medical Imaging Modalities (15 credits)

Many aspects of modern medical imaging systems in currently in use in hospitals will be covered including CT, MRI and PET imaging. The module Includes lectures and demonstrations covering X-ray imaging, CT, Ultrasonic imaging, MRI, PET etc. The module will help you apply your knowledge of clinical engineering to imaging technology in a clinical setting. Visits to the Department of Radiography will allow you to see each modality in practice. The module will provide sufficient knowledge of medical imaging technology to embark on specialist training (e.g. from a manufacturer) in managing specific medical imaging equipment.

Clinical Engineering Practice (15 credits)

Teaching in Clinical Engineering Practice is given from the beginning of the MSc course. The module will give you key skills, invaluable to Clinical Engineers such as fault-finding methodology, safety testing, environmental issues etc. The clinical use of a range of medical devices will be explained such as drug infusors, anaesthetic machines, surgical laser systems, endoscopic systems, defibrillators, ventilators, etc. We will also explore the technical challenges associated with the use of these devices in the clinical environment. The module also gives you a comprehensive introduction to risk management, quality systems and wireless networking technologies.

Healthcare Technology Management (15 credits)

This module focuses on the management of technology, with an emphasis on the equipment life cycle. Lectures will cover the Identification/evaluation of need, the procurement process, purchasing, compliance risk assessment, safety certification, training, legal considerations, planned preventative maintenance, and quality control.  Other topics such as contractual agreements, monitoring, audit etc, will be covered. The module has a strong emphasis on continuing professional development and is taught by senior Clinical Engineers from Charing Cross Hospital, where some teaching takes place.

Career prospects

This exciting MSc programme offers a well-rounded background and specialised knowledge for those seeking a professional career as biomedical engineers in medical technology companies or research groups but is also uniquely placed for offering skills to clinical engineers in the NHS and international healthcare organisations.

Alumnus Alex Serdaris is now working as field clinical engineer for E&E Medical and alumna Despoina Sklia is working as a technical support specialist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. Other Alumni are carrying out research in City’s Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering (RCBE).

Applicants may wish to apply for vacancies in the NHS, private sector or international healthcare organisations. Students are encouraged to become members of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) where they will be put in touch with the Clinical Engineering community and any opportunities that arise around the UK during their studies. Application to the Clinical Scientist training programme is encouraged and fully supported.

The Careers, Student Development & Outreach team provides a professional, high quality careers and information service for students and recent graduates of City, University of London, in collaboration with employers and other institutional academic and service departments. The course also prepares graduates who plan to work in biomedical engineering research and work within an academic setting.

50% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15


Thank you for having decided to apply to study a postgraduate course at the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. Please note that the deadline for applications for the 2017/18 academic year is 31st August 2017.

In order for your application to be considered, please ensure that you upload the following documentation with your application:

  • For all applicants, please upload your degree certificate and transcript of marks from your first degree (if you do not have your final results at the time of making your application, please upload a provisional certificate/interim transcript of marks). A transcript is required in order to have your application processed.
  • If your first language is not English, or you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, please upload a Proof of English Proficiency if you have already obtained it. A list of accepted qualifications can be found here.
  • If you require a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Master's programme in the UK, please upload a detailed personal statement outlining why you wish to study this specific course, at City University London, as well as explaining how your past studies have prepared you for this course and how it will help you to progress in your career.
  • If you are applying for a Part-time course, or have relevant work experience relating to the degree you are applying for, please upload a copy of your current CV/resume.

You can apply in the following ways:

Postal applications and supporting documents

We encourage online applications, however if you are unable to do this, please send a completed paper application form, together with supporting documents, to:

Postgraduate Courses Office, A302
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

Contact information for the Postgraduate Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 0248
Email: smcsepg@city.ac.uk

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