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Biomedical Engineering with Healthcare Technology Management  MSc

Overview

This exciting programme has been developed for science and engineering graduates who wish to work in an area of biomedical or clinical engineering in the NHS, international healthcare organisations or in the medical devices industry. The course also welcomes those who already work in hospitals or industry who wish to gain academic training to further their career.

The course focuses on developing up-to-date biomedical technology management skills and an innovative approach to research and design in biomedical engineering. It is suitable for recent graduates as well as clinical engineers already working in healthcare wishing to advance to management-level positions. As healthcare becomes increasingly dependent on advanced technology, this course meets the growing international need for biomedical engineers with good technical and management skills.


Scholarships, bursaries and prizes

The School offers generous scholarships, bursaries and prizes for this course:


Why study Biomedical Engineering with Healthcare Technology Management at City?

  • Biomedical Engineering is the fastest growing engineering discipline offering graduates a wide range of career opportunities in healthcare organisations and industries worldwide
  • City University London has unique links with internationally-renowned London teaching hospitals, from which many of our teaching staff are drawn
  • The course includes modules covering Biomedical Engineering and Instrumentation, Technology Infrastructure Management, as well as the latest advances in Medical Imaging and Telemedicine
  • Individual projects are supported by the world-renowned Biomedical Engineering Research Group at City as well as NHS Clinical Scientists
  • A special module will provide an introduction to Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology designed for non-clinical science graduates
  • The course can be taken full-time (12 months) or part-time (24 months)
  • City University London is located in Central London, one of the world's most exciting and vibrant cities.

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £16,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £8,000 per year
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Start Date:

Autumn 2016

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

INTO Postgraduate preparation Programmes

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

Additionally, the University works in partnership with 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 the University is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London course at the required level.

English Requirements

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

  • IELTS: 6.5.

Please note that 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.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Postgraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

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 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

Course Content

The syllabus has been designed in consultation with colleagues from the NHS and the healthcare industry based on the demand for biomedical engineering graduates in the Healthcare Sector.  This course provides specialised knowledge and invaluable skills in information technology, life sciences, mathematical methods, technology management, physical science and biomedical engineering. The most innovative areas of biomedical and clinical engineering will be covered and the course content draws from our research expertise in biomedical sensors, bio-optics, medical imaging imaging, signal processing and modelling. Modules are taught by 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 London

Course Structure

Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
This module provides an introduction to the basic principles of biological medicine, and is designed for non-biological science graduates.  An overview of human anatomy is provided designed on a systems-based approach.  The basic principles of human and animal physiology will be studied alongside a range of important disease processes.  Systems covered include: the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system, the brain and central nervous system, vision and hearing, skeletal and muscular systems and the digestive system. There will also be lectures focusing on key areas of medical practice such as anaesthesia and high-altitude medicine.

Physiological Measurement
This module investigates the principles of physiological measurement and its application to clinical medicine.  The basic scientific principles underlying modern clinical measurement systems will be studied, including measurement theory, sensors, signal conditioning, calibration, quality control, data acquisition, analogue-to digital conversion and signal processing. Key clinical equipment will be studied in detail, including ECG, haemodynamic monitoring, pulse oximetry, laser Doppler flowmetry, medical spectroscopy, anaesthetic gas monitoring systems etc.

Biomedical Instrumentation
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.   There is strong emphasis on analogue and digital electronics, signal processing and data analysis.  The laboratory sessions build skills in electronic sensor and circuit design and a series of experimental mini-projects allow students to design and test their own hardware and software with the aim of recording and interpreting physiological measurements.

Cardiovascular Diagnostics and Therapy

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 provide insight into therapeutic systems including non-surgical interventions for treatment of 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

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 aims to enable graduates to apply their knowledge of clinical engineering to imaging technology in a clinical setting. Visits to the Department of Radiography will enable students 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 management of specific medical imaging equipment.

Clinical Engineering Practice

Teaching in Clinical Engineering Practice is given from the beginning of the MSc course. The module provides 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. The technical challenges associated with the use of these devices in the clinical environment will also be explored. The module also gives a comprehensive introduction to risk management, quality systems and wireless networking technologies.

Healthcare Technology Management

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.

Research skills

This module provides background training in research skills to enable completion of the final project and will be invaluable for careers involving research.  These skills include reading and appraising medical and scientific literature, searching for papers and articles, correct referencing, report writing and making presentations.  Other areas covered include research ethics, analysis and representation of data, statistical methods, intellectual property, patent search, avoiding plagiarism, etc.  During the module, students choose the topic of their final project, so the later parts of the module are tailored to their individual project needs.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching on the course consists of face-to-face lectures delivered to small groups, encouraging interaction and feedback from the students. Laboratory sessions supplement the material taught in the lectures, and allow students to develop their problem-solving and design skills. Computer labs are also utilised to teach software skills in certain modules. Hospital visits are also arranged to provide students with hands-on experience of different clinical environments.

Tutorials are arranged for setting coursework, highlighting important subject areas, practical demonstrations, answering student queries and to help with revision. Assessment is in the form of written examinations at the end of each term, and coursework assignments, which are set at various times throughout the term.

Students 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 period. 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 chosen subject area. Many projects are based in hospital Clinical Engineering departments, or in the case of part-time students, can be based at the student's workplace. Regular contact with the supervisor is arranged, to make sure the project progresses satisfactorily.

Examples of previous projects include:

  • Cursor controller based on electrooculography (EOG).
  • Modelling a closed-loop automated anaesthesia system
  • Design of a movement artefact-resistant wearable heart rate/activity monitor.
  • Biosensor interface for a wireless telemetry-based home monitoring system.
  • Skin hydration bioimpedance circuits for integration to smartphone devices.
  • Comparison of pulsatile flow and continuous flow cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Development of an oxygen saturation sensor for aviation and high-altitude environments
  • A comparison of photoplethysmography and ECG for heart rate variability analysis
  • Non-invasive blood pressure estimation based on brachial artery pulse wave velocity
  • Investigation of muscle fatigue based on Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) and Electromyography (EMG).
  • A comparison of hospital equipment management between developed and developing countries using survey-based data
  • Review of progress towards a fully autonomous artificial mechanical heart

Students successfully completing eight modules and the dissertation will be awarded 180 credits and a Masters level qualification. Alternatively, students who do not complete the dissertation but have successfully completed eight modules will be awarded 120 credits and a postgraduate diploma. Successful completion of four modules (60 credits) will lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £16,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £8,000 per year

If a student leaves the University after commencing but before completing their course, the University 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 to the University that exceptional and unforeseeable reasons for their withdrawal exist.

How to pay

The University 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 31 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.

Scholarships, bursaries and prizes

The School offers a range of generous scholarships, bursaries and prizes to applicants for this course:

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.

Career Prospects

This exciting MSc programme offers a well-rounded background and specialised knowledge for those seeking a professional career as a clinical engineer in the NHS and international healthcare organisations where expertise in engineering applied to medicine is required.

The course focuses on developing up-to-date technology management skills and an innovative approach to engineering design.

Careers might involve designing patient monitoring, wearable sensors and therapeutic systems. Clinical engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering disciplines offering graduates a wide range of career opportunities in healthcare organisations and industries worldwide.

With a background in technology management, graduates will have necessary skills for management positions, for example running an engineering department within a hospital. The course is intended to form part of the formal training for clinical engineers as well and provide opportunities for professionals currently working in engineering in the NHS.

Applicants may wish to apply for vacancies in the NHS, private sector or international healthcare organisation. 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 provide a professional, high quality careers and information service for students and recent graduates of City University London, in collaboration with employers and other University academic and service departments. The course also prepares graduates who plan to work in biomedical engineering research.

After the successful completion of the course candidates may consider a PhD degree, towards an academic/research career.


Apply for MSc Biomedical Engineering with Healthcare Technology Management

We encourage online applications. However, we ask that you also send two references and your original transcript by post as soon as possible after submitting your online application to:

Postgraduate Courses Offices
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
City University London
Northampton Square
London
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