Biomedical Engineering (conversion programme)
Biomedical Engineering is a field of engineering that relies on highly inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches to research and development, in order to address biological and medical problems. Specialists in this area are trained to face scientific and technological challenges that significantly differ from those related to more traditional branches of engineering. Nevertheless, at the same time Biomedical Engineering makes use of more traditional engineering methodologies and techniques, which are adapted and further developed to meet specifications of biomedical applications.
As a result of the fact that people live longer, there is an increasing demand for specialists in Biomedical Engineering. To address this demand, this programme has been developed with a view to encouraging science and maths graduates to engage with the subject area, under a UK Government initiative funded by HEFCE. This programme is aimed at students who already have a science background (e.g. biology, mathematics, chemistry, physics), and aims to convert them to engineers with unique expertise in the fundamentals of biomedical engineering as well as a specialisation in one of the areas of Imaging and Instrumentation, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials, or Biofluids.
The programme has strong roots within the well-recognised expertise of the academics that deliver the lectures, who have international standing in cutting-edge research in a diversity of topics of Biomedical Engineering. This fact ensures that the programme is delivered with the highest standards in the field. The students also benefit from access to state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation while undertaking their research projects.
The programme structure is modular in format. During Semester A, students will take the compulsory module Engineering Methods, which exposes them to essential engineering techniques and philosophy. In Semester B, students will take the compulsory module Ethics and Regulatory Affairs. For the rest the students' taught curriculum is determined based on the specialisation they have chosen.