The course is run by the School of Medicine in collaboration with the Research Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine.
Teaching takes place at the Guy Hilton Research Centre, a dedicated research facility located on the Royal Stoke University Hospital site, and also at the main University Campus. The School of Medicine is one of the top-ranked in the UK, and the research institute has an international reputation for world-leading research in medical engineering and healthcare technologies.
The School embraces specialists working in Royal Stoke University Hospital, County Hospital in Stafford and specialist Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry. You, therefore, have the opportunity to specialise in any of the varied clinical disciplines offered at these hospitals.
The School also runs MSc courses in Biomedical Engineering and in Cell and Tissue Engineering, and an EPSRC and MRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training, ensuring a stimulating academic environment for students and many opportunities for engaging with further study and research.
How The Course Is Taught
The course is taught through lectures and seminar. These are supported by tutorials and practical exercises. Collaborative learning and student-centred learning give a widespread opportunity for group work and individual assignments. Students are required to conduct an extensive independent study. Online access to literature is supported by full access to the Keele library on campus and the Medical Library on the hospital site. There is a suite of dedicated computers for the exclusive use of MSc students. Students are supported by the guidance of a personal tutor, as well as having access to university-wide support services. English language support is also provided, where appropriate.
A field trip is planned* in November of each year to coincide with the World’s largest medical devise trade fair, MEDICA. Because accommodation can be expensive students should be prepared to allocate about £500.
*The field trip is an aspiration and will depend on student demand and affordability.
Modules will be assessed by a mixture of assessment methods, including lab reports, essays, presentations, and final examinations. In addition to the technical and subject-specific knowledge, the course develops a range of transferable employability skills such as team working, time management and planning, written and verbal communication, and numeracy. The project dissertation forms a major component of the student’s assessed work.
Academic Entry Requirements
This is a “conversion” course and therefore you don't need to have an engineering degree to apply. You must have a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) based degree, but that could be anything from Biomedical Science, through Forensic Science, to Computer Science. Of course, if you have an engineering degree you can still apply.
We welcome applications with a first or second-class degree (or equivalent) in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline. We also welcome enquiries from people with other professional qualifications acceptable to the University.
We recommend applicants discuss their first degree with the course tutor before applying to ensure that this course meets personal aspirations.
English Language Entry Requirement For International Students
For international applicants, an English language IELTS score of 6.5 is required.
The aim of the MSc in Medical Engineering Design is to convert you into a Medical Engineering Designer so that you can work in this highly regulated design discipline. Students are able to major in three distinct areas, medical devices design, sustainable devices design and formal, structured design per se because the course develops your creative engineering design skills you will be able to transfer the skills and knowledge you develop into a range of industries.
Career areas include engineering design or Intellectual Property protection (a patent lawyer for example), technical sales, consultancy or corporate finance, as well as progressing into research and development within an industry or in an academic environment.