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BSc Biomedical Engineering -
what you'll learn

If you're interested in the application of technology to medicine, this is the place to be. We offer both BEng and MEng in Biomedical Engineering.

You will learn in lectures, small group seminars and laboratory practical lessons - a mix of teaching methods to provide an engaging experience. You will learn from leading experts in the field, who are currently expanding the field of biomedical engineering - what you learn will be informed by the latest discoveries. The modules we offer give you the opportunity to customise your degree to your interests.

Examples of our modules

Medical Imaging

Biomedical EngineeringIn this third year module, you will be taught the fundamentals, operation, design and application of a wide range of medical imaging systems commonly used in clinical settings for the diagnosis of diseases and disorders, and as research tools to understand how the human body and brain work. You will learn about Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography and ultrasound imaging, as well as about emerging technologies such as Terahertz (THz) Imaging, which has the capability of detecting markers of cancer and other diseases. You will also learn how to process the image data to visualise medically relevant information. For example, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) measures brain activity when performing a cognitive task. It is increasingly used in pre-surgical planning to localise brain function. In fMRI classes, you will be given human brain data collected during an auditory fMRI experiment, and learn how to analyse the data to obtain a brain activation map. You will be able to visualise increased brain activity in the auditory cortex superimposed on a 3D human brain.

 Fundamentals of Neuroscience

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The smell of a rose, a beautiful sunset, the  anticipation of the sprinter waiting in the tracks to start the race. We can experience all thanks to the incessant and orchestrated activity of millions of cells in our nervous system. Why and how the piece of wet matter enables us to have such experiences are great questions that baffled thinkers for a very long time. Finally, with the birth of modern neuroscience, we are starting to piece together this puzzle. In this module you will learn about the basic building blocks of the nervous system, neurons, how they form larger structures and, through their coordinated activity and interactions, how they support our mental and cognitive activities. You will also learn about specialised systems within the central nervous system, promoting healthy cognitive functions, and you will appreciate the challenges that scientists and biomedical engineers are facing, when they try to propose new treatments for neurological disorders.


Soft technologies for Neuroprosthesis

Until recently, implants were made from hard brittle bme prostheticmaterials. When these were implanted in the patient's body, they would cause an inflammatory response. This is detrimental to the patient and to the device and its function. However, in the past decade, new materials have emerged made from soft polymers and water. By using these flexible materials, we can manufacture sensors that can twist, bend and stretch with our body, without damaging it. Such sensors are biocompatible and have lifespans inside the body that are measured in decades. In this exciting module, we will learn the latest technologies used in the field of neuroprosthetics and discuss current applications in restoration of motor control after spinal cord injury.

Placement module

neural thingIf you do not want to undertake a one-year placement, then you can take a 10-credit placement module and get credit towards your degree. This second year module allows you to work with our industrial partners over a shorter time period, usually over the summer.

 

 

 

 

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Find out more about BEng and MEng Biomedical Engineering

For information about this course, entry requirements and funding, take a look at our course specifications page.

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