A NEW Masters programme launched by the University of Aberdeen is offering students the chance to forge a career at the cutting edge of medical science.
Biomedical engineering is used to create artificial limbs and organs, surgical machinery and robots, and is at the forefront of medical research and the invention of new, potentially life-changing devices.
Combining medical sciences and engineering, the new Biomedical Engineering MSc programme is truly interdisciplinary, drawing on one of the main themes of the University’s newly launched strategic plan.
The programme has been designed in line with the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) educational framework and will be delivered by experts in medical technologies from the University’s School of Engineering and School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition.
Dr Ed Chadwick, a leading bioengineering researcher who has presented and written extensively on the topic, is leading the programme.
He said: “Biomedical engineering is a fast-growing area, with opportunities for careers in clinical engineering, the medical device industry, and academic research.
“There’s an increased use of advanced technology in medicine, and clinicians are becoming more reliant on engineers to deliver services because there’s so much that’s technology-based now.
“Our new programme has been launched in recognition of the need for training in this area, and draws on the University’s strengths in areas such as mechanical engineering, clinical engineering and fluid mechanics.
“The interdisciplinary aspect is particularly important, and the programme is delivered jointly by staff in engineering and in medicine, with core conversion courses in anatomy and physiology in life sciences for physical sciences graduates.
“What’s really exciting about this programme is that it opens up new opportunities for graduates who might not have realised they could aim for a career in medicine.
“Biomedical engineering technologies are playing an important role in transforming medicine and healthcare delivery, and our new Masters programme offers a route to a career in this exciting and growing area.”