Taught course

Medical Engineering Design

Keele University · Faculty of Health

Entry requirements

This is a “conversion” course and therefore you need not 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.

Months of entry


Course content

Please note, all course information including entry requirements relates to the 2022/23 academic year.

If you have ever spent some time in hospital, you are probably unaware that you were the beneficiary of medical devices that have been designed and developed by Medical Device Designers. Everything from the bed you lie on to the MRI scanner that shows your insides on a screen, to the blood pressure monitor, to the scalpel is known as a Medical Device and will have had input from Medical Device Designers. The aim of the MSc in Medical Engineering Design is to immerse you in the discipline to make you a Medical Device Designer so that you can work in this highly regulated design discipline.

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.


The aim of the MSc in Medical Engineering Design is to turn you into a Medical Device 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. Core modules introduce you, and immerse you in design methodology, design control, international medical devices regulations, auditing, risk management and risk analysis, team working, and medical device specific technical documentation. This enables students to become distinctive through specialism choices whilst maintain academic rigour through the study of formal engineering design.

The course covers mandatory medical devices standards and regulations such as ISO13485, ISO 14971, BS EN 60601, MDD, MDR and FDA CFR21.

The course contains an encouraged internship element that can contribute to a student’s future, professional engineering registration. Because the course develops your creative engineering design skills whilst maintaining the rigour of a highly regulated design environment, you will be able to transfer the skills and knowledge you develop into a range of industries. You could move into engineering design per se, or move into (for example) Intellectual Property protection (a patent lawyer for example); technical sales; consultancy; or corporate finance. It is, in addition, an ideal stepping-stone into research and development activities in either industry or in academia.

The unique aspects of this course are that staff with direct, relevant industrial experience teach the core modules in medical devices design. Furthermore, a field trip is planned* in November of each year to coincide with the World’s largest medical device trade fair, MEDICA.

Information for international students


For international applicants, an English language IELTS score of 6.5 is required.

Fees and funding

For information related to fees and funding, please visit the individual course page on the Keele University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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