Taught course

Medical Engineering Design

Keele University · Faculty of Health

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Entry requirements

Because this is a “conversion” course 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.

Months of entry


Course content

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 Engineering 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 Engineering Designers.

The aim of this course 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. This enables students to become distinctive through specialism choices whilst maintain academic rigour through the study of formal engineering design.

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.

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

Course contact details

Hildegarde Wright
01782 734938