Bioengineering: Imaging and Sensing MSc


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Qualification name:Bioengineering: Imaging and Sensing
Duration:1 year full-time
Entry requirements:A high 2:2 or equivalent
Including:Engineering and Physical Sciences or closely related degrees
Excluding:All Arts & Social Sciences
Other requirements:Applicants with a Biotechnology or Biomedical Sciences degree may be considered.
IELTS:6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
Start date:September
Campus:University Park Campus

Course Overview

This course provides science or engineering graduates from a diversity of backgrounds with the technical knowledge and skills necessary to develop a career in this rapidly expanding area. The principles of the course are highly relevant to the established medical device sector, the biotechnology industry and the emerging regenerative medicine industry. The course builds on our internationally leading research in biomedical optical imaging and teaching is undertaken by experts in imaging and sensing.

Students will:

  • learn about cutting edge imaging and sensing techniques being applied in clinical care, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors
  • understand basic structure and function of both cells and humans
  • learn how the function of single cells can be probed using electronic and optical methods
  • understand how light interacts with tissue and can be used to monitor blood flow and oxygen content
  • build an optical device to monitor heart rate
  • undertake an individual summer research project.

Course Details

Students will gain experience of the type of problems encountered by academic and industrial researchers, both via taught courses and project work. Written and oral presentations will be undertaken at various stages of the course.

A substantial individual project will be undertaken, developing students ability to engage in independent learning, and preparing them for postgraduate research or careers in industry or hospitals.


Compulsory Modules include:

Autumn semester

Spring semester

And either


Alternative modules may be taken at the discretion or request of the Course Director subject to timetabling.

For more details on our modules, please see the Module Catalogue.


Funding may be available through the Faculty of Engineering, details can be found on the Faculty website.

UK/EU Students

Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.


Imaging and sensing is well established as an important sector of
the medical devices industry with some large companies and a large

number of small to medium enterprises.

Exciting opportunities exist in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors where imaging and sensing devices play a key role in the new product development process.


Career Prospects and Employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from  careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops. 

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 98% of postgraduates in the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £33,096 with the highest being £71,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.


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