Bioengineering: Imaging and Sensing MSc


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MSc Bioengineering: Imaging and Sensing
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
A high 2:2 or equivalent
Other requirements
Applicants with a Biotechnology or Biomedical Sciences degree may be considered.
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
University Park Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


Suitable for science or engineering graduates, this course can help you enter the biotechnology and biomedical industry.
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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.

Entry requirements: A high 2:2 (or international equivalent) BEng/BSc in any relevant subject.

Presessional English for Academic Purposes

The Centre for English Language Education (CELE) runs a 5-week Engineering English language and study skills course. This course is designed in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering to prepare students going onto engineering programmes.

If you are close to the English language level you need to go on to your MSc course and you meet the entry requirements for the relevant CELE course, you may be eligible for a joint offer. This means that:

  • you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS
  • you take a 10 or 5-week English Language and Academic Skills preparation course, and then go onto your MSc course
  • you have a guaranteed place on the MSc course
  • your progression to the MSc is automatic, provided you attend and complete all the coursework

For more details, please visit the CELE website or contact


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:

Full Year

Autumn semester

Spring semester

Summer semester

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.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



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. 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 University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.  

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.  

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research. 

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 97% of postgraduates in the Engineering Faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,738 with the highest being £40,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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