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Reasons to study biomedical engineering

Posted 25 November 2020
Science student at Strathclyde ISC

In an ever-developing technological world, biomedical engineering is becoming more and more crucial in providing life-changing devices. If you want to be at the forefront of new and unique technological advancements, a degree in biomedical engineering will put you in a position to develop a successful and rewarding career in the medical sector. 

What is biomedical engineering?

Biomedical engineering, also known as bioengineering, is a multidisciplinary field that combines biology and engineering. It focuses on improving human health by applying engineering principles and techniques to biology and medicine. 

Why study biomedical engineering?

There are more than a few reasons to study biomedical engineering at university, from exciting career opportunities to creating life-saving technology, read on to discover more.  

Variety of specialisms

Choosing to study biomedical engineering at university does not limit you to one specific area in the medical industry - there are a range of areas that you can choose to specialise in. 

Some specialisms of biomedical engineering include:

  • Biomechanics - applies mechanical principles to biological processes and human movement, typically around the movement and development of limbs and using prosthetic devices. 
  • Biomaterials - the application of materials, both natural and lab-made, that are used in medical devices or that are in contact with biological systems. Examples include artificial hearts, hip joints and stitches that dissolve on their own. 
  • Rehabilitation engineering - the invention of devices that assist people with physical and cognitive impairments through the use of engineering, biology and computer science.  

Biomedical engineers are in demand

There’s a rising demand for biomedical engineers which is fueled by an ageing population and a low birth rate in developed countries. Biomedical engineers are required to push forward with developing new technologies in the medical sector, from 3-D printing and advanced prostheses to hip replacements and artificial body organs.  

Key transferable skills

Studying biomedical engineering at university will help equip you with a range of transferable skills that are highly desirable to employers across a variety of industries and professions. Some of the key skills biomedical engineers develop include:

  • Attention to detail
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication
  • Teamworking
  • The ability to empathise with patients
  • The creative and technical ability to turn designs into products
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Computer literacy

Exciting and wide-ranging career opportunities

Studying biomedical engineering at university will not limit you to just one career path. You will develop skills and specialist knowledge, including some of the newest areas of science such as genomics and computing, to work in a range of industries in a variety of professions. 

Careers directly related to your degree in biomedical engineering include:

  • Bioengineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Rehabilitation engineer
  • Biotechnologist
  • Nanotechnologist 

Other careers you could pursue where your degree will be helpful include:

  • Teacher
  • Doctor
  • Electrical engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Physician
  • Biochemist
  • Agricultural engineer

Change lives

Biomedical engineering focuses on saving and improving lives. By pursuing a career as a bioengineer or in a related field, you can help develop the next device or procedure to have a positive impact on the world. Some of the biggest breakthroughs that have occurred in biomedical engineering, changing lives and having a major impact in the world of healthcare, have included:

  • X-ray machines - allowing medical professionals to see everything from broken bones to dental cavities.
  • Electrocardiographs - also known as ECG machines, these allow doctors to see whether a patient’s heart is functioning correctly.
  • Nanotechnology - the use of nanoparticles helps to detect and treat different forms of cancer at near-cellular level.

Study biomedical engineering in Scotland

If you’re looking to study a biomedical engineering degree abroad in the UK, then the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre is the place to start. Our undergraduate and postgraduate pathway programmes combine subject-specific modules with English language lessons to prepare you for a biomedical engineering degree at the University of Strathclyde - ranked 2nd for Medical Technology in the UK (Complete University Guide 2021).  

Why study biomedical engineering at the University of Strathclyde?

Ranked 15th in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2021), the University of Strathclyde is an ideal place to study biomedical engineering, with benefits such as:

  • state-of-the-art technology in one of the longest-established biomedical engineering departments in the world.
    • A Motek Caren (extended) rehabilitation environment
    • 12 camera Vicon Nexus
    • Biomedical materials
    • Neuroprosthetics
    • Medical devices
    • Cell and tissue engineering facilities
  • accreditation from the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine, Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Institution of Engineering and Technology.
  • A 5-star QS-rated university (QS Stars University Ratings 2017-21).

What pathway programme should I study?

Undergraduate level

Undergraduate Foundation Programme

The Undergraduate Foundation Programme in Engineering and Sciences will prepare you for a biomedical engineering degree at the University of Strathclyde. You will spend the first year at the International Study Centre, before progressing to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University. 

Postgraduate level

Pre-Masters Programme

If you’re aiming to study a postgraduate biomedical engineering degree abroad in the UK, you can study our Pre-Masters Programme in Engineering and Sciences. This two-term preparational programme will prepare you for your chosen postgraduate degree at the University of Strathclyde.

Our pathway programmes will give you the skills and knowledge needed to successfully study a degree at the University of Strathclyde. You will develop your English language abilities, study modules related to your chosen degree, improve your study skills and prepare for your career with our employability programme, CareerAhead. Start your study abroad journey today

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