Biomedical Innovation MSc/Diploma/Certificate

Duration
1 year, full-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Fees
Annual tuition fee for 2023/24:
UK: £10,170 full-time
International: £26,640 full-time
More details on fees and funding.

Our MSc Biomedical Innovation programme brings together talented students from a variety of backgrounds to focus on innovating new technologies that advance human health. Embedded within an exciting ecosystem spanning academia, hospitals and medical technology (MedTech) industry, we develop innovators and entrepreneurs who have a real impact on society.

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Prevailing healthcare challenges demand innovative and integrative use of diverse technologies to deliver patient-centred care, especially with growing needs of an ageing world population. This has led to new trends in health technologies where the objective is to develop connected and intelligent solutions for preventive and personalised healthcare.

In moving from the old mechanical devices to “smart” connected technologies and novel therapeutics, a huge demand of innovation and R&D in the medical and biotechnology industry has resulted in a skill gap over the past few years. This programme will fill the gap by developing innovators and entrepreneurs of the future to make impactful change in healthcare.

Building on our key strengths in data science, engineering, healthcare technologies, mathematical modelling and medicine, training will be provided in identifying unmet medical needs, inventing new solutions and implementing them in healthcare environments. This programme is designed to enable you to understand the needs of the healthcare sector and play an active role in the innovation of new health technologies to address these needs. You will develop the necessary skillset and benefit from training and mentorship to enable the innovation and adoption of new intelligent solutions.

This programme is ideally suited for prospective careers in the MedTech and biotechnology sectors, healthcare, and business innovation for individuals with undergraduate experience in engineering and physical sciences, biomedical and clinical sciences and/or business and management.

Why study this course?

  • A unique environment - An unrivalled ecosystem combining academic, clinical and commercial excellence set in the heart of the youngest city in Europe.
  • Exceptional education - Be part of a new era of healthcare innovation taught by our world-leading academics and researchers, as well as commercial partners, who will enable you to become an independent and self-motivated learner.
  • Interdisciplinary learning - We develop lean thinking in our students and enable inter-disciplinary collaboration creating unique opportunities for cross-disciplinary knowledge sharing. 
  • Transferable expertise - Our programme will develop transferable skills, enhancing your communication, interpersonal and time management capabilities.
  • Excellent employability prospects - Benefit from a variety of career opportunities in the medical technology and biotechnology industry, research and development, or even establish your own start-up.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The modules listed below are those currently intended for students starting in 2023. Please ensure you review these modules for updates before applying for this programme when applications open.

Compulsory modules

  • BioInnovation I: Research Methodologies and Practices of Needs-led BioInnovation (20 credits)

This module provides an introduction to needs-led innovation in healthcare settings and methodologies used to capture stakeholder input in the development of health technology. Inspired by the BioDesign programme at Stanford University, it implements first-stage identification of clinical problems and opportunities, of a three-stage process, followed by ideation and implementation. It is composed of lectures, practical training and guided learning to understand and carry out clinical need identification, prioritisation and assessment, supported by clinical and industry partners. You will gain the necessary skills of time management, commercial and entrepreneurial awareness, interpersonal, communication and team skills, via a series of workshops and simulation exercises. In multidisciplinary teams you will create a list of clinical needs where a new solution can create value, and critically evaluate these needs against a set criteria mainly driven by business viability and technical feasibility to identify high priority problems that you wish to solve in the following stages of the process. You will record your interactions with healthcare staff, prepare reports, and present to an audience comprising of peers, the programme team, academic and clinical mentors and external evaluators.   

  • Novel Medical Technology Assessment and Identifying the Need for Improved Medical Devices (20 credits)

This module covers the application of systems and processes used to assess novel medical technologies and identify the need for improved medical devices, such as the Medical Technology Evaluation Programme (MTEP) within the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and NHSx.

The fundamentals of technology assessment and design are introduced and their relevance to the western healthcare system considered. Through the use of examples from recent publications from the MTEP programme and research literature, the development of technologies that are capable of producing significantly improved health and health-system outcomes is explored.

You will work individually to review multiple individual technologies that have been assessed and identify the relevant factors that influenced the assessment outcomes. You will present short comparative studies of similar technologies or health targets exploring where improvements could be made in technologies that failed to receive positive guidance. The findings are presented in oral presentations and written reports, and feedback is given so that you are able to refine your approaches and develop your written reports.

  • BioInnovation II: Ideation and Design methodologies for Translation from Idea to Impact (20 credits)

This module introduces various design approaches and their merits and demerits in bioinnovation settings. It aims to provide an introduction to health technology design, translational and clinical research methods for health technology development and assessment, and technology commercialisation. It implements the second stage of the BioDesign process, ideation and concept development. It is composed of lectures, practical training and guided learning to understand and carry out technology concept generation and validation. You will gain the necessary skills via a series of workshops and simulation exercises to conceptualise, communicate and materialise new ideas and solutions to the healthcare needs. In multidisciplinary teams you will create new concepts to solve clinical needs identified in the first semester of the Biomedical Innovation programme. You will create a business case and present to an audience comprising of peers, the programme team, academic and clinical mentors and external evaluators.   

  • Improving Quality and Patient Safety in novel medical technology use (20 credits)

This module covers the application of quality control systems, processes and regulations used when assessing and using novel medical technologies, whether in early practice or during research, and identifies possible areas for improvement. Medical technology safety is a fundamental requirement of healthcare regulation, and practices during development evaluation are particularly stringent. Through the use of examples from recent publications from the MTEP programme and wider regulatory research literature, the safety issues and requirements of the western medical regulation are explored.

You will work individually to review multiple individual technologies that have been assessed and identify the relevant factors that influenced the safety protocols and quality by design outcomes. You will present on specific areas of interest within quality and/or safety requirements and engagement practices required. You will also present a walk-through of the regulatory process for two devices that are already on the market, showing a deep understanding of the regulatory pathway for medical devices. The findings are presented in oral presentations and written reports, and feedback is given so that you are able to refine your approaches and develop your written reports.

  • BioInnovation III: Project [Project and Dissertation/Report] (60 credits)

This module provides you with an opportunity to work across disciplines at university and carry out a major research project under the supervision of a member of academic staff. It aims to provide the opportunity to further develop a (prototype) solution for the identified clinical needs, as well as preparing a business case that would enable the solution’s successful launch. The project involves full-time research for one third of the academic year starting from May until the end of August. You will perform research including literature, IP searches and market research to develop a complete business case for the project. The project report (which should be a maximum of 16,000 words in length) will be internally assessed by two academic staff. You will be required to give a project presentation to internal (academic staff) and external evaluators (clinical and industry partners).

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Healthcare Technologies (10 credits)
  • Health Economics (10 credits)
  • Advanced Biomaterials for Healthcare Technologies (10 credits)
  • Additive manufacturing and 3D printing for healthcare applications (10 credits)
  • Business and Strategy Development (10 credits)
  • Principles of Health Technology Assessment (10 credits)
  • Medical Devices (10 credits)
  • Sensor systems in medicine (10 credits)

Fees

2023/24:

MSc

  • UK: £10,170 full-time
  • International: £26,640 full-time

Self funding students can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit.

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All international applicants to this course will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £2,000 on receipt of an offer, to secure their place.

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Application deadlines

The deadline for international students (including EU) to apply is 1 July 2023. The deadline for UK students is 31 August 2023.

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Our Standard Requirements

A 2:1 undergraduate Honours degree in health sciences, engineering, life sciences, biotechnology, information technology, computer and data sciences, mathematics, medicine, business or other relevant subject.

Applicants who do not meet this requirement but who have relevant experience may be considered. Please get in touch with us to discuss your suitability prior to applying.

Offers will be made to eligible applicants following an assessment either by an individual interview or group assessment (in-person or online depending on availability of the applicants).

International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of international qualifications - use the dropdown box below to select your country and see the equivalencies to the above UK requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

If you are made an offer of a place to study and you do not already meet the language requirement, you have the option to enrol on our English for Academic Purposes Presessional Course. If you successfully complete this, you will be able to fulfil the language requirement without needing to take a further qualification.


  • IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band
  • TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) including online: PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

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As a student at the University of Birmingham, you will learn from world-leading academics and researchers, as well as from our network of external partners. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

Our Biomedical Innovation programme develops critical thinking and entrepreneurship, and enables you to lead innovation in medical and biotechnology through a combination of taught lectures, workshops and seminars, as well as group and individual projects. The course offers face-to-face classroom delivery of principles of innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship, and teaches key characteristics of successful ventures, good team dynamics and project management. The two core modules and team projects will develop transferable skills by enhancing your communication, teamwork, interpersonal, and time management abilities.

Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to perform online and field research within hospital and research environments, and present to peers and external advisors, which will provide a practical learning opportunity. Through the elective modules, you will gain specialised subject skills and understand the fundamentals of translational and clinical research, the impact assessment of new healthcare technologies and regulatory requirements needed to get an innovation to market.

The core modules provide immersive learning experience and hands-on training to understand the needs of modern healthcare systems and develop innovative solutions for unmet healthcare needs:

  • Semester I (problem identification): You will take part in focused workshops and seminars featuring guest lectures from expert clinicians and industry professionals. This series of workshops and seminars will start with a half-day bootcamp and includes two half-day team pitches. There will also be opportunities to undertake field surveys for healthcare needs identification and validation. 
  • Semester II (solution development): You will take part in two half-day seminars featuring guest lectures from industry and academia, field surveys for design concept validation, and two half-day team pitches. You will have opportunities to connect with academic researchers and industry professionals via networking events.
  • Semester III (solution validation and business case development): In the summer term you will carry out a research project to create a proof of concept for your solution and develop a viable business case. You will have the opportunity to work across disciplines at the University under the supervision of a member of academic staff and external advisors.   

You will have access to a comprehensive support system throughout that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Assessment Methods

Modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and individual and group projects, as well as presentations to external evaluators.

We are creating a new generation of innovative professionals ready to be part of advancing modern cutting-edge healthcare.

This programme is ideally suited for prospective health technology professionals with undergraduate experience in one or more of engineering and physical sciences, biomedical and clinical sciences or business and management.

Career pathways

  • Become an innovator or entrepreneur and establish your own start-up.
  • Research and development opportunities in medical technology and biotechnology industries.
  • Undertake a higher degree or research projects.

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