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