The interface between electronic engineering and the life sciences is a thriving and ever-expanding research area that is generating numerous spin-out companies and new divisions of established multinationals (Google Life Sciences, Panasonic Healthcare, etc). Examples include microfluidic units mounted on mobile phones for point-of-care medical diagnostics, and the digitization of cellular and molecular assays with microarray and microdroplet technology.
One of the important drivers is the improvement of healthcare, for example by substantially reducing the costs of tests by developing lab-on-a-chip biosensor devices. As point-of-care kits similar to glucose meters and pregnancy test strips, this microfluidics technology also holds the promise of early detection of complex diseases and thus much improved disease prognosis.
This multidisciplinary MSc programme prepares you to work in this exciting new area by addressing state-of-the-art microscale and nanoscale engineering methodology in combination with the key techniques of microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip, bionanotechnology and biosensors.
A significant component of the MSc Biodevices takes place in laboratories, giving you hands-on experience with research and cleanroom equipment, and involves close interaction with researchers, particularly during your research project, working at the cutting edge of bio(medical) electronic engineering.
By developing skills outside a conventional engineering curriculum, this programme will prepare you for a career in the life sciences oriented electronics industry, biodevice-focused start-up companies, or academic bioengineering research (such as PhD research in ECS, the ORC and the Institute for Life Sciences).
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One year, full-time.
The programme consists of eight taught modules and an individual research project. The core subjects relate to bionanotechnology and design and fabrication of biodevices. You can also choose from a wide range of optional topics. These include modules on nanoelectronics, microelectromechanical systems and photonics and also biomolecular courses taught by the Centre for Biological Sciences, allowing you to tailor the structure to suit your own interests.
You can apply for the programme through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. Visit our how to apply pages for more information.
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