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                                                PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION

Programme title:                                        Postgraduate Diploma in Biomedical Engineering and Medical
Final award (BSc, MA etc):                              Diploma
(where stopping off points exist they should be
detailed here and defined later in the document)
UCAS code:
(where applicable)
Cohort(s) to which this programme                       From 2002 onward
specification is applicable:
(e.g. from 2008 intake onwards)
Awarding institution/body:                              University College London

Teaching institution:                                   University College London

Faculty:                                                FES

Parent Department:                                      Medical Physics and Bioengineering
(the department responsible for the administration of
the programme)
Departmental web page address:                
(if applicable)

Method of study:                                        FT/PT

Criteria for admission to the                           A first or second-class Honours degree from a UK
programme:                                              university, or an equivalent qualification from a
                                                        recognised overseas institution, in which engineering (or
                                                        Physics) forms a major component. Students with other
                                                        qualifications may also be admitted if they possess
                                                        relevant experience in a field related to Biomedical
                                                        Engineering and Medical Imaging.
Length of the programme:                                12 months full time and 24 months part time
(please note any periods spent away from UCL, such
as study abroad or placements in industry)
Level on Framework for Higher                           M
Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
(see Guidance notes)
Relevant subject benchmark statement                    Not applicable
(see Guidance notes)
Brief outline of the structure of the
programme     and    its  assessment          
methods:                                                c_bemi.htm
(see guidance notes)
Board of Examiners:                          i) Name of Board of Examiners:

                                             Board of Examiners in MScs of Medical Physics and Bioengineering

Professional body accreditation              IPEM accredited 2007                         Date of next scheduled
(if applicable):                                                                          accreditation visit:


In the broadest terms Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering is concerned with applying
scientific and engineering knowledge, principles and methodologies to:

1) gain understanding of the normal functioning and malfunctioning (including disease processes and
disabilities) of humans (and animals);
2) the development of diagnostic and therapeutic apparatus, instrumentation and techniques.

Historically it has been essential for physicists, engineers and medical professionals to work closely in
their endeavours, and indeed for the future, there will be an ongoing requirement to cross traditional
subject boundaries. At UCL we are motivated by the recognition that real world problems do not
respect the boundaries of established academic disciplines.

Within healthcare the fields of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Imaging have often been closely
linked. In the future there will be increasing overlap between these areas and the MSc in Biomedical
Engineering and Medical Imaging aims to foster interest across traditional boundaries as well as
providing appropriate training.


The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding,
qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

                                        A: Knowledge and understanding

Knowledge and understanding of:                          Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
Knowledge and understanding of:(a)                       (a) lectures, research project and practicals, (b) lectures
research methods, (b) basic engineering,                 and research project, (c and d) lectures and
computing and electronics applied to                     demonstrations, (e) lectures and hospital visits, (e)
medical applications, (c) principles of                  lectures and demonstrations, (f) and g lectures and
medical imaging techniques, (d) human                    practicals.
anatomy and physiology, (e) equipment
safety in the clinical environment (f)
applications of biomedical engineering for
physiological measurements (g)
understanding of rehabilitation
engineering and biomaterials.
                                                               (a) dissertation (b and c) open-book and unseen exam,
                                                               dissertation, oral exam, (d) coursework, spot tests and
                                                               MCQ exam, (e) open-book and unseen exam, practicals
                                                               and demonstrations (f and g) coursework and unseen
                                               B: Skills and other attributes

Intellectual (thinking) skills:                                Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
(a) critical analysis of other work (b) plan                   (a) research project and oral presentations on various
a research project                                             literature reviews, and research skills course, (b)
                                                               research project and research skills course.
                                                               a) dissertation and oral exam, (b) dissertation

                                               C: Skills and other attributes

Practical skills (able to):                                    Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
(a) Use and design electronic systems for                      (a) demonstrations and practicals, (b) lectures,
medical applications, (b) have some                            coursework and research project, (c) research project,
knowledge of computer programming                              (d) lectures and practicals
languages, (c) analyse data, (d) ensure
safety of equipment (e) see transferable
skills below
                                                               (a) dissertation and or coursework, (b) dissertation, (c)
                                                               unseen exam and dissertation, (d) coursework.

                                               D: Skills and other attributes

Transferable skills (able to):                                 Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
a) Write reports and dissertations, (b)                        a) research skills course and research project, (b)
Prepare and present a technical poster,                        present project poster at department poster day, (c)
(c) Present material orally, (d) Use                           research skills course and research project, (d) lectures,
various computer tools / software, (e) Use                     research project and practicals, (e) demonstrations, site
certain instrumentation for biomedical                         visits, and research project
                                                               (a) dissertation, (b) judged poster display, (c) oral exam,
                                                               (d) dissertation and coursework, (e) dissertation.

The following reference points were used in designing the programme:

 the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
 the relevant Subject Benchmark Statements (;
 the programme specifications for UCL degree programmes in relevant subjects (where applicable);
 UCL teaching and learning policies;
 staff research.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the
learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes
full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes,
content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the
departmental course handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by
UCL and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Programme Organiser(s)      Dr M.E. Fry

Date of Production:         May 2002

Date of Review:             July 2005

Date approved by Head of    25/July 2008

Date approved by Chair of   25/July/2008
Departmental Teaching
Date approved by Faculty
Teaching Committee

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