Postgraduate taught 

Medical Devices Engineering MSc

Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Engineering ENG5321

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course enables the Biomedical Engineering students to bring their studies together in the final semester of their degree. The course will be problem based learning with a limited number of clinicians or industrialists as invited speakers to present biomedical engineering clinical or industrial problems, within major themes, to the students who, in groups, will devise and present solutions to these problems.


4 hrs of lectures and seminars per week

Excluded Courses





Students will demonstrate their understanding of regulatory requirements and entrepreneurship in an individual assignment including a written and oral component.


After being presented with Biomedical Engineering problems, from Industrial or Medical originators, each PBL group will develop the solutions to one of the problems which are documented in a group report and in a presentation, demonstrating how they apply their engineering knowledge and interact in a team context.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


The report and presentation of the project include group work as an essential component to achieve the ILOs of the course and cannot be reassessed.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ familiarise students with regulatory aspect of medical devices

■ introduce the concepts of new venture and entrepreneurial planning through knowledge, understanding and practice in the use of developing the business plan

■ encourage students to combine the skills developed through the degree to solve specific clinical and industrial problems

■ show students how the different areas of biomedical engineering interact when being used to solve multidimensional problems, which include areas such as sustainability and ethics of developments

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ apply appropriate industrial standards and regulations in the context of a biomedical engineering application

■ prepare a business plan for a new venture start or development, and demonstrate an understanding of the processes and procedures for developing a new venture

■ apply the skills and techniques developed in the earlier years of the degree to clinical problems and to problems in the biomedical engineering industry

■ take into account the wider context of biomedical engineering in the development of innovations, including sustainability and ethics.

■ work in a team to solve biomedical engineering problems

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.