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Alex Bates

“I feel that Surrey’s MSc in Biomedical Engineering not only gave me a broad knowledge-base of the subject, but also an understanding of a career in academia.”

Course
Biomedical Engineering

"After seven years within marketing and sales, I decided to come back to education to study for an MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Surrey. I’ve always been interested in human biology and how the body works, and was attracted to the wide range of topics the course covered – everything from motion analysis, to engineering principles of prosthetics, to cell culture.  

My supervisors were great, always available to give a helping hand or point in the right direction when needed, taking an interest in what I was doing and providing me with prompt and informative feedback on my work.

I also found the lectures really interesting and was able to understand the material even if I wasn’t an expert on it – this shows how good the course material was and how well it was delivered. Some of my favourite modules included Gait Analysis and Rehabilitation Engineering, and I loved the hands-on approach to learning, using a movement analysis lab and experimenting to test theory within practical sessions.

I received a lot of opportunity on my course to interact from those within industry. Visiting speakers helped expand my knowledge and there were also numerous trips to hospitals and private companies at the cutting edge of research. During my MSc I was able to organise a week-long work experience placement at the Queen Mary Hospital in Roehampton, within the Gait Analysis lab, observing patients undergoing testing.

I’m now a PhD student, investigating how the knee moves in those with hypermobility syndrome. I feel that Surrey’s MSc in Biomedical Engineering not only gave me a broad knowledge-base of the subject, but also an understanding of a career in academia."

 

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