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    Hello everyone,

    At the moment I do Medicine, but for me it gets more and more clear that I want to go rather into medical research than clinical Medicine. To be precise: I'm interested in medical Biotechnology, Bionics and Cybernetics.

    So basically constructing mechanical devices which mimic biological organs or implantable devices which enables human to control computers etc.

    Unfortunately I couldn't find a related postgraduate degree at "findamasters.com". Biotechnology seems to be more related to laboratory work and the construction of machines which for example "harvest" insulin producing bacteria etc.- which is not really Bionics or Cybernetics.

    The only University offering a course which partially fits my interest is the University of Reading.

    The Question is: Do you know alternative Universities in the UK which offer this Master, or alternatice names for it (eg. Biomechatronics Biomedical Engineering etc.)? Is there a University in America offering those courses and do you know a website like "findamasters.com" for Universities in the USA?

    Thank you very very much for helping replies! :woo:
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    You've basically just described me.

    I did my bachelors at Reading university and studied Cybernetics and control engineering. I too am very interested in bionics (and pretty much everything else you mentioned there) and I am pursuing a masters in biomedical engineering at Imperial.
    However, both cybernetics and bionics and very different things. Cybernetics is a very broad subject whereas bionics is rather specialist.

    You want to be looking out for biomedical engineering courses. From my understanding, biomedical science is the more clinical side whereas biomedical engineering is more technical.

    Do your search on biomedical engineering, lots of university's do that.
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    (Original post by ritchie888)
    Do your search on biomedical engineering, lots of university's do that.
    Thank you for the advice. Could you give me a broad description of the Bachelor of Cybernetics you studied? This could give me a better impression of the actual Master degree.

    Also I would like to know how thesis works/ dissertations work. How dependent are we from the Universities rsearch interests? Are topics given? (I really don't have a clue, I start my medical "Doktorarbeit" in three semsters- I don't know how this works there either, additionally that it might be different in Germany).

    Could you explain me this further, please? :o:
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    Sure,

    So here's the course I did:
    http://www.reading.ac.uk/sse/ug/cybe...erconteng.aspx

    You'll see in year 3 I had the option of doing bionics, and I did!
    Cybernetics is very much the study of systems, so I don't know how much you'll enjoy it. You'll notice theres modules such as state space, control and systems, non-linear and optimal control, all of which are great modules, but not immediately linked with what you're interested in.

    As for the dissertation it was more refered to as a 'final year project'. We were given a little book with around 150 projects in it, all watched over by different lecturers. Depending on what project you chose resulted in how much freedom you had over it.
    I chose a project which gave me great freedom and I designed a solar powered robot, although I could have done a number of things with just that one project.
    Having spoken to someone at Imperial I have been told that students are encouraged to think of their own project although there are projects that they have thought of which you can do.

    FYI here is the masters cybernetics course: http://www.reading.ac.uk/sse/pg-taug...bernetics.aspx
    In my opinion, cybernetics was a great backing, but is too broad for biomedical engineering. You can do biomedical related modules but system engineering will always trump biomedical.
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