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I've heard that later in chemical engineering courses you can special in the more biological element and was wondering whether this is any similar to the biomedical engineering course?
I'm currently studying maths physics and chemistry at a level and find all three really stimulating but am unsure whether to pursue a career in engineering or science. I would love to continue my scientific knowledge but also have a desire to create. I partularly enjoy the particle element of phsyics and have done a lot of extracurricalur activities relating to the wider physics course. I do really enjoy chemistry and love how its a little more applied than physics. As you tell, I'm pretty much confused and was wondering what anyone's personal expereiences are with these subjects and whether the jobs in the future are exciting.
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No. Biomedical engineering is vastly different to any biological speciality within Chemical engineering. Chemical engineering is also vastly different to Chemistry.

Biomedical engineering is beyond all else about medical devices like pacemakers, MRI machines, etc. Some universities will go into tissue engineering but the large majority don't.
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(Original post by Eli55)
I've heard that later in chemical engineering courses you can special in the more biological element and was wondering whether this is any similar to the biomedical engineering course?
I'm currently studying maths physics and chemistry at a level and find all three really stimulating but am unsure whether to pursue a career in engineering or science. I would love to continue my scientific knowledge but also have a desire to create. I partularly enjoy the particle element of phsyics and have done a lot of extracurricalur activities relating to the wider physics course. I do really enjoy chemistry and love how its a little more applied than physics. As you tell, I'm pretty much confused and was wondering what anyone's personal expereiences are with these subjects and whether the jobs in the future are exciting.
Hey Eli55 Really exciting that you're starting to think of your course options!! We offer Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Strathclyde, as well as the more specialised degree of Prosthetics & Orthotics (you can't do this in many UK universities!) so I can chat to you a bit about things from our perspective...

It's cool that you're considering keeping your love of science and applying that to Engineering. In your early years on our Biomedical Engineering degree, we focus on firming up your core skills (things like Maths for engineers, Anatomy, Physiology and Mechanical Engineering) so you have a good understanding of the basic fundamentals of the course. In your later years, you get a chance to do your own research and group projects where you can really delve in to any area that peaks your interest. I'd say most of what you would be doing on the degree will be more about engineering and how you can apply this to the human body (as Helloworld_95 has suggested- medical tech, pace makers etc), but there is a degree of flexbility when it comes to your own research project. You'll have a chance to pick what interests you and hone in on it- so if you wanted this to have a more 'Biology' style to it- you could talk to your academic supervisor about your options.

Our Biomedical Engineering facilities are currently under renovation so we'll have a brand new shiny teaching space soon that you'd be able to take advantage of!! Have a look on our course page where it breaks down the studies year on year, this might give you a feel for how the degree progresses You'll also find info on our Chemical Engineering degrees on our website too.

Let me know if you've any questions about any of this! Happy to help with anything :^_^:

- Caitlin
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