Biomedical engineering is a great course which offers many opportunities and has allowed me to have a wider range of knowledge.

Aaliyah

Overview

Biomedical engineers are responsible for developing engineering solutions to help solve medical problems.

Our degree will enable you to be part of exciting product developments including robots to help the disabled walk, advanced prosthetics, machines for complex treatments, diagnostic equipment and artificial organs. You can also get involved in smart technologies and applying them to transmit data directly to clinics, minimising the need for patient travel.

Biomedical engineering is a dynamic and exciting area of growth and innovation, and one which will develop rapidly in the coming years.

Why Study Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical engineers design and deliver engineering solutions to biomedical problems and contribute to improving our health and saving lives. Biomedical engineers are responsible for developing robots used in surgery, advanced prosthetics, machines for treating patients such as kidney dialysis, diagnostic equipment such as hospital NMR machines and artificial organs to name a few. 

Entry requirements

MEng 112-120 UCAS points (including A level or equivalent in Maths, Physics, Applied Science or Engineering)

Further entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above (including Maths, English, Science)
  • Science can be Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Computer Science.

You will need to maintain 50% or more in each module during the first three years of undergraduate study to remain on/progress onto this course. Please note any module failure at Level 7 will result in being awarded the BEng Mechanical Engineering.

This course is also available as a BEng or a BEng with Foundation Year

More information about entry requirements.

112-120
UCAS Points

All about the course

The three-year BEng (Hons) will unlock your full potential as a creative problem solver. Our hands-on, practical problem-solving approach makes up 40-60% of each year of study so you can be a confident, work-ready engineer by the time you graduate. On completion of the BEng, you will be on track to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

The four-year MEng course will advance your engineering talent even further and develop your leadership and management skills. On completion of the MEng you will be on track to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

We are one of only a handful of universities in the UK to offer the CDIO international engineering education model, developed by MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which allows you to learn in a practical, hands-on way to find solutions to industry related engineering challenges.

This course equips you to be a practising professional graduate Biomedical Engineer. Biomedical engineering is a key area for growth in south-east England which presents exciting opportunities for graduates. You will be able to apply and develop technology to provide biomedical engineering solutions for the healthcare industry.

On the course you will be supported to develop your employability skills and job application skills to apply for placement opportunities. Placement opportunities in engineering often lead to opening doors to great potential engineering graduate employment opportunities with companies such as Burton Medical, Braun, Fielder Filter Systems, TwistDX, Futurenova, BMM Weston and many more.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

The contact time per module is typically a blend of lectures, laboratories and tutorials:

  • Year 1 60hrs
  • Year 2 50hrs
  • Year 3 40hrs
  • Year 4 (MEng) 40hrs

Typical contact time per week:

  • Year 1 15hrs
  • Year 2 12.5hrs
  • Year 3 10hrs
  • Year 4 (MEng) 10hrs

Additionally, in each academic year you will complete a team CDIO project (typically sourced from industry) in a 40-credit module. These large group projects provide you with the opportunity to reflect upon your knowledge and understanding in context to a real-world scenario and develop your confidence in your mechanical and product engineering understanding and knowledge. We will also facilitate your learning to be able to:

  • Work effectively and supportively in diverse and inclusive groups
  • Communicate effectively in groups and one-to-ones
  • Apply project management to group-work
  • Apply principles of commercial management and solutions considerations
  • Develop effective communication with professionals from other disciplines, especially clinicians
  • Contribute to industry through your solutions
  • Provide tangible results for your portfolio of evidence for future employment.

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

 

Additional drop-in academic and peer learning mentoring sessions will be typically timetabled and you will be encouraged to make use of and support these sessions, to develop your learning. They are also an opportunity to apply your learning on new unfamiliar problems with the academics. As at other institutions these sessions have supported students to progress in their studies and provided valuable evidence for employment. 

Each 20 credits of a course of study, requires 200 hours of input over the academic year. This includes class contact time in lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory work, module preparation, module learning contextualisation, assessment research, development and submission, and examination revision.

The modules are led by our engineering academic team consisting of lecturers, senior lecturers, principal lecturers, and laboratory learning will be further supported by Senior and Junior technicians and Postgraduate demonstrators.

In the current era of booming healthcare sector, we are here to offer you an interesting opportunity with necessary technical and graduate skills to become a successful Biomedical professional.

Soumya MannaProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

Each academic year consists of a mix of modules that are assessed by coursework only, to modules that are assessed by examination and coursework. Examinations may be open-book or closed book exams. Coursework may include, Engineering log book, Technical drawings, Wiki pages, blogs, pitches to industry, posters, leaflets, engineering manual, etc.

Years 1-3 (Levels 4-6) each consist of 4 modules that are 20 credits each and 1 module that is 40 credits.

The 40 credits modules will provide you with the opportunity to work on a substantial group CDIO project typically sourced from industry. These projects will provide you with the opportunity to build your technical skills, as well as your professional practice skills. The pioneering CDIO approach is being designed to enable you to develop your creative skills to find solutions based on engineering science, principles and provide practical benefits to clinicians, patients and allied health professionals and patient carers. Could your group develop the mechanical spinal support prototype to be the next generational aid in supporting patients with scoliosis?

The Level 6 Professional Engineering Biomedical Project module will entail group and individual project work. The overall group project will be typically sourced from industry, and will require several individual projects to support a solution to the overall group project. Each individual project will entail a dissertation assessment. Each group will be led and managed by a Level 7 MEng student, providing peer and cross-fertilisation of learning.

Level 7 students will be responsible to lead and manage integration of all the project solutions to provide an integrated system, and verifying and validation that the solutions are timely, cost effective and are the desired quality, in addition to meeting IS standards, current and anticipated future regulations and public policy, ethical considerations, patents, health and safety.

Your future career

Biomedical Engineering is one of the fastest growing industries with some of the highest starting salaries. There are many opportunities to practice as a biomedical engineer, for example:

  • Designing, implementing and maintaining bio-instruments and bio-equipment to aid diagnose and treat diseases.
  • Designing and developing materials for implantation in the human body, which therefore need to be chemically inert, safe, and reliable
  • Working with innovators, medics and computing professionals to engineer smart technology gadgets that interface with smart phones to provide alternative medical interventions to support or relieve medical symptoms of a patient
  • Designing and developing hygienic surgery aids that enable high precision and timely surgery.

Biomedical Engineers are also sought after by a wide variety of other industries:

  • Designing and developing automated mechanical devices for food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry, and those that require a focus on designing for hygiene, cleaning and sterility
  • Manufacturing: because biomedical engineers have strengths in systems integration and knowledge and understanding of multiple fields of engineering
  • Legal sector: because biomedical devices are such a high growth area of research and development there is demand for technical reviewing, advising and approval of patents.

Please note that some career paths are subject to further academic study and qualifications may require industrial sponsorship or be dependent on the employer and the economic or sector demand.

Future careers/what can I do next?

Biomedical engineers apply their knowledge of engineering and materials to provide solutions for healthcare. You could work as a bioengineer or as a clinical engineer in a hospital or clinic. You could become a design engineer working for a healthcare company. Biomedical engineers work in a range of different settings. You could work for a health care provider, a medical equipment manufacturer or work in research and development for a company or university.

Most biomedical engineers are employed by the NHS, pharmaceutical firms, and manufacturers of medical equipment suppliers. The IMechE has identified biomedical engineers within the NHS as making a valuable contribution, and are calling for a Chief Biomedical Engineer in every NHS Acute Trust. US Bureau Labor Statistics (2018) indicates that Biomedicine engineering is the 3rd fastest growing engineering career. 

Your input and creativity may provide a solution that a person needs to maintain or restore their health. Biomedical Engineers may work in a number of different sectors in industry for example in biomedical electronics, biomaterials, computational biology, cellular, tissue and genetic engineering, medical imaging, orthopaedic bioengineering, bio nanotechnology, rapid prototyping for the repair or restoration of body tissues.

You would have common attributes required to undergo postgraduate studies (Masters and PhD) or other training relevant to your Personal Development Plan.

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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Duration:

4 years

UCAS code:

H105

Location(s):

Canterbury
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