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MEng/BEng (Hons) single honours Biomedical Engineering 2020/21

Year of entry

Rapid prototype technology, like 3D printers and laser cutting machines, have enabled biomedical engineers and clinicians to work together to lead, innovate, research and develop timely, quality and cost effective mechanical and electromechanical solutions. For example Canterbury Christ Church Medical Physicians in the Institute of Medical Science Innovation have used 3D plastic printers to design and print a one-off surgery jig to assist in orthopaedic surgery of bone removal - revolutionary surgery that enabled a child to walk upright for the first time.


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Industry 4.0 technology such as 3D printers and laser cutting machines have enabled biomedical engineers and clinicians to work together to research and develop quick, high quality and cost effective mechanical and electromechanical solutions that enhance medical practice and patients’ lives. For example Canterbury Christ Church Medical Physicians in the Institute of Medical Science Innovation have used 3D plastic printers to design and print one-off surgery jig to assist in orthopaedic surgery of bone removal, revolutionary surgery that enabled child to walk upright for the first time. 

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.   

Médecins Sans Frontières is trailing humanitarian engineering solution of 3D-printed prosthetic limbs to help those how have lost limbs in the Syrian civil war.

The Economist 2018

Biomedicine engineering is radically transforming, contributing and enhancing medical practice (Health Research Funding, 2018)

The three-year BEng 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, 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.

Most Biomedical engineers are employed by pharmaceutical firms, and manufacturers of medical equipment suppliers, (Health Research Funding, 2018), and is the 3rd fastest growing career (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018).

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 to 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.

Core modules

Year 1

Professional Practical Engineering (with Mechatronics project) (40 credits)

This module will introduce you to mechanical related engineering, engineering evaluation, concept generation, design, prototype and testing a real problem. Engineering challenges are typically sourced from industry and therefore means you’ll be contributing to local industry.

Mathematics, Computing and Physics for Mechanical Engineers (20 credits)

On this module you will develop your confidence in applying the fundamental science (laws of physics), mathematics and statistics principles, and computing skills in context to engineering, ensuring you have the mathematical and digital skills for your engineering ambitions.

Introduction to Engineering Design (20 credits)

In a group design project, you will learn to create and translate engineering drawings by hand and on a computer. This practical experience will help you develop similar habits and minds as commercial engineers.

Introduction to Elec/mechanical Systems and Practice (20 credits)

You will experience electronic, electrical and mechanical principles, methods and practice used in commercial engineering components. You will also develop engineering practical workshop skills to manufacture and fabricate engineering products.

Introduction to Material Engineering Characteristics & Manufacture  (20 credits)

This module introduces you to materials used in engineering, specifically metals, plastics, ceramics, composites and material mechanical properties. This will support you in the future to be able to select appropriate materials for specific products or tasks.

Year 2

Engineering Product Lifecycle (40 credits)

You will gain experience of developing products in context to product life-cycle from raw materials to end of life, taking into consideration the wider social, environmental, commercial and financial issues and your role as an engineer.

Computer Aided Engineering and Design (20 credits)

During this module you will learn Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools and design processes for designing, sizing and developing products and parts akin to a commercial engineer.

Dynamics of Solid Mechanics and Materials (20 credits)

You will strengthen your knowledge and understanding of materials, solid mechanics and dynamics that are applied by engineers when making material selections.

Biological Medical Science (20 credits)

You will learn about human physiology and anatomy and take a systems approach to the human body.

Control Instrumentation and Communications Systems for Biomedical and Biomechanical Application (20 credits)

You will gain technology insights and learn about the applications of engineering sensors and control to medicine in the diagnosis and treatment of human conditions.

Year 3

Professional Biomedical Engineering Project (40 credits)

You will gain experience of working individually and as part of a team to design and develop a solution to a complex biomedical engineering problem. This will simulate the work of an engineer in industry.

FEA for mechanics and materials (20 credits)

In this module you will apply, critically analyse and interpret the fundamental principles of advanced stress analysis and further product analysis methods to evaluate if products in principle are fit for purpose, prior to prototyping.

Design for Rapid Prototyping, Pattern, Moulding and Tooling (20 credits)

You will gain knowledge and experience of applying rapid prototyping methods, critically analysing and considering its importance in terms of manufacture and design. 

Design for Medical Applications (20 credits)

You will learn how to design, create and consider medical science and human users’ constraints when designing solutions for a breadth of medical devices.

Industry 4.0 for Manufacture (20 credits)

You will investigate and critical analyse Industry 4.0 technology and solutions for the manufacturing industry.

Year 4 (MEng only)

Professional Engineering Project and Management (60 credits)

During this module you will gain experience of leading a team and working individually on a team project. You will research and develop an innovative solution to a complex product, working in the way an industrial engineer would work.

Advance Materials for Medicine (20 credits)

On this module you will explore appropriate materials and manufacturing processes in the medical device industry.

Additive Manufacturing Processes and Materials (20 credits)

In more depth, you will critically evaluate the advances and innovations of materials and manufacturing techniques.

Biomedical Quality Management, Compliance and Processes (20 credits)

You will develop your leadership and criticality of quality processes and standards for biomedical applications.

Optional module

Placement Module

You will have the option to do a placement module at any time in your degree. The placement module is designed to permit different modes of placement, from day-release, vacations, and year-long.

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

Fees

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

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
Full-time - placement year £1,850 N/A

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.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Travel

Additional costs include travel to and from Canterbury to Kent Science Park, Sittingbourne or Discovery Park, Maidstone or CCCU Medway campus as when required for learning.

Also possible opportunities to visit Industrial facilities on the Isle of Sheppey, Medway, Maidstone, Ashford and Discovery Park, Maidstone and partner institutions in Europe.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.
CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

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

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 addition, 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.

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 200hrs 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. 

All academic year consist 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.

Year 4 (Level 7, MEng only) consists of 3 modules that are 20 credits each and 1 module that is 60 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 in order 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 dynamic mechanical spinal support prototype be the next generational aid to support patients with scoliosis?

The Level 6 Professional Engineering Biomedical Project module will in particular entail group and individual project work. The overall group project will be typically sourced from industry, and will require a number of 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.

The difference in learning between MEng and BEng degrees in accordance to the accrediting engineering council, AHEP 3.0, is that:

  • On an MEng degree you will need to demonstrate leadership, management, tackling complex problems, innovation and critical analysis in the application of your knowledge and understanding of engineering.
  • On a BEng degree you will need to demonstrate critical analysis in the application of your knowledge and understanding of engineering.

Please note: progression from BEng to the MEng is an optional possibility at the end of Year 2 (Level 5) if you meet the Integrated Master’s Framework criteria for progression to the Integrated Masters programme.

In addition, MEng Biomedical Engineering students, need to meet Integrated Master’s Framework criteria for continued progression on an Integrated Masters in order to remain on the MEng after Level 5 (Year 2)

We are working towards professional accreditation of our engineering courses. Accredited courses are delivered to a UK recognised standard. We are consulting the accrediting bodies, such as IChemE, BCS, IMechE, in designing our courses. This is to keep us on track for accreditation. We hope to receive accreditation by 2022. If we receive accreditation, it will apply to these courses. At present these courses do not have professional accreditation.

In 2020, we will open a major new facility for science, engineering, health and medicine, part of our £150m vision to transform our Canterbury Campus. The new building will be the main base for our Kent and Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise (EDGE) Hub, with specialist centres across the region located alongside Engineering and Technology businesses.

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Our main campus in Canterbury has city centre facilities on its doorstep and, of course, you will benefit from all the new building has to offer.

Our courses have been co-designed with engineering professionals in the allied health industry from a biotechnology innovation company to neonatal biomedical engineering manufacturer.

This helps to ensure that our Biomedical Engineering graduates meet employer needs and expectations in terms of the technical and employability skills relevant for these industries.

The final industry co-designed course makes our biomedical engineering degree learning unique and supports the development of our engineering graduates to be “Industry-ready” upon graduation.

UK/EU

Full-time study

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Part-time study

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International

Full-time study

Need some help?

UK

For advice on completing your application please contact the Admissions Enquiry Team:

Email: admissions@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 782900

EU/International

Contact our International Team

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • H105 MEng Biomedical Engineering
  • H104 BEng Biomedical Engineering

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • MEng 4 years full-time (or 5 years with industry placement)

    BEng 3 years full-time (or 4 years with industry placement)

Starts

  • September 2020

Entry requirements

Location

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