BEng (Hons) single honours Biomedical Engineering with Foundation Year 2019/20

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Industry 4.0 technology of additive manufacture, rapid prototype technology like 3D printers, and robotics has 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. Examples include prototyping new asthma inhalers and using robotics to test (in a clean environment) asthma inhaler components to guarantee reliability and repeatable of the devices. 

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

This innovative course has been designed in collaboration with industry and a research medical clinician, and you’ll have the excellent opportunity to work with a range of employers. We offer a truly immersive learning opportunity where the applied elements of the course are delivered in professional standard environments.

This course enables you to develop your science and maths knowledge to pursue your biomedical engineering degree. On this course you’ll gain professional biomedical engineering practice and the opportunity to build professional networks with industry.

The BEng with foundation year provides creative and talented students, career changers, or those with experience and passion for the subject, with a direct route to the BEng Biomedical Engineering degree.

This course is for you if:

  • You didn’t continue to study science and maths beyond GCSE level, are doing well in your chosen post 16 studies and have the mindset and habits required for a career in biomedical engineering
  • Your career plan is to get into biomedical engineering and you need to strengthen your knowledge and understanding in science and maths
  • It’s been a while since you last studied, particularly science and maths, and you would like to change career to become a biomedical engineer.

This four-year course starts with the foundation year, to help build your engineering skills and knowledge while preparing you for your engineering degree. During the foundation year you will build your knowledge, understanding and confidence in areas of biology, chemistry, digital and analogue electronics, physics and mathematics in context for biomedical engineering. You’ll gain the engineering skills and knowledge needed to study at BEng level where you’ll use the pioneering CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate) approach to solve problems and design products and experiments to test theoretical concepts. You will work on work based/related activities sourced from industry to give you real, relevant experience of the biomedical industry. 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.

Most biomedical engineers are employed by pharmaceutical firms and manufacturers of medical equipment suppliers.

Health Research Funding 2018

At the end of the foundation year, you will continue with the BEng Biomedical Engineering and will be supported with developing your employability and job application skills. You will have the opportunity to apply for an optional placement in industry to gain experience to help you stand out in the job market.

This course equips you to become a practising professional graduate biomedical engineer and on completion of the BEng you will be on track to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Did you know, biomedicine engineering is radically transforming and contributing to and enhancing medical practice.

Health Research Funding 2018

During the foundation year, you will increase your knowledge in the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Digital and analogue electronics
  • Mathematics

Over the course of the BEng Biomedical Engineering degree, the modules you study will build your knowledge of:

  • Mathematics
  • Thermofluids
  • Mechanical structural dynamics
  • Design for computer aided manufacture
  • Tooling
  • Complex systems and human user
  • Materials engineering
  • Industry 4.0 advance manufacturing.  

Common themes embedded within the core modules include:

  • Engineering professional practice and development
  • Engineering’s role in society
  • Health and safety
  • Quality control, legal, ethical, and environmental regulations
  • Policy and practice
  • Employability development for placement and graduate roles.

Career prospects for Biomedical Engineers are diverse and opportunities within the sector are rapidly advancing. Biomedical engineering is a key area of growth in England and it is an industry that presents exciting prospects for graduates. You will be able to apply and develop technology to provide biomedical engineering solutions for the healthcare industry.

In addition to offering attractive starting salaries, biomedical engineering is an exciting sector where you can play an active role in shaping the World’s future. As a practising Biomedical Engineer, you could be involved in:

  • Creating, implementing and maintaining bio-instruments and bio-equipment to aid diagnosis and treatment of diseases.  
  • Designing and developing chemically inert, safe and reliable materials for implantation in the human body.
  • Designing and developing mechanical products that work with and aid the human body, for example, artificial organs to replace organ failure or support failing organs.

Career opportunities also extend to other industries including:

  • The manufacturing industry, where Biomedical Engineers can apply their skills and knowledge in systems integration.
  • The legal sector, where biomedical engineers are employed for technical reviewing, advising and approving patents.
This list represents possible career opportunities and in some cases you may be required to undertake further studies or gain relevant work experience and/or professional accreditation in order to pursue particular roles. Further academic study can enhance your career prospects and lead you to senior and specialist positions both within engineering and also teaching or research-related roles. 


Tuition Fees for 2019/20 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

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

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


Travel to and from Canterbury to other sites in Kent, for example, the University’s Medway campus, as and when required for learning.

There will also be additional costs incurred for possible visits to industrial facilities within Kent and at partner institutions in Europe.

General principle policy

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

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 first year of study is your foundation year (year 0) where you will study a range of engaging and inspiring modules. These modules will enable you to develop academic and practical skills that will build your confidence and equip you with the fundamental knowledge required to embark on your degree.

Each module in the foundation year typically consists of 20 hours of lectures, 40 hours of laboratory work and 10 hours of tutorials, depending on the module subject. Modules are led by experienced academics including senior lecturers, principal lecturers, laboratory technicians and postgraduate demonstrators.  

In addition to the structured teaching times, you will also be required to undertake self-study. The typical amount of time for all activities associated with one 20-credit module is 200 hours which is made up of class contact time in lectures, tutorials and workshops, laboratory sessions, module preparation, module learning contextualisation, assessment research, development and submission, and examination revision.

To help develop your employability skills, additional drop-in academic and peer mentoring sessions may be timetabled to support you with specific topics such as design, heat and fluid transfers, and structures.  

The BEng modules will typically be led by research active, specialist senior lecturers, principal lecturers, readers and professors with laboratory learning supported by engineering and science technicians and postgraduate demonstrators.  

The foundation year will consist of coursework assessment and examinations. Coursework assessment includes on-line tests, development of a laboratory book and scientific report, a laboratory practical and write up, and tutorial problems. 

As you progress with the BEng Biomedical Engineering degree (levels 4-6), you will undertake coursework assessments and examinations. The coursework aims to be balanced in type, variety and appropriateness across each academic year, and assessment could involve case study analysis, group project-based learning, laboratory investigations and write up, online tests, tutorial problems and questions, individual and group presentations, completion of a laboratory book, viva voca, conceive, design, implement, and operate (CDIO) projects, dissertation and work-related/based activity. For written assessments a word count or equivalent is provided.  

During each of the three years of study of your degree, you will have the opportunity to work on a substantial group CDIO project (worth 20 credits) that will provide you with the opportunity to build your technical and professional practice skills. The pioneering CDIO approach is designed to enable you to develop your creative skills in order to find solutions based on applied science and engineering principles that provide practical benefits to human users. For example, could your dynamic mechanical spinal support prototype be the next generational aid to support patients with scoliosis?

You can benefit from a wide range of specialist teaching spaces and resources at the Canterbury campus as well as other sites within Kent, including the University’s Medway Campus.

From 2020, Canterbury Christ Church will be home to the Kent and Medway Engineering Design, Growth and Enterprise Hub – a multi-million pound facility in Canterbury, with satellite facilities at Discovery Park (Medway). The Hub will support high-value employment, growth and investment in engineering and technology businesses. 

This course has links to major employers including the NHS, Pfizer and other local pharmaceutical businesses in Kent and Medway

Fact file

UCAS code

  • H100 Biomedical Engineering with Foundation Year

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 4 years full-time

    8 years part-time


  • September 2019

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be between 32 and 112 UCAS Tariff points depending on your Level 3 subject mix, your experience if appropriate and what you say about studying Engineering in the UCAS Personal Statement. Plus, 5 GCSEs at grade C, or above (or equivalent) including maths, science and English language.

    Further entry requirements

    If you haven't taken Level 3 qualifications in subjects traditionally aligned to Engineering (e.g. maths, science), are returning to education or are changing careers, the foundation year provides you with the opportunity to build the knowledge base required to continue onto the BEng Biomedical Engineering.

    If you already have maths or science qualifications at Level 3 then we would require 32-88 tariff points for entry onto the foundation year.

    If you do not have the necessary entry qualifications, we will consider you if you can demonstrate that you can study at a suitable level. You may be invited to attend an interview.

    More entry requirement details.



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