1. 2016 Entry

Biomedical Engineering  BEng (Hons)

The Biomedical Engineering BEng course covers the range of engineering applications that are relevant to the needs of the healthcare industry.


City's Biomedical Engineering course applies the principles of science, engineering and medicine directly to the complex medical technologies used in the prognosis, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of the sick and injured. Biomedical engineers also require managerial and communication skills and an awareness of the economic, environmental and social implications of their activity. Our Biomedical Engineering programme is designed to provide excellent training in all these areas.

The current accreditation of the programme by IET, InstMC and IPEM has expired at the end of the academic year 2014/15 and a full renewal accreditation visit is taking place in November 2015.

Why study Biomedical Engineering at City?

  • You will have the opportunity to complete a placement after your second year
  • The Biomedical group works closely with teams from prominent clinical institutions including: St Bartholomew's Hospital, The Royal London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Chartered status may be reached by taking a BEng (Hons) degree followed by a Masters degree (or Engineering doctorate) accredited by the appropriate engineering institution.

City's Biomedical Engineering course is one of the top ranked in the country and can open up a range of career opportunities in the biomedical engineering sector.

Entry Requirements:

  • 'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points, including 'A' Levels in two science subjects, or Mathematics and one science subject, with at least grade B in one science subject or Mathematics
  • IB: 32 points, including 5 in two higher level sciences, or Higher Level Mathematics and a higher level science subject
  • BTEC: DDD in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering including D in both L3 Mathematics in Extended Diploma only
  • GCSE: English Language grade C (or equivalent).

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year

Start Date:

September 2016

UCAS code:

BH81;BHV1 with professional placement

Entry Requirements

For 2016 entry:

  • 'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points, including 'A' Levels in two science subjects, or Mathematics and one science subject, with at least grade B in one science subject or Mathematics
  • IB: 32 points, including 5 in two higher level sciences, or Higher Level Mathematics and a higher level science subject
  • BTEC: DDD in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering including D in both L3 Mathematics in Extended Diploma only

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE: English Language grade C (or equivalent).

Other Suitable Qualifications

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City University London

INTO City University London offers an International Foundation programme in Engineering and Mathematics. This course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose-built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English Requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
  • PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component.

English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Find out more about:

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
3 years or 4 years including a professional placement.

Course Content

Year one and two

You will study the fundamental principles of engineering that underpin the design of medical equipment. With a number of core modules, you will receive a thorough introduction to biomedical engineering as well as study topics covering engineering and medical aspects of the degree.

Year three

You will also undertake individual project work, which will give you the opportunity to work in a team environment with members of the School's research and clinical teams. The individual project is a fantastic way for you to explore an area of biomedical engineering that is of particular interest to you.

If you are registered on the BEng (Hons) and obtain good grades at the end of your second or third year you may transfer to the Biomedical Engineering MEng (Hons) course.

Course Structure

Year one

Core modules include:

  • Introduction to biomedical engineering
  • Engineering science
  • General mathematics
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Engineering practice
  • Digital logic
  • Electronic circuit design 1.

Year two

Core modules include:

  • Programming and design
  • Biomedical optics 1
  • Pathology and healthcare
  • Biomedical optics 2
  • Engineering management 2
  • Engineering mathematics 1
  • Biomedical instrumentation.

Year three 

Core modules include:

  • Individual project
  • Individual design project
  • Advanced biomedical instrumentation
  • Biosignal and image processing
  • Radiation physics and imaging Biosensors
  • Engineering management 3.

Teaching and Assessment

This course is interdisciplinary and you will learn from academics of the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering and the School of Health Sciences, as well as hospital consultants and experts from the medical industry.

Information is delivered in lectures, seminars and tutorials, supplemented by laboratory-based or theoretical coursework.


  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.


There are prizes and awards for students who perform well in examinations and project work. These include:

Further details of the prizes may be obtained from the Examinations Secretary. In addition, the committee may make recommendations for University awards.


You are strongly encouraged to seek a placement after your second year during the Biomedical Engineering BEng programme. The placement provides the opportunity to learn more about the industry, take on graduate-level responsibilities and in some cases work as part of a multinational workforce.

Placements are a fantastic way to gain professional experience in a relevant field as part of your degree.

The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand support and guidance for students throughout their studies. The team has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies spanning both large and small organisations including start-ups in Tech City.

Career Prospects

Modern provision of healthcare depends greatly on biomedical engineers. Becoming a biomedical engineer promises an exciting career, bridging the advances in biomedical sciences with professional skills in delivering engineering projects in a growing field.

Biomedical engineers work in a range of industries. Their problem-solving skills and multidisciplinary education are well known and respected in the UK industry and abroad.

Biomedical Engineering BEng course career options

The city Biomedical Engineering undergraduate course prepares you for a career in the medical and technology fields. From working in the pharmaceutical industry to the Ministry of Health, the course can allow you to work in a variety of roles.
The biomedical engineering field is wide and graduates can find employment in areas such as: 
- The medical technology industry
- The pharmaceutical industry
- Biomedical research
- The Ministry of Health
- Other health-related departments.

For those looking for further study, City offers a Biomedical Engineering Masters programme in the form of an MEng course.

Biomedical Engineering

UCAS code: BH81;BHV1 with professional placement

Applications for degree courses must be made through UCAS. You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

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You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options. UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities. You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2015 and 15 January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


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