1. 2015 Entry

Biomedical Engineering  BEng (Hons)

The BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering covers a range of engineering applications that are relevant to the needs of the healthcare industry and draws on City’s long-standing expertise in technology and healthcare.


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Why study Biomedical Engineering at City?

Biomedical Engineering 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.

In addition, engineers require managerial skills, the ability to communicate effectively, a good measure of human understanding and an awareness of the economic, environmental and social implications of their activity. Our courses are designed to provide excellent training in all these areas.

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.

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Entry Requirements:

  • 320 UCAS points, including A Levels in two science subjects or in Mathematics and one science subject, with grade B required in one science subject or Mathematics

Course Fees:

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

Start Date:

September 2015

UCAS code:

BH81 BEng (Hons), BHV1 BEng (Hons) with professional placement.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • 320 UCAS points, including A Levels in two science subjects or in Mathematics and one science subject, with grade B required in one science subject or Mathematics
  • IB - 33 points, 5 in higher Mathematics or a science higher. Either two higher science subjects or one science higher with higher Mathematics required.
  • BTEC - DDD in a relevant scientific or Engineering subject including D in L3 Mathematics in Extended Diploma only.


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.

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 all components.

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. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Undergraduate Study

Pre-sessional English


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 this course part-time.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
Full-time: 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.

Subject areas include:

  • Analogue and digital electronics
  • Circuit theory
  • Engineering design
  • Engineering science
  • Mathematics

In addition, you will study specialist biomedical engineering modules to gain familiarity with physiological concepts and language of medicine.

Year three

You will undertake individual project work, designed to give you the opportunity to work in a team environment with members of the School's research and clinical teams.

Course Structure

Year one 

Specialist modules include:

  •  Anatomy and physiology
  • Introduction to biomedical engineering.

Year two

Specialist modules include:

  • Biomedical instrumentation
  • Biomedical optics.

Year three

Specialist biomedical engineering modules include:

  • Medical imaging modalities
  • Medical ultrasound
  • Respiratory and cardiovascular measurement
  • Sensors and sensing systems in biomedical engineering.

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: £14,000 per year


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


You are strongly encouraged to seek a placement after your second year. 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.

Placements are highly encouraged at City; students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to:

  • Achieve a first - 48% of students that completed a placement were awarded a first class degree overall*
  • Secure a graduate-level job - 100% of students that completed a placement year secured graduate level work within six months of graduation*
  • Earn a higher salary - placement students earn on average £3,000 more than non-placement students*

*Data source: HESA DLHE survey 2011/12

Career Prospects

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Measurement and Control and Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

The biomedical engineering field is wide and graduates can find employment in areas such as the medical technology industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the Ministry of Health and other health-related departments and in biomedical research.

This course will enable you to...

...move on to further study. City offers a range of Masters degree courses related to Biomedical Engineering, including:

Biomedical Engineering

UCAS code: BH81 BEng (Hons), BHV1 BEng (Hons) 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 2015 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2014 and 15 January 2015. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2015 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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