Course overview Biomedical Engineering MEng (Hons)
On this accredited degree, you’ll learn how to apply engineering to the healthcare industry. You’ll take part in interdisciplinary study with experts in maths, science, engineering and medical disciplines, to develop in-demand professional and technical skills.
Biomedical engineers develop innovative technologies for the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of medical conditions. It is a growth area with applications in a range of industries. Our degrees are designed to prepare you for an exciting highly-skilled career in this rapidly growing field.
Our degrees are triple-accredited by professional bodies, meaning your qualification will be recognised for its quality and relevance. Furthermore, you will:
- Develop in-depth biomedical engineering expertise, alongside professional skills in management and communication
- Work with teams from prominent clinical institutions including St Bartholomew's Hospital and The Royal London Hospital
- Gain hands-on experience with high-tech equipment in our newly refurbished undergraduate and research labs
- Take an optional work placement to enhance your academic credentials, employability and professional expertise
Pass your second year and apply to transfer to our integrated MEng degree, which fast tracks your progress to Chartered Engineer status.
Our degrees are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Measurement and Control and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.
On this Biomedical Engineering MEng you will learn from experts from several academic departments as well as active practitioners.
Build a firm foundation in mathematics, engineering, physics, electronics and design, with our common engineering first year.
Mathematics I (20 credits)
This module is intended to support the teaching of engineering modules throughout the programme and to enhance your analytical skills.
Engineering Science (20 credits)
Provides knowledge and understanding of the fundamental aspects of physical sciences which underpin engineering.
Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics I (20 credits)
Fundamentals of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, which are essential for all engineering disciplines.
Solid Mechanics (20 credits)
This module provides an understanding of stress and deformation due to external loads is essential to the design of the structural elements of engineering systems.
Electronics (20 credits)
Introduction to the fundamental concepts, principles and analysis techniques of electrical circuits to enable higher level study on analogue and digital electronics.
Design I (20 credits)
Introduction to the skills, processes and methods required and to develop your understanding through design projects, which include designing, building and testing.
Personal and Professional Development (5 credits)
You will be set a number of tasks and activities around your main programme of study, which will be monitored, evaluated and discussed with you by your personal tutor.
Specialise in biomedical engineering with modules including mechatronics, biomedical instrumentation and programming. Complete your second engineering design project.
Mathematics II (20 credits)
A continuation and expansion of Mathematics 1 and also introduces numerical techniques through the use of MATLAB.
Biomedical Instrumentation (20 credits)
This module will develop your ability to design and implement medical instruments that will be used for the monitoring of biosignals from patients and utilised in the prognosis, and diagnosis of disease of patients in the clinical setting.
Biomedical Engineering Principles (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to serve as an introduction to and overview of the field of biomedical engineering. This module will provide some historical perspective of the major development in various domains of biomedical engineering.
Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology (20 credits)
This module emphasises an integrated approach to the design of these systems based on elements of Mechanical, Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Computer Science and Programming (20 credits)
The module introduces the basic principles of computer programming design, and enables you to gain skills and knowledge in computer programming by completing a substantial computer programming design assignment.
Digital Design (20 credits)
Develop an understanding of the basic principles of digital electronics and digital design, learn about the structured engineering design process and engage in at least two group design projects.
Personal & Professional Development II (5 Credits)
This is part of a series of three employability modules offered throughout your degree. It will build on the previous year and equip you with the practical skills you will need to be successful in your search for professional experience.
Deepen your expertise in biomedical engineering with applied modules including medical physics and imaging, and biomedical optics. Deliver two specialist projects and develop professional skills in engineering management.
Biosignal and Image Processing (20 credits)
Develop fundamental skills in signal and image processing with particular emphasis on biomedical research and clinical medicine.
Biomedical Optics (20 credits)
Develop your ability to understand the principles behind light interaction with biological media and use that knowledge to understand the basic scientific principles behind biomedical engineering technology.
Medical Physics and Imaging (20 credits)
Further the spread of knowledge of the science on which medical imaging techniques are based and the clinical applications of imaging technology.
MEng Individual Project (Stage 3) (20 credits)
This module gives you an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired from other parts of the programme to a major piece of individual work on a topic in engineering.
Engineering Management (20 credits)
Learn and develop essential management and business skills.
Design III: Biomedical Engineering (20 credits)
In this module you will be involved in a Design Project – a significant piece of independent work, applying the design skills, knowledge and understanding you gained during the programme.
Personal & Professional Development III (5 Credits)
This third-year module will build on the previous 2 years of employability teaching focusing on the transition from university to graduate work. Applying your knowledge of self-assessment (year 1) with the understanding of employer requirements and selection methods (year 2) this module covers how to assess and present recent experience incorporating technical and transferable skills; goal setting and planning; building and maintaining networks and developing an online presence.
Transition from academic study to professional practice with a significant biomedical engineering group design project.
Robotics, Imaging and Vision (20 credits)
Basic principles of image processing and computer vision and the scientific and practical aspects of classical and modern robotics.
Biomedical Sensors (20 credits)
The module analyses in great detail the application of sensors and medical instrumentation in prognosis, diagnosis and clinical monitoring.
Biomedical Informatics and Telemedicine (20 credits)
This module will introduce you to a range of topics in the areas of bioinformatics and telemedicine.
Design IV: Biomedical (40 credits)
A simulated real-life design project and to provide you with relevant skills in engineering design, biomedical engineering, electronic system design, group work, presentation and technical report writing.
MEng Individual Project (Stage 4) (20 credits)
The research project provides you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the Stage 3 Individual Project to investigate your chosen area of interest in greater depth.
If you wish to gain practical experience during your degree, then you have the option of spending 12 months on a paid industrial placement. This industrial placement can be taken either between years 2 and 3 or between years 3 and 4. We strongly recommend this.
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Teaching and assessment
This course is highly interdisciplinary. Students learn from academics of the School of Science & Technology and the School of Health & Psychological Sciences, hospital consultants and experts from the medical industry.
Information is delivered in lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratory classes. Learning involves a combination of theoretical, experimental and computational study. Our approach is to encourage critical thinking and foster curiosity through both teamwork and independent study. Group learning and communication skills are emphasised through design studies and student presentations.
Assessment is by coursework and examinations. Practical and technical skills are assessed through laboratory work, data analysis and project reports.
Grades obtained in each year count towards the final degree classification, with increasing weight given to the later years.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
Approximate study time based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2022/23
To be confirmed
To be confirmed
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2022/23 entry.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
Modern healthcare depends on biomedical engineers to design and operate specialist diagnostic equipment. It is a growing field at the forefront of innovation, making career prospects particularly strong.
City graduates work in a range of industries, from hospitals and healthcare, to pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers of medical devices.
Recent graduates have secured work with:
- National Health Service (NHS)
- GE Healthcare
- Transport for London
- St Bartholomew's Hospital
- Smith & Nephew
- Brunel University London
If you want to become a Chartered Engineer – enjoying enhanced job prospects and earning potential – an integrated MEng offers the most direct route to achieving CEng status.
How to apply
Applications for this course are now closed.
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We have a range of recently refurbished facilities, including brand new undergraduate, postgraduate and research laboratories.
Our facilities include state of the art electronic test and measurement devices, used for the teaching of new students, as well as advanced students working on their own individual or group projects.
The Physiological Measurement laboratory is equipped with state of the art commercial patient monitoring equipment, as well as experimental devices and sensors developed in the research centre.
The Finkelstein Undergraduate Electronics Teaching Laboratory is one of the key facilities of the Department of Engineering.
3D printing facilities each with its own technology and range of materials that can be used to create objects.
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