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Biomedical Engineering BEng/MEng

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Code
BEng: HC60
MEng: H160
Start
October 2018
Duration
BEng: 3 years full-time; 4 years with sandwich year; 5 years PT
MEng: 4 years full-time; 5 years with sandwich year; 6 years PT
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Andrew Tizzard

Biomedical engineering fuses engineering with medicine to improve healthcare delivery, and develops innovative technologies for prognosis, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment. The technological developments taking place in medicine, engineering, physics, maths and computer science means biomedical engineering is a rapidly growing field, with emergent technologies and an expanding global industry.

Why study BEng/MEng Biomedical Engineering at Middlesex University?

This course is an degree is exciting multi-disciplinary study in engineering covering anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, implants and prosthetics, medical instrumentation and rehabilitation. It has been designed to meet the current needs of healthcare providers by training biomedical engineers who can design and improve both existing and emergent systems, devices and treatments.

Building upon previous experiences in applied mathematics and physics or other applied sciences, this degree will develop a wide range of engineering knowledge and skills to contribute to improving quality of or saving lives in the healthcare industry or healthcare delivery. You will be armed with the skills, knowledge and experience to innovate the future of healthcare by entering a career in the expanding field of biomedical engineering or by progressing to postgraduate study in a related field.

You will have access to fully equipped state-of-the-art laboratories for medical device design and human performance measurement and will benefit from the facilities in our human-computer interaction research department where we are making developments in vital areas of healthcare, such as the rehabilitation of stroke victims and amputees.

Course highlights

  • The teaching team is made up from professional engineers and fully qualified healthcare practitioners drawn from a range of departments within the Faculty
  • Teaching is influenced by and incorporates front-line research in medical engineering, rehabilitation engineering and related topics
  • You can choose to complete an optional placement between Year 2 and 3 with NHS or industrial partners, where you will gain vital professional experience and also receive a Diploma of Industrial Studies
  • Designed to meet the standards set by the collaboration between UK Quality Assurance Agency and the Engineering Council
  • If you apply for our four year MEng Biomedical Engineering course, you can gain a masters qualification by completing the fourth year of the degree. You can also receive student loan funding to cover your postgraduate course fees.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BEng/MEng Biomedical Engineering?

This course will cover the engineering design principles and engineering fundamentals such as mechanics and electronics and the mathematics that support them. You will learn about anatomy and physiology, and learn to interpret, analyse and critically evaluate experimental results to improve technology , as well as the instrumentation to diagnose and treat disease and disability.

By choosing this degree, you have the potential to make life-changing advancements in the field, working on a diverse range of projects such as artificial organs, automated patient monitoring, blood chemistry sensors, advanced therapeutic and surgical devices. You will also cover the application of expert systems and artificial intelligence, clinical decision making, design of optimal clinical laboratories, medical imaging systems, computer modelling of physiological systems, biomaterials design, and biomechanics for injury and wound healing, among many others.

What will you gain?

Throughout your studies you will gain the advanced analytical, technical and professional skills required to begin a career in biomedical engineering. You will gain skills in creative problem solving through design, as well as the ability to effectively conduct research and communicate your work. Your practical workshop, modelling and prototyping skills will also have developed.

After working for a substantial length of time, at an appropriate level of professional practice, you will be able to attain the professional status of Chartered Engineer.

BEng modules

  • Year 1

    • Human Sciences (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides an understanding of human anatomy and physiology in homeostasis and disease.

    • Design Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your problem solving, modelling and prototyping skills through practical goal-oriented projects undertaken individually and in groups.

    • Electronics and Computing (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will explore the fundamentals of electronics and clinical data handling in preparation for further study in later years. This module combines theory with a high level of laboratory-based practice in circuit design, building and testing.

    • Mathematics and Mechanics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Building on previous mathematics learning, this module develops more advanced skills and applies them to practical problems involving mechanics. Problem solving skills are also improved though computer programming.

  • Year 2

    • Design Engineering Projects (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Building upon the work in Year 1, you will work individually and within groups to develop design, innovation and communication skills.

    • Design of Medical Devices (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module covers the engineering science principles that are needed to design medical devices such as materials, biomechanics, stress analysis.

    • Medical Equipment Life Cycle (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module explores the stringent standards and legislation that govern medical equipment: its specification, design, use, maintenance and disposal.

    • Physiological Measurements (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the principles of medical instrumentation including sensors, electronics or mechanics, storage and display of data. The module also begins to explore the electronic signals generated in the human body that are used in diagnosis.

  • Year 3

    • Biomedical Engineering Major Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is the ultimate in research and development projects. It is an opportunity to excel and demonstrate the learning of the previous two years in a practical way as well as new self-directed learning under close supervision. Many projects are based on the lecturers’ own research areas and could make a significant contribution.

    • Principles of Medical Engineering (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on the more advanced mechanics and electronics applied to medical engineering, and will be assessed through mini projects.

    • Principles of Rehabilitation Engineering (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will be a practical application of advanced rehabilitation engineering using high quality, state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.

MEng modules

  • Year 1

    • Human Sciences (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides an understanding of human anatomy and physiology in homeostasis and disease.

    • Design Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your problem solving, modelling and prototyping skills through practical goal-oriented projects undertaken individually and in groups.

    • Electronics and Computing (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will explore the fundamentals of electronics and clinical data handling in preparation for further study in later years. This module combines theory with a high level of laboratory-based practice in circuit design, building and testing.

    • Mathematics and Mechanics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Building on previous mathematics learning, this module develops more advanced skills and applies them to practical problems involving mechanics. Problem solving skills are also improved though computer programming.

  • Year 2

    • Design Engineering Projects (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Building upon the work in Year 1, you will work individually and within groups to develop design, innovation and communication skills.

    • Design of Medical Devices (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module covers the engineering science principles that are needed to design medical devices such as materials, biomechanics, stress analysis.

    • Medical Equipment Life Cycle (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module explores the stringent standards and legislation that govern medical equipment: its specification, design, use, maintenance and disposal.

    • Physiological Measurements (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the principles of medical instrumentation including sensors, electronics or mechanics, storage and display of data. The module also begins to explore the electronic signals generated in the human body that are used in diagnosis.

  • Year 3

    • Biomedical Engineering Major Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is the ultimate in research and development projects. It is an opportunity to excel and demonstrate the learning of the previous two years in a practical way as well as new self-directed learning under close supervision. Many projects are based on the lecturers’ own research areas and could make a significant contribution.

    • Principles of Medical Engineering (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module focuses on the more advanced mechanics and electronics applied to medical engineering, and will be assessed through mini projects.

    • Principles of Rehabilitation Engineering (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will be a practical application of advanced rehabilitation engineering using high quality, state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.

  • Year 4

    • Team Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to contextualise, exemplify and consolidate the analytical and technical knowledge and skills in relevant subject areas through engineering group projects. It will provide you with the opportunity to develop your competence in undertaking group projects and engaging in formal project management. It also aims to develop your abilities in problem solving, team working, written and oral presentations.

    • Modelling and Simulation in Biomedical Engineering (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to cover the advanced principles that many researchers use to simulate biomedical systems, either equipment or biological systems. A range of lecturer’s research will also feature in the module.

    • Advanced Rehabilitation Engineering and Musculoskeletal Science (30 credits) - Compulsory

      A range of advanced topics delivered by experts in fields such as materials and methods for prosthetic implants, brain-computer interface for rehabilitation and others.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BEng/MEng Biomedical Engineering support your career?

A degree in biomedical engineering is a stepping-stone to an increasing number of global career opportunities. The larger equipment developers (Phillips, Siemens, Draeger) focus their activities in mainland Europe, though opportunities for careers in sales and technical support exist in the UK. The Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) has a large membership of small and medium sized companies that take graduates for design and development work.

You will possess knowledge and skills useful in a range of career opportunities but you could also choose to undertake further training to provide support roles in the NHS or private health sector.

Previous graduates have found employment in a wide variety of settings, particularly within research, laboratory-based work and biomedical product design companies. You could be employed in the NHS or a private company. Career opportunities include:

  • Cellular, tissue, genetic, clinical or rehabilitation engineering
  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Drug design and delivery
  • Medical imaging
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Systems physiology

Our facilities include:

  • A mass spectrometry and electron microscope suite housing all new Shimadzu Krytos AXIMA CFR MALDI-TOF MS; LC-MS 2010A and GC-MS QP5050A instruments and a scanning electron microscope
  • A biomedical science laboratory with a fifty-student capacity for hands-on laboratory skills teaching
  • A molecular biology research laboratory housing real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction -multiplication of a small part of a gene), and gene sequencing, as well as 2D gel electrophoresis, and gel visualisation and analysis equipment
  • A tissue culture research laboratory housing three class II biological safety cabinets, video microscopy and full height roller bottle and standard CO2 incubators
  • A histology research laboratory housing cryostats, standard microtomes and Fluorescence microscopy imaging equipment
  • A general biochemistry research laboratory housing immunoassay, chromatography (separation techniques -separating mixtures and molecules), CZE, HPLC, FPLC, LC and general separation equipment.

Dr Andrew Tizzard
Reader in Bioengineering

Dr Andrew Tizzard is a reader in Bioengineering at Middlesex University. Boasting a distinguished academic record, Dr Tizzard has also had numerous articles published in academics books and journals.

A member of external bodies including the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB), Dr Tizzard's teaching interests cover areas including Engineering Simulation and Modelling, Biomedical/Clinical Engineering and Computer Aided Engineering.

Dr Tizzard is actively involved in research projects and particular areas of interest include Electrical Impedance Tomography, Deep brain Stimulation and Computer-Aided Design, geometric design and biomodelling.

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