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Biomedical Engineering BEng

Develop your maths, science and engineering skills with our biomedical engineering degree to take your career further in this rapidly developing field.
Code
HC60
Start
October 2023
Duration
3 years full-time; 4 years with sandwich year; 5 years PT
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK) *
£15,100 (EU / INT) *
Course leader
Andrew Tizzard

Why study biomedical engineering with us

Our multi-disciplinary biomedical engineering course mixes engineering with biomedical science and physiology. This provides you with a solid understanding of the technological developments taking place in the fields of medical engineering and bioengineering.

You will build on your previous experience in applied mathematics, physics, or other sciences. During your course you will enhance your engineering knowledge and gain specialist skills which will help you to design and improve existing and emergent systems, devices and treatments.

Our degree has been specifically designed to meet the standards set by the collaboration between the UK Quality Assurance Agency and the Engineering Council alongside the demands of healthcare providers. The BEng degree is accredited as partially meeting the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and fully meeting those for registration as an Incorporated Engineer. You will gain specialist biomedical engineering skills to follow in the footsteps of graduates who have forged careers in clinical engineering, biomechanics, orthotics and prosthetics.

Develop your biomedical engineering skills

We have fully equipped, state-of-the-art laboratories for medical device design and human performance measurement. You will also have access to the facilities in our bioengineering and physics research laboratories. It is here that we’re making significant healthcare developments, which include the monitoring of premature babies, deep brain stimulation and the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Many of our academic staff are engaged in pioneering research in these and other areas including prosthetic design and rehabilitation engineering and they bring this expertise in to their teaching in the course. This team of highly experienced professional engineers and qualified healthcare practitioners are on hand to give you the support you need to succeed in your studies and establish your career in biomedical engineering.

You can also gain valuable professional experience – and receive a Diploma of Employability Studies – by taking a work placement with the NHS or one of our industrial partners between years two and three.

Biomedical engineering studies gives you the ultimate stepping-stone to a number of global career opportunities in a rapidly expanding field. You will graduate from our course with career options in a variety of sections, including clinical or rehabilitation engineering, bioinstrumentation, biomaterials, biomechanics, and medical imaging.

Get the support you need to succeed

During your course, you’ll get personalised support from your Personal Tutor, Student Learning Assistants, and Graduate Academic Assistants. Their first-hand experience in your subject area means they understand how to best support you.


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What will you study on the BEng 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 clinical decision making, design of optimal clinical devices, medical imaging systems, computer modelling of physiological systems, biomaterials design, and biomechanics for injury, 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 Incorporated or Chartered Engineer.

Modules

BEng modules

  • Year 1 - Compulsory

    • Human Sciences (30 credits)

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of human anatomy and physiology required to underpin your future learning. The unifying theme of homeostasis is used to show how a healthy structure and function are maintained and how failures of homeostasis can result in disease.

    • Mathematics and Mechanics for Biomedical Engineers (30 credits)

      To provide you with underpinning mathematics and mechanics at an appropriate level such that they can apply their principles to the solution of engineering problems.

      On completion of this module, you will be able to:

      1. Express engineering quantities using SI units to an appropriate precision.
      1. Select and apply uses of numbers, algebra, trigonometry, logarithms, calculus, graphs, linear relationships and statistics to solving simple engineering problems.
      1. Explain how fundamental concepts and laws of engineering mechanics are applied to solve problems and design.
    • Electronics for Biomedical Engineers (15 credits)

      To provide you with underpinning electronics at an appropriate level such that they can apply electronic circuit design and interfacing principles to the solution of engineering problems.

    • Computing for Biomedical Engineers (15 credits)

      On completion of this module, you will be able to:

      • Describe the uses of constants and variables of different types in a computer programme, and
      • Use a range of programming environments and their applications.

      This module will call for the successful student to:

      • Solve problems using well-structured programming code.
    • Design Practice for Biomedical Engineers (30 credits)

      This module develops your knowledge and understanding of modelling and prototyping materials, processes and techniques.

      Additionally, it develops workshop practice skills, including formal health and safety training, and provides opportunities for you to apply knowledge in a task-directed, goal-oriented scenario.

      Projects will be framed by given briefs with identified deliverables.

  • Year 2 - Compulsory

    • Design Engineering Projects 2 (30 credits)

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to carry out engineering projects. It will allow you to apply them, together with knowledge and skills from other modules, in practical projects.

      On completion of this module, you will be able to:

      1. Evaluate business, customer, and user needs in design.
      1. Identify and apply environmental, health and safety, ethical, intellectual property and codes of practice and standards in design.
      1. Articulate the cost implications and drivers of a design.
    • Medical Instrumentation and Imaging (15 credits)

      The module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of principles and properties of measurement techniques used in carrying out physiological measurements.

    • Physiological Measurement Systems and Control (15 credits)

      This module will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the theories, systems and practical implementation of the acquisition of biomedical measurements in the clinical environment and how they impact patient care as well as the principles of control and feedback mechanisms.

    • Medical Standards and Professional Engagement (30 credits)

      The aim of this module is to:

      • Provide you with the knowledge of the professional values, legislative processes, and the economic and social context of designing and implementing medical equipment, and
      • Provide an opportunity to reflect upon their responsibilities as professional engineers.
    • Medical Implant Design (30 credits)

      The aim of this module is to:

      • To provide you with the engineering principles that underpin the design of medical implants including biomechanics, biology, biomaterials, and finite element analysis.
      • To provide you with the knowledge of human bone anatomy and structure in the design of medical implants, and
      • To provide opportunities to use CAD tools for the design and analysis of medical implants.
  • Year 3 - Compulsory

    • Biomedical Engineering Major Project (60 credits)

      The aim of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to undertake biomedical engineering research that is self-initiated and self-managed.

      It will provide the opportunity to engage in a project over an extended period of time that makes a contribution to biomedical engineering research or design.

    • Assistive and Mechanical Devices (30 credits)

      To provide you with the knowledge of engineering principles that underpin the design of assistive and mechanical diagnostic medical devices. On completion of this module, the you should able to evaluate specific patient need with respect to cognitive and motor impairment and propose a rehabilitation solution to meet those needs. You should also be able to propose manufacturing techniques and design practice for rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology and analyse the limitations and benefits of different continuum mechanics systems for modelling mechanical diagnostic or treatment systems.

    • Principles of Medical Electronics (30 credits)

      This module aims to provide you with an in-depth understanding and practical application of design principles of medical electronics systems used for diagnosis or treatment. On completion of this module, you should be able to specify electronic devices to carry out clinical measurement, diagnosis and / or treatment, simulate and analyse electronic circuits using commercial software. You should also be able to generate prototypes of and test electronic circuits for a range of medical devices, and design, procure or manufacture and test printed circuit boards. Finally, you should be able to communicate the outcome of the design process of an electronic device in writing, with reference to user needs and medical device directives or regulations.

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  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
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  2. EU fees
  3. International (inc. EU)
  4. Additional costs

How can the BEng 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:

  • Clinical or rehabilitation engineering
  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Medical imaging
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • 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 biomedical engineering laboratory housing electronics design, computing and stress testing equipment.
  • 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.


We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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