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Biomedical Engineering BEng/MEng

Develop your maths, science and engineering skills with our biomedical engineering degree to take your career further in this rapidly developing field.
Code
BEng: HC60
MEng: H160
Start
October 2022
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) *
£14,700 (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.  The MEng degree is accredited as full meeting the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered 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.

If you are applying for our four-year MEng biomedical engineering degree, you will not only be able to gain an integrated masters qualification once you have completed the fourth year of the degree, you will also be able to receive student loan funding to cover your course fees. Continuation on the MEng degree is subject to you achieving a good academic profile in years one and two.

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.

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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/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 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

    • 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.

    • Computing (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will explore the fundamentals of computing and programming in preparation for further study in later years. This module combines theory with a high level of laboratory-based practice in the application of programming to solving real problems.

    • Electronics (15 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.

    • Medical Implant Design (30 credits) - Compulsory

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

    • Medical Standards and Professional Engagement (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module explores the stringent standards and legislation that govern medical equipment: its specification, design, use, maintenance and disposal.  It also begins to explore your future career as a professional engineer.

    • Medical Instrumentation (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the principles of medical instrumentation including sensors, electronics or mechanics, storage and display of data. The module is studied with healthcare science students to give you a multidisciplinary experience of your role in the clinical environment.

    • Physiological Measurement Systems and Control (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module builds further on the principles of medical instrumentation with practical hands-on sessions in the laboratory. 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 Electronics (30 credits) - Compulsory

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

    • Assistive and Mechanical Devices (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will be a practical application of mechanical systems to the design of assistive devices and instrumentation.

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.

    • Computing (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will explore the fundamentals of computing and programming in preparation for further study in later years. This module combines theory with a high level of laboratory-based practice in the application of programming to solving real problems.

    • Electronics (15 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.

    • Medical Implant Design (30 credits) - Compulsory

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

    • Medical Standards and Professional Engagement (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module explores the stringent standards and legislation that govern medical equipment: its specification, design, use, maintenance and disposal.  It also begins to explore your future career as a professional engineer.

    • Medical Instrumentation (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the principles of medical instrumentation including sensors, electronics or mechanics, storage and display of data. The module is studied with healthcare science students to give you a multidisciplinary experience of your role in the clinical environment.

    • Physiological Measurement Systems and Control (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module builds further on the principles of medical instrumentation with practical hands-on sessions in the laboratory. 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 Electronics (30 credits) - Compulsory

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

    • Assistive and Mechanical Devices (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will be a practical application of mechanical systems to the design of assistive devices and instrumentation.

  • 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 for rehabilitation and others.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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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:

  • Clinical or rehabilitation engineering
  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Medical imaging
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Systems physiology

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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