BEng (Hons) Medical Engineering

Explore the relationship between engineering, material design, biology and the clinic on our BEng (Hons) in Medical Engineering. You’ll have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art technology and professional sportspeople, building your knowledge in engineering design, medical equipment technology and biological systems.

Key information

Award:

BEng (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

UCAS points:

96

UCAS code:

2W76

Start date:

25/01/2021, 20/09/2021

Course Details

The engineers of today will shape the healthcare industry of the future. As a Medical Engineering undergraduate at the University of Bolton, you’ll have the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of medical engineering principles and the role of the profession in relation to the real world problems of today.

This course aims to provide a comprehensive, future-proof overview of the medical engineering discipline, reflecting developments in sustainability, industry, technology, environment and society. Studying across the subjects of engineering, mathematics and human biology, you’ll have the chance to work with international research teams and innovative biomedical technology to investigate medical equipment technology, design and test hypotheses, and assess the use of biomedical devices in healthcare.

Delivered through laboratory work, computer simulation, group activities, demonstrations and lectures, the course is designed to help you develop and apply problem solving, modelling and analytical abilities, as well as encourage stronger communication, reflection and personal development planning skills.

Highlights
  • You’ll have the opportunity to work with international research teams and technologically advanced equipment.
  • Combining practical and theoretical study, the course aims to help you develop knowledge and skills across disciplines like biomechatronics, biomaterials and biomedical devices, among other areas of expertise.
  • This course has been developed with input from key industry employers. We have strong industry links, reinforced by live briefs and case studies developed in conjunction with industry, as well as opportunities for placements.
  • You’ll have the chance to take part in exciting events like the IMechE engineering challenge, where you can design, create and operate a device to solve real world problems.
  • This course follows the guidelines developed by the Engineering Council (UK-SPEC).
Key Features
  • You may have opportunities to access advanced technology, such as our 3D motion capture system (with ground reaction force platforms), isokinetic dynamometer, mass spectrometer, 3D printing, teaching robot, composite materials manufacturing cell, engineering simulation software and confocal microscope.
  • You’ll have the chance to experience real life applications of biomedical devices in disease and rehabilitation contexts.
  • During the course, you’ll be introduced to subjects that explore the principles of medical engineering and the wider multidisciplinary engineering context, as well as related influencing factors, such as economic and ethical considerations.
  • On successful completion of this course, you’ll be awarded a BEng (Hons) in Medical Engineering.
Professional recognition

We’ll be seeking accreditation of the BEng (Hons) programme for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).


  • 96 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Your Level 3 subjects must include mathematics or a science subject; for instance, A-level Biology/Physics or BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science/Engineering. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science. Please note that Health and Social Care is not acceptable as a science subject.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


The role of a medical engineer involves the research and development of medical applications, treatments or diagnostic technologies. Responsibilities often include testing and evaluating medical devices and advising hospitals and medical centres on new biomedical purchases.

As a medical engineering graduate, you’ll be detail-oriented and able to demonstrate creative and analytical thinking. You should also be able to demonstrate your skills in teamwork and leadership, as much of the work will be collaborative in nature.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduate medical engineers are employed by research organisations, manufacturers, government agencies or major medical centres and hospitals. Health authorities in the UK are one of the largest employers; there are employment opportunities within the NHS as a clinical engineer, providing a wide variety of diagnostic and therapeutic services in collaboration with medical professionals.

Medical engineers may specialise in medical devices, nanotechnology or other subjects. There are also employment opportunities in the broader mechanical engineering sector.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, bearing in mind that relevant experience or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these roles include:

  • Research and development
  • Teaching and education
  • Medical administration
  • Project management
  • Test engineering
  • Consultancy
  • Medical sales
  • Manufacturing
  • Medicine
  • Materials science
  • Civil engineering
  • Chemical engineering

Course fees
Home EU Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/24
2020£9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
International Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/24
2020£12,450£12,450£12,450-£37,350

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021/2022.

For 2021/2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021/2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

January and other start dates

Applications for start dates other than September are made directly to the university via our online application process. Please click on your preferred start date below.

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

University of Bolton Group Partners

Bolton College
University Technical College
University of Bolton

The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


We use a variety of teaching methods to give you the fullest experience. As a Medical Engineering undergraduate, we’ll guide you through the theory of your subject in structured lectures and build on this by offering interactive and face-to-face tutorials, based on set exercises designed to test your problem solving capabilities. Guidance, discussion and feedback play an important part in these classes.

You’ll have the opportunity to assess case studies based on actual situations and take part in practical workshop sessions to apply your skills. In the lab, you’ll be encouraged to investigate information and experiment with methods for a greater understanding of your subject.

In terms of assessment, you’ll be set pieces of coursework, individual and group assignments, mini projects and participate in make-and-test activities to assess your progress. You’ll also be expected to develop and maintain an electronic Personal Development Plan, which will form the foundation of your Professional Development Plan – required for any application for membership of associated professional bodies.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Molecular Principles of Biomedical Engineering
  • Introduction to Biomechanics
  • Medical Sensory Devices and Measurement
  • Clinical Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biomedical Engineering Projects and Systems
  • Biomedical Engineering Modelling & Analysis
  • Medical Instrumentation and Control
  • Intermediate Biomechanics
  • Technology in Advanced Musculoskeletal Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Group Project and Investigation
  • Biomechatronics and Medical Devices
  • Medical Equipment Technology
  • Simulation of Medical Engineering Systems
  • Advanced Biomechatronic Systems
  • Advanced Biomechanics
  • BEng Individual Project
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 50%, Practical exams 15%, Written exams 35%
Level twoCoursework 53%, Practical exams 13%, Written exams 33%
Level threeCoursework 63%, Practical exams 18%, Written exams 18%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 69%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 31%
Level twoGuided independent study 69%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 31%
Level threeGuided independent study 73%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 27%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Mohammad Sanami
Programme Leader

M.Sanami@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903109

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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