BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering

The ever-expanding field of biomedical engineering combines scientific and engineering principles to create and improve medical technology. As a BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering undergraduate, you’ll have the opportunity to join the next generation of engineers and contribute to the advancement of this important industry.

Key information

Award:

BEng (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

UCAS points:

96

UCAS code:

2S33

Start date:

20/09/2021

Course Details

If you’re skilled in science and want to make a difference in the healthcare industry, studying our BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering degree could help you fulfil your goals and reach your full potential. Incorporating elements of engineering, health, biology and sport, biomedical and clinical engineering is concerned with the design, development and technical support of medical equipment used by the healthcare industry.

This course aims to provide you with a good grounding in biomedical engineering principles and related subjects like biomechanics, application of engineering materials and medical product design. Run in collaboration with the University of Bolton’s specialists in human movement science, the course also presents opportunities to learn more about how biomedical engineering supports rehabilitation for a diverse population, from general public patients to professional athletes.

We offer access to the latest technology, high-specification laboratory equipment and the chance to work with internationally recognised research teams. You’ll also benefit from focussed teaching and interactive learning opportunities designed to help you develop and apply problem-solving, modelling and analytical skills, based on theory and practice.

This is a 3-year full-time course. We also offer alternative versions of this course. For part-time study over 54 months, please visit our 54-month part-time BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering course search web page. If you would prefer a course with an integrated foundation year, please visit either our 4-year full-time BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering with foundation year or 6-year part-time BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering with foundation year course search web pages.

Highlights
  • 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 receive hands-on access to a wide variety of specialist facilities, including our high-spec instrumentation laboratory, microscopy facility, tissue engineering suite, biomechanics facility, biomedical sensors lab and rapid prototyping facility.
  • You can participate in the annual IMechE challenge, where you’ll have the opportunity to 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’ll have the opportunity 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.
  • Working with internationally recognised research teams, you’ll explore subject areas like materials, medical devices and biological systems in depth, witnessing real-life applications of biomedical devices in sports science and rehabilitation contexts.
  • You’ll be introduced to topics that explore the principles and influencing factors of medical engineering and the wider multidisciplinary engineering context, such as issues of ethics and economics.
  • On successful completion of this course, you’ll be awarded a BEng (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering.
Professional recognition

The University of Bolton’s BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering degree has been accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.


  • 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. Please note that Health and Social Care is not acceptable as a science subject.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science.
  • If you have non-traditional entry qualifications and relevant experience, or a suitable portfolio of work that we consider a reasonable substitute for the qualifications we typically accept for this course, then we'll be happy to consider your application.
  • If you have a HND/C in an appropriate engineering discipline, then you'll be considered for entry to level HE5 of this programme, depending on the subject area of qualification and the level of maths and science that you have achieved. This is subject to fulfilling the University's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) procedures through an interview and diagnostic test.
  • We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • 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 admissions@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

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.


Biomedical engineering is a rapidly evolving field in which engineering principles and technology are applied to medical and biological problems in healthcare, rehabilitation and advanced materials. As a BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering graduate you'll possess a broad skill set, including excellent communication abilities, spatial and three-dimensional conceptual awareness, commercial awareness, attention to detail, the ability to work under pressure, and excellent problem-solving capabilities.

What can I do with this qualification?

Biomedical engineers have varied careers in many environments, such as hospitals, private and public research facilities, medical institutions, universities and government agencies. After graduating from this course, you could be employed by the NHS or a private company (in engineering or a related discipline), develop a career in medical technology or enter academic or private biomedical research, or work in a range of healthcare organisations. In particular, you might consider a career as a regulatory quality officer for medical device manufacturers.

Alternatively, you may choose to move on to a master’s or doctoral degree specialising in medical engineering or medical physics, or progress to a medical degree.

If you’re attracted to a career in medicine, you may also be interested in becoming a physician associate (PA). Physician associates work under the direct supervision of a doctor and carry out many similar tasks, including patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. The University of Bolton’s MSc Physician Associate Studies course is open to BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering graduates who achieve at least an upper second class (2.1) honours degree, and takes only two years to complete.

Alternative career options

BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering graduates can also use their qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Career areas include:

  • Teaching and education
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Materials engineering
  • Medical physics
  • Medical administration
  • Research and development
  • Clinical science
  • Medicine
  • Consultancy
  • Technical writing

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/25
2021£9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
International Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/25
2021£12,450£12,450£12,450-£37,350

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

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.

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:

If you already have a UCAS application for September

If you have an application for September with UCAS and are applying through Clearing please ensure you have received a verbal offer from the University by calling 01204 903030.

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

If you have not yet applied through UCAS

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

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

  • Apply online: University of Bolton BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering-20 September 2021 (Intake not currently accepting international applications)

University of Bolton Group Partners

Bolton College
University Technical College
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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 deliver a varied course programme of theoretical and practical lessons, lectures and workshops designed to give you a comprehensive overview of the biomedical engineering profession. We’ll guide you through the principles of your subject in structured lectures and build on this knowledge with tutorials, which will test your problem-solving skills. In many cases, lessons are interactive, incorporating elements of discussion and feedback.

Working with case studies based on real events and problems, you’ll be encouraged to develop and apply skills in practical workshops and within a laboratory setting, where you’ll be expected to perform experiments and deepen your understanding of the biomedical engineering discipline. Assessments take the form of coursework, mini projects and both individual and group assignments, as well as design reports, presentations and examinations. You’ll also be required to develop and maintain an electronic personal development plan, which will form the basis of your professional development plan – required when you apply 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
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Molecular and Synthetic Bioengineering
  • Management and Enterprise in Engineering
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 52%, Practical exams 15%, Written exams 33%
Level twoCoursework 52%, Practical exams 13%, Written exams 35%
Level threeCoursework 63%, Practical exams 20%, Written exams 17%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level twoGuided independent study 68%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 32%
Level threeGuided independent study 72%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 28%

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.

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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