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Biomedical Engineering BEng (Hons)

UCAS code: H160

Join an interdisciplinary engineering degree that draws on the medical and healthcare expertise that Edge Hill has to offer. Developing your skills and knowledge through practical applications, you’ll be ready to begin your career in a rapidly growing industry.

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Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
4.5 years part-time
Start dates: September 2024
Location: Edge Hill University
Subject(s): Engineering
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Computer Science
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Biomedical engineering is an exciting area of growing demand and so we’ve designed our BEng honours degree to meet the academic requirements to achieve Incorporate Engineer (IEng) status (accreditation currently pending).

Studying with us, you’ll learn about cell biology, medical robotics and image processing. Plus, we’ll help you develop the skills you’ll need to succeed as a biomechanical engineering professional, helping you to build your employability and become work-ready by the end of the course.

You’ll graduate with an in-depth understanding of the different facets of biomedical engineering, and with an engineering qualification you’ll be in high demand from graduate employers.

Course features

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Studying abroad option available

  • Work placement opportunity

  • International students can apply

What you'll study

In Year 1 we’ll cover the foundations that will ensure your success throughout the degree. We’ll provide an introduction to biomedical science, including medical ethics and health and safety regulations, as well as computer programming, materials engineering and computer aided design. We’ll also cover introductory mathematics in an engineering context, and fundamentals of electrical and electronic engineering. Plus, you’ll begin to develop soft skills needed by a professional engineer.

Compulsory modules:

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Foundations of Engineering Mathematics
Engineering Materials
Professional Practice in Engineering 1
Computer Aided Engineering
Programming 1
Introduction to Cell Biology

Year 2 builds on the topics you will have studied in Year 1. You will further develop the professional skills needed of an engineer as well as advanced mathematical concepts. You’ll study biomechanics and biomedical instrumentation, together with the processing of signals and the building blocks of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI).

Compulsory modules:

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Applied Mathematics for Engineering
Professional Practice in Engineering 2
Signal Processing
Foundations of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Biomechanics
Biomedical Instrumentation and Control

In year 3, you’ll study advanced topics addressing the use of robotics in medical applications, and the digital processing of medical images. We’ll also teach you the methods you’ll need to succeed in researching and developing an engineering project, as well as the importance of commercial awareness within engineering. Finally, you’ll bring all of your learning together in a major individual project that will showcase your skills and knowledge.

Compulsory modules:

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Medical Robotics
Medical Image Processing
Engineering Research and Development Methods
Engineering Management and Enterprise
Engineering Research and Development Project

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

We design our teaching methods in consultation with some of the leading employers in the region. You’ll be taught in our engineering and computing laboratories for many of your classes, and we focus on your activities as a way of learning.

Our lessons are highly interactive allowing you to you’ll look at practical applications of concepts and study real life cases. You will work with your peers in workshops, seminars, group tutorials and practical exercises, enabling you to expand the essential people skills to complement your technical ability.

On a full-time basis, teaching will typically take place over two to three days per week.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

The methods of assessment vary from module to module and may consist of coursework, portfolios and exams. We want you to develop the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team, therefore assessment includes both of these forms, though the emphasis is strongly on individual work.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by staff who are passionate about student learning and development, while also benefitting from guest lectures delivered by industry experts. The programme team are specialists in engineering and computing and are active researchers. Their research feeds directly into the teaching of the programme, ensuring that you will learn about the latest developments within subjects while gaining the skills and knowledge required to meet industrial needs.

Academic staff are also regular contributors to conferences and journals, frequently engaging with the wider business and academic environment in disseminating knowledge and delivering impact.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS tariff points achieved through A levels, BTEC, International Baccalaureate, Access Diploma, T Level, or Irish Leaving Certificate. This must include A Level Mathematics at Grade C or above or equivalent.

You should also have GCSE English Language at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-BBB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Tech Hub.The Department of Computer Science is based in the state-of-the-art £13million Tech Hub. This purpose-built development offers highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for Computer Science and Engineering students. Our modern computing and engineering laboratories are equipped with comprehensive test and measurement equipment, high-specification computers, high-resolution screens and the latest hardware and software.

A four-screen CAVE (Computer Augmented Virtual Environment) provides a super immersive 3D virtual environment, enabling users to immerse themselves in a virtual room and experience real life scenarios in 4K resolution. There are also specialist laboratories for networking and games programming, in addition to a specialist research laboratory, open access laboratory, a Harvard style lecture theatre, and ‘The Hatchery’, a working space for new business ideas.

Where you'll study

Tech Hub

Learning resources

Learning resources include digital oscilloscopes, signal generators, robots and a robotics simulator, wired and wireless networking hardware, graphics software, web development tools, software development environments, big data servers, eye trackers, giant 3D interactive teaching screens, and other specialist software required for studying forensics and internet security techniques.

Finance

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for students joining this course in academic year 2024/25 are still to be announced. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

As a biomedical engineering graduate, you could work in areas including biomedical engineering, clinical engineering, healthcare, manufacturing, product design, and project management. There are many exciting roles you can pursue such as systems designer, hardware and software developer, and technical consultant.

The type of workplaces you might work in include engineering consultancies and design practices, government agencies, healthcare organisations and research organisations.

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