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Biomedical Engineering

Entry Year: 2021

7 study options

Biomedical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
HBF2
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Engineering with Foundation BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
HHX3
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades BBB at A-Level.
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£19,250
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Biomedical Engineering with Industrial Experience BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
HBF1
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Biomedical Engineering with Year Abroad BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
HBFY
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Biomedical Engineering MEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
HBF5
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Biomedical Engineering with Industrial Experience MEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MEng (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
HBF3
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Biomedical Engineering with Year Abroad MEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MEng (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
HBFX
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Overview

Biomedical engineering brings technological innovation to medicine and healthcare, integrating engineering with the human body.

From improving understanding of how our bodies function and the biomaterials from which we are made, to the design and development of artificial medical implants – hip joints, heart valves and prosthetic limbs - biomedical engineers find creative ways to save and improve the quality of people’s lives.

In Year 1, you’ll build a strong foundation in fundamental engineering concepts such as fluid mechanics, design, materials and mathematical modelling, whilst being introduced to Biomedical engineering through our ‘Explore Biomedical Engineering’ module. Modules in design and experimental practice, will help you to develop the practical workshop and laboratory-based skills necessary for all engineers, and put core programme material into perspective and to practical use.

In Year 2, a combination of specialist biomedical engineering modules and broader engineering topics will develop your knowledge of relevant biomedical engineering applications linked to some of our own ground-breaking research.

You’ll have the option to advance your understanding during Year 3 with modules covering topics such as tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, medical device design, and medical imaging analysis and robotics. The third-year design project will provide an opportunity for you to concentrate on your specific interests, whilst working on an industry-focused area in collaboration with the School’s world-leading researchers.

Students who choose to take the MEng degree will work with research and industry-led teams, and in partnership with clinicians, to solve real-world biomedical engineering research and design problems.

We’ve recently undertaken a review of our programmes to ensure that they will prepare you for life beyond 2030 and ensure they reflect the global challenges facing both our society and your future as engineers. We have developed the modules we offer in consultation with our students, staff and industry to enhance your student experience and graduate employability.

Our graduate attributes matrix supports students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to succeed both personally and professionally. Using this matrix you will recognise and record the wide-ranging skills you develop over the duration of your programme, reflect on what you want to do in the future and gain the tools you need to effectively market yourself to future employers.

 

 

 

 

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, which means students can progress to chartered engineer status (CEng). 

Undergraduate Open Event

Our next event on Saturday 2 October will include on-campus and online options.

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Structure

You can complete your Biomedical Engineering degree in three, four or five years. A typical BEng programme will comprise 3 years of study, whilst a typical MEng programme will comprise 4 years of study. Study abroad can be taken in Year 3 and Year 3 modules will instead be taken in Year 4. Industrial Experience can be taken in Year 3 or 4 of a BEng programme or Year 3, 4 or 5 of an MEng programme. Please note that students cannot do both study abroad and a year in industry.

Year 0

Foundation

Semester 1

Compulsory

  • Physics - Mechanics and Materials
  • Essential Foundation Mathematics
  • Communication in Science & Technology
  • Mathematics B  (double module across Semester 1 and 2)

Semester 2

Compulsory

  • Physics- Fields and Waves
  • Physics - Electricity and Atomic Physics
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Mathematics B  (double module across Semester 1 and 2)

 

Modules subject to change

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

  • Design for Manufacture
  • Materials for Biomedical Applications
  • Cardiovascular Fluids
  • Instrumentation and Measurement
  • Analysis of Solids
  • Neuromechanics
  • Numerical Methods and Data Analysis
  • Process Control

 

Modules subject to change

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

  • Design Project (30 credits)
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Computer Aided Engineering Solids and Fluids
  • Biomedical Device Development
  • Cell and Tissue Mechanics
  • Analysis in Medical Imaging

Choose one from: 

  • Robotics
  • Biocompatibility
  • Designing for a Circular Economy

The design project provides an opportunity for students to get involved with the exciting research taking place in the School. The project allows students to apply the skills and techniques learnt from previous years’ studies and to focus on an area that particularly interests them.

Recent projects have included:

  • Optimization of a wheelchair
  • Design of a glove to stabilize hand tremors
  • Effect of age on tendons
  • Effect of osmotic pressure on ostheoarthritic joints
  • Molecular signalling of circadian rhythm
  • Design of gelatin/genipin soft scaffolds for tissue engineering
  • Design of drug-delivery capsules controlled by magnetic stimulus

Modules subject to change

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

MEng only

Students choosing the MEng option spend an additional year studying advanced specialised modules and working on a group project.


Recent projects have included:

  • Development of a skin-on-a-chip culture model
  • Design of robotic head with binocular vision
  • Lab-on-a-chip of cartilage injury
  • Understanding and improving subcutaneous injections with Pfizer autoinjectors

Optional module cover a range of topics including:

  • Medical ethics and regulatory affairs (regulatory legislation for approval of medical products/devices, clinical trials)
  • Bioengineering in urology (bladder mechanics and urodynamics, urological tissue engineering, implantable devices)
  • Surgical techniques (monitoring and operating systems used during surgery) and medical safety
  • Clinical measurements using instrumentation applied in clinical practise
  • Sensor devices for medical applications (diagnosis, monitoring)
  • Techniques for the characterization of materials (advanced microscopy, X-rays, mechanical testing)
  • Bioengineering in Urology
  • Computational Engineering
  • Surgical Techniques and Safety

Modules subject to change

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Integrated foundation year

Students who do not have the required high school qualifications for admission to this degree,  and students who do not meet their UCAS Conditional offer may be considered for the 4 year degree (foundation year plus the 3 year degree). 

International students with Year 12 or a completed international high school certificate qualify for the one year foundation programme commonly known as the ISEFP.

The foundation programme offers a range of transferable skills and an opportunity to improve on your knowledge content for relevant Maths and Science subjects.

You will enrol on an  Engineering BEng with Foundation which will offer progression to a range of degrees in the School of Engineering and Material Sciences including BEng or MEng Biomedical Engineering.  At the end of the foundation programme, students will be required to meet the progression requirements for admission to BEng or MEng Biomedical Engineering.

 

Year in industry

Apply for our Biomedical Engineering BEng or MEng with Industrial Experience to spend a year in industry. You'll put your understanding of biomedical engineering into practice in a real-world environment, gaining invaluable experience for your future career.

Master of Engineering (MEng)

Take an extra year to study your choice of advanced modules and complete a high-level group project. Apply for our Biomedical Engineering MEng, ideal if you want to go into research and development, or to give you an edge in the job market.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Biomedical Engineering BEng or MEng with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.

You can do either a year in industry or a year abroad - you cannot combine these options.

Testimonial

The structure of the course and the method of delivering it made every component very interesting throughout the three years. This is especially because the course is taught by some of the best researchers in the country, who teach state of the art research rather than relying on textbooks.

Hamzah Ezairjawi, Biomedical Engineering (2017)

Teaching

Teaching and learning

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, laboratory practicals and problem-based learning.

You should plan for 14-17 hours of formal teaching each week, plus time spent on group projects. For every hour spent in class, you’ll complete a further one to two hours of independent study.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework, written reports, projects, presentations, group work and exams in the summer.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • biofluids laboratory
  • cell and tissue engineering laboratories
  • confocal laser scanning and super resolution microscopy lab
  • hip wear simulator
  • mechanical testing facilities
  • mechanobiology laboratory.
Video

Studying Biomedical Engineering

Our undergraduate students talk about their experience of studying Biomedical Engineering.

Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Mathematics at Higher Level, and either Physics or Chemistry, also at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Physics and Mathematics based discipline. Entry will normally be to the BEng or BSc. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQ

Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.

For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq

Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.
A-LevelGrades BBB at A-Level.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 30 points overall, including 5,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 27 credits must be at Distinction and 18 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or 4.
A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Mathematics at Higher Level, and either Physics or Chemistry, also at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Physics and Mathematics based discipline. Entry will normally be to the BEng or BSc. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.
A-LevelGrades AAB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Mathematics at Higher Level, and either Physics or Chemistry, also at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Physics and Mathematics based discipline. Entry will normally be to the BEng or BSc. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The CAH3 code for this course is CAH10-01-02. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.

A-LevelGrades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Mathematics at Higher Level, and either Physics or Chemistry, also at Higher Level.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Physics and Mathematics based discipline. Entry will normally be to the BEng or BSc. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The CAH3 code for this course is CAH10-01-02. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.

A-LevelGrades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Mathematics at Higher Level, and either Physics or Chemistry, also at Higher Level.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Physics and Mathematics based discipline. Entry will normally be to the BEng or BSc. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The CAH3 code for this course is CAH10-01-02. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.

A-LevelGrades AAA at A-Level. This must include A-Level Mathematics, and Physics or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 points overall, including 6,6,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Mathematics at Higher Level, and either Physics or Chemistry, also at Higher Level.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Physics and Mathematics based discipline. Entry will normally be to the BEng or BSc. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction and 12 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Biomedical Engineering graduates find work within the medical device industry or as NHS Clinical Scientists or Clinical Engineers. A significant number go into research careers by studying for a PhD, in areas from stem cells and tissue engineering to biomechanics and implant design.

Because the Biomedical Engineering degree at Queen Mary is a solid, professionally accredited engineering degree, graduates also find employment in traditional areas of engineering.

A small number of Biomedical Engineering graduates also take up places on medicine degrees, including the fast-track graduate entry programme.

Recent Biomedical Engineering graduates have been hired by:

  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Fresenius Kabi
  • the NHS
  • Xeltis.

Career support

The School of Engineering and Materials Science holds a weekly careers session where employers provide information, advice and skills training. We also run networking events for students to meet employers and alumni.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

Unistats data for these courses

Biomedical Engineering - BEng (Hons)

Engineering with Foundation - BEng (Hons)

Biomedical Engineering with Industrial Experience - BEng (Hons)

Biomedical Engineering with Year Abroad - BEng (Hons)

Biomedical Engineering - MEng (Hons)

Biomedical Engineering with Industrial Experience - MEng (Hons)

Biomedical Engineering with Year Abroad - MEng (Hons)

About the School

The School of Engineering and Materials Science attracts some of the brightest minds from across the country, and the world. The most recent national assessment of the quality of university research (REF 2014) placed us seventh for our general engineering research (Times Higher Education).

Our academic staff have extensive contacts with major industrial companies in engineering and materials science, and there is constant interaction between industry, research and our teaching.

Our students benefit from personal contact with approachable teaching staff in small-group settings, where discussion and feedback is actively encouraged.