Biomedical Engineering BEng/MEng

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A Level (2020 entry)
    BBC to CCC including one subject from Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Engineering Science or Electronics, (depending on EPQ, Core Maths or Contextual offer)
  • BTEC
    Please see below for further details
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    29 Overall (HL 5, 5, 4 must include Physics or Maths)
  • GCSEs
    Five GCSEs all at grade C/4 and must include Mathematics and English Language
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Biomedical Engineering BEng at Aston University

Meet Valentina, first year student who chose biomedical engineering at Aston as a way to combine her interests of STEM and technology into a future career.

93.8% of students found the course intellectually stimulating (NSS, 2019)

State of the art facilities, including 3D computer laboratories as well as a walk-in 3D environment (CAVE)

Unique MEng year allows you to develop your knowledge even further alongside an internship, work placement or employment

Accredited by the IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers)

Course summary

Bridge the gap between health, medicine and engineering with our Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) accredited Biomedical Engineering course. At Aston, you will develop the theoretical and practical knowledge for a career in biomedical engineering,learning to offer solutions to complex problems.

Entry requirements and fees: 2020

Duration: BEng 3 years full-time / MEng 4 years with masters' year completed via distance learning 

Start date: September

UCAS Code: BEng H542 / MEng H541 

Fees: 

  • UK / EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £18,900* per year

Explore the costs involved in university and the financial support that may be available to you.

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

Admissions Review Process: All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation. Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with lower predicted grades if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below. Whilst we normally look for evidence of recent study (which we define as the past 3 years), we also welcome applications from mature students who have achieved grades up to 10 years old, which will be considered on a case by case scenario. You will be required to make a full UCAS application which lists your education and work history up to the time of application along with sufficient references. Find out more about our admissions policy.

Applicant Visit Days: Students who receive an offer will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and Aston University.

 

Typical offers

GCSEs: Five GCSEs which must include Maths and English Language all at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

A Levels:

  • BBC must include one subject from: Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Engineering Science or Electronics.
  • BCC must include one subject from: Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Engineering Science or Electronics and B in Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
  • CCC for contextual offer students

Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies.

We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits and only your latest grades will be accepted. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.

BTEC: We welcome BTEC qualifications in any subject which are taken with the relevant A Level subjects as listed below:

BTEC qualification name BTEC grades required A Level requirements
Extended Diploma (QCF/National) Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM)

With this BTEC you must also achieve a grade B in one subject from: Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Engineering Science or Electronics.

If this BTEC is being taken in Engineering or related subject then you are not required to take an additional A Level.

Diploma (QCF)

National Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD)

With this BTEC you must also achieve grades B in one A-Level subject from: Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Engineering Science or Electronics.

If this BTEC is being taken in Engineering or related subject then you are required to achieve grade B in one A-Level subject.

Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)

National Extended Certificate

Distinction (D)

With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A-Level subjects of which one must include either: Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Engineering Science or Electronics.

If this BTEC is being taken in Engineering or related subject then you are required to achieve grades BB in two A-Level subjects.

90 Credit Diploma (QCF)

Distinction, Distinction (DD)

With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A-Level subjects of which one must include either: Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Engineering Science or Electronics.

If this BTEC is being taken in Engineering or related subject then you are required to achieve grades BB in two A-Level subjects.

National Foundation Diploma

Distinction (D)

With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A-Level subjects of which one must include either: Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Engineering Science or Electronics.

If this BTEC is being taken in Engineering or related subject then you are required to achieve grades BB in two A-Level subjects.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 29 points overall and must include grades 5, 5, 4 in Higher Level subjects which must include Maths OR Physics. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Maths and English Language.

Access to Higher Education: We accept the QAA-recognised Access Diploma which must consist of 45 credits at Level 3. You must obtain a minimum of 30 distinction and the rest must be at merit or distinction. Please note that we do not accept the English and Maths components within the Access qualification and you must meet the GCSE entry requirement. Subjects Accepted: Engineering, Math, Physics, Further Maths, Design Technology, Engineering Science or Electronics.

Foundation Programme in Engineering and Applied Science (Aston University): For students with good A-level (or equivalent) grades, but who narrowly miss our standard requirements, it is also possible to gain entry to this course by completing the Foundation Programme in Science Engineering and Applied Science. For further information, click here.

 

International students

International qualifications: Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. International students can discover more about the qualifications we accept on our international pages. We welcome International applicants to apply for the H542 (BEng) route as you will have the opportunity to later convert to MEng route subject to progression requirements and placement location. We do not accept year 1 MEng applications currently from International applicants.

International Foundation Programme in Science (Aston University): For international students without equivalent qualifications, it is also possible to gain entry to this course by completing an International Foundation Programme. International applicants expected to gain foundation diplomas from other providers are welcomed and will be considered on a case by case basis.

 

Alternative qualifications

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Degree: We consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a degree in a related field elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 60% overall and 120 credits with no fails at another recognised university. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 60% overall and 120 credits with no fails on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. It is also expected that you have not previously attempted the second year of a programme elsewhere. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

 

External Foundation Programmes from another University: We consider external foundation programmes for entry into our year 1 programmes on a case-by-case basis. We will always require applicants to have met the following criteria prior to application:

  • 5 GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above including Maths and English.
  • CCC at A-Level

If you meet the above pre-requisite qualifications, we will be required to review the programme specification of your foundation programme. After we have reviewed the programme specification a decision will be made. Any conditional offers made will be based on meeting a specific grade in your foundation programme.

Professional accreditation

Both the BEng and MEng programmes are accredited by the IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers).

Additionally, the MEng programme meets the academic requirement in full for Chartered Engineer registration.

Course outline and what you will study

Course outline

Biomedical engineers have the skills and flexibility to be involved in a wide number of activities from the development of novel devices, to the delivery of expert services directly to patients.

They work with doctors, therapists and researchers to develop systems, equipment and devices to solve clinical problems and improve patient outcomes and safety. In addition they support clinical staff, personnel and the financial governance of medical equipment, which can range from the analysis and reporting of incidents involving medical devices, to the assessment of new technologies.

Our BEng/MEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering courses build upon longstanding world-class research collaboration in this field between the Schools of Life & Health Sciences and Engineering & Applied Sciences here at Aston. You will have access to the very best, innovative, hands-on teaching from academics active in the field, with strong links to UK and international biomedical industrial collaborators.

You will also have the opportunity to complete clinical and manufacturing visits designed to inspire innovation and entrepreneurship. We are partners in the Medical Device Testing and Evaluation centre (MD-TEC) based in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham giving you access to over 100 companies developing real-world health products and seeking graduate employees in an entrepreneurial environment with mock operating theatres and wards.

What you will study  

Year 1

Modules:

  • Software Engineering
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers
  • Biomedical Engineering Project 1
  • Electronics Engineering Fundamentals
  • Engineering Science 1
  • Materials and Manufacturing 1
  • Mathematical Modelling for Engineers.

Year 2

Modules:

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics and Kinematics
  • Biomedical Signal Processing
  • Medical Biophysics
  • Biofluid Mechanics
  • Biomedical EngineeringProject 2.

Final year (BSc) / Year 3 (MEng)

Modules:

  • Computational Methods in Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Implants and Prosthetics
  • Medical Imaging
  • Biotechnology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Project.

Final year (MEng): You spend this year in the biomedical engineering industry on an internship, work placement or in employment. During this time you will take modules delivered via distance learning. You will learn via online narrated lectures and reflective coursework: applying what you learn to your real life work. Assessment is in the form of reflective coursework - applying the academic content to what you are doing in your place of work.

Students are responsible for gaining their own internship, work placement or employment, with the support of the University careers service. An average mark of at least 50% needs to have been achieved in the third year of the program to enter the MEng (you can convert to this programme at any time during the BEng).

Modules:

  • Clinical Trials and Research Design
  • Medical Devices Regulations
  • Medical Robotics
  • Neural Engineering
  • Research and Design Project Portfolio.
Learning, teaching, assessment and staff

The course is highly interactive with a wide range of teaching methods and learning styles. You will encounter a variety of learning opportunities, such as:

  • Hands-on practical sessions
  • Lectures, tutorials and seminars
  • Lab classes and project work  
  • Interactive workshops
  • Video and computer-aided learning
  • Group work
  • A strong personal tutor system
  • Self-study
  • Regular visits from clinics and manufacturers will give you exclusive insight into the latest clinical trials and medical devices.

You will be continuously assessed throughout the course with a wide range of assessments linked to learning outcomes used:

  • Examinations (unseen essay, short answer or multiple choice questions)
  • Essays
  • Practical reports
  • Presentations
  • Project work
  • Computer based assessment.

You will also take part in a mix of individual and group work to allow innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership skills to be developed.

Staff

Our biomedical engineering teaching staff undertake a wide range of cross-disciplinary health research. Our staff are also part of the Biomedical Engineering Research Unit, based in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Head of Department: Professor James Wolffsohn

Programme DirectorDr Antonio Fratini

Your future career prospects

This course will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to maximise your career prospects. This includes key transferable skills such as research, working to deadlines, project development, critical analysis, communication (written/oral), team working and problem solving.

The interface between engineering and healthcare is a growing area of industrial need with a wide range of career options with global opportunities for graduates. Combining science, medicine and technology, biomedical engineers are the natural figures in designing and manufacturing practices, commercial development as well as in technology management for the healthcare sector.Biomedical engineers can have varied careers in many environments, which include: hospitals, private and public research facilities, medical institutions, universities and government agencies.

You could become involved in a multitude of different roles including:

  • Design of medical devices
  • Modelling and simulation of human physiology and anatomy
  • Support hospitals in clinical and financial governance of existing medical equipment, or in the assessment of new technologies
  • Artificial organs
  • Computer-simulated or image-guided surgery
  • Robot assisted surgery
  • Orthopaedic implants
  • Medical imaging
  • Assistive technologies
  • Mobile and e-health.

These are only some of the services that biomedical engineers can deliver, and with technology developing at an unprecedented rate, those who choose to study biomedical engineering are ensuring they have rich career prospects ahead.

Facilities

Following a multi million pound investment, Aston University is now home to extensive biomedical engineering facilities, allowing you to build and realistically test devices as well as aiding learning. You can also expect:  

  • One of the largest number of zSpace virtual reality computer workstations in the world.
  • A VICON motion capture and gait analysis laboratory.

  • Movement tracking and evaluation suite.

  • Maker fabrication lab which includes resources such as 3D printers, laser cutters and electronics workbenches.

  • Dedicated bespoke laboratories where you will plan, design, create and test devices to meet medical needs.

  • Modern lecture/tutorial rooms.

  • Dedicated laptops and hardware to allow development of embedded systems and implementation of software code.

  • A virtual learning environment used for general study, revision and assessment. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more. Study materials may take the form of videos, exercises and narrated material.

  • Course texts and relevant journals are available from the library either electronically or in book form.

  • A newly refurbished and extended Aston University Library. The Library is open 7 days a week all year round, and at key times of the academic year, it is open 24 hours a day on 6 days a week.

The Aston iOS Visual Acuity Suite has been developed to deliver highly consistent near and far vision testing under a variety of conditions for medical research, clinical trials and domiciliary applications. The system makes sure of the extremely high pixel density of modern display technology to the full range of visual acuity testing for near vision type testing. 

The Aston Reading Speed Application provides an order of magnitude reduction in the time required to test for critical print size and reading speed metrics for the researcher and practitioner alike. The system features automated voice “sentence” measurement to determine reading times and eye tracking to ensure the subject under test keeps the iOS device at the correct distance throughout testing maximising user compliance.

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What was the highlight of your placement experience?

Working on a placement at AAN Medical really opened my eyes to how things work in the industry and offered me valuable insight to how to apply the knowledge that I had learnt in lectures. The placement gave me skills and knowledge of how to work in a professional manner and how the Biomedical Engineering industry works.

Why did you choose to study at Aston?

I chose to study at Aston University as they provide students with a wide range of professional skills that make the students stand out when applying for jobs. There are many hands on tasks, providing students with experience essential for their job role.

How did the quality of teaching and student support enhance your time at Aston?

It definitely contributed greatly to the outcome of my degree and made the whole experience a lot easier.

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