The course is designed to provide a sound academic and practical understanding of engineering systems and applications in the medical field. You will develop a deep understanding of the human physiology and the biological functions of the body.
Specific emphasis is put on engineering knowledge and practical skills including: mathematics, electronics, thermodynamics and fluids, dynamic and static systems, control systems, simulation and modelling of biological systems, clinical practice and research methodologies.
You will experience hands on development of real-world devices from the very first year of the course to emphasise the “learning by doing” ethos we embrace.
By the final year of you will be able to undertake significant independent work as evidenced by a large final project as a showcase of your newly acquired skills as a biomedical engineer to potential employers.
Instead of a traditional placement model where students need to find a placement at the end of their 2nd or 3rd year and then return for an additional year to finish their studies, the Aston model provides the final year MEng modules in distance learning format with the content provided through on-line narrated lectures on our virtual learning environment. This way we can support students to take up full employment at an earlier stage or to undertake an internship, while gaining a Master’s degree in 4 years. Students can also choose to swap between the BEng 3 year and MEng 4 year programme at any time during the course.
As a Biomedical Engineer, you will be entering the profession at a time of exciting change and innovation. 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. As well as supporting clinical staff, personnel and financial governance of medical equipment, ranging from the analysis and reporting on incidents involving medical devices to the assessment of new technologies, is also a vital need of the constantly growing healthcare sector.
In the first year you will gain a thorough and ‘hands-on’ grounding in the principles and practises of engineering with a healthcare focus.
- Mathematics for Engineers: Core mathematical skills required in a range of first year programmes. A firm foundation for developing further mathematics or technical study.
- Engineering Science Fundamentals: Engineering principles of mechanics, solid mechanics, and thermodynamics and fluids applied to a variety of typical engineering situations.
- Electronic Engineering Fundamentals : Introduction to electronics and electronic engineering; develops the experimental skills required for building and testing electronic circuits.
- Biomedical Engineering Foundations 1: In depth knowledge of human physiology including the cardiovascular, nervous, muscular, ocular and auditory systems, and the primary methods of measurement used in assessing function. Includes software programming, working towards industry recognised qualifications and hands-on measurements of biomedical signals.
- Biomedical Engineering Foundations 2 : The basis of signal processing and features extraction in physiological signals. Specific lab sessions link the mathematical techniques to a more practical approach developing modern and reliable instrumentation and software. The multidisciplinary approach will focus the students on key aspects such as technical reporting, project planning and team working to mimic the real healthcare working environment.
Second year modules
- Engineering Mathematics 2 :Advanced engineering mathematics skills necessary to understand and manage modelling of statistics and the dynamics of linear systems.
- Dynamics & Control : General dynamics and vibration problems. Primary control methods in industrial processes, economic and technical assessment of typical projects, leading to selection of appropriate solutions to given scenarios.
- Thermodynamics & Fluids : Understanding heat and temperature, and their relation to energy and work.
- Engineering Materials :Engineering properties of materials, microstructures, methods for predicting the performance of load-bearing components. Materials selection in design processes.
- Quality Engineering : The importance of quality in design and manufacture. Statistical techniques and other procedures used in case studies for detecting and addressing quality issues.
- Biomedical Engineering Core 1: Design and manufacturing of medical devices in preparation for the final year project. The real implementation of a medical device will promote students consciousness on the entire development process from the concept and requirement phase to the final testing and certification.
- Biomedical Engineering Core 2: Advanced concepts of biomedical engineering including computer aided design, tissue engineering, machine vision systems and an introduction to finite element analysis. Students will work in small teams and in a simulated start-up business environment.
- Solid Mechanics: Studying the behaviour of solid materials, especially their motion and deformation under the action of forces, temperature changes, phase changes and other external or internal agents.
Third year modules
- Medical Engineering: Advanced medical instrumentation such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computer Tomography (CT) and Magnetoencephalography (MEG), and the role of advanced analytical tools in medicine.
- Clinical Measurement in Practice: Clinical metrology and practice. How scientific and technical data is practically used, understood, and valued by clinicians and researchers in the medical field with emphasis on multi-disciplinary teamwork.
- Electronics for Biomedical Applications: Electronic solutions in general used medical devices. IEC standards for instrumentation safety, testing and maintenance protocols.
- CFD/FEA for Biomedical Science: Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for the modelling of biological systems and their interaction with prosthetic devices.
- BEng Final Year Project : Conceptualizing, designing, refining, creating and testing a medical device under the supervision of your academic supervisor. Develop a solution for a real world medical need and acquire new skills and readiness for the workplace.
MEng year with integrated placement
MEng modules are distance learning with content provided through on-line narrated lectures through our virtual learning environment. Assessment is in the form of reflective coursework applying the academic content to the student’s internship, work placement or employment.
Please note that 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; student can convert to this programme at any time during the BEng.
- Research Methods and Statistics: Hypothesis development, scientific literature searching, protocol development and clinical statistics.
- Leadership Skills and Research Tools: Knowledge and reflection of leadership theories and application of them to the student’s working / placement environment.
- Clinical trials and Medical regulations: Clinical trial registration, design and strength of evidence. Understanding medical regulations such as from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Agency (MHRA) in the UK and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA.
- MEng Master’s Year Project: A substantive healthcare project related to the students working/placement environment with support from an academic and industrial supervisor developing a research grade solution to a novel problem.