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, software engineering, biomechanics, biomaterials, 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 well as the different projects that you will develop during the whole course, 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.
First year modules
In the first year you will gain a thorough and ‘hands-on’ grounding in the principles and practises of engineering with a healthcare focus.
- Biomedical Engineering Project 1: Develop some of the technical, enquiring, analytical and managerial skills required to successfully produce a product which is both functional and sustainable. A practical insight into medical product design and development.
- Electronic Engineering Foundations : Introduction to electronics and electronic engineering; develops the experimental skills required for building and testing electronic circuits.
Engineering Science: Fundamental knowledge of physics and obtain skills necessary for higher-level engineering courses. Apply fundamental principles of mechanics, thermo-fluids, energy conversion/transmission and electromagnetism in the analysis and solution of engineering problems.
Human Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers: Lay a foundation for the study of bioengineering, with a focus on learning terminology and concepts essential to the understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Topics will include the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, the nervous systems, visual and hearing systems, skeletal and support structures, with an emphasis on measuring and quantification of core body functions in a practical and applied way.
- Mathematics for Engineers: Core mathematical skills required for biomedical engineering ans establish a firm foundation for further study of mathematics. Practical sessions will provide a hands-on introduction to matrix manipulation software.
Software Engineering: Develop a problem solving approach and computational thinking to conceptualise, develop abstractions and design systems. Begin to design, develop, maintain, test and evaluate software.
Second year modules
- Biomaterials: Engineering properties of the new classes of materials used for biomedical applications and their micro-structures. Their clinical use will be considered for different biomedical applications such as orthopedics, vascular, dental, surgery, plastic and maxilla-facial surgery.
- Biomechanics: Logical and comprehensive theory of biomechanical concept. Mathematical and physical modelling skills used for human movement analysis and principal techniques/tools used nowadays. Students will face practical applications of the theory on real biomechanical scenarios.
- Biomedical Engineering Project 2: Design, test and build an integrated medical device under the supervision of academic supervisors using the knowledge gained during prerequisite modules.
- Biomedical Engineering Project 3: Medical product design and development engineering, defining and examining the key factors involved in the plan, design, implementation and commercialization. Mechanical, electronic and electrical, software and firmware elements will be designed, tested and built by the students.
- Mathematical Applications: Advanced engineering mathematics skills (i.e., tume-domain analysis, frequency domain analysis, signal analysis, state-space analysis) necessary to understand, manage and facilitate different engineering applications.
Third year modules
- Biomedical Engineering Research Elective: 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.
- Biotechnology and Regenerative Medicine: Develop an understanding of the key concepts and knowledge associated with bioprocessing and manufacture of biological products. An emphasis is placed on the importance and relevance of working at the life/science interface.
- CFD/FEA for Biomedical Engineering: Develop an understanding and context for the use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in engineering design applied to Biomedical Engineering.
- Kinematics and Prosthetics: The principles of the mechanics and physics applied to the human movement analysis for rehabilitation purposes and prosthetic applications. Emphasis is placed on practical applications in a variety of diseases (stroke, Parkinson, peripheral neuropathy).
- Medical Imaging: Introduce the fundamentals of medical imaging systems including imaging theory, radiography, tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and ultrasonography.
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.