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BEng/MEng Biomedical Engineering

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Entry requirements

A Levels: BBC-BCC

IB: 28 points

This accredited course is for you if you wish to develop the theoretical, practical knowledge and skills needed for a career in biomedical engineering. This industry sees scientists and engineers working together with other professionals to find solutions to complex problems: bridging the gap between health, medicine and engineering.

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Aston University was ranked 2nd in the UK for career earnings added value (The Economist, 2017)
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State of the art facilities, including 3D computer laboratories as well as a walk-in 3D environment (CAVE)
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Unique MEng year allows you to develop your knowledge even further alongside an internship, work placement or employment
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Accredited by the IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers)

Duration: 3 years full-time or 4 years with additional masters' year completed via distance learning 

UCAS Code: H542 (BEng), H541 (MEng)

Intake: Up to 40 students per year. Smaller classes means more time can be spent on you.

Please note:

  • You do not need to apply for both the MEng and BEng courses on UCAS. Students can choose to swap between the two at any time during the course, subject to satisfactory performance.
  • All applicants are considered on an individual basis based on all previous and predicted qualifications, 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 predicted grades of CCC if the application is of a high standard, (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated below).
  • 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.
  • GCSE requirements: Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English language and maths grade C/4

  •  A Level: BBB-BBC. Maths or Physics required (consideration may be given to Design Technology, Engineering Science and Electronics if Physics is not studied at A Level)

  • All applicants receiving offers will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and Aston University.

  • Find out more about our admissions policy.

  • Application for second year entry will be considered by the programme director if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, successful applicants for second year entry will:

    • Have A level (or equivalent) qualifications similar to those required for first year entry
    • Have gained (or be expected to gain) 120 credits on an equivalent programme at another recognised university
    • Obtained (or be expected to obtain) an overall average of 60% or above on an equivalent programme at another recognised university
    • Have not previously attempted the second year of a programme elsewhere
    • Individual programmes may have additional requirements in addition to those stated above. These will be clarified upon application.

Typical offers:

BBC-BCC. You must also pass the practical element of any Science course you take. Maths or Physics are required subjects.(consideration may be given to Further Maths, Design Technology, Engineering Science and Electronics if Physics is not studied at A Level).

A Level applicants who select this course as their Firm UCAS choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.

We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking a maximum of one set of resits. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications. However, if you have had more than one attempt at improving your grades, your application will be considered on an individual basis and we reserve to make an amended (higher) offer, or not make an offer.

28 points overall, to include 544 at HL, which must include either Maths or Physics at 5
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: D*DD in a relevant Engineering National Diploma 


We welcome applications from students who have taken BTEC qualifications as a first option and who achieved five or more GCSEs (including Maths and English) at grade C or above.

We do not consider applications from students who are unsuccessful in obtaining the required number and/or standard of A-levels for admission to our programmes and subsequently embark on a BTEC as a second option. Instead we would encourage you to resit your A-levels.

Please contact us for further details

Other qualifications: If your qualification is not listed, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.

International qualifications: International students can discover more about the qualifications we accept on our international pages

International Foundation Programme in Science (Aston University): We also welcome international students with equivalent qualifications to apply for our courses. For international students without equivalent qualifications, it is also possible to gain entry to this course by completing an International Foundation Programme  at Aston University, although please note the progression requirements to our courses. International applicants expected to gain foundation diplomas from other providers are welcomed and will be considered on a case by case basis.

Foundation Programme in 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 a Foundation Year, although please note the progression requirements.

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.

For 2018 entry:

  • UK / EU students: £9,250 per year (£1,250 during placement year)
  • International students: £17,550 per year (£2,500 during placement year)

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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.

You will also have the opportunity to complete several 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.

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The BEng:

  • The BEng and MEng courses are taught together for years one to three.
  • The curriculum 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 the BEng course, you will be able to undertake significant independent work as evidenced by a large project. This will become a key part of a portfolio of projects that you will develop across the course as a whole, which will become a showcase for potential employers of your newly acquired skills as a biomedical engineer.

The MEng:

  • This is an optional additional year, making the course four years in duration.
  • The fourth year will take a form of placement. The placement is different to most other courses as typically students undertake a placement between their second and third year and then return for an additional year to finish their studies. The Aston Biomedical Engineering placement takes place in the fourth year, and students take final year MEng modules via distance learning. This allows you to take up employment at an earlier stage (or to undertake an internship) while gaining a master’s degree in 4 years.
  • You can opt to take the 4 year MEng course at any point during the course (subject to satisfactory performance). 

Year 1

In the first year you will gain a thorough and ‘hands-on’ grounding in the principles and practises of engineering with a healthcare focus. You will cover subjects such as:

  • 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.


Year 2

You will develop your biomedical engineering skills and knowledge further. You will cover subjects such as:

  • 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.

Year 3

Expand your understanding even further. You will cover subjects such as:

  • 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.

Year 4 MEng Integrated Placement (optional) 

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).

Subjects covered:

  • 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.

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

  • 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. A wide range of assessments linked to learning outcomes are used, including

  • 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.

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.

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.

You will therefore become a sought after graduate: Biomedical Engineering is a highly valued discipline with some of the world’s leading companies.

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 the 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 and robot assisted surgery, orthopaedic implants, medical imaging, assistive technologies, mobile and e-health, are only some of the services that biomedical engineers can deliver, ensuring rich career prospects.

The masters integrated placement year enables you to gain professional experience, before you even graduate!

Project modules involving team working, business planning, research, design, marketing and reporting will help you to develop your talent and potential. Also, regular meetings with your personal tutor will ensure that your learning is leading you towards your ideal careers.

You will gain a wide range of skills such as interpersonal communication, leadership, presentation and IT, which are vital for success in biomedical engineering positions.

Following a £3.8 million investment, Aston University has the UK’s first 3D computer laboratories as well as a walk in 3D environment (CAVE). This allows students to build and realistically test devices as well 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 make sure of the extremely high pixel density of modern display technology to the full range of visual acuity testing for near vision type testing. 

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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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Our biomedical engineering teaching staff undertake cross-disciplinary health research. The exceptional quality of research in the School of Life and Health Sciences (LHS) has been confirmed in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) results – with research in Allied Health Professions and Studies ranked 5th out of 97 UK higher education institutions. 94% of our research was rated as being internationally excellent or world leading. Our staff are also part of the Biomedical Engineering Research Unit, based in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. 

Meet the team:

James Wolffsohn

Prof James Wolffsohn is Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor to work closely with the Provost on academic issues related to clinical trials, learning and teaching spaces, and digital and information literacy. He is one of the first recipients of a 50th Aston Anniversary Chair and recently being awarded the Vice-Chancellors medal. Previously Deputy Dean of the School of Life and Health Sciences in which the Biomedical Engineering degree is managed in collaboration with the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

He has a health science background, achieving a First class Optometry degree from Manchester, completed his clinical pre-registration at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and a PhD at Cardiff University. Following a clinical / research position in Australia, he was appointed by Aston University in 2000. He has strong engineering interests, with his research team designing, constructing, validating and marketing a wide range of health instrumentation.

Antonio Fratini

Dr Antonio Fratini is Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering and Programme Leader for the Biomedical Engineering BEng / MEng. He joined Aston University in 2014 to contribute to the development of the new Biomedical Engineering programme and team.

Antonio has a background in Electronic Engineering and he specialised in bioengineering of human musculoskeletal system in 2009 with a PhD from the University of Bologna, Italy. Antonio further developed his interests in the wider area of Health Technology Assessment, and System Dynamics with a PhD in Economics and Management of Healthcare organizations in 2016 with the University Federico II of Naples, Italy. 

Antonio is a specialist in the design and development of low power electronic devices, numerical filtering, statistical analysis and pattern recognition for musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems (HRV analysis, Biometrics ECG and similar).

Khaled M K Goher

Dr Khaled M K Goher is a Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering, with over 15 years of experience in academia in Egypt, Oman, New Zealand and the UK. He joined the Aston University in July 2017.  Khaled’s main research interests lie in the field of mobile robotics, personal care and assistive robotics while considering needs, preferences and expectations of elderly.   

He holds a BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering, a PhD in Control Engineering from the University of Sheffield. Khaled is engaged with various non-profits organizations, being a customer and market-oriented academic with special dedication to research for the benefit of the society.  He is a member in the management team of CLAWAR association and a member of number of standardisation committees of the British Standards Institution (BSI). 

Manousos Klados

Dr Manousos Klados is a Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering who joined Aston University in July 2017. His main research interests lie within the field of NeuroEngineering, especially in the graph theoretical modeling of the human brain and the modulation introduced in brain networks, either by affective and / or cognitive stimuli or under pathological circumstances.

His background is in mathematics, with an MSc in Medical Informatics and a PhD in Medicine / Applied Neurosciences. Before he joined us, he worked as a Research and Teaching Fellow at the Technical University of Dresden and Postdoctoral Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, with a focus on Computational Neurosciences and Brain Networks.

Patrick Geoghegan

Dr Patrick Geoghegan is a Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering. He Joined Aston University in 2017 and has research interests in Biofluid Mechanics and forensic crime scene investigation. Patrick specializes in experimental techniques including hot wire anemometry and image analysis techniques including Particle Image Velocimetry. 

Patrick obtained a Masters Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 2007. He then moved to New Zealand and got a PhD in Mechanical Engineering specialising in Biomedical Engineering (2013). He has continued his research in a Post-Doctoral capacity firstly at The Institute of Environmental Science and Research, developing new techniques for blood pattern analysis in crime scene investigation. Following this, Patrick worked at the University of Canterbury on arterial research, but also with companies in the medical industry looking at breathing therapies used for patient care. 

Tecla Bonci

Dr Tecla Bonci joined Aston University in 2016 and she is a Teaching Fellow on the Biomedical Engineering course. She has a Biomedical Engineering background (BEng and MEng at the Università Politecnica delle Marche in 2008 and 2011, respectively) and she has a joint PhD in Bioengineering from Università di Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum and Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 in 2015. Before joining Aston, she had continued her research in the biomechanical area for improving the reconstruction of the skeletal movement when optical systems are used at the Università degli studi di Roma “Foro Italico” and at the Università degli studi di Sassari, Italy.

Tecla’s main research focus concerns rehabilitation protocols and increasing the resolution of human movement analysis, performed using stereophotogrammetry, addressing the principal sources of error in this context.

Samir Morad

Dr Samir Morad is a Teaching Associate in the Biomedical Engineering group. He Joined Aston University as a Teaching Associate in 2016 and his expertise is in designing robot assisted flexible surgical intervention, 3D reconstruction and FEA analysis of human tissues.  

As an undergraduate, Samir obtained a BEng in Medical Engineering from Queen Mary College/University of London (2010). Following this, he completed an MSc in Biomedical Engineering (2011) and then a PhD in Medical Robotics (2015) from Imperial College London. Before joining our group, Samir continued his research as a research fellow at Bristol Robotics Laboratory developing a novel image-guided, minimally invasive robot assisted fracture reduction surgery (RAFS).

Sinziana M. Popescu

Dr Sinziana M. Popescu is a Research Associate working for our Biomedical Engineering group in collaboration with NHS. Her focus is on the development and commercialization of medical devices at the Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre (MD-TEC) based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

Sinziana completed her undergraduate studies (MEng) in Automation and Control Engineering at Technical University Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2010), after which she gained an MSc in Microsystems Engineering from Newcastle University, UK (2011). Sinziana has industry experience in Six Sigma, manufacturing and project management. For her PhD (2014-2017) at Newcastle University she worked on a multi-disciplinary project on the development of nanocarbon biosensors for prostate cancer detection.

Virginia Gomez Marin

Virginia Gomez Marin is the technician within the Biomedical Engineering Group at Aston University. She has a Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering Background - MD Mechanical Eng, University of Leon (2013), MD in Biomedical Engineering, University of Zaragoza (2015).

Virginia previously worked as a Research Assistant in the Ergonomics R&D Department within the Aragon Institute for Engineering Research (i3A), Zaragoza (Spain). She has experience in handling optical and inertial capture systems and she collaborated in the validation and reproducibility of a cervical mobility test to Evaluate Whiplash Syndrome.

Francesco Menduni

Francesco Menduni is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in the European Dry Eye Network, where he is currently developing an in-vitro animal model to evaluate novel pharmaceutical approaches to Dry Eye Disease management. 

His academic background and passion is Bioengineering, at the interphase between the biology of repair and biomedical technologies. Francesco graduated summa cum laude in Biomedical Engineering at Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II. Additionally, he has been engaged in the development and distribution of high performances / low cost Biomedical Technologies over the past three years, taking active part in different non-profit organizations supporting the traditional biomedical world.

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