Biomedical Engineering BEng/MEng 2021

Studying Biomedical Engineering at Aston University, Birmingham will place you at the forefront of delivering great solutions for solving some of the world’s biggest medical problems.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

No placements

Duration

BEng 3 years / MEng 4 years

UCAS code(s)

H542 (BEng) / H541 (MEng)

Start date

Overview
Explore Biomedical Engineering BEng/Meng at Aston University

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

Biomedical Engineering BEng/MEng testiomonial

“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.”

Bushra Marium

Graduate role: PGCE Secondary Mathematics

Biomedical Engineering BEng/MEng testiomonial

“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.”

Bushra Marium

Graduate role: PGCE Secondary Mathematics

Course outline and modules

Bridging the gap between health, medicine and engineering, studying biomedical engineering at Aston University gives you the hands-on skills, knowledge and experience to help create the healthcare practices of tomorrow.

As a biomedical engineer, you will have the skills, flexibility and knowledge to be involved in a wide number of activities such as developing innovative devices and delivering expert services directly to patients.

Through a combination of our deep links into industry and world-class, state-of-the-art facilities, Aston is the ideal place to prepare for a successful and enriching career that improves and saves lives.

Enhance your learning with an MEng year

Our optional integrated MEng year allows you further to develop your knowledge and skills. You’ll spend the year completing an internship, work placement, or in an employment setting while studying masters level modules via distance learning.

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 programme to enter the MEng (you can convert to this programme at any time during the BEng).

What accreditations does Biomedical Engineering at Aston have?

Both our BEng and MEng programmes are accredited by the IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers). The MEng course also meets the academic requirement in full for Chartered Engineer registration.

International students and post-study work visa

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham it’s also a great place to live.

The new post-study work visa enables international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies to find work.  For more information visit the government website.

We welcome International applicants to apply for the BEng route. While you will have the opportunity to later convert to MEng route (subject to progression requirements and placement location), we do not currently accept year 1 MEng applications from international applicants.

Course outline

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.

At Aston, we don’t just teach biomedical engineering, we’re actively involved in the field. As a department, we have generated three spin-out companies, are partners with several hospitals, industry consortia, and medical device forums, meaning you’ll have access to over 100 companies developing real world health products in an entrepreneurial environment.

 

Modules

Year 1

Core 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

Core modules:

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics and Kinematics
  • Biomedical Signal Processing
  • Medical Biophysics
  • Biofluid Mechanics
  • Biomedical Engineering Project 2
Final year (BSc) / Year 3 (MEng)

Core modules:

  • Computational Methods in Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Implants and Prosthetics
  • Medical Imaging
  • Biotechnology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Project Elective
Final Year (MEng)

Apply what you learn to real life scenarios while working in the biomedical engineering industry on an internship, work placement or in employment. Modules are delivered via distance learning, via online narrated lectures and reflective coursework.

Core modules:

  • Clinical Trials and Research Design
  • Medical Devices Regulations
  • Medical Robotics
  • Neural Engineering
  • Research and Design Project Portfolio

Entry requirements

Typical offers:

A Level

BBC to CCC including one subject from Maths/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Engineering Science or Electronics, (depending on EPQ, Core Maths or Contextual offer)

BTEC

Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) *See below for further details

International Baccalaureate Diploma

29 Overall, Higher Level grades 5, 5, 4 must include Physics or Maths or Design Technology)

GCSEs

Maths and English grade C/4 or above.

 

Further details

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

If BTEC in Engineering or related subject:

  • Extended Diploma or National Extended Diploma: DDM
  • National Diploma or Diploma: DM plus 1 A-level at a minimum Grade B.
  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (any subject): DM plus 2 A-levels at a minimum grade B
  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma: M plus 2 A-levels at a minimum Grade B.
  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted

If BTEC in any other subjects:

  • Extended Diploma or National Extended Diploma: DDM and A-Level grade grade B in one subject from: Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Engineering Science or Electronics.
  • National Diploma or Diploma: DM and 1 A-level at a minimum Grade B in one A-Level subject from: Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Engineering Science or Electronics.
  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (any subject): DM and 2 A-levels at a minimum grade B of which one must include either: Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Engineering Science or Electronics.
  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma: M plus 2 A-levels at a minimum Grade B of which one must include either: Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Engineering Science or Electronics.
  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted
International Baccalaureate Diploma

29 Overall; Higher Level grades 5, 5, 4 must include Physics or Maths or Design Technology). You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Maths and English Language.

Access to Higher Education

Subject related Access to Higher Education with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits

Foundation programmes

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 Engineering and Applied Science.

External Foundation Programmes from another University

We consider external foundation programmes for entry into our year 1 programmes on a case-by-case basis.

International Students

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.

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.

Other

Degree

Entry in Year 1: We consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. 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. 

Entry in year 2: 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. 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. 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.

 

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.

More advice on applying to Aston can be found here.

View our Admissions Policy. 

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

The course is designed to be interactive with a range of teaching methods and learning styles.

You will have the opportunity to learn via a diverse range of learning methods, 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; giving you exclusive insight into the latest clinical trials and medical devices.

Each year of study is worth 120 credits, with each credit equivalent to 10 learning hours. The learning hours may include but are not limited to lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab sessions, practicals, online activity, reading, other independent study, reflecting on assignment feedback, field trips and work placements.

Assessment

Assessments are linked to learning outcomes and we use a wide range of methods including exams, essay, reports, presentations, project work and 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.

Key course staff

Head of Department and Programme Director: Dr Antonio Fratini

What learning facilities can I expect?

Following a multi-million pound investment, we are now home to an extensive biomedical engineering facility. From an entire engineering workshop and exclusive Maker Lab, to a motion tracking suite and specialist industry standard software like Solidworks, Matlab, Labview, and more.

Our facilities and equipment have been designed to enhance your learning and allow you to conceive, design, build, and operate medical devices prototypes, giving you the skills and knowledge needed for a rewarding career in the exciting field of biomedical engineering.

 

Fees and scholarships

UK/EU students (2021/22)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International students (2021/22)

Annual tuition fees: £19,800

During placement year: £2,500

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.

More information on fees

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

Career prospects

Biomedical engineers have the skills and flexibility to be involved in a work in a wide range of areas, working alongside doctors, therapists and researchers as well as supporting clinical staff, personnel and the financial governance. Many graduates also undertake further postgraduate study.

After graduating, you could become involved in a huge range of exciting career paths, such as:

  • Medical device design
  • Modelling and simulation of human physiology and anatomy
  • Supporting hospitals in clinical and financial governance of existing medical equipment, or in the assessment of new technologies
  • Artificial organ development
  • Computer-simulated or image-guided surgery
  • Robot assisted surgery
  • Orthopaedic implants
  • Medical imaging
  • Assistive technologies
  • Mobile and e-health

 

 

Dr Antonio Fratini, Head of Department and Programme Director, Biomedical Engineering

“Watching my students realising they are stronger, more creative and resilient is extremely inspiring to improve my practice as educator and impact on future generations of professionals.”

Dr Antonio Fratini, Head of Department and Programme Director

What was the highlight of your studies?

Biomedical Engineering at Aston University testimonial 2

“Biomedical Engineering at Aston University is linked with the Birmingham Children's Hospital, so my final year project was linked with one of the hospital's projects. Working on something that will really make a difference to children's lives was incredible and was an amazing experience.”

Alexander Bamford

Name and course:

Alexander Bamford, BEng Biomedical Engineering

Graduate role:

Innovation and Special Projects Assistant Manager EYOTO™

Why did you choose to study at Aston? 

Aston University was one of the first Universities to offer Biomedical Engineering, a course that I was keen on taking. Aston also gains from being a campus University creating a tight-knit community while also being in the centre of Birmingham giving access to the whole city.

Biomedical Engineering at Aston University is linked with the Birmingham Children's Hospital so my final year project was linked with one of the hospital's projects. Working on a project that will really make a difference to children's lives was really incredible and was an amazing experience.

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

The tutors and lecturers at Aston really want the students to learn and enjoy, and not just to pass, their degree. Access to further learning was always encouraged and the tutoring of the projects allowed the students to try to apply their knowledge in a way that they would when working in the industry.

I was the president and co-founder of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Access to the society really helped in connecting with other students on the same course to give each other help and guidance.  I was also part of the Stags football society which was a good escape from the work at University and let me find friends from different courses.

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. During the placement I worked on my own project so I saw the whole process of the research and design of medical devices. The placement also allowed me to start contacting companies in the Biomedical Engineering creating links and gaining contacts, one of which is the company I will be working for.

How did you find the Aston campus experience?

Aston campus is the best of both worlds, being both a small campus and in the city centre. Access to the city allows students to benefit from being close to shops and clubs, while being a campus creates a safe tight-knit community with the staff and students.

What was the best thing about being a student in Birmingham? 

Birmingham is a great student city with lots of students from lots of different Universities to meet. It also has a great nightlife and shopping centre.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying at Aston?

Get involved with as many societies as you can to augment your studies so that you can integrate yourself into the University community.

What would be your top recommendation to new students on what to do or see in Birmingham?

Broad Street for a night out, Brindley Place for a beautiful relaxing day and Ikon gallery for some contemporary art.

If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice as a first year student, what would it be?

Relax.

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Frequently asked questions

Why study Biomedical Engineering at Aston?

If you’re looking to expand on your scientific knowledge, and experience what it’s really like to work in biomedical engineering, then Aston University provides the ideal blend of real-world application, theoretical study, and industry links.

We’ll prepare you for an exciting career in this fascinating area; through our application of world class facilities, leading expertise and placement opportunities to help you realise your ambitions.

What accreditations does the course have?

Both the BEng and MEng programmes are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). The MEng programme also meets the academic requirement in full for Chartered Engineer registration.

Will I gain real world biomedical engineering experience?

Yes! We believe that it’s really important to give you access to a wide range of opportunities to enhance your learning. While on the Biomedical Engineering course at Aston, you’ll get the opportunity to visit clinical settings and manufacturers, designed to inspire your sense of innovation and entrepreneurship.

If you opt to undertake the MEng Year, you’ll spend it on an internship, work placement or in employment. During that time, you’ll take modules via distance learning, and learn via narrated lectures and reflective coursework, applying what you learn to your real-life work. You’ll be responsible for finding your own internship, but you’ll be fully supported by the University’s Careers and Placements team; who have close links with a wide range of industry partners.

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Study at Aston University and you will be part of a multi-cultural community located at the heart of the dynamic city of Birmingham. Our courses are practical, inspired by industry and many have internationally recognised accreditations. Renowned for our employability prospects and connections to business and industry, we provide outstanding careers support, advice and placement opportunities.

For those interested in working in the UK after they have graduated, the UK Government have created a new post-study work visa. For more information visit the government website.

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