Biomedical Engineering with a Foundation Year at Swansea University - UCAS

Swansea University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biomedical Engineering with a Foundation Year

Course summary

Biomedical Engineering applies engineering principles to the human body and a broad range of instrumentation used in modern medicine. The subject combines engineering and medicine to produce the next generation of biomedical engineers. With strong industry links the department is developing new technologies and making advances for the future of personalised health care. Engineering offers an enormous range of career opportunities for graduates. If you do not have typical entry qualifications, or are an overseas student without the entry requirements for the first year, the integrated foundation year is designed to provide wider access to accredited honours degrees. Our Biomedical Engineering degrees have three themes:

  • Biomechanics and materials – the development and analysis of materials for strength and biocompatibility
  • Instrumentation – advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques
  • Bioprocesses – physical and chemical processes in the human body
This degree will train you for a rewarding career in a range of sectors, including the design and manufacture of medical instrumentation and devices. You will gain engineering skills while learning about anatomy and physiology and how to communicate with clinicians. You will use analytical skills and tools to solve engineering problems relevant to medical devices and instruments industry. The degree will also provide a foundation for you to aim for the prized Chartered Engineer status. Biomedical Engineering Facilities include: Electrical engineering instruments to build and test medical devices, Biomechanical modelling to optimise implant technologies and the process engineering equipment for pharmaceutical production. Our Biomedical Engineering courses draw on the exciting medical research taking place within the Engineering Department at Swansea University and the Medical School. This success led to the creation of the £22 million Centre for NanoHealth (CNH), a unique facility linking engineering and medicine. Accreditation The Medical Engineering course at Swansea University is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. All of our courses are available with a Year in Industry or Year Abroad These placement years increase our students confidence and communication skills as well as help them to gain valuable experiences that will ultimately enhance their employability. To find out more go to We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information.


Below is a sample of some of the modules that you might expect to study at each level of the BEng Medical Engineering with a Foundation Year degree (it should be noted that these do vary from year to year):

  • Development of Key Skills for Engineers
  • Fundamentals of Materials
  • Basic Engineering Analysis 1a
  • Basic Engineering Analysis 1b
  • Foundation Chemistry
  • Engineering Science
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Mechanics
  • Thermofluid Mechanics
  • Basic Engineering Analysis 2a
- Basic Engineering Analysis 2b

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSEs: Minimum of two A grades to include a minimum grade B in Mathematics and two other Science subjects.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in each component.

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Biomedical Engineering with a Foundation Year at Swansea University - UCAS