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Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biomedical Engineering

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Course summary

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Our four year MEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering course is delivered in a way that is unique to Aston. You will complete years one to three alongside the BEng students. Fourth year modules are uniquely delivered via distance learning, allowing you to undertake them whilst on an internship, work placement or in employment in the biomedical engineering industry, applying what you have learnt to your real-life work. The course is designed to provide an 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. In addition, you will gain a masters degree and have completed relevant work experience within 4 years (rather than the traditional 5) and have the potential to be employed after the end of your third year. 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. Biomedical engineers can have varied careers in many environments, including hospitals, private and public research facilities, medical institutions, universities and government agencies. Key course benefits:

  • Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and meets the academic requirement in full for Chartered Engineer registration.
  • Opportunity to complete several clinical and manufacturing visits designed to inspire innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Access to state of the art facilities, including 3D computer laboratories as well as a walk-in 3D environment (CAVE).
  • We are partners in the Medical Device Testing and Evaluation centre (MD-TEC) based in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. You will have access to over 100 companies developing real-world health products and seeking graduate employees in an entrepreneurial environment with mock operating theatres and wards.

Course details

Modules

Year 1* Undertake a team project based on a real world example and learn the principles and practices of engineering with a healthcare focus in topics such as electronic engineering, human anatomy and physiology for engineers and software engineering. Year 2* Develop your skills and knowledge further in topics such as biomaterials, biomechanics, and mathematical applications while carrying out two hands-on projects to design and develop advanced medical instruments. Year 3* Expand your understanding of advanced topics including biotechnology and regenerative medicine, medical imaging and kinematics and prosthetics. In addition, complete your individual research project with the development of a complete medical device: from concept to final prototype design. Final Year* Study topics such as research methods and statistics, clinical trials and medical regulations as well as completing a masters level research project. Completed via flexible learning while you work in the biomedical engineering industry gaining valuable experience. For more information, please visit our website.

  • Please note to ensure our BEng/MEng Biomedical Engineering course provides you with the most up to date and relevant education our curriculum has recently undergone a redesign. Full details of our 2020 curriculum will be updated shortly.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeH541
Institution code A80
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBC A levels BBC must include one subject from: Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Engineering Science or Electronics. BCC must include one subject from: Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Engineering Science or Electronics and B in Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). CCC for contextual offer students (more details https: //www2aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextuaI¬offer). Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies. We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits and only your latest grades will be accepted. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM With this BTEC you must also achieve a grade B in one subject from: Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Engineering Science or Electronics. If this BTEC is being taken in Engineering or related subject then you are not required to take an additional A Level.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits M: 15 credits P: 0 credits Subjects Accepted: Engineering, Math, Physics, Further Maths, Design Technology, Engineering Science or Electronics.
Scottish Higher BBBBC This must include Maths or Physics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD With this BTEC you must also achieve grades B in one A-Level subject from: Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Engineering Science or Electronics. If this BTEC is being taken in Engineering or related subject then you are required to achieve grade B in one A-Level subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A-Level subjects of which one must include either: Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Engineering Science or Electronics. If this BTEC is being taken in Engineering or related subject then you are required to achieve grades BB in two A-Level subjects.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D With this BTEC you must also achieve grades BB in two A-Level subjects of which one must include either: Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Engineering Science or Electronics. If this BTEC is being taken in Engineering or related subject then you are required to achieve grades BB in two A-Level subjects.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points 29 points overall and must include grades 5, 5, 4 in Higher Level subjects which must include Maths OR Physics. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Mathematics and English.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Five GCSEs which must include Mathematics and English all at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

Admissions Review Process All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any 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 lower predicted grades if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below. Find out more about our admissions policy. Applicant Visit Days Once you have received an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and Aston University.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £18900 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/EU students and £2,500 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2020 entry. 2021 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity **The latest information relating to EU fees for 2021 can be found on the UCAS website at: https://www.ucas.com/finance/finance-international-and-eu-students. The University is currently reviewing EU fees in response to recent government announcements and will publish EU fees for 2021 in due course. *** International Students: Tuition fees for international students 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.
Biomedical Engineering at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS