Biomedical Engineering

Ulster University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus. Students will change campus part way through this course. Firstly, we need to define what Engineering is before considering what Biomedical Engineering is. Engineering is the application of science and mathematics by which the properties of matter and the sources of energy in nature are made useful to people. Another definition for Engineering is the design and manufacture of complex products. Therefore, Biomedical Engineering should be considered as Engineering that is applied to human health. However, human health is multifaceted – not only involving our physical bodies but also the things we put in our bodies (Pharmaceuticals) and the things we put on our bodies (Clothing). Therefore, Biomedical Engineering spans a variety of problems and interests. Biomedical Engineers (sometimes referred to as Bioengineers) are responsible for driving innovations and advances in medicine. Another way to describe Biomedical Engineering is as follows. 1. A Doctor diagnoses and treat patients. 2. A Biomedical Scientist analyses samples from a patient in a hospital laboratory so that the doctor knows how to diagnose and treat the patient. 3. A Biomedical Engineer designs and develops all of the equipment used by the doctors and the biomedical scientists. In many respects “The history of medicine is the history of its tools” and hence The Biomedical Engineer is the person who invents and provides these tools. Indeed, the discipline continues to evolve and expand into new areas such as tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, a core research theme within the School of Engineering at Ulster University.

Course details

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeBH81
Institution code U20
Campus nameJordanstown
Campus codeJ

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level BBB To include one Grade B from GCE A Level Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Technology and Design, Design and Technology, Engineering, Life & Health Science (single or double) or Double Award Science/Applied Science. Desirable Subject Offer - GCE A Level Maths, Further Maths or Physics, Applicants presenting any of the above desirable subjects will receive a two grade reduction at the time of offer e.g. BCC. The desirable subject can be achieved at grade C or B. See the GCSE subject and grade requirements including specific Mathematics grade required depending on the GCE A level subject presented.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD BTEC RQF Natioanl Extended Diploma - DDM. The Faculty of Computing and Engineering accept combinations of A Levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma/National Foundation Diploma and BTEC Diploma/ National Diploma. For further information on the requirements for this course please contact Faculty admissions staff by T: +44 (0)28 9036 6305 or E: [email protected] . Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at
Access to HE Diploma D: 24 credits M: 21 credits The entry requirement for this course is successful completion of an Ulster University validated Access route in Science/Technology with Overall Mark of 65% and 65% in NICATS Mathematics (Level 2). Equivalent Mathematics qualifications considered for the Mathematics requirement. Other Access courses considered individually, please contact admissions staff: T: +44 (0)28 9036 6305 E: [email protected]
Scottish Higher BBBCC To include BB in Mathematics and a science subject.
Scottish Advanced Higher CCC To include Mathematics and a science subject.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points To include 13 at Higher Level and to include minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics and a Higher Level science subject. Grade 4 in English Language also required in overall profile.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 120 UCAS Tariff points to include a minimum of four subjects at Higher Level and one subject at Ordinary Level. Higher level Mathematics at minimum grade H5 and English at grade H6 is also required or English O4 and Maths O3 if not sitting HL. Higher Level subjects must include 2 from Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Technology, Computing, Biology, Engineering or Architectural Science.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Mathematics Grade B or above (or equivalent) if presenting only Design and Technology as the specified subject for this course OR GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above (or equivalent) if presenting another of the specified subjects for the course with or instead of Design and Technology. GCSE Grades CC or above in Double Award Science OR in both GCSE Science and Additional Science OR in 2 of the following GCSE subjects, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science, Technology and Design, Statistics (or equivalent). GCSE English language at Grade C (or equivalent).

English Language Requirements English language requirements for international applicants The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes. Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £4395 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4395 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14060 Year 1

Additional fee information

The fees displayed for International students and students from England, Scotland and Wales are for academic year 2019/20 and are subject to an incremental increase for academic year 2020/21. Further information about full time undergraduate fees can be found at If you are from England, Scotland or Wales and want to study a full-time undergraduate degree at Ulster University, you can take advantage of one of our special discounts, each year of your course. For further information visit
Biomedical Engineering at Ulster University - UCAS