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Biomedical Engineering Ulster University Degree level: Undergraduate

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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.

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code BH81
Institution code U20
Campus name Jordanstown
Campus code J

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBB To include one Grade B from GCE A Level Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Technology and Design, Design and Technology, Engineering or Double Award Science.

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) DDM To include a minimum of 9 unit distinctions.

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: compeng@ulster.ac.uk .

Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence.
Access to HE Diploma The entry requirement for this course is successful completion of an Ulster University validated Access route in Science/Technology with Overall Mark of 70% and 70% 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: compeng@ulster.ac.uk

http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence.
Scottish Higher BBBCC To include BB in Mathematics and a science subject.
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).
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) H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 Including 2 subjects from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Technology, Computing, Biology or Engineering. Plus English Grade H6 or above (HL) and Maths Grade H5 or above (HL) or English Grade O4 or above (OL) and Maths O3 or above (OL) if not sitting at higher level.
Scottish Advanced Higher CCC To include Mathematics and a science subject.

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 £4,275 Year 1
International £14,060 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4,275 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

The fees displayed 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 https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/undergraduate. 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 https://www.ulster.ac.uk/ulster-life/study-at-ulster/gb-students/discounts-for-gb-students

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