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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

UndergraduateBEng Available in Clearing

Year of entry:
UCAS code: H160

What you'll study

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Mathematical Tools and Concepts

    This module delivers essential core mathematics: polynomial functions, trigonometric functions, series, vectors, matrices and complex numbers. You'll be introduced to Mathworks' Matlab to solve mathematically described engineering problems as well as to present and process results from experiments and simulations.

  • Fundamentals of Medical Engineering

    This module introduces you to key medical engineering concepts such as the principles of forces, moments, and basic stress analysis concepts. You'll explore materials that are commonly used in technological environments and explain their properties. Additionally, human anatomy and physiology is also explored.

  • Introduction to Design and Mechanical Engineering Practice

  • Mathematics and Engineering Thermodynamics

    Develop mathematical skills in calculus and explore fundamental concepts in engineering thermodynamics. Topics in mathematics include differentiation, integration and differential equations. This is complemented by topics in thermodynamics including the fundamental laws of thermodynamics, and heat engine cycles and their applications.

  • Mechanical Engineering Science

    This module builds on the fundamentals of statics, stress and materials. You'll analyse and determine equilibrium conditions and the state of stress for defined mechanical systems, as well as describe processing routes, and factors that influence the properties of engineering materials.

  • Engineering Global Challenge 1

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Physiological Measurement and Maths

    This module introduces you to physiological measurements in the context of medical engineering, including the devices used in clinical practice. In addition, you'll develop understanding of more advanced mathematical techniques needed to solve engineering problems and, including techniques for the modelling and control of dynamical systems.

  • Mechanical Engineering Design

    Gain hands-on experience producing a full design solution to solve a problem based on a loosely-defined customer requirement. This involves following the product design process from specification writing through to detailed design.

  • NHS Medical Engineering in Practice and Stress Analysis

    Gain first-hand experience of medical engineering in the healthcare setting by spending time in a number of different departments in local NHS hospitals. You'll then learn how to undertake the stress analysis of mechanical and medical parts with simple geometries under practical loading conditions.

  • Introduction to Cell Mechanobiology and Maths

    Learn how cells detect, modify, and respond to physical and chemical stimuli within the extra cellular matrix. This module also develops core engineering skills in engineering maths; in particular vector mathematics.

  • Materials and Manufacture

  • Engineering Global Challenge 2

    Develop and enhance a range of professional skills as a basis for professional registration as an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer. You'll focus on areas such as team working, leadership, project planning, data collection, measurement, business skills, and self-reflection.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Individual Project (Medical Engineering)

    Apply and extend engineering knowledge and professional skills by working on a substantial individual project throughout the academic year, supported by an academic project supervisor. Activities include project management, research, engineering design and development, and reporting and presentation

  • Stress Analysis and Applications of Finite Element Analysis

    Develop your understanding of advanced theories and techniques relevant to the solution of complex stress analysis problems. The theory and application of finite element analysis is also covered using industry standard software.

  • Prosthetics, Orthotics and Assistive Technologies

    This module provides you with an understanding of modern prosthetics, orthotics and assistive devices and their application, including the principles and biomechanics behind their design, and the processes and technology used to manufacture the devices.

  • Biomaterials and Orthopaedic Devices

    This module introduces you to the key structural biological materials in the human body and the biomedical materials currently available to the medical engineer for implantation in the body. Consideration of the design and development processes of orthopaedic devices to replace or augment damaged or diseased body parts is also explored.

  • Artificial Organs and Micro/Nanotechnology for Biomedical Applications

    Study the modern devices for the replacement or augmentation of bodily functions and their application, the principles behind their design, and the processes and technology used to manufacture these devices. You'll also explore the principles and applications of micro and nanotechnologies for biomedicine and biomedical applications.

"The course content looked interesting, especially having the opportunity to do actual work in the mechanical engineering workshop, and visit NHS departments was the cherry on top".

Imogen Falconer

More about this course

Biomedical Engineering at Hull builds on the success of the University’s internationally recognised engineering courses. The emphasis at Hull is on providing you with the skills you need to succeed in this revolutionary and fast-growing industry. You will be taught in our state-of-the-art laboratories by experienced engineering professionals and by NHS clinicians and clinical engineers from local hospitals. Through an innovative combination of virtual learning systems and traditional teaching, you will develop the techniques needed to solve complex problems. You will also learn practical dissection skills in the laboratory in order to gain a complete understanding of human anatomy and the medical engineering issues which may arise for operating surgeons.

Combine this with the opportunity to boost your employability by spending your penultimate year either applying the theory learned in previous years to real life projects on industrial placement, or by studying at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Asia, North America or Australia. The option of a Masters year allows you to take your studies to the highest level as an undergraduate. 

All BEng and MEng Medical and Biomedical Engineering programmes are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM). BEng programmes fully meet the academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meet the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. MEng programmes fully meet the academic requirements for registration for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

44%

15%

41%

Second year

52%

48%

Final year

24%

76%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

Hull Campus

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Ranked among the top 10 universities in the country for medical technology degrees by the 2017 Complete University Guide.

Experienced engineers and NHS clinicians from local hospitals teach on our programmes.

Europe’s longest standing science festival - The British Science Festival - is coming to the University of Hull, 11-15th September 2018.

Find out more

Our accredited courses give you the skills to succeed in a £150-billion global industry.

Boost your employability by spending a year applying what you’ve learned to real-life projects on an industrial placement.

Entry requirements

During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you're more than just letters on a page!

Some courses do still have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462238 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,000 per year*

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

Biomedical Engineering is one of the fastest growing industry sectors and is part of an industry worth £150 billion globally. It is also fast becoming one of the best rewarded. As 95% of medical device companies are small and medium-sized enterprises, there is huge potential for those with an entrepreneurial spirit wishing to research and develop ideas.

Your training and experience may also offer you the opportunity to undertake further research, either within an existing organisation, or you may wish to consider setting up your own business.

Major companies, locally and internationally, such as Smith & Nephew and Johnson and Johnson, employ our graduates in the design and delivery of biomedical engineering projects. Your problem solving and mathematical skills, together with your ability to create and understand innovative concepts, plus your ability to be a team player, are reflected in a range of attractive starting salaries.

Mechanical and Medical Engineering graduates are highly sought after as Clinical Scientists and Clinical Engineers. The experience you gain while working at the University of Hull, and with our partners within the NHS, will make you an attractive prospect for a future employer.

Medicine is a highly regulated area, and this applies equally to the design and manufacture of medical devices. There is a range of opportunities available within regulatory bodies which will allow you to utilise your skills and knowledge to ensure the highest industry standards are maintained.