Biomedical Engineering with Foundation - BEng (Hons) full-time
The BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering programme at the University of Bolton will provide you with an advanced understanding of the key topics involved in meeting the engineering needs of the healthcare industry. Biomedical engineering is a rapidly growing field, applying the principles of science and engineering to the medical technologies used in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of patients.
The course offers you the opportunity to become one of the next generation of engineers needed to meet the demands of this highly technological industry. It will educate you in the design and development processes needed for new specialist medical healthcare processes, problems and technological advances involving materials, imaging, monitoring, simulation and microelectromechanical systems.
Initially you will develop a fundamental understanding of the key principles of engineering, mathematics and human biology. You will then pursue a specialised biomedical engineering focused curriculum, studying topics such as biomechatronics, biomaterials, biomedical devices and systems biology. The course is run in collaboration with the University’s Sport department, who offer expert teaching in topics such as biomechanics and rehabilitation technology, as well as access to working with elite sportspeople.
You will work with the latest technological developments related to engineering and material design solutions, and will have the opportunity to study across disciplines related to health, engineering and sports.
About the course
The Foundation Year is the first year of the course and offers a transitional period of study for those students who do not have the necessary qualifications for direct entry on to the main engineering degree courses. The foundation year is an integral part of many of our four-year engineering-based courses; it will provide you with an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of science and mathematics and prepare you for degree level study.
During your foundation year you will study the key engineering subjects, including Foundation Mathematics, Foundation Mechanics, Electrical & Electronic Principles, Thermal & Environmental Studies, Engineering Principles and Engineering Systems & Investigations. International students will have the option to study the English language. In addition to learning about the theories and principles of engineering, you will have the opportunity to develop valuable practical and investigative experience in our specialist engineering laboratories.
During your BEng (Hons) studies you will gain an advanced understanding of engineering design, sports rehabilitation and biological systems. The course will be delivered through a mixture of practical laboratories, computer simulation sessions, group activities and demonstrations supported by lectures. Assessment is a mixture of coursework, practical tests and examinations.
The course is delivered via a cross-departmental partnership between the departments of engineering, materials, biology and sports. The University of Bolton has a strong pedigree in these areas, and the sports department has recently undertaken a significant expansion, culminating in the opening of the new £31m Bolton One building.
The University has recently embarked on an ambitious enhancement agenda as a “Teaching Intensive and Research Informed” University. To this end, ten new lecturers, with expertise in a variety of engineering and scientific disciplines, have been recruited by the Engineering, Sports and Sciences academic group at the University. Many of these lecturers will play a significant role in delivering the Biomedical Engineering degree programme, complementing the significant expertise and experience of staff already in place at the University.
- Opportunities to work with internationally recognised research teams (in areas such as materials and medical devices, as well as biological systems) at the University, through both group and individual projects
- Study real life applications of biomedical devices in a sports science and rehabilitation context, for both elite athletes and members of the public
- Access to new bespoke facilities such as a state-of-the-art 3D motion capture system (with ground reaction force platforms), isokinetic dynamometer and medical simulation patient
- The project is recognised and supported through grants by the Royal Academy of Engineering as following the Engineering Gateway programme endorsed by the Engineering Council
- Strongly employer informed, with a medical focus due to the industrial base in the UK North West region
- Use of a brand-new bespoke biomedical sensors laboratory
- Industrial links for students reinforced by industrial work placements
What you will study
In the first year of your BEng (Hons) studies you will be provided with a strong foundation in mathematics, engineering and biology. In the second and third years of your BEng (Hons) studies you will pursue a specialised biomedical engineering focused curriculum, including imaging, biomaterials, bionics, computational modelling, biomechatronics, signal processing, and systems biology. You can see a list of the modules you will study below.
The University’s Sport department will also play an active role in the delivery of this course, offering teaching expertise in topics such as biomechanics and rehabilitation technology, as well as providing access to working with elite sportspeople.
Level 0 (Foundation Year)
Foundation Mathematics 1; Foundation Mechanics; Electrical and Electronic Principles; Thermal and Environmental Studies; Engineering Principles; Engineering Systems and Investigations; English Language (international students only).
Introduction to Biomedical Engineering; Molecular Principles of Biomedical Engineering; Introduction to Biomechanics; Medical Sensory Devices and Measurement; Clinical Anatomy and Physiology; Fundamentals of Systems and Synthetic Biology.
Biomedical Engineering Modelling & Analysis; Biomechatronics; Intermediate Biomechanics; Technology in Advanced Musculoskeletal Diagnosis and Treatment; Group Project and Investigation; Biomedical Devices Design & Product Development.
Simulation of Medical Engineering Systems; Advanced Biomechatronic Systems; Genomics, Environment and Athletic Performance; Biosignal Processing; Advanced Biomechanics; BEng Individual Project; Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.
Careers & professional development
A degree in Biomedical Engineering is highly valued in both the UK and worldwide job markets. You will gain the analytical, technical and professional skills required to begin a career in biomedical engineering. The ageing population is increasing demand for more advanced and effective medical devices and therapeutic strategies. As a result, the need for professional biomedical engineers with the appropriate skills, knowledge and experience has never been greater.
120 UCAS points from least one A2-level (or equivalent) in any subjects.
You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including mathematics and science.
Applications from students with alternative Level 3 qualifications (e.g. City & Guilds) are welcomed.
An interview may be used to assess your suitability or entry point onto the programme.
If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent).
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