Biomedical Engineering - BEng/MEng - New course for 2017/18

UCAS Code:
Full Time (4 years)
September 2017
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Biomedical Engineering is a fast emerging sector in the UK, as well as in the international market. This biomedical engineering degree applies principles of engineering, biology and medicine to meet the challenging demands of the health care sector, and plays a significant role in improving patient and professional quality.

Our biomedical engineering course enables you to progress straight on to a Masters degree, giving you the knowledge and employability skills that will allow you to become an aspiring entrepreneur or a dynamic engineer within medical devices companies / the NHS, or to undertake the essential research learning experience and emerge as a budding scientist.

Biomedical Engineering is a unique course that pulls in a range of different subjects, from mechanical to electrical and electronic engineering. If you have prior knowledge of mathematics, physics, biology and/or the mechanical, electrical or electronic side of engineering, this course is an ideal opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge in biomedical engineering.

You could look at the mechanical applications of designing an artificial hip or knee, or devise new medical technology for physicians and medical professionals to be used in the prognosis, diagnosis and treatment of service users.

Along with these technical skills, as an engineer you'll need a diverse range of transferrable skills, including effective communication, leadership, critically assessing gaps in target healthcare markets, and providing SMART solutions to bridge those gaps. This course provides excellent training in all these areas.

You'll be taught by a range of experts from different faculties, and will be able to undertake valuable work placements.

  • The course presents a unique opportunity to progress straight on to postgraduate study.
  • We're the region's largest provider of qualified health and social care professionals to the NHS.
  • You'll be based at our City South Campus, which is set for major expansion, including newly built laboratories and equipment that will give you a leading edge when seeking employment.
  • You'll benefit from our partnerships across health and social care providers, both within the UK and internationally.
  • You'll learn in state-of-the-art environments, with access to our cutting-edge virtual technologies and one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries.

To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate students starting in 2017 or 2018, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid.

This course is open to International students

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade 4 (formerly Grade C) or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.

In addition you must attain at least a Grade C in A Level Mathematics or   equivalent. Please see below for specific information about this requirement.

112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels from a STEM subject such as Physics, Biology or other relevant subject, and excluding any general studies.

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2017/18
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC at A Level or 112 UCAS tariff points from A Level (to include Maths) with a minimum of 2 A Levels, at least one from a Science, Technology, Mathematics or Computing subject and including A Level Maths at Grade C or above.
Access to Higher Education Diploma In Engineering - Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with a minimum of 12 credits at Merit or Distinction with 9 credits of these credits from Mathematics units and 3 credits in Science units.
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. A Distinction or above in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a higher Pass in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 112 UCAS points. A Distinction or above in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a higher Pass in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. In addition, you will require a grade C in AS Mathematics or equivalent such as a Distinction or above in Mathematics for Technicians unit or a higher Pass in Further Mathematics for Technicians unit.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 28 points overall (minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics)
Irish Leaving Certificate 112 UCAS points - Higher Levels. Higher Level Mathematics required
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 112 UCAS points with Mathematics at Advanced Higher or equivalent. Grades BBC.
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points. Plus an AS Maths at Grade C or above (or equivalent).
EU/international students
EU/non-EU (international) qualifications Requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 30 points (minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics) Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.


International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

International Students

Entry requirements here

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BEng/MEng - New course for 2017/18 Sep 2017 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BEng/MEng - New course for 2017/18 Sep 2017 FT 4 years £12,000 per year (subject to change)*

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students


UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
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 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Sorry, this course is not available part-time

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

Your first year will introduce key subject areas which underpin the study of biomedical engineering.

Engineering Practice
20 credits
Engineering Principles 1
20 credits
Maths and Design
20 credits
Engineering Principles 2
20 credits
Maths and Professional Skills
20 credits
Human Anatomy and Physiology
20 credits

Year two

Your second year will build on and contextualise subject knowledge delivered in year one.

Analogue and Digital Electronics
20 credits
Engineering Electronic Systems
20 credits
Mathematics and Signals and System
20 credits
Research Methods for Science and Engineering
20 credits
Introduction to Medical Physics in Biomedical Engineering
20 credits
Medical Instrumentation and Measurements
20 credits

Year three

In your third year, you will focus on advanced engineering and biomedical subjects.

Please note that module titles may change.

Individual Research Project
40 credits
Biomechanics for Biomedical Engineers
20 credits
Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
20 credits
Medical Image Processing
20 credits
Medical Devices and Equipment Life Cycle
20 credits

Year four

In addition to undertaking a detailed research based project, you will have a range of modules to explore at advanced level and options to choose areas of interest outside biomedical engineering.

Please note that module titles may change.

Group Research Project
40 credits
Healthcare Technology Management
20 credits
Digital Signal Processing
20 credits
Analogue Microelectronics and IC Architecture
20 credits
Leadership and Project Management
20 credits

Course structure

This biomedical engineering course is delivered by a team of experienced scientists, and biomedical and clinical engineers. You'll be exposed to a number of different teaching and learning styles, as well as a range of assessment types.

An interdisciplinary approach will introduce you to a range of modules that will focus on human physiology, engineering design principles, digital signal processing, biomechanics and biomaterials. Additional modules in laboratory skills and research methods will prepare you for your research topic in the final year.

A key feature of your first year is a shared core module which will allow you to learn alongside students on other health, life sciences and engineering courses in the School of Health Sciences, the School of Computing and Engineering, and the School of Digital Media and Technology.

Overseas opportunities

You can gain international insight and experience a new culture with our Erasmus or Erasmus+ student exchange programmes. Students have spent a term at a number of major institutions, including the University of San Diego in the USA, as well as destinations in Cyprus and Denmark.

Further study

You can progress on to a doctoral training course, developing your research and exploring knowledge transfer skills further.

Enhancing your employability skills

We'll develop you into a work-ready graduate. By undertaking suitable elective/optional placement opportunities, you'll gain a greater understanding of the causes and mechanisms underlying health, ageing and disease. This will allow you to collaboratively support the design and delivery of healthcare technology and or medical devices within a clinical or industrial setting.

You may also have invaluable opportunities to test and demonstrate new electro-mechanical models and tools for health and care delivery.

More about your employment prospects


You may have the chance to undertake valuable work placements, either in the UK or internationally. This could be done in a local hospital, a manufacturing company or in another relevant sector.

More about our placement opportunities...


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

The course provides ample opportunities to enter the rapidly expanding manufacturing or healthcare sectors, and work alongside medical professionals and scientists to design artificial limbs or develop novel sensors or devices which cater to diverse needs.

The degree provides strong transferrable skills, and if you don't wish to pursue a career in the healthcare sector, you can pursue careers in other engineering disciplines, such as law (knowledge transfer and patenting), medicine or market research.

In some international countries, biomedical engineering graduates have become entrepreneurs, setting up small-scale, yet successful, consultancy businesses.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to jiu jitsu.

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

Simulation Mannequins

SPACE skills practice model


SPACE is an innovative practice area all students can access to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. It provides students with a creative learning environment to get the best educational experience before becoming a health care professional.


Learning Facilities

We offer up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across. These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice.

Learning Facilities

Nursing - Facilities - Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

Explore our facilities in 360 panoramas, including welcome videos from key members of staff and Health and Wellbeing student profiles.

Virtual Tour

Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre, which is located close to our City North Campus.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

Doug Ellis Sports Centre website

Meet our staff

Our staff have incredible industry links and a wealth of experience, and often continue to work in their specialist areas.

Dr Vivek Indramohan

Programme Lead / Senior Lecturer in Applied Health Science

With an overseas research student award (ORSAS) and University of Strathclyde scholarship, Vivek completed his Ph.D. (in Bioengineering) in 2009. Following the completion of his research degree, he commenced his work as a Research Assistant at University College of London (UCL) for 6 months, during which he was successful in obtaining a remarkable and valuable opportunity as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Health and Social Care Research at the Birmingham City University. During this period, he was engaged in undertaking biomechanical investigation of one of the patented medical devices designed by BCU.

In addition, during the same period Vivek also undertook substantial plan of action to identify and accomplish various professional needs so as to emerge as a successful academic member of staff within the faculty. This eventually allowed him to contribute to various learning, teaching and research activities for undergraduate nursing students within the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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