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Biomedical Engineering with Foundation Year - BEng/MEng

Are you interested in engineering that interacts with the human body? Our practice-led Biomedical Engineering degree explores mathematics, anatomy, physiology and computing to meet the rapid advancement in technology which is becoming a vital part of healthcare. Throughout this course, you will have the option to carry out exciting work placements in the UK and abroad....

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Any arrangements put in place by the University for the 2021/22 academic year will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

  • School School of Health Sciences
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Course overview

Are you interested in engineering that interacts with the human body? Our practice-led Biomedical Engineering degree explores mathematics, anatomy, physiology and computing to meet the rapid advancement in technology which is becoming a vital part of healthcare. Throughout this course, you will have the option to carry out exciting work placements in the UK and abroad. If this sounds like the degree for you then find out more about our university entry requirements.

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

Our unique Biomedical Engineering degree course will provide you with the skills and expertise needed to work in specialist areas such as assistive technology, rehabilitation, medical imaging and robotics, physiology monitoring, cardiopulmonary engineering, m-health and e-health, orthopaedic implants and regenerative medicine/ tissue engineering.

Biomedical Engineering (also known as bioengineering) is a discipline of engineering that interacts with the human body. You will be developing and applying innovative skills in the design, manufacturing and maintenance of medical equipment and devices covering all spectrums from the new born to assistive living for the elderly. Industrial-led practical workshops and labs will help enhance your technical skills. This will enable you to relate ‘real-life’ commercial innovations to the underpinning academic theory learnt in the lectures.

Our state-of-the-art facilities will allow you to explore a variety of biomedical applications including: sensing and measuring on micro and nano scales, personal health tracking, remote diagnosis and monitoring, biomaterials to name a few. The knowledge acquired will then enable you to engage in exciting projects such as designing prostheses or devising new medical technology for physicians and medical professionals to be used in the prognosis, diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Along with these technical skills, as an engineer you will also gain a diverse range of transferrable skills, including effective communication, leadership, the ability to critically assess gaps in target healthcare markets, and the tools required to provide solutions to bridge those gaps.

The course is currently in progression of accreditation by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Why choose a foundation year course?

By studying a foundation year in Health and Life Sciences, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year – which would be the first year of a full degree programme.

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc degree.

So, although you are studying a BSc in a specific course – BSc Biomedical Sciences – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category - Health Sciences, allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.

Where will I study?

You will learn within our recently extended £71 million City South Campus, located in Edgbaston just five minutes from Birmingham City Centre. Our campus has been recently re-developed and provides access to cutting-edge facilities that will enhance and support your learning during your time here.

Why Choose Us?

  • Progress straight on to postgraduate study - successful completion of this unique course allows you to continue at postgraduate level

    • Explore the multi-disciplinary of a career in Biomedical Engineering - you will have access to the excellent facilities on both our health and engineering campuses. Giving you the benefits of both disciplines in regards to resources and technical know-how

    • Study at our £41 million City South Campus - including specialist labs and over £250,000 worth of new equipment as a part of our £41 million investment into our City South Campus in Edgbaston, where you will be predominantly based

    • Small tutorial classes to allow for in depth opportunities to develop your skills and receive constructive feedback

    • Personal tutors to support you in achieving your learning goals

    • Carry out work placements in the UK or abroad - this course will provide you with opportunities to carry out exciting work placements in the UK and abroad

    • Strong partnerships and links with medical institutions and healthcare providers, including the NHS and private sector, providing you opportunities for collaboration

    • Learn from experienced tutors who are experts in their field

    • Access to our cutting-edge virtual technologies and one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries

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    Entry Requirements

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

    Essential Requirements

    88 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level

    Level 2 Qualifications
    UK Qualification Requirements 2021/22
    GCSE
    • Two subjects at grade C/4 or above
    • Must include Mathematics and English language
    • Level 2 equivalent qualifications (e.g. Functional Skills) are accepted
    • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
    • Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application
    City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy
    • Pass
    • Adult Numeracy / Adult Literacy
    • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
    • Must be considered alongside GCSE or equivalent in Mathematics and English Language
    • Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application
    Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2
    • Pass
    • Mathematics and English Language
    • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
    • Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application
    Key Skills level 2
    • Pass
    • Application of Number and Communication
    • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
    • Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application
    Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)
    • See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
    Scottish Intermediate 2
    • Two subjects at grade C or above
    • Must include Mathematics and English language
    • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
    • Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application
    Scottish Credit Standard Grade
    • Two subjects at grade 2 or above
    • Must include Mathematics and English language
    • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
    • Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application
    Scottish National 5
    • Two subjects at grade C or above
    • Must include Mathematics and English language
    • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
    • Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application
    IELTS
    • Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no subtest below 6
    • If English is studied at GCSE Level but as a second language, IELTS must be completed to qualify for UK L2 requirement
    Plus one of the following Level 3 (and above) Qualifications
    UK Qualification Requirements 2021/22
    A level and Advanced VCE
    • CCD / 88 UCAS points
    • Including Mathematics or Physics at A-level or Level 3 equivalent
    • Mathematics or Physics must be at Grade C or above
    • Excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Extended Project
    • A maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A-levels or Level 3 equivalents
    Access to HE Diploma
    • Engineering
    • Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at Level 3 with 12 credits at Merit or Distinction
    • If applying with an Access course you only need GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade C/4 or above or accepted equivalent
    • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma (2016 – present)
    • Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) (2010 - 2016)
    • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (2002 – 2010)
    • MMM
    • Must include Merit in Mathematics for Technicians or Further Mathematics for Technicians
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (2016 – present)
    • Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) (2010 – 2016)
    • BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (2002 – 2010)
    • 88 UCAS points
    • Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
    • Either the BTEC level 3 National Diploma must include Merit in Mathematics for Technicians or Further Mathematics for Technicians or the accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be in Mathematics
    • Pearson BTEC National Foundation Diploma (2016 to present)
    • Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) (2010 - 2016)
    • 88 UCAS points
    • Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
    • Either the BTEC level 3 National Foundation Diploma must include Merit in Mathematics for Technicians or Further Mathematics for Technicians or the accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be in Mathematics
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (2016 – present)
    • Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) (2010 - 2016)
    • BTEC Level 3 National Award (2002 - 2010)
    • 88 UCAS points
    • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
    • Either the BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate must include Merit in Mathematics for Technicians or Further Mathematics for Technicians or the accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be in Mathematics
    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate
      (2016 - present)
    • BTEC Level 3 Certificate (QCF)
      (2010 - 2016)
    • 88 UCAS points
    • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
    • Either the BTEC level 3 National Certificate must include Merit in Mathematics for Technicians or Further Mathematics for Technicians or the accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be in Mathematics

    International Baccalaureate Diploma

    • Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall with grade 5 in Mathematics (Higher level) and pass one of the following subjects from Group 4 at Higher Level (Computer Science, Chemistry, Design Technology, Physics)
    • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above, we will accept Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB

    Irish Leaving Certificate (Highers)

    • Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 88 tariff points, achieved in achieved in five Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H1-H7 (or A-D/A1-D3))
    • • Must include Mathematics in Higher Level

    OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

    • MMM
    • Must be in Mathematics or Engineering related subject

    Open University courses

    • Considered on an individual basis
    • Must be in an Engineering related subject

    Scottish Advanced Higher

    • Achieve a minimum of 88 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.
    • Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD.
    • Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
    • Must include Mathematics or Engineering related subject at Higher level or above

    T-Levels

    • 88 UCAS points (Pass [with C or above in the Core] overall)
    • Must be in Engineering and Manufacturing or Science

    Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma – Core (awarded until 2016) ESW/KS Combined component

    • 88 UCAS points
    • Considered with two A-level or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
    • One of the A-level / equivalent qualifications being taken must be in Mathematics or Engineering related subject
    Other qualifications

    If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

    Recent relevant study to GCE A-level standard or above must have been completed within five years of the course intake date the applicant is applying for.

    Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

     

    Fees & How to Apply

    • International students

    Award: BEng/MEng

    Starting: Sep 2021

    • Mode
    • Duration
    • Fees
    • Full Time
    • 1 year foundation followed by 3 year degree
    • £9,250 per year
    • Apply via UCAS

    Award: BEng/MEng

    Starting: Sep 2021

    • Mode
    • Duration
    • Fees
    • Full Time
    • 1 year foundation followed by 3 year degree
    • £13,200 per year

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

    £150 free credit (home/EU students only)

    For 2021 entry, all new home/EU undergraduate students will receive £150 worth of free credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials.

    Access to computer equipment

    You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.

    Printing

    You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

    Field trips

    All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

    Access to Microsoft Office 365

    Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

    Key Software

    You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

    Key subscriptions

    Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.

    Free access to Rosetta Stone

    All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.

    LinkedIn Learning

    Free access to LinkedIn Learning, which offers over 5,000 in-depth and bite-sized courses.

    Clothing and safety equipment (mandatory)

    This course requires the purchase of safety equipment, including clothing, shoes, goggles and gloves (£75 max) in order to use the workshop facilities.

    Placement expenses (optional)

    If you choose to undertake a placement, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst living or working away from home.

    Excess printing (optional)

    Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

    Books (optional)

    All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.

    Field trips (optional)

    This course includes the option of additional trips that may enhance your experience, at extra cost.

    Memberships (optional)

    You may wish to join a union or professional body related to this course.

    Subscriptions (optional)

    You may wish to purchase subscriptions to additional journals and websites.

    Accommodation and living costs

    The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

    Guidance for UK students

    UCAS

    UK 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.

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     Pay your application fee
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    Course in Depth

    Foundation Year

    In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

    Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the professional skills of an engineer. Communicating the ideas of engineering is made both easier and harder by the use of mathematical language.

    This module aims to help you become proficient at further developing engineering models and arguments, and following them through to their logical conclusions, since application of these arguments has to include their interpretation both to and from the mathematical language.

    This module aims to provide you with the practical and professional skills to enable you to progress to the next module in the practical theme, Practical Skills II, and then on to the first year of an engineering degree.

    This module aims to provide the practical and professional skills to enable you to progress to the first year of an engineering degree.

    The module aims to provide you with the knowledge and problem solving skills in physical science to enable you to progress to the next module in the science theme, Foundation Science II, and then on to the first year of an engineering degree.

    The module aims to provide you with the knowledge and problem solving skills in physical science to enable you to progress to the first year of an engineering degree. The science theme contains the material normally encountered in an A level physics course which is relevant to entry to an engineering degree. As the practical aspects of physical science are delivered in another theme of the foundation year, the Foundation Science modules concentrate on the theoretical aspects.

    Year One

    In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

    The module aims to provide the underpinning knowledge and problem solving skills in engineering science to enable you to progress to the next module in the theme, Engineering Principles II, and then on to the second year of a range of engineering degrees.

    Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the skills of an engineer, and the ability to communicate the ideas of engineering that are expected of an engineering graduates.

    The module aims to provide the underpinning knowledge and problem solving skills in engineering science to enable you to progress to the second year of a wide range of engineering degrees. As the practical aspects of engineering science are delivered in another theme of the common first year, the Engineering Principles modules concentrate on the theoretical aspects. The subject material will be delivered in two coherent streams one of which contains predominantly mechanical science and the other contains predominantly electrical science.

    The module aims to provide the practical and professional skills to enable you to progress to the next module in the practical theme, Practical Skills 2, and then on to the second year of an engineering degree. As the theoretical aspects of physical science and maths are delivered in other themes of the first year, the Practical Skills modules concentrate on the practical aspects.

    This module will focus on introducing and building on well-established techniques for mathematically modelling dynamic systems (systems of interest for engineering) for contextualised engineering applications. The module will include an introduction to sophisticated signal analysis technique, Fourier series, which is used to transform time-domain signals into their frequency spectra.

    This module is designed to give you a sound understanding of essential human anatomy and physiology, providing a solid foundation for biomedical engineering applications. It is intended that by studying this module you will develop your knowledge and understanding of functions and mechanisms of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems, and appreciate how they interact and communicate to make the human body function optimally in an ever changing environment. It will focus on areas of pathology that provide opportunities and challenges to biomedical engineers to intervene and correct with the latest technology where biology alone is insufficient.

    Year Two

    In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

    Information is the basic thread of life and signals are the medium by which information is passed. This module will focus on classifying and mathematical modelling of signals and systems in the context of Electrical and Biomedical engineering.

    During the module analytical techniques will be introduced used to transform signals from one domain to another and vice versa. While mathematical techniques will be used and contextualised for actual system hardware.

    Information is the basic thread of life and signals are the medium by which information is passed. This module will focus on classifying and mathematical modelling of signals and systems in the context of Electrical and Biomedical engineering.

    This module introduces you to the fundamentals of analogue and digital electronics using a circuit approach. It has been designed to give you a usable level of electronics theory to demonstrate key concepts.

    If conducted in the right way biomedical engineering research and design of medical devices will contribute to improved healthcare and quality of life, but too much time and resources are wasted on badly designed and conducted research. This module is designed to give you the necessary skills and knowledge required to design, execute and disseminate a research project in biomedical engineering.

    This module will enable you to build upon the knowledge and skills that you have developed earlier as part of this programme. It is intended that by engaging in this module, you will be able to develop a sound understanding of application of physics in medicine and thereby its application in the field of medical imaging.

    This module will build upon the foundation knowledge and skills that you have developed earlier as part of this programme. It is intended that by engaging in this module, you will be able to apply various principles underpinning; science, biology and medicine alongside mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering in acquiring measurements from various physiological systems.

    Year Three

    In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 120 credits from the following list of CORE modules.

    It is intended that by engaging in this module, you will be able to demonstrate creativity in your approach to integrate engineering principles, skills and knowledge to plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent work, critically addressing a specific question by bridging the gap identified in the literature of Biomedical Engineering.

    This module will build upon the common engineering science / skills that you have developed earlier as part of this programme. It is intended that by engaging in this module, you will be able to develop a sound understanding of the physical principles and concepts underpinning the mechanics of living system and human body, which is the basis of movement science.

    This module will build upon the common engineering science / skills that you have developed earlier as part of this programme. It is intended that by engaging in this module, you will be able to develop a sound understanding of; the material science and apply the concepts underpinning the interaction of substances, engineered for medical applications, with biological system.

    This module will build upon the knowledge and skills that you have developed earlier as part of this programme. It is intended that by engaging in this module, you will be able to develop a sound understanding of; the working principle, operation and troubleshooting procedures of various lower order and higher order medical devices used for medical applications within a health care setting.

    This module will enable you to build upon the knowledge and skills that you have developed earlier as part of this programme. It is intended that by engaging in this module, you will be able to develop a sound understanding of; digital image processing, medical image analysis and application within medical image processing.

    Year Four

    In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

    The group research project will be undertaken by a project team comprising of 3 students (maximum). It is intended that by engaging in this module, you and your team will be able to demonstrate creativity in your approach to integrate engineering principles, skills and knowledge to plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of team work, critically addressing a specific question by bridging the gap identified in the literature of Biomedical Engineering. It is an opportunity to complete an extended piece of work around a topic of common interest that your team is very keen about, in order to demonstrate your competence in reviewing the literature, critically appraising and evaluating the given evidences, and applying your knowledge in the pursuit of excellence, either within the University or an industry setting, as part of a project team. In order to meet the module outcomes, you will be drawing upon the various professional and technical skills that you have developed in the first three years of your degree.

    Digital Signal Processing (DSP) is an emerging field in electronic engineering which has been rapidly growing over the last few decades. In DSP, data is converted from the continuous domain into the discrete domain and processed as scalar dimensionless values. When compared to Analogue (continuous time) processing, Digital (discrete time) processing has a number of tangible benefits including, but not limited to, repeatability, cost, response which is a closer approximation to ideal characteristics. DSP has applications in wide range of disciplines ranging from biomedical electronics to media.

    At an advanced level, this module will introduce you to various management protocols and procedures used within a Medical Devices / Health Care Sector to effectively manage a medical technology. It is intended that by undertaking this module at Master’s Level (Level 7), you will be able to develop essential skills associated with the management of health care technology by undertaking strategic activities to inform your decision making so as to update an existing technology or implement the essential change(s) at your work. These are the bespoke advanced level skills that you will need to acquire for your continuous professional development and career progression in the field of biomedical engineering.

    At an advanced level, this module will introduce you to the technical concepts underpinning the design of SMART ultrasonic sensors for Biomedical Engineering applications. It is intended that by undertaking this module at Master’s Level (Level 7), you will be able to apply and appreciate various technical skills pertaining to the; technical design and development of the bespoke biomedical sensor technology, which encompasses; sensor modelling, sensor hardware design aspects, sensor interface with mobile applications and using artificial intelligence to predict the performance of the same for various biomedical engineering / health care applications. Strictly speaking these are the bespoke advanced level skills that you will need to acquire for your continuous professional development and career progression in the field of biomedical engineering.

    This module explicitly addresses students’ personal and/or professional development with a view to enhancing competence for service improvement in a rapidly changing health and healthcare environment. Through a flexible provision, students are inspired to reflect critically upon their individual learning needs as well as their organisations’ practices, to appraise and apply concepts from the literature on leadership to issues of relevance for their role, organisation and overall programme of study.

    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.

    Employability

    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.

    Placements

    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

    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.

    International Students

    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:

    Facilities and Staff

    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

    S.P.A.C.E.

    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.

    S.P.A.C.E.

    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.

    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

    Our staff

    Dr Vivek Indramohan

    Associate Professor and Course Lead - Biomedical Engineering

    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.

    More about Vivek