BEng (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering


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Program Description

Apply professional engineering knowledge to understand, modify and control biological systems on this 4-year BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering degree, including a sandwich placement year in industry.

You’ll study disciplines such as:

  • Rehabilitation engineering – prosthetic/orthotic devices
  • Biomaterials and implant design
  • Tissue engineering and wound repair for artificial organs
  • Genomic coding and genetic engineering
  • Medical technology – design and manufacturing

All teaching is informed by the latest research and is delivered by experienced medical engineers and clinical scientists. You’ll also gain professional insight from leading industry partners and hands-on practical experience in our state-of-the-art engineering laboratories.

A placement year in the industry enables you to build contacts whilst developing your skills and professional confidence.

Depending on your level of progress, transfer to our integrated Master's degree is possible at the end of either your first or second year. The MEng programme comprises an extra fourth academic year of more in-depth study and can be taken with or without a placement year in industry.

Professional accreditation

These courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and can lead to Chartered Engineer (CEng) accreditation. This course is recognised by ENAEE (European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education).

Entry requirements

A-Levels: To include A-level Maths minimum grade C.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

  • DMM.
  • BTEC Level 3 (2010-2016): Must be an Engineering subject – to include Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians (Unit 28) at minimum Merit.
  • BTEC Nationals Level 3 (from 2016): Must be an Engineering subject – to include ‘Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems’ (Unit 7) and ‘Further Engineering Mathematics’ (Unit 8) at minimum Merit.

Applicants on Access Programmes: 112 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering or Science and Engineering - must contain a minimum of 12 credits in Maths at minimum Merit.

International Baccalaureate requirements: 112 UCAS tariff points to include HL Maths at grade 5. Plus HL 3 or SL 4 in English Language and Literature A or English B.

Plus a minimum of GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements

  • Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

CIFS entry requirement

  • If you are an international student and do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Certificate of International Foundation Studies
  • 80 UCAS points or equivalent (see individual country pages for details) plus a Maths qualification equivalent to AS Level Grade C. UKVI approved IELTS of 5.0 overall with no sub-test less than 5.0.

CIFS modules to be taken

  • Students study the four core modules plus:
    • Foundation Mathematics 2
  • And ONE additional module from the following:
  • Foundation in Human Biology
    • Foundation in Chemistry
    • Introduction to the Social Sciences
    • Global Business Environment

Progression requirements for degree programme: An overall average of at least 55% and at least 55% in Foundation Mathematics 2

What you will study

The programme is intended to help students to develop the engineering, medical, design, management and personal skills required to become professional medical engineers and in doing so, also equip them for careers in other professions.

Please note that for 2020 entry, the module information is subject to change.

First year


  • Design, Build and Test (ENG4006-B)
  • Mathematical Methods and Applications (ENM4004-B)
  • Electronics and Mechanics (ELE4013-B)
  • Engineering Materials (ENG4007-B)
  • Thermofluids 1 (ENG4008-B)
  • Computer-Aided Engineering (ENB4002-B)

Second year


  • Further Engineering Mathematics and Statistics (ENM5005-B)
  • Clinical Movement Analysis (MHT5011-B)
  • Electronics for Bio-Sensing (MHT5012-B)
  • Healthcare Technology Project (MHT5005-B)
  • Functional Anatomy and Human Physiological Measurements (MHT5014-B)
  • Cell and Tissue Biology (MHT5007-B)

Final year


  • Individual Research Project (ENG6003-D)
  • Biomaterials with Implant Design and Technology (MHT6013-B)
  • Rehabilitation and Prosthetics (MHT6019-B)
  • Medical Ethics and Quality Management (MHT6020-B)
  • Project Management and Six Sigma (ENB6010-B)

Sandwich year

This Biomedical Engineering programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in the industry in your third year.

The placement year is an excellent way to develop your professional experience, build industry contacts, and gain insight into the day-to-day work of a professional biomedical engineer.

During the second year, we’ll offer you all the support you need to find a placement that is aligned with your career aspirations and personal interests. These include sessions on CVs, interviews etc. from the Careers Service at the University and presentations by both employers and previous year's students on their placements. Once on placement, you’ll have support and guidance from a placements tutor, who will monitor your progress.

Our students have undertaken placements with organisations such as:

  • DePuySynthes (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Smith & Nephew
  • Biomet Healthcare UK
  • GE Healthcare
  • Stanmore Orthopaedics
  • Smiths Medical
  • IMI Precision Manufacturing
  • Siemens AG
  • Zimmer
  • Blatchford

After completing your placement you’ll return to complete the final year of the programme, and apply all you’ve learnt to your final project. Many students continue their relationship with their placement employers, working for them part-time or returning to work in graduate positions after finishing their studies.

Learning and assessment

You'll be taught through a mix of lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, field trips, small group projects, invited lectures and seminars and self-study.

We offer a wide choice of modules, so you can study all aspects of your chosen subject and keep your career options open.


We offer state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities, including:

  • World-class bioaerosol test facility for performing microbiological experiments.
  • Cell/tissue engineering laboratory for in-vitro culturing of various tissues, and wound repair.
  • Tissue characterisation laboratory, incorporating atomic force microscopy (AFM) suite.
  • World-class bioaerosol test facility for performing microbiological experiments.
  • Movement laboratory, which enables the movement and gait of patients to be analysed with a VICON motion capture facility.
  • Electrostatics laboratory for evaluating the impact of electrical charge on biological and medical systems.

Fees, finance and scholarships

Tuition fee

  • Home: £9,250 (sandwich year: £925)
  • International: £19,160 (sandwich year: £1,916)


Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans by exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

90% of our 2017 graduates in Medical Engineering found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2017 Medical Engineering BEng graduates was £24,076.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Career prospects

Health authorities in the UK are among the largest employers in Europe and are supported by a large and diverse industrial sector supplying diagnostic and monitoring equipment, orthopaedic devices and artificial organs. The mix of professional engineering and health-related skills acquired will enable you to pursue a wide choice of careers in this dynamic and growing sector.

Study support

Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally.

We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment.

Our support services include:

  • Personal tutors
  • Disability services
  • Counselling services
  • MyBradford student support centres
  • The Students’ Union
  • Chaplaincy and faith advisers
  • An on-campus nursery
  • Halls wardens

We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus.

Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills.


Cutting-edge research feeds directly into teaching and student projects, ensuring your studies are innovative, current and focused - and directly related to developments in the healthcare and orthopaedic industries.

All academic staff are research active, ensuring teaching is research-led and you'll have an effective, insightful supervisor when undertaking industry-based projects.

Last updated Jan 2020

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