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Medical Engineering (with placement year)

BEng (Hons)
Entry 2017: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BEng (Hons)
UCAS code: H1BC
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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Medical Engineering allows a choice of study patterns with the option to include a year of practical professional training and/or to proceed straight through to MEng level.

A foundation year for those without science qualifications is available.

This course combines professional engineering knowledge and expertise with an appreciation of the functioning of the human body.

It covers everything from the development of new equipment for medical diagnosis and treatment to the implanting of biomaterials or artificial organs in the human body, and more recently cell/tissue engineering for replacing diseased body parts such as bone, cartilage and skin, as well as offering expertise in infection control and clinical signals.

It uses engineering principles to understand, modify and control biological systems, and requires a working knowledge of physiology, anatomy and biological science.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

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).


"The University of Bradford was the only place in the UK to offer a MEng programme with a combination of course modules which directly suited my interests. I wanted to study Medical Engineering as I knew the mixture of health-related skills and professional engineering skills would open up diverse career opportunities."

MEng (Hons) Medical Engineering

Why Bradford?

The School of Engineering has recently invested £1.5m into a multidisciplinary Engineering lab. The lab is a flexible and open space to engage students’ learning in bringing theory to practice.

This course includes an additional placement year spent in industry to improve employability.

The industrial training (sandwich) year, taken immediately after your second year, will be monitored and must be satisfactorily completed.

You can usually transfer to the MEng, which allows more advanced study, at the end of the first year of the standard BEng course, subject to performance.

Advanced study on the MEng course includes a range of specialist engineering and clinically focused modules.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

To include A-level Maths minimum grade C.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM. Must be an Engineering subject - Further Maths for Engineering Technicians module at minimum Distinction.

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.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Engineering with Foundation Year course or Engineering with International Foundation Year.

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. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Anatomy & Physiologycore
Computer-Aided Engineeringcore
Engineering Mathscore
Fluid Mechanics 1core
Materials Technology & Structural Mechanicscore
Practical Electronicscore
Skills for Engineeringcore
Year 2
Biomechanics & Human Biodynamicscore
Cell and Tissue Biologycore
Digital & Analogue Electronicscore
Further Engineering Mathematics & Statisticscore
Healthcare Technology Projectcore
Material Engineering & Designcore
Year 4
Biomaterials with Implant Design & Technologycore
Financial & Project Managementcore
Materials failure analysiscore
Medical Ethics & Regulationscore
Rehabilitation Engineeringcore
Six Sigma for Business Excellencecore

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

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 through 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

82.5% of our 2015 graduates in Medical Engineering found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

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.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Medical Engineering BEng graduates was £20,286.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £16,970
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,700

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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