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Biomedical Engineering (with placement year)

Entry 2017: Call us now - 0800 073 1225
Entry 2018: ABB / 128 UCAS points
Duration: 5 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: HB1C
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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Apply professional engineering knowledge to understand, modify and control biological systems on this 5-year MEng Medical Engineering integrated Master's degree, with 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.

The first three campus-based years of the MEng programme share the same curriculum as the BEng. You’ll also undertake a placement year in industry for your third year, enabling you to build contacts whilst developing your skills and professional confidence. Your final year provides additional focused study, and enables you to emerge with a Master's degree.

Please note, from September 2018 entry this course will be called MEng Biomedical Engineering (with placement year).

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).


"Not only do you cover core Mechanical Engineering you also do a lot of applied work like tissue engineering, orthopaedic and implant design - it means there's such a wide range of areas that you can go into once you graduate. Now I've graduated I'm starting a Research and Development leadership programme at PALL corporation."

MEng Medical Engineering (with placement year)

Why Bradford?

We were the first University in the UK to offer accredited undergraduate programmes in medical engineering. Our programmes have a very strong biological, clinical and medical component, while providing core engineering and technology skills.

We have strong links with medical engineering companies, both locally and nationally, to help you gain industry knowledge and experience. Professional engineers from these companies deliver workshops and seminars to our students. We also have close links to hospitals in the region and throughout the UK, which offer placement opportunities for our students giving you the chance to gain experience of working directly with clinicians and patients.

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), putting you on the road to Chartered Engineer status.

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 an 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

Entry requirements

These entry requirements are shown as a guide only. To check whether you meet the full entry requirements please call 0800 073 1225

A levels:

To include A-level Maths.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

Must be an Engineering subject including Further Maths for Engineering Technicians module.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering or Science and Engineering - must contain a minimum of 12 credits in Maths.

Plus 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. See the Language Centre for more details.

Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points

A levels:

To include A-level Maths minimum grade C.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

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

Applicants on Access Programmes:

128 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).

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.



The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities 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. 


This 5-year MEng Medical Engineering programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in 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 medical engineer.

During the second year we’ll offer you all the support you need to find a placement that is aligned to 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.

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

88% of our 2016 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 2016 Medical Engineering MEng graduates was £26,875.*

*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.


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.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £17,800
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,780

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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