Biomedical Engineering with Foundation Year - BEng/MEng

Attendance:
Full Time (4 years)
Starting:
September 2018
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Fees:
£9,250 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2018 entry (view all fees)

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Do you see yourself working in a high-tech, innovative and highly diverse industry? Do you want to develop your skills to enable you to make a difference in people’s lives? If so, and you have an interest in mathematics, anatomy, physiology or computing, then this is the course for you.  

Biomedical Engineering is one of the fastest emerging sectors in the UK, and the international market, which is predicted a growth of 23% between 2014 to 2024 (US Bureau of Labour Statistics, 2015). The rapid advancement in technology has become a vital part of the healthcare industry, offering significant value to patients, hospitals and the national economy. With the main role of facilitating the safe and effective implementation of technology in the healthcare industry, there has never been a more exciting time to become a Biomedical Engineer.

What's covered in the course?

The Foundation Year course option enables you to study for our BEng (Hons) degree over an extended full-time duration of four years by including a Foundation Certificate (year one of four). The Foundation Certificate provides a broad study programme that underpins the follow-on degree. In order to progress to the next year of your degree, it is necessary to achieve a pass in all of the modules of the Foundation Certificate.

Currently in progression towards 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) our Biomedical Engineering course is a unique practice-led programme. The 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 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.

Where will I study?

You will learn within our £41 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

    80 points

    (or equivalent) is the minimum you will need to be considered for this course in Clearing. Use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to work out your points.

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    Alternative options

    If you do not have 80 points, you may like to explore your options

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

    UK students
    Essential

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

    80 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

    Typical Offers
    UK Qualification Requirements 2018/19
    GCE A Level/ AS Level 80 UCAS tariff points from A Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels 

    with at least one from a Science, Technology, Mathematics or Computing subject at A Level or equivalent.

    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.
    BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D or combined with other level 3 qualifications.
    BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years)

    Computing/Engineering preferred. Pass, Merit, Merit.

    BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications. Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical to a total of 80 points minimum.
    International Baccalaureate Diploma

    1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 10 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

    2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two High Level subjects will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates

    Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
    AND
    English Group A - Grade 4 or above, 
    OR
    English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

    Irish Leaving Certificate Passes in six subjects at the higher grade including mathematics.
    Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Passes in five subjects at the higher grade including mathematics.
    Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical to a total of 80 points minimum.
    Other qualifications
    If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

    Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
    EU/International students
    Essential
    EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2018/19
    IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
    International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).

    1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 10 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.

    2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two High Level subjects will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates

    Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
    AND
    English Group A - Grade 4 or above, 
    OR
    English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

    Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.
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    The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

    Places available to start in September 2018

    If you'd like to start this course full-time this September, you can apply through Clearing.


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    We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

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    Year One

    The Foundation Year modules focus on developing the key skills you will need to undertake a degree in engineering. In the first semester, you will study modules in Engineering Science, Mathematics for Engineers and Practical Skills. You will then explore these subjects in more depth in semester two.

    Mathematics for Engineers I
    20 credits

    Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the professional skills of an engineer. This module aims to help you become proficient at developing engineering models and arguments, and following them through to their logical conclusions.

    You will develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering facts to a wider audience, at a professional standard, interpreting arguments to and from the mathematical language.

    The module also enables you to develop key, transferable skills which are essential components for use in other modules on the course and beyond. 

    Mathematics for Engineers II
    20 credits

    Building on your learning in Mathematics for Engineers 1, in this module you will further develop your ability to both work on and communicate engineering truths to a wider audience, at a professional standard, interpreting arguments to and from the mathematical language.

    Mathematics plays a key role in establishing and grounding the professional skills of an engineer. This module aims to help you become proficient at developing engineering models and arguments, and following them through to their logical conclusions.

    The module also enables you to develop key, transferable skills which are essential components for use in other modules on the course and beyond.

    Practical Skills I
    20 credits

    This module aims to provide you with the practical and professional skills you need to progress to the second Practical Skills module, and then onto the first year of an engineering degree. It complements the theoretical and mathematical skills you will develop in other course modules.

    The subject material will be delivered in three streams: one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project space to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

    It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three two-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutor in a group of 5-10 students.  

    Practical Skills II
    20 credits

    This module builds on the skills learnt in Practical Skills 1 in order to provide the practical and professional skills you need to progress to the first year of an engineering degree. It complements the theoretical and mathematical skills you will develop in other modules on the course.

    The subject material will be delivered in three streams: one containing predominantly mechanical and electrical laboratory exercises; a PC-based stream including the use of software to support project planning, communication and analysis; and a project activity to integrate your learning from across all elements of the semester.

    It is anticipated that the module will be delivered as three two-hour sessions, and will include a very small group tutorial session where you will meet with your tutor in a group of 5-10 students.  

    Engineering Science I
    20 credits

    This module aims to give you the knowledge and problem-solving skills that you need to progress to the next science module, and then onto the first year of an engineering degree.  

    The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact per week.

    What you learn here will complement what you learn elsewhere in the foundation year, as it relies on knowledge of mathematical techniques developed in the mathematics theme and will provide you with the theoretical underpinning essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in the practical theme.

    Engineering Science II
    20 credits

    This module aims to build on Engineering Science 1 to further develop your knowledge and problem-solving skills and enable you to progress to the first year of an engineering degree. It contains the material normally encountered in an A Level physics course which is relevant for entry to an engineering degree. 

    The subject material will be delivered in two streams – one focusing on mechanical science and the other on electrical science. Each will be delivered as a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour small group tutorial, giving four hours’ contact per week.

    You will use the mathematical techniques developed in other modules and gain the theoretical knowledge essential for the experimental activities you will be undertaking in practical modules.

    Year Two

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

    Engineering Practice
    20 credits

    With the focus on developing professional engineering skills, this module is designed to equip you with the practical tools required for conceiving, designing, implementing and operating engineering solutions. 

    Engineering Principles 1
    20 credits

    This module covers the underpinning knowledge essential in engineering science and the application of mechanical and electrical principles to solve problems.

    Maths and Design
    20 credits

    This module aims to enable you to become proficient at developing the design process, from concept to failure modes effects analysis, via numerical data sets. Application of these data sets has to include their interpretation both to and from the mathematical language allowing you to work on and communicate engineering realities to a wider audience, at a professional standard.

    Engineering Principles 2
    20 credits

    The module aims to provide in-depth knowledge and problem solving skills in engineering science and will provide the theoretical background for mechanical and electrical experimental activities.

    Maths and Professional Skills
    20 credits

    This module aims to enable you to become proficient at developing and presenting engineering models and arguments, and following them through to their logical conclusion. This will enable you to develop your ability to work on and communicate engineering facts to a wider audience, at a professional standard.

    Human Anatomy and Physiology
    20 credits

    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 will also focus on areas of pathology that provide opportunities and challenges to biomedical engineers to intervene and correct with the latest technology.

    Year Three

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

    Analogue and Digital Electronics
    20 credits

    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.

    Engineering Electronic Systems
    20 credits

    This module will introduce students to schematic capture and printed circuit board design (PCB) tools and techniques, PCB manufacture, 3D mechanical design and 3D printing for rapid prototyping.

    Mathematics and Signals and System
    20 credits

    This module will focus on the classification and mathematical modelling of signals and systems.

    Research Methods for Science and Engineering
    20 credits

    This module is designed to give you the necessary skills and knowledge required to design, execute and disseminate a research project within the fields of biomedical sciences, medical engineering and clinically-related research.

    Introduction to Medical Physics in Biomedical Engineering
    20 credits

    Sessions in this module are designed to help you develop a sound understanding of the fundamentals of physics in medicine and thereby its application in the field of medical imaging.

    Medical Instrumentation and Measurements
    20 credits

    By engaging in this module, you will be able to apply various principles within science, biology and medicine alongside mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering in acquiring measurements from various physiological systems.

    Year Four

    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

    By engaging in an individual project, you will be able to demonstrate creativity in your approach to integrating the knowledge, engineering principles and skills developed so far on the course. This would involve planning, designing, executing and communicating a sustained piece of independent work; critically addressing a specific question by bridging the gap identified in literature relevant to biomedical engineering.

    Biomechanics for Biomedical Engineers
    20 credits

    This module enables you to develop a sound understanding of the physical principles and concepts underpinning the mechanics of living systems and the human body, which is the basis of movement science.

    Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
    20 credits

    Topics covered in this module will enable you to develop a sound understanding of material science and apply these concepts to the behaviour of substances engineered for medical applications when applied to biological systems.

    Medical Image Processing
    20 credits

    This module focuses on applications within medical image processing. You will be able to develop a sound understanding of digital image processing and medical image analysis.

    Medical Devices and Equipment Life Cycle
    20 credits

    The aim of this module is to help you develop a sound understanding of the working principles, operations and troubleshooting procedures of various lower and higher order medical devices used within a healthcare setting.

    Year Five

    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

    Engaging in a group research project enables you to develop team working skills. It allows for the exchange of ideas, enhances your techniques in critical analysis and encourages you to identify and address gaps/challenges in the sector with the overall aim of generating innovative solutions.

    Healthcare Technology Management
    20 credits

    This module will introduce you to various management protocols and procedures used within the medical devices / healthcare sector to effectively manage medical technology. The knowledge acquired is essential for informing decisions to be made regarding your continuous professional development and career progression.

    Digital Signal Processing
    20 credits

    In this module you will learn about analytical techniques used to create realisable digital filters which can be adapted for numerous applications.

    Analogue Microelectronics and IC Architecture
    20 credits

    The aim of this module is for you to develop an in-depth knowledge of analogue integrated circuit design and analysis. You will gain experience in both the practical issues of device-level design and system-level performance requirements.

    Leadership and Project Management
    20 credits

    This module addresses your personal and/or professional development with a view to enhancing competences for service improvement in a rapidly changing health and healthcare environment. This module also focuses on pursuing excellence in leadership and project management principles and encouraging practice-led, applied knowledge to lead service improvement and/or policy change effectively and efficiently. 

    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.

    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.

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    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.

    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.

    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

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    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.

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    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.