Biomedical Engineering with Foundation Year - BEng/MEng *

UCAS Code:
H16F
Attendance:
Full Time (4 years)
Starting:
September 2019
Campus:

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.

What's covered in the 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

    Students outside Millennium Point

    Open Days

    Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Sunday 25 November 2018. Book your place to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

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    This course is not open to International students

    Subject to approval

    This course is in the final stages of approval to ensure it meets the very highest standards of quality, creativity and applied learning.

    Entry Requirements

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

    Essential Requirements

    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 2019/20
    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


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

    UK or EU students

    Award Start Mode Duration Fees
    BEng/MEng Sep 2019 FT 4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

    International Students

    Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

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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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    Foundation Year

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

    Mathematics for Engineers 1
    20 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.

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    Mathematics for Engineers 2
    20 credits

    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.

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    Practical Skills 1
    20 credits

    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.

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    Practical Skills 2
    20 credits

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

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    Engineering Science 1
    20 credits

    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.

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    Engineering Science 2
    20 credits

    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.

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    Year One

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

    Engineering Principles 1
    20 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.

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    Mathematical Modelling
    20 credits

    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.

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    Engineering Principles 2
    20 credits

    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.

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    Engineering Practice
    20 credits

    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.

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    Mathematical Modelling 2
    20 credits

    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.

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    Human Anatomy and Physiology for Biomedical Engineering
    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 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.

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    Year Two

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

    Mathematics and Signals and System
    20 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

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    Analogue and Digital Electronics
    20 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.

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    Engineering Electronic Systems
    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.

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    Research Methods for Science and Engineering
    20 credits

    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.

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    Introduction to Medical Physics in Biomedical Engineering
    20 credits

    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.

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    Medical Instrumentation and Measurements
    20 credits

    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.

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    Year Three

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

    Individual Research Project
    40 credits

    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.

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    Biomechanics for Biomedical Engineers
    20 credits

    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.

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    Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
    20 credits

    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.

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    Medical Devices and Equipment Life Cycle
    20 credits

    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.

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    Medical Image Processing
    20 credits

    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.

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    Year Four

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

    Group Research Project
    40 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.

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    Applied Digital Signal Processing
    20 credits

    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.

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    Healthcare Technology Management
    20 credits

    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.

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    Analogue Microelectronics and Integrated Architecture
    20 credits
    Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health and Healthcare
    20 credits

    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.

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    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.

    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.

    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

    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

    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.