BEng in Engineering (Biomedical)
Programme Leader: Dr Terence Leung
Admissions Tutor: Dr Brad Treeby
Identifying new technologies and methods for diagnosing, treating and managing diseases is vital to human wellbeing, and UCL Medical Physics and Bioengineering is in the forefront of research in this area. Our world-leading research includes medical imaging, physiological monitoring, the development of implanted devices and the design and production of incontinence products.
In your first year, you will receive an introduction to biomedical engineering, problem solving in engineering and the mathematics and engineering needed to design and develop complex medical technologies. The second year will build upon the skills and knowledge you have already gained and provide more focussed tutition on clincial engineering, anatomy and physiology and other areas of biomedical engineering, as well as choosing optional courses from a range offered across UCL Engineering. In year 3, you will also take more advanced modules in biomedical engineering and choose further optional courses.
Open ended problem solving classes are embedded into each year of the programme. You will tackle most of these tasks in small groups. In years 1 and 2, we suspend lectures for six one-week periods (two in year 1, four in year 2) when you will be put into groups and given tasks to solve. Some are highlighted on our teaching blog. This builds to your major research project which you will carry out in year 3 where you will choose a project from a list provided by researchers in a range of areas of biomedical engineering.
As well as attending lectures, you will also undertake tutorials and practical work, including projects. Projects are conducted in active, well-equipped research groups, often involving collaborations with local hospitals. Many biomedical engineering lectures and projects are taken by a mix of biomedical engineering, medical physics and medical students, reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of the work. Our programmes offer regular opportunities for students to put their learning into practice through the use of scenarios. Individual support is offer to all student through a personal tutorial system.
Courses are normally assessed by a combination of coursework and end-of-year examinations.
- Cardiac Engineering
- Introduction to Medical Imaging
- Materials and Mechanics
- Medical Instrumentation 1
- Physics of the Human Body
- Integrated Engineering
- Design and Professional Skills
- Mathematical Modelling Analysis 1
In your second year you will select a 'minor' stream from a range offered across UCL Engineering, which include streams in programming, biomechanics, management or languages. You will take 3 modules as part of the minor stream, one in the second year and two in the third year.
- Physics for Biomedical Engineering
- Anatomy and Physiology with Biomedical Applications
- Clinical Engineering
- Design and Professional Skills in Biomedical Engineering
- Medical Instrumentation 2
- Mathematical Modelling & Analysis 2
- Fundamentals of Biomechanics
- x1 module from Minor stream
Admissions Tutor: Dr Bradley Treeby
Subjects: Mathematics & Physics required at Grade A.
Your application will be especially interesting to us if you can demonstrate your interest in the medical applications of engineering. You should be motivated by a desire to apply your training to the pursuit of improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Relevant work experience, project work and your knowledge of issues and current affairs surrounding this field will assist your application.
Application for admission should be made through UCAS. Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
Wherever possible, we will invite you for interview and to tour UCL and the departments in which your teaching will take place. During your visit you will be able to view our facilities and meet staff and current students. If you are based overseas we can interview by telephone or Skype.
Biomedical engineering is officially the second best job in the world!, but just because you study biomedical engineering doesn’t mean you have to work as one. The skills you develop in an engineering degree are highly sought after across a wide range of career paths.
On graduation, you will have a strong grounding in the fundamentals and application of biomedical engineering, as well as transferable leadership, teamwork and communication skills and the ability to work flexibly, creatively and internationally. Our students leave us and go on to make changes whatever they choose to do.
You’ll be a good problem solver, keenly numerate and skilled in analysis – but you’ll also be well-rounded, with an understanding of the impact of engineering on society, and with experience working in teams. Engineering and technology industries are obvious destinations, but around half of our graduates go elsewhere – pursuing careers in architecture, web design, teaching, the Civil Service, financial analysis, and much more.
Whatever they do, the majority of UCL Engineering graduates take up work at a graduate level (2005-2011 figures from the independently-conducted HESA survey suggest that 92% of graduates started work at a graduate level), and are well compensated for their effort, with a median starting salary of £29,483.