Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering


MEng in Engineering (Biomedical)

Programme Leader: Dr Terence Leung

Admissions Tutor: Dr Brad TreebyIdentifying 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 tuition 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, and carry out a design project. The highlight of year 4 will be your individual research project. We also offer a Study Abroad route whereby MEng students can spend their third year in an overseas institution. 

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. In year 3, you will complete a group design project. This builds to your major research project which you will carry out in year 4 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 examination.