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Dr Terence Leung
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0272
Engineering (Biomedical) BEng
UCAS Code: HC60
This exciting new programme provides a grounding in the application of engineering principles and design concepts to healthcare technologies. It draws on the research strengths of UCL and its excellent links to local hospitals, and prepares graduates to work in a wide range of technology areas from imaging and diagnosis to monitoring and treatment.
|Subjects||Mathematics and Physics preferred.|
|AS Levels||A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.|
|GCSEs||English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs|
|Subjects||A score of 16-18 points in three higher level subjects, preferably including Mathematics and Physics, with no score lower than 5.|
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
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In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
University Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- We have close links to several major teaching hospitals and our staff work side-by-side with doctors and health professionals.
- With our highly rated research, the expert knowledge of our staff will directly benefit the lectures and teaching sessions you attend.
- The programme is highly interdisciplinary, drawing not only from UCL’s highly-rated Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering, but also from a range of engineering and science subjects across UCL Engineering.
We offer the option of studying a three-year Engineering (Biomedical) BEng or a more in-depth four-year Engineering (Biomedical) MEng programme. The first two years of study for both programmes are identical and transfer between the two is possible up to the end of the second year. We advise applying for the MEng initially which makes it easier to defer your decision.
In your first year, you will receive an introduction to medical imaging, modelling and analysis and the mathematics and engineering needed to design and develop complex medical technologies.
In your second year, you will build upon the skills and knowledge you have already gained and will receive an introduction to biophysics, as well as choosing optional courses from a range offered across UCL Engineering.
In your third year you will undertake a major project linked to research strengths across UCL Engineering and UCL’s substantial healthcare partners. You will also choose optional courses from a range offered across the Faculty of Engineering Sciences.
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.
Courses are normally assessed by a combination of coursework and end-of-year examination.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Further details available on degree page of subject website:
Engineers tend to be logical, numerate problem solvers and there is a demand for people who have developed such skills in a wide range of careers.
As the first cohort of students on the Engineering (Biomedical) programmes are not due to graduate until 2017, no information is currently available about their career destinations.
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
Your application will be especially interesting to us if you can demonstrate your interest in the medical applications of physics and 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.
How to Apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 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 will conduct a telephone or Skype interview.