This exciting programme provides a grounding in the practical 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.
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2017
- Applications per place
- 8 (2015 entry)*
- Total intake
- 47 (2017 entry)*
- Mathematics and Physics required; grade A in Mathematics preferred.
- 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
- A score of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects, including Mathematics and Physics (grade 6 in Mathematics preferred), with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Edexcel Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), or Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma (NQF) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
D3,D3,D3 - D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Mathematics and Physics required. D3 in Mathematics preferred.
AAA-AAB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher - AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). Mathematics and Physics at Advanced Higher required
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA-AAB. Mathematics and Physics required.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a twelve-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- Academic lectures are supported by practical problem-solving tasks which develop understanding of teamwork, the design process and communication.
- We have close links to several major teaching hospitals and our staff work side-by-side with doctors and health professionals. Their expert knowledge will directly benefit your lectures and teaching sessions.
- Most biomedical engineering classes are small (fewer than 35 students) providing you with an informal, interactive teaching environment in which you can easily raise questions. Our department achieved 100% overall satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey.
- The programme is highly interdisciplinary, drawing not only from UCL's highly-rated Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, but also from a range of engineering and science subjects across UCL Engineering.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering.
- 95% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules 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).
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 biomedical engineering, including electronics and mechanics, with mathematical modelling and analysis, which are needed to design and develop complex medical technologies.
In year two, you will build upon the skills and knowledge you have already gained and take modules in areas of biomedical engineering such as anatomy and physiology, physics and biomechanics. You will also select an optional minor from a range offered across UCL Engineering, including programming, entrepreneurship or a foreign language.
In your third year you will study further modules from biomedical engineering and from your optional minor stream, and undertake a major project linked to research strengths across UCL Engineering and UCL?s substantial healthcare partners.
This degree is part of the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP), a teaching framework that engages students in specialist and interdisciplinary activities designed to create well-rounded graduates with a strong grasp of the fundamentals of their discipline and a broad understanding of the complexity and context of engineering problems. Students register for a core discipline, but also engage in activities that span departments so the development of fundamental technical knowledge takes place alongside specialist and interdisciplinary research-based projects and professional skills. This creates degrees encouraging professional development, with an emphasis on design and challenging students to apply knowledge to complex problems.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Analogue & Power Electronics
Design and Professional Skills
Materials & Mechanics
Mathematical Modelling and Analysis
Physics of the Human Body
All first year modules are compulsory.
Anatomy and Physiology
Design and Professional Skills
Mathematical Modelling and Analysis
Physics for Biomedical Engineering
Modules from across UCL Engineering
Computing in Medicine
Medical Electronics & Neutral Engineering
Students choose modules from across UCL 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 multidisciplinary nature of the work.
Modules are normally assessed by a combination of coursework and end-of-year examination.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Engineering (Biomedical) BEng.
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. First career destinations of recent graduates from our department (in the Medical Physics programme) include:
- NHS Manager, St George's Healthcare NHS Trust
- Trainee Clinical Scientist, King's College Hospital NHS Trust
- Full-time student, PhD in Medical Physics at the University of Cambridge
- Administration Officer, Deloitte
- Buyer, Jaguar Land Rover
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.
- UK/EU students
- £9,000 (2016/17)
- Overseas students
- £22,380 (2016/17)
Fees for students entering UCL in September 2017 (i.e. for the 2017/2018 academic year) will be set in the summer of 2016 and published on the UCL Current Students website. Fees advertised by UCL are for the first year of the programme. UK/EU undergraduate fees are capped, but fees for other students may be subject to increase in future years of study by between 3-5%.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Application and next steps
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.
Application deadline: 15 January 2017
Shortlisted candidates will be invited 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.
For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students