Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2016

Engineering (Biomedical) BEng

This exciting 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.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Engineering (Biomedical) BEng
UCAS code
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
Total intake (by subject area)
40 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
15 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
95% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Mathematics and Physics required; grade A in Mathematics preferred.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
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

IB Diploma

A score of 16-18 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:

Equivalent qualification

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,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Mathematics and Physics required.

AAA-ABB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher - AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). Mathematics and Physics at Advanced Higher required

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma Core with between grade A, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grade AA, or successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma Core with grade B plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades AA-AB. Mathematics and Physics required, preferably with an A in Mathematics.

International applications

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

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate 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: 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.

Degree benefits

  • 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.
  • 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.

Degree structure

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).

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, mathematical modelling and analysis, which are 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 medical imaging, 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 UCL Engineering.

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.

Year One

Compulsory courses

Integrated Engineering
Mathematical Modelling and Analysis
Design and Professional Skills
Cardiac Engineering
Electronics and Instrumentation

Optional courses

All first year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Mathematical Modelling and Analysis
Design and Professional Skills
Anatomy and Physiology
Clinical Engineering
Medical Imaging

Optional courses

Courses from across UCL Engineering

Final Year

Compulsory course

Research Project

Optional courses

Topics include:

Imaging using Ionising Radiation
Imaging using Non-ionising Radiation
Optics in Medicine
Treatment with Ionising Radiation
Courses from across UCL Engineering

Your learning

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.

Further Information

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:

  • Trainee Clinical Scientist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (2013)
  • IT Graduate Trainee, Schroders (2013)
  • Assistant Radiotherapy Technologist, Churchill Hospital NHS (2013)

*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 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

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


UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£22,380 (2016/17)


Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance


The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Application and next steps

Your application

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 2016


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