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Aston University, Birmingham

Biomedical Engineering

UCAS Code: H542

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

A levels BBC must include one subject from: Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Biology/ Engineering Science or Electronics. Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies. We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits and only your latest grades will be accepted. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15,P:0

your Access to HE must include at least 25 credits in any of the following subjects: maths, physics, electronics, biology, design technology or engineering science

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Five GCSEs which must include Mathematics and English all at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

29 points overall and must include grades 5, 5, 4 in Higher Level subjects which must include Maths or Physics or Design Technology. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Mathematics and English.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

If BTEC is being taken in Engineering or a related subject then you are not required to take an additional A Level. For any other BTEC subjects, you must also achieve a grade B in one subject from: Math/ Physics/ Further Maths/ Design Technology/ Biology/Engineering Science or Electronics.

UCAS Tariff

112

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Biomedical engineering

Our three year BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering course bridges the gap between health, medicine and engineering. Studying at Aston University gives you the hands-on skills, knowledge and experience to help create the healthcare practices of tomorrow.

As a biomedical engineer, you will have the skills, flexibility and knowledge to be involved in a wide number of activities such as developing innovative devices and delivering expert services directly to patients. Through a combination of our deep links into industry and world-class, state-of-the-art facilities, Aston is the ideal place to prepare for a successful and enriching career that improves and saves lives.

Learning on the course is enhanced with visits to clinical settings and manufacturers, designed to inspire your sense of innovation and entrepreneurship. In fact, we’re partners in the Medical Device Testing and Evaluation centre (MD-TEC) based in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. This means you’ll have access to over 100 companies developing real-world health products in an entrepreneurial environment with mock operating theatres and wards.

**Key course benefits:**

- Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

- 93.8% of students found the course intellectually stimulating (NSS, 2019)

- Learn in our state-of-the-art facilities, includingmovement lab and 3D workstations.

- Students who achieve an average mark of 50% in the third year of the BEng program can choose to enter the MEng (you can convert to this programme at any time during the BEng).

Modules

Year 1
Study a range of core modules including: Software Engineering, Human Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Project 1, Electronics Engineering Fundamentals, Engineering Science 1, Materials and Manufacturing 1, and Mathematical Modelling for Engineers.

Year 2
Develop your skills and knowledge further by studying a range of cor modules including: Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Kinematics, Biomedical Signal Processing, Medical Biophysics, Biofluid Mechanics, and Biomedical Engineering Project 2.

Final Year
Expand your understanding of advanced topics and complete your individual research project with the development of a complete medical device: from concept to final prototype design. Core modules include: Computational Methods in Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Implants and Prosthetics, Medical Imaging, Biotechnology and Regenerative Medicine, and Research Project.

For more information, please visit our website.

Assessment methods

The course is designed to be interactive with a range of teaching methods and learning styles. You will have the opportunity to learn via a diverse range of learning methods, such as: hands-on practical sessions, lectures, lab classes, project work, interactive workshops, video and computer-aided learning, and regular visits from clinics and manufacturers; giving you exclusive insight into the latest clinical trials and medical devices. Assessments are linked to learning outcomes, and we use a wide range of methods including exams, essay, reports, presentations, project work and computer based assessment. You will also take part in a mix of individual and group work to allow innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership skills to be developed.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
International
£19,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

School of Engineering and Applied Science

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

90%
high
Biomedical engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Bioengineering, medical and biomedical engineering

Teaching and learning

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

100%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
40%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
58%
Male students
42%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£25,140
med
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
76%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Engineering professionals
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
5%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Engineering

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£26k

£26k

£33k

£33k

£37k

£37k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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