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Biomedical Engineering

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

A level Mathematics/Physics and one other science at grade B. Acceptable Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

including relevant science units.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M2

Principal subjects must include Mathematics/Physics and one other science.

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Mathematics/Physics and one other science at grade 5 at Higher Level.

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

DDD

including relevant science modules.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

Mathematics/Physics and one other science at grade B.

UCAS Tariff

128-147

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

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Biomedical engineering

Our MEng Biomedical Engineering course will allow you to develop engineering solutions to solve healthcare problems while working alongside world experts in electronics, physiology, robotics and genetics.

Grounded in the fundamental principles of engineering and relevant aspects of biology and medicine, the MEng covers the design of devices, systems and techniques for the diagnosis, monitoring, management and treatment of diseases, lesions, disorders and infirmity. Major areas covered include biomedical instrumentation and imaging technology, rehabilitation and assistive technology, wearable devices, brain-computer interfaces, biomaterials and synthetic biology.

We are conducting world-renowned research in the fields of neural engineering, rehabilitation and medical technology. During your degree you will have the opportunity to undertake original research in the above fields, while completing your final-year project.

Our new £60m Health and Life Sciences building will open in 2020. As the new home of the School of Biological Sciences, it will offer state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, and plenty of study and social space, including a café. The building will also house the Cole Museum of Zoology. The collection, featuring over 3,500 natural history specimens, provides a fantastic resource for biological scientists and the wider community.

**Placement**

The School of Biological Sciences has excellent relationships with a number of organisations in the world of biomedical engineering, including GSK and Microchip Ltd. At the end of your second year as a MEng student, you can undertake a one-year placement within the industry. This offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field while building a network of colleagues who may significantly aid you in your career.

During your placement year, you will still be a student of the University of Reading and will have regular contact with an academic overseeing placements.

If you do not want to undertake a placement for one year, then you can take a 10-credit placement module and get credit towards your degree. This second year module allows you to work with our industrial partners over a shorter time period, usually over the summer.

**Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme**

If you are interested in a career as a researcher, then the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) is ideal for you. Students participating in UROP work with academic staff on research projects across the University. Placements can be either for 6 weeks over the summer vacation, or a longer period, if part-time.

UROP offers you a unique opportunity to contribute to the creation of knowledge and successful projects can lead to an invitation to continue your career in research through a PhD programme.

**Careers**

As an MEng graduate you will be well equipped to pursue either subsequent PhD studies, a career in industry, the health professions or academia.

The MEng will provide you with practical, laboratory-based engineering experience in the design, construction, testing and characterisation of devices and systems for biomedical applications; and knowledge of state-of-the-art biomedical technology as applied in clinical practice. You will also develop your skills in mathematics, programming and relevant areas of science and technology. You will understand all aspects of medical ethics and health and safety issues associated with biomedical technology.

Along with the practical skills necessary for a career in the biomedical sector, you will also have the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills, including problem solving and the ability to work in an academic, industrial or research environment as an individual or as part of a team.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

* Building blocks of life
* Biocybernetics
* Biologically inspired computing
* Clinical biomedicine
* Synthetic biology

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£23,700
per year
International
£23,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School of Construction Management and Engineering

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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.

93%
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

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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

86%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
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?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
54%
Male students
46%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
C
B

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.

90%
low
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
26%
Engineering professionals
13%
Science, engineering and production technicians

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.

£24k

£24k

£32k

£32k

£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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