BEng (Hons) Medical Engineering with foundation year

Explore the relationship between engineering, material design, biology and the clinic on our BEng (Hons) in Medical Engineering with Foundation. You’ll have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art technology and professional sportspeople, building your knowledge in engineering design, medical equipment technology and biological systems.

BEng (Hons) Medical Engineering with foundation year

Course details

The engineers of today will shape the healthcare industry of the future. As a Medical Engineering with Foundation undergraduate at the University of Bolton, you’ll have the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of medical engineering principles and the role of the profession in relation to the real world problems of today.

The foundation year is the first year of this degree, offering an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of engineering, biology and mathematics. It’s designed to prepare you for degree level study.

This course aims to provide a comprehensive, future-proof overview of the medical engineering discipline, reflecting developments in sustainability, industry, technology, environment and society.

Studying across the subjects of engineering, mathematics and human biology, you’ll have the chance to work with international research teams and innovative biomedical technology to investigate medical equipment technology, design and test hypotheses, and assess the use of biomedical devices in healthcare.

Delivered through laboratory work, computer simulation, group activities, demonstrations and lectures, the course is designed to help you develop and apply problem solving, modelling and analytical abilities, as well as encourage stronger communication, reflection and personal development planning skills.

  • UCAS points: 48
  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BEng (Hons)
  • UCAS code: S330
  • Duration: 4 years

Course highlights:

  • You’ll have the opportunity to work with international research teams and technologically advanced equipment.
  • Combining practical and theoretical study, the course aims to help you develop knowledge and skills across disciplines like biomechatronics, biomaterials and biomedical devices, among other areas of expertise.
  • This course has been developed with input from key industry employers. We have strong industry links, reinforced by live briefs and case studies developed in conjunction with industry, as well as opportunities for placements.
  • You’ll have the chance to take part in exciting events like the IMechE engineering challenge, where you can design, create and operate a device to solve real world problems.
  • This course follows the guidelines developed by the Engineering Council (UK-SPEC).

Key features:

  • You may have opportunities to access advanced technology, such as our 3D motion capture system (with ground reaction force platforms), isokinetic dynamometer, mass spectrometer, 3D printing, teaching robot, composite materials manufacturing cell, engineering simulation software and confocal microscope.
  • You’ll have the chance to experience real life applications of biomedical devices in disease and rehabilitation contexts.
  • During the course, you’ll be introduced to subjects that explore the principles of medical engineering and the wider multidisciplinary engineering context, as well as related influencing factors, such as economic and ethical considerations.
  • On successful completion of this course, you’ll be awarded a BEng (Hons) in Medical Engineering with Foundation.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 48
  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BEng (Hons)
  • UCAS code: S330
  • Duration: 4 years

Your Level 3 subjects must include mathematics, science or another relevant subject; for instance, A-level Biology/Physics or BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science/Engineering. Please note that Health and Social Care is not considered a relevant subject.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science.

You may be required to attend an interview, provide a portfolio of work and take a diagnostic assessment. If the diagnostic assessment shows that you need additional mathematics tuition, you'll be required to take an additional module (Foundation Principles 0: ATT3037 ). This will help develop your understanding of the mathematics underpinning engineering and support you to succeed during your studies and future career.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

The role of a medical engineer involves the research and development of medical applications, treatments or diagnostic technologies. Responsibilities often include testing and evaluating medical devices and advising hospitals and medical centres on new biomedical purchases.

As a Medical Engineering with Foundation graduate, you’ll be detail-oriented and able to demonstrate creative and analytical thinking. You should also be able to demonstrate your skills in teamwork and leadership, as much of the work will be collaborative in nature.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduate medical engineers are employed by research organisations, manufacturers, government agencies or major medical centres and hospitals. Health authorities in the UK are one of the largest employers; there are employment opportunities within the NHS as a clinical engineer, providing a wide variety of diagnostic and therapeutic services in collaboration with medical professionals.

Medical engineers may specialise in medical devices, nanotechnology or other subjects. There are also employment opportunities in the broader mechanical engineering sector.

Alternative career options

  • Research and development
  • Teaching and education
  • Medical administration
  • Project management
  • Test engineering
  • Consultancy
  • Medical sales
  • Manufacturing
  • Medicine
  • Materials science
  • Civil engineering
  • Chemical engineering

Professional recognition

We’ll be seeking accreditation of the BEng (Hons) programme for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/232023/24
2019/20 £9,250£9,250£9,250£9,250-£37,000
2020/21 -nullnullnullnullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/232023/24
2019/20 £9,250£12,450£12,450£12,450-£46,600
2020/21 -nullnullnullnullnull

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


If you already have a UCAS application for September

If you have an application for September with UCAS and are applying through Clearing please ensure you have received a verbal offer from the University by calling 01204 903030.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211

If you have not yet applied through UCAS

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or


The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Foundation Principles 0
  • Foundation Principles 1
  • Engineering Study Skills
  • Engineering Technology
  • Principles of Biomolecular Science
  • Molecular Principles of Biomedical Engineering
  • Introduction to Biomechanics
  • Medical Sensory Devices and Measurement
  • Clinical Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biomedical Engineering Projects and Systems
  • Biomedical Engineering Modelling & Analysis
  • Medical Instrumentation and Control
  • Intermediate Biomechanics
  • Technology in Advanced Musculoskeletal Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Group Project and Investigation
  • Biomechatronics and Medical Devices
  • Medical Equipment Technology
  • Simulation of Medical Engineering Systems
  • Advanced Biomechatronic Systems
  • BEng Individual Project
  • Management and Enterprise in Engineering

Teaching, learning and assessment

We use a variety of teaching methods to give you the fullest experience. We’ll guide you through the theory of your subject in structured lectures and build on this by offering interactive and face-to-face tutorials, based on set exercises designed to test your problem solving capabilities. Guidance, discussion and feedback play an important part in these classes.

You’ll have the opportunity to assess case studies based on actual situations and take part in practical workshop sessions to apply your skills. In the lab, you’ll be encouraged to investigate information and experiment with methods for a greater understanding of your subject.

In terms of assessment, you’ll be set pieces of coursework, individual and group assignments, mini projects and participate in make-and-test activities to assess your progress. You’ll also be expected to develop and maintain an electronic Personal Development Plan, which will form the foundation of your Professional Development Plan – required for any application for membership of associated professional bodies.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (88%), Written exams (12%)
Level Two Coursework (52%), Practical exams (15%), Written exams (33%)
Level Three Coursework (52%), Practical exams (13%), Written exams (35%)
Level Coursework (68%), Practical exams (15%), Written exams (17%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (70%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (30%)
Level Two Guided independent study (66%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (34%)
Level Three Guided independent study (68%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (32%)
Level Guided independent study (76%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (24%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
  • Course type:
  • Start date:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BEng (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
  • Duration:
    4 years

Contact us

Safa Alhakeem
Programme Leader: Engineering Foundation Year
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903833

Mohammad Sanami
Programme Leader: BEng (Hons) Medical Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903109

Andy Baldwin
Admissions Tutor and Deputy Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903470

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903