BEng (Hons) Medical Engineering

Explore the relationship between engineering, material design, biology and the clinic on our BEng (Hons) in Medical Engineering. 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

Course details

The engineers of today will shape the healthcare industry of the future. As a Medical Engineering 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.

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: 96
  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BEng (Hons)
  • Duration: 4.5 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.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 96
  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BEng (Hons)
  • Duration: 4.5 years

Your Level 3 subjects must include mathematics or a science subject; for instance, A-level Biology/Physics or BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science/Engineering. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science. Please note that Health and Social Care is not acceptable as a science subject.

You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

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). 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 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

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more information

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


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

You should 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


International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

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.

  • 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
  • Advanced Biomechanics
  • BEng Individual Project

Teaching, learning and assessment

We use a variety of teaching methods to give you the fullest experience. As a Medical Engineering undergraduate, 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 (50%), Practical exams (15%), Written exams (35%)
Level Two Coursework (53%), Practical exams (13%), Written exams (33%)
Level Three Coursework (63%), Practical exams (18%), Written exams (18%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (69%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (31%)
Level Two Guided independent study (69%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (31%)
Level Three Guided independent study (73%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (27%)

Contact The University

Key facts

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

Contact us

Mohammad Sanami
Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903109

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