Medical Engineering BEng

Year of entry

2024 course information

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UCAS code
HHH1
Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
Duration
3 years full time
Work placement
Optional
Study abroad
Optional
Typical A-level offer
A*AA (specific subject requirements)
Typical Access to Leeds offer
AAB
Full entry requirements
Accredited
Yes

Course overview

A photograph of two Medical engineering students performing an experiment.

From high-tech operating theatres and biomaterials to medical wearables and implant technologies, medical engineers play a crucial part in the evolution of modern healthcare. Bridging the gap between engineering and medicine through a multidisciplinary approach – medical engineering solutions combine knowledge of the body with engineering principles, technology, mechanics and innovation to develop tools for the medical community to improve the health and wellbeing of the population.

The next generation of medical engineers will help to advance healthcare performance and outcomes, not only through innovative new treatment approaches but also in monitoring, diagnosis, therapy and rehabilitation of patients.

Studying medical engineering at Leeds will open up a whole world of opportunities for your career. You’ll develop your abilities, knowledge and skills across the full range of medical engineering disciplines, from the fundamentals of design and manufacture to fluid dynamics. You’ll also have scope to specialise in fields that interest you, such as joint replacement technology, biomaterials and tissue engineering.

Our degree programmes are recognised internationally and we are known for developing world-leading medical engineers who help meet the challenges facing the healthcare sector. We are closely linked with the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering which provides a platform for clinical research and at the University, and our active Industrial Advisory Board helps inform the development of this course to ensure that it is up-to-date with industry developments and requirements. This is why our graduates are so in demand by industry, and why our course is accredited by the leading professional bodies.

This is a practical course, so you’ll benefit from specialist facilities including extensive lab space and equipment, our high-spec CAD cluster for design work, and workshop facilities for various rapid prototyping systems. You’ll also develop your programming skills in industry standard languages like LabVIEW, giving you everything you need to get started on your career in mechanical engineering.

Why study at Leeds:

  • Work on your own mechanical projects, putting into practice what you have learned by designing, manufacturing and assembling devices and testing their performance.
  • Develop your experience and boost your career prospects with our industrial placement opportunities or study abroad programmes.
  • Take advantage of our world leading research here at Leeds, which helps to solve real world mechanical engineering problems.
  • Make the most of your time at Leeds by joining our student society MechEngSoc. It’s a great opportunity for you to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds. Enjoy a variety of social events throughout the academic year.

Join our online taster courses

Our five-part series of short courses offers a great introduction to medical device design and the exciting future of medical technology. Join today on FutureLearn.

Accreditation

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. An accredited mechanical engineering course must meet the quality standards set by the IMechE.

The BEng is accredited as partially satisfying the educational base for CEng status. A course of accredited further learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.

Course details

You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor’s (BEng) degree.

The first two years of our degree courses share the same set of compulsory modules, giving you the flexibility to switch between our different degrees. In year three you’ll take modules in your chosen specialism. You’ll also study engineering ethics throughout your course, with lectures and/or seminars in each year of study.

Years 1 and 2

You’ll study compulsory modules to establish the core mechanical engineering principles required by all branches of mechanical engineering. You’ll design, build and test four-wheel buggies and take part in ‘The Daring Dash’ competition, which is typically sponsored by National Instruments and Jaguar Land Rover. The challenge is to build an autonomous, electric-powered buggy to travel over an uneven course and stop on a bull’s-eye.

Since many engineers go on to positions where they have management responsibilities, you’ll also develop your knowledge of business practices by studying Economics and Management, taught by the Leeds University Business School.

Year 3

You’ll build your knowledge in year 3, when you’ll take specialist medical engineering modules. These will allow you to explore Structure and Function of the Body and Biomedical Engineering Design, and consider a medical device from conception through regulatory approval to delivery to the market (and ultimately the patient). There is also an opportunity to study with the University’s medical physicists and learn more about specific medical imaging modalities such as X-Ray and MRI.

Your third year project will be a large individual research project, where you can get involved in an area of current research within the School and will be assigned an academic supervisor for guidance and support.

Recent level three projects have included:

  • Finite element analysis of musculoskeletal joints
  • Assistive Robotic Exoskeletons
  • Fem-Tech: transforming the future of women
  • Surgical-Tech Lab: Developing Soft Sensing Technologies

One-year optional work placement or study abroad

To advance your skill set and boost your experience, you can choose to take up an industrial placement or study abroad at one of the many universities we’re in partnership with worldwide. Both of these options will extend your degree by 12 months.

Engineering ethics

Ethics plays an integral role in the engineering practices of today, which is why you’ll study engineering ethics as part of your course. You’ll be taught by academics from the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre, as well as your lecturers, covering a wide range of topics such as professionalism and codes of conduct, corporate social responsibility, engineering and responsibility, ethics in innovation and research ethics.

The ethics training will advance your critical thinking, communication and creative problem-solving skills which are crucial to employers, but it will also help you identify and respond effectively to ethical dilemmas that you may encounter in your professional life in the engineering industry.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Medical Engineering BEng in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Computers in Engineering Analysis 20
Design and Manufacture 1 20
Thermofluids 1 20
Solid Mechanics 20
Engineering Materials 20
Engineering Mathematics 20

Year 2 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Engineering Mechanics 20
Vibration and Control 20
Design and Manufacture 2 20
Economics and Management 20
Mechatronics and Measurement Systems 20
Thermofluids 2 20

Year 3 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Structure and Function of the Body 10
Biomedical Engineering Design 20
Additive Manufacturing 20
Individual Engineering Project 40
Finite Element Methods of Analysis 20

Year 3 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 10
Medical X-ray imaging 10

Learning and teaching

You’ll benefit from our integrated style of learning and teaching. Laboratory classes, project work, and industry sponsored fieldwork allow you to gain hands-on experience investigating and applying material from your lectures and tutorials to real life work situations. We also organise industrial visits and offer additional seminars delivered by practising engineers and other professionals. Our close links with industry also mean that you’ll have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course.

You’ll have a designated personal tutor throughout your studies at Leeds, who will be an academic member of staff. You’ll have fortnightly academic tutorials with your tutor throughout your first two years, in your tutor group (of typically 5 students), as well as one-to-one meetings twice per semester. In addition, our excellent student support team is based close to where you’ll work and study to help with anything from academic advice to timetabling and project submission enquiries. You will also receive support from fellow students through our peer mentoring scheme.

Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.

You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through both written examinations, held at the end of each year, and through coursework in the form of reports, projects, presentations and posters.

Entry requirements

A-level: A*AA including Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry, with the A* in Mathematics or Physics if presented.

Where an A-level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-level at the stated grade.

Excludes A-level General Studies or Critical Thinking.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), International Project Qualification (IPQ) and Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (ASCC): Whilst we recognise the value of these qualifications and the effort and enthusiasm that applicants put into them, we do not currently include them as part of our offer-making. We do, however, encourage you to provide further information on your project in your personal statement.

GCSE: English Language at grade C (4) or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.

Alternative qualification

Access to HE Diploma

Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, with Distinction, to include Mathematics, Calculus, Further Calculus and Physics, Chemistry or Biology.

BTEC

DDD (RQF) in an Engineering-related BTEC and a grade A in A Level Mathematics.

We cannot consider BTEC qualifications without A Level Mathematics and do not accept BTEC Maths units in lieu of this A Level requirement

Please note – there may be different requirements for the older QCF BTECs, please contact Admissions.

Cambridge Pre-U

D2, D3, D3 including Mathematics and either Physics, Chemistry or Biology, where the D2 must be in either Mathematics or Physics.

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 6 points in higher level Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry.

Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)

H1 H1 H2 H2 H2 H2, including Mathematics and either Physics, Chemistry or Biology, where a H1 must be in either Mathematics or Physics.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AA at Advanced Higher level including Mathematics and either Physics, Chemistry or Biology, and AAAAA at Higher level.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds A Level offer: AAB including Mathematics and either Physics, Chemistry or Biology, with an A in Mathematics or Physics if presented.

Please note that the Access to Leeds offer is dependant on completion of the Access to Leeds Scheme.

For alternative qualification offers please contact the admissions team.

If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degrees, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. We offer a Studies in Science with Foundation Year BSc for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science with Foundation Year BSc for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each section. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.


Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

Fees

UK: £9,250 (per year)

International: £27,500 (per year)

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will remain capped at £9,250 for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 and 2024/25 are available on individual course pages.

Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Applying

Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

We typically receive a high number of applications for this course. To ensure we treat all applications fairly, we may put your application on hold until after the UCAS deadline before making a final decision. All applications received before the UCAS deadline are guaranteed equal consideration.

This course is not accepting applications for deferred entry.

Read our admissions guidance and see ‘application decisions’ for details.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2024

Contact us

School of Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Admissions

Email: ugmech@leeds.ac.uk
Telephone:

Career opportunities

The employment opportunities in the field of medical engineering are far-reaching, with the potential to take you all over the world.

University of Leeds students are among the top five most targeted by top employers according to The Graduate Market 2022, High Fliers Research, meaning our graduates are highly sought after by some of the most reputable companies in the field.

Qualifying with a degree in medical engineering from Leeds will set you up with the core foundations you need to pursue an exciting career. The breadth of knowledge and experience, along with the teamwork, problem solving, engineering ethics, numeracy and analysis skills taught on the course are widely transferable and desirable to a whole host of employers.

Here’s an insight into the job roles some of our most recent graduates have obtained:

  • Medical Device Specialist, Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • Regulatory Affairs Consultant, MedPass International
  • Medical Scientist, NHS
  • Graduate Manufacturing Engineer, Saint-Gobain
  • Procurement Engineer, Siemens Healthineers
  • New Product Development, Biomet UK ltd
  • Research Fellow, Bradford Teaching Hospitals
  • Senior Engineer, Chromalox
  • Test Engineer, Depuy International Ltd
  • Bioengineer, DePuy Orthopaedics
  • Research and Test Engineer, DePuy Synthes
  • Bioengineer, DePuy Synthes Institute
  • Senior Clinical Researcher, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
  • Development Quality Engineer, Lombard Medical Technologies
  • Tech Sales, Rigel Medical

Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our graduates are working.

Careers support

At Leeds we help you to prepare for your future from day one. Our Leeds for Life initiative is designed to help you develop and demonstrate the skills and experience you need for when you graduate. We will help you to access opportunities across the University and record your key achievements so you are able to articulate them clearly and confidently.

You will be supported throughout your studies by our dedicated Employability team, who will provide you with specialist support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and industrial placements, as well as graduate positions. You’ll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers.

You will also have full access to the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

Studying abroad is a unique opportunity to explore the world, whilst gaining invaluable skills and experience that could enhance your future employability and career prospects too.

From Europe to Asia, the USA to Australasia, we have many University partners worldwide you can apply to, spanning across some of the most popular destinations for students.

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

The graduate recruitment market is highly competitive so it’s important that you stand out. An industrial placement could be the opportunity you need to impress potential employers and improve your chances of securing the career you want.

Benefits of a work placement year:

  • 100+ organisations to choose from, both in the UK and overseas
  • All placements are salaried
  • Build industry contacts within your chosen field
  • Our close industry links mean you’ll be in direct contact with potential employers
  • Advance your experience and skills by putting the course teachings into practice
  • Gain invaluable insight into working as a professional in this industry
  • Improve your employability

If you decide to undertake a placement year, this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you will be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.

With the help and support of our dedicated Employability team, you can find the right placement to suit you and your future career goals.

Alumni profile: Martha Hayward

The best aspect of my course was all of the group work we got to do and the direct interaction I got to have with hospitals and other industries due to the type of research happening.
Find out more about Martha Hayward's time at Leeds