Medical Engineering (MEng)

The Cardiff programme is one of the most established in the UK, and is perfectly suited to anyone wishing to combine classical engineering training with a medical application.

Medical Engineering is a relatively new area of undergraduate study. You will benefit from teaching by a dedicated team of research-active academic staff, in addition to receiving lectures by colleagues from Cardiff School of Biosciences, School of Medicine and Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust. The aim of the programme is to produce a highly competent engineer who can pursue a career in clinical engineering, bioengineering or engineering fields outside medicine.

By opting for the MEng qualification, you can use the last two years to expand and strengthen your knowledge in Medical Engineering. This offers you a quicker, more direct route to chartered engineer status and has therefore become the preferred route to becoming a chartered engineer. By choosing the MEng you will benefit from advanced learning in design and management and an appreciation of the techniques required to manage and organise a multi-disciplinary engineering design project.

Key facts

Duration4 years
AccreditationsEngineering Council
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Typical places availableThe School typically has approx 230 places available
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives approx 1270 applications
Scholarships and bursaries
Typical A level offerAAA. A-level Mathematics is required or equivalent
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerWBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (excluding Mathematics)
Typical International Baccalaureate offer32-36 points, including 5 in higher level Mathematics and a Science
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
QAA subject benchmark

Engineering 2010, UK-SPEC 2010.

Academic School
Admissions tutor(s)

Dr Rhys Pullin , Admissions Tutor

    The MEng programme is a Medical Engineering degree which leads to a higher qualification than the traditional BEng programme, and requires an additional year of study. The programme shares the first two years with the BEng programme, while you can use the last two years to expand and strengthen your knowledge in Medical Engineering. This offers you a quicker, more direct route to chartered engineer status than the BEng programme and has therefore become the preferred route to becoming a chartered engineer. By choosing the MEng you will benefit from advanced learning in design and management and an appreciation of the techniques required to manage and organise a multi-disciplinary engineering design project.

    There is a great deal of choice available to you at the Cardiff School of Engineering as it is one of a few Schools to offer both sandwich and full time MEng and BEng degree schemes in Medical Engineering.

    We place a great emphasis on flexibility, and appreciate that you may be unsure of your future and which path to choose. If you are unable to decide which degree programme is the right one for you, you can change your course at a later date.

    Year one

    Year one aims to ensure that students develop a fundamental knowledge of all relevant subjects. Theory is delivered within lectures and is supported by a dedicated double-module of laboratory experiments that comprises one-sixth of the year.

    Module titleModule codeCredits
    Mechanics 2EN107610 credits
    Anatomy and PhysiologyAN112010 credits
    Communication Skills in English and Professional StudiesEN104710 credits
    Engineering ApplicationsEN104820 credits
    Thermofluids 1EN107410 credits
    Materials and ManufactureEN107710 credits
    Network AnalysisEN106410 credits
    Engineering AnalysisEN109020 credits
    Mechanics 1EN107510 credits
    Computing 1EN104210 credits

    Year two

    Year two begins applying engineering knowledge to medical applications, while further developing the fundamental theories learnt in year one. Additionally, dedicated Anatomy & Physiology modules are delivered in both years to ensure the students have sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge.

    Module titleModule codeCredits
    Electronic Engineering 2EN207710 credits
    Biomechanics 1EN245110 credits
    Materials and ManufactureEN203110 credits
    Electronic Engineering 1EN205210 credits
    Solid MechanicsEN200210 credits
    Thermofluids 2EN204210 credits
    Anatomy and Physiology 2EN245410 credits
    DesignEN260420 credits
    Engineering AnalysisEN203010 credits
    Introduction To Economics, Law, Accounting and Management ScienceEN200910 credits

    Module titleModule codeCredits
    DynamicsEN203210 credits
    Control and InstrumentationEN203710 credits

    Year three

    Year three is structured around providing students with the opportunity to integrate their medical and engineering knowledge, as they tackle a number of realistic clinical challenges throughout a variety of applied modules. Twenty five per cent of this academic year is also devoted to the Individual Project, where students select an area of research interest and then conduct a period of guided study. Recent projects have included: Linking Brain Imaging with Motion Analysis; Computational Modelling of Blood Flow in Cerebral Aneurysm; Football Injuries from Collision with the Ground; Biomechanical Analysis of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

    Module titleModule codeCredits
    Biomechanics 2EN345010 credits
    Biomaterials and Tissue EngineeringEN346010 credits
    ProjectEN310030 credits
    Medical Electronics 1EN346110 credits
    Engineering ApplicationsEN345310 credits
    Electronic Engineering 3EN351610 credits
    Business ManagementEN300410 credits
    Clinical EngineeringEN345910 credits

    Module titleModule codeCredits
    Fluid MechanicsEN304510 credits
    Microprocessors & Instrumentation Sys.EN350710 credits
    Solid MechanicsEN303710 credits
    Fluid Power & ControlEN351310 credits
    Quality and ReliabilityEN364010 credits

    Year four

    One-half of year four involves working within groups to tackle two substantial medical engineering research projects. A number of specialist medical engineering modules (eg sports biomechanics, forensic engineering) are also delivered that are aligned with key research interests of academic staff.

    Module titleModule codeCredits
    ErgonomicsEN411920 credits
    Medical Image ProcessingEN450510 credits
    Biomechanics and Biomedical EngineeringEN410730 credits
    Clinical Engineering 2EN450610 credits
    Medical Device EvaluationEN410810 credits
    Management in IndustryEN400410 credits

    Module titleModule codeCredits
    Automotive DesignEN410130 credits
    Integrated Building DesignEN410230 credits
    The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

    The Cardiff School of Engineering is an integrated School with a reputation for providing education of the highest quality. The School is renowned for its up-to-date teaching and research facilities and its strong links with industry. The School's graduate students are in great demand from industry and the public sector across the UK, and internationally.

    No matter which degree programme you choose, you will be taught the fundamental aspects of engineering through a combination of lectures and tutorials, supplemented by the practical aspects of engineering which are taught through laboratory and project-based work. Our teaching is organised into modules and you will take twelve modules per year, normally six in each of the two semesters. Each semester consists of eleven teaching weeks, one revision week and an examination period. Staff are always happy to clarify any material or answer any of your questions and help with specific aspects of a module can be directly obtained from your lecturers.

    Your progress in each module is usually assessed mid-way through each semester (through a one hour test) to give you feedback on your progress, then finally at the end of the appropriate semester. Assessment is undertaken using a variety of different methods including formal written examinations, case studies, assignments and project work.

    Your first year of academic life will expose you to a broad range of new and exciting experiences. To help you through this transitional period in your life, upon starting your studies at Cardiff, you will be assigned a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff associated with your degree programme. Your tutor will be there to advise you on academic, non-academic and personal matters in a confidential and informal manner as and when you need some guidance. We aim to help you overcome any problem, however big or small, as smoothly and quickly as possible.

    Medical Engineering

    Graduate medical engineers benefit from employment opportunities within both the medical engineering and also broader mechanical engineering sector. Recent Cardiff graduates are now employed in medical engineering companies including Finsbury Orthopaedics, DePuy International, and Huntleigh Medical. Medical engineers can also pursue a career in the healthcare sector. Cardiff graduates regularly earn positions in the highly competitive Clinical Engineer/Scientist training scheme ( for further details), whilst other students have used their degree as a precursor to other vocations.

    Numerous opportunities are also available worldwide for postgraduate study, with many graduates having since been awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students have also sought further specialisation by studying for a Master of Science (MSc) qualification. Graduating with an IMechE accredited degree also allows students to work within the mechanical engineering sector.

    Engineering in general

    In 2012, 90% of the School's graduates were in employment or further study within six months of graduation.Our graduates occupy key positions in leading firms where engineering skills are required, such as Halcrow, Atkins, BP, BAe Sytems, RWE npower, Mott McDonald, Network Rail, Rolls Royce, Ford, Tata Steel, Nokia, Bosch, and beyond. Our graduates have also moved on to work within local governments, UK and international utility companies and organisations such as Climate Energy and GlaxoSmithKline.

    If you are seeking to formally enhance your degree, choosing the Year in Industry programme at Cardiff is a good option as we have an official partnership with the City and Guilds of London Institute which will enable you to achieve the Senior Award of Licentiateship after successfully completing your placement. This is a professional qualification which rewards work related competence and expertise and is widely recognised by employers. If you hold the award you are entitled to use the letters LCGI after your name.

    Being at the forefront of engineering research means that Cardiff has excellent links with industry and the policy of the school is scrutinised by a panel of top industrialists on a regular basis. In addition, numerous links have been developed with companies, both in the UK and overseas, through our Year in Industry programmes and through consultancy work by staff. This involves advising on matters such as energy policy, bridge design, magnetic materials and semiconductor devices. You can be confident therefore that Cardiff's School of Engineering has an ethos which is entirely focused on providing you with the knowledge, experience and connections to succeed in your chosen career.


    4 Year(s)

    Next intake

    September 2016

    Places available

    Typical places available

    The School admits c350 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes

    Applications received

    Typical applications received



    QAA subject benchmark

    QAA subject benchmark

    Engineering 2010, UK-SPEC 2010.

    What are the aims of this Programme?

    The BEng (Hons) programme aims to:

    • produce graduates who appreciate how, and why, to bridge the disciplines of engineering and medicine/clinical sciences;
    • produce engineering graduates, educated in the application of a broad spectrum of fundamental science and engineering principles to real-life technological, financial, regulatory, managerial and ethical problems encountered in the medical engineering profession, and to produce graduates who are equipped to be key professional players in the wider industry, the professions, and public service;
    • produce graduates who are numerate, literate, analytical, articulate, practical, adaptive, creative, confident and inquisitive;
    • provide students with sound knowledge and skills, confidence to solve multi-disciplinary problems in the medical engineering context, ability to exercise original thought, have good professional judgment and take responsibility for the direction of important tasks;
    • encourage students to progressively take ownership and direction of their learning so that they may develop as independent life-long learners;


    The BEng (Hons) Year in Industry programme builds upon the BEng (Hons) programme by aiming to:

    • produce graduates that are proficient in oral and visual communication with other professionals and lay people;
    • promote the advancement of scholarship to meet the strategic needs of the local region and the wider nation;
    • form a prevailing ethos of professional, social and ethical responsibility within the learning environment and in the students;
    • produce graduates with sound understanding of problem solving “in a business context to achieve an economic solution;


    The MEng (Hons) programme builds upon the BEng (Hons) programme by aiming to:

    • produce graduates adept at working in, and leading, teams of inter-disciplinary professionals;
    • provide opportunities for students to be creative and innovative  in problem solving while maintaining a proper balance of risk management ;
    • expose graduates to niche areas of new and novel technologies;
    • ensure graduates appreciate and experience the demands of running multiple projects to tight deadlines;
    • provide graduates with opportunities to develop cross-disciplinary projects within a well-resourced environment


    The MEng (Hons) Year in Industry programme builds upon the MEng (Hons) programme by aiming to:

    • produce graduates that are proficient in oral and visual communication with other professionals and lay people;
    • promote the advancement of scholarship to meet the strategic needs of the local region and the wider nation;
    • form a prevailing ethos of professional, social and ethical responsibility within the learning environment and in the students;
    • produce graduates with sound understanding of problem solving “in a business context to achieve an economic solution;


    The MEng (Hons) International Semester builds upon the MEng (Hons) programme by aiming to:

    • ensure graduates are familiar with an additional, International  culture;
    • appreciate the technical focus provided at international universities;
    • appreciate the role of engineering in another society;


    The MEng (Hons) Year in Industry with an International Semester:

    • incorporates the relevant attributes from the relevant programmes listed above



    What is expected of me?

    Students should attend lectures whenever possible, and are expected to attend all timetabled laboratory sessions, as notified. While a 10-credit module represents 100 hours of study in total, typically this will involve 2–3 hours of contact time with teaching staff per week. The remaining hours are intended to be for private study, coursework, example sheets, revision and assessment. Therefore all students are expected to spend a significant amount of time (typically 20 hours each week) studying independently. Students must keep their personal tutor and the Teaching Office informed of any circumstances or illnesses that might affect their capacity to attend teaching or undertake assessment.

    How is this Programme Structured?

    Year 1 and Year 2 have a similar structure, with a series of lectures underpinned by supportive practical ‘laboratory’ sessions.  Year 3 comprises the 3rd Year Project, with a value of one-quarter of the overall year.  This project necessitates students working individually, alongside a supervising staff member.  Year 3 provides greater choice for students, building upon the foundations established in the earlier years through the selection of topics that suit their interests.  Year 3 is also the time when the Year in Industry students will then leave for a year to proceed with their placement.  ‘International’ students will leave for a 4 month placement in the months September – December of their 3rd Year, returning to complete Year 3 in Cardiff. Year 4 comprises two group projects which are linked to topical research. In total, these comprise one-half of the overall assessment.


    Will I need any specific equipment to study this Programme?

    All resources are provided by the School, though students are expected to have access to printing facilities for the presentation of assignments.

    What skills will I practise and develop?

    This programme is accredited via the Engineering Council, meaning that the core competencies of UK-SPEC are integrated throughout the 3 or 4 ‘taught’ years.  Some practical skills will be developed during the laboratory-based sessions, whilst there is a consistent core of management skills and personal development.  Additionally, written skills are reinforced through a series of reports and assignments, whilst communicative skills are encouraged during vary module assessments.

    How will I be taught?

    A wide range of teaching styles will be used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum of the programme. Students will attend lectures, participate in examples classes, and carry out extensive laboratory, IT and practical work. The taught modules in the first two years are largely compulsory, but options are usually available in years 3 and 4. All students must complete a 30-credit individual project in the 3rd year, for which they are allocated a supervisor from among the teaching staff. There are many opportunities for interactions with potential employers, and the Year in Industry route involves a placement with an employer.

    How will I be assessed?


    Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of modules is assessed by a combination of class tests and coursework assignments, plus University examinations set in January or May. Examinations count for 60%–70% of all assessment throughout the programme, depending on the options chosen. The remainder is largely project work and larger pieces of coursework, plus performance in laboratories.

    The opportunity to test knowledge and understanding will be provided throughout the semester via class tests in years 1 and 2, plus feedback on written assessments. Occasionally, peer assessment of an individual’s contribution to a group may be used, and students may also receive oral feedback on presentations and contributions to group activities.


    In-term feedback is provided during years 1 and 2 predominantly through mid-term assessments and laboratory reports.  In years 3 and 4, coursework assignments, supervisory meetings and presentations provide both formative and summative feedback.


    How will I be supported?

    Students will be allocated a personal tutor to assist them with both academic progress and pastoral support when required. The personal tutor will see students weekly in the Autumn semester of Year 1, and as required thereafter. For the 30-credit project in Year 3, students will be allocated a supervisor in the broad area of research specialism, whom they should expect to meet with regularly. In addition to the broad range of support services provided centrally by Cardiff University, students with specific needs will be supported as required.

    Learning Central, the Cardiff University virtual learning environment (VLE), will be used extensively to communicate with students, support lectures and provide general programme materials such as reading lists and module descriptions. It may also be used to provide self-testing assessment and give feedback.

    The School also maintains a Personal Development Plan programme through all years of the degree, to give students an opportunity to reflect on their learning, and to assist students with preparation for their professional career. The School and the University provide many forms of support for future career development and opportunities.


    What are the Learning Outcomes of this Programme?

    The Programme Outcomes have been informed by the QAA’s Engineering Benchmark Statement and also by the requirements of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

    Details of specific learning outcomes for modules on this course can be viewed in Learning Central.

    Other information

    The distinctive features of the programme include:

    • the opportunity for students to learn in a research-led teaching institution serviced by staff rated highly in the last RAE;
    • the opportunity to work in facilities commensurate with such a successful research unit;
    • academic staff who are Chartered Engineers;
    • a variety of advanced level modules on offer;
    • the opportunity to study a language;
    • the opportunity to follow a sandwich year in industry;
    • emphasis on progression towards independent learning in preparation for life-long learning;
    • the opportunity to participate in the design, development, construction, testing and competing of a proven Formula Student Racing car;
    • the opportunity to engage with professionals from a wide spectrum of specialities such as orthopaedics;
    • MEng programmes provide full accreditation for Membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and registration as a Chartered Engineer.
    • an open and engaging culture between students and staff, with student representatives as full members on School committee; and
    • comprehensive and anonymous student evaluation of all aspects of the Programme (both on academic modules and on other aspects of the School).

    Admissions tutors

    Dr Rhys Pullin , Admissions Tutor

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