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Peirianneg Feddygol (BEng)

  • UCAS code: H1B8
  • Next intake: September 2021
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Mode: Full time

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.


Entry Year

Medical Engineering

Why study this course

This BEng Medical Engineering is perfectly suited to anyone wishing to combine classical engineering training with a medical application.The aim of the course is to produce a highly competent engineer who can pursue a career in clinical engineering, bioengineering or engineering fields outside medicine.

You’ll be taught by a dedicated team of research-active academic staff, and the course includes a number of lectures by colleagues from our School of Biosciences, School of Medicine and Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust.

If Chartered status is important to you, a four-year MEng course may offer a quicker, more direct route than this BEng course.

Other Medical Engineering courses available include:

  • The opportunity to follow a sandwich year in industry if you choose the relevant four-year BEng or five-year MEng degree option
  • The opportunity to study abroad at a partner institution for one semester if you choose the relevant MEng (International) degree option
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Industrial links

Our course content is informed by industrial collaboration with companies like Biomet, Simpleware and Arthritis Research UK.

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Access industry-standard facilities

You will have access to designated teaching spaces set up for design and project work, specialist laboratories and computer suites.

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Interdisciplinary content

We have links with other University departments such as Biosciences, Psychology, the Business School and Dentistry, as well as clinicians in Orthopaedics and Radiography to ensure learning material is as up to date as possible.

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Guest lectures

You will have the opportunity to engage with professionals from healthcare providers such as the Cardiff and Vale Orthopaedic Centre, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, and the Medical Physics Department.

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Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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Where you'll study

Yr Ysgol Peirianneg

Dewch i astudio yn un o'r ysgolion peirianneg fwyaf blaenllaw yn y DU o ran ansawdd ymchwil ac addysgu.

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Entry requirements

AAB-ABB. Rhaid cynnwys Mathemateg. Bydd angen i chi basio elfen ymarferol wyddoniaeth y Safon Uwch os yw hyn yn rhan o'ch rhaglen astudio.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

DD-DM mewn Diploma BTEC mewn unrhyw bwnc a gradd A mewn Mathemateg Safon Uwch.

34-32 yn gyffredinol neu 666-665 mewn 3 phwnc HL. Rhaid cynnwys gradd 5 mewn Mathemateg HL.

Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.

Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

Mae'n rhaid eich bod chi wedi bod yn gweithio tuag at:

- Iaith Saesneg neu Gymraeg ar radd TGAU gradd C / 4 neu gyfwerth (fel Safon Uwch). Os oes angen fisa Haen 4 arnoch, rhaid i chi sicrhau bod eich cymhwyster iaith yn cydymffurfio â gofynion UKVI.

Nid ydym yn derbyn Meddwl yn Feirniadol, Astudiaethau Cyffredinol, Astudiaethau Dinasyddiaeth na phynciau cyfatebol tebyg eraill.

Byddwn yn derbyn cyfuniad o bynciau BTEC, Safon Uwch a chymwysterau eraill, yn amodol ar ofynion gradd a phwnc penodol y cwrs. 

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course. If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement, including the ability to travel to outside of the UK or to undertake a placement/studies outside of Cardiff University
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2021/22)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year. Fees for the previous year were £9,000.

Students from outside the EU (2021/22)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year.

Additional costs

Course specific equipment

No specific equipment is needed. The University will provide resources such as computers and associated software, laboratory equipment (including any safety equipment) and any required learning resources.

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

This is a three-year full-time degree. The course includes a carefully chosen balance of core modules and optional modules. Most modules are worth 10 credits, some are worth 20 and the final-year project is worth 30. You need to earn 120 credits a year.

There are two semesters each year, each semester consisting of 11 teaching weeks, one revision week and an examination period.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

Year one

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

There is a dedicated Anatomy & Physiology module to ensure you have enough breadth and depth of knowledge.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Engineering ApplicationsEN104820 credits
Network AnalysisEN106410 credits
Professional EngineeringEN108610 credits
Engineering AnalysisEN109020 credits
Materials and ManufactureEN110120 credits
MechanicsEN110220 credits
Anatomy and PhysiologyEN110820 credits

Year two

Year two begins applying engineering knowledge to medical applications, while developing fundamental theories introduced in year one.

There is a second Anatomy & Physiology module, and a Biomechanics module.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Electrical and Electronic Engineering 1EN207810 credits
Electrical and Electronic Engineering 2EN207910 credits
ThermofluidsEN210320 credits
Computing 1EN210610 credits
Engineering Analysis and Computing 2EN210720 credits
Biomechanics 1EN245110 credits
DesignEN260420 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Control and InstrumentationEN203710 credits
Solid Mechanics and DynamicsEN210520 credits
Manufacturing Systems DesignEN290410 credits

Year three

Year three is structured around giving you the opportunity to integrate your medical and engineering knowledge as you tackle a number of realistic clinical challenges through a variety of applied modules.

A quarter of this academic year is also devoted to the individual project, where you choose an area of research interest and 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, and Biomechanical Analysis of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Industrial Project ManagementEN302610 credits
ProjectEN310030 credits
Biomechanics 2EN345010 credits
Engineering ApplicationsEN345310 credits
Clinical EngineeringEN345910 credits
Biomaterials and Tissue EngineeringEN346010 credits
Medical Electronics 1EN346110 credits
Electrical and Electronic Engineering 3EN351710 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Solid MechanicsEN303710 credits
Fluid MechanicsEN304510 credits
Medical Device EvaluationEN310810 credits
Fluid Power and ControlEN351310 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.

Learning and assessment

You will be taught the fundamental aspects of engineering through a combination of lectures and tutorials, supplemented by practical lab sessions and project-based work.

The taught modules in the first two years are largely compulsory, but options are available in year three. All students must complete a 30-credit individual project in year three, for which they are allocated a supervisor from among the teaching staff.

There are opportunities for interaction with potential employers through careers fairs and guest lectures. Speakers from industry give regular lectures on their areas of expertise. These offer you the opportunity to hear experts speak on topics that are relevant to your degree and give you an insight into working in industry.

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

42%

Guided independent study

58%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

40%

Guided independent study

60%

Placements

0%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

26%

Guided independent study

74%

Placements

0%

How will I be supported?

You will be assigned a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff associated with your degree course. Your tutor will be there to advise you on academic, non-academic and personal matters in a confidential and informal manner when you need some guidance. We aim to help you overcome any problem, however big or small, as smoothly and quickly as possible.

For the 30-credit project in year three, you will be allocated a supervisor in the broad area of research specialism and meet regularly.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles. Opportunities for you to reflect on your abilities and performance are available through the Learning Central ‘Personal Development Planning’ module.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback in classes like design and project work and via return of marked coursework.

The opportunity to test your 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 you may also receive oral feedback on presentations and contributions to group activities.

Year 1

Written exams

70%

Practical exams

5%

Coursework

25%

Year 2

Written exams

75%

Practical exams

5%

Coursework

20%

Year 3

Written exams

56%

Practical exams

8%

Coursework

36%

What skills will I practise and develop?

This course is accredited via the Engineering Council, meaning the core competencies of UK-SPEC (UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence) are integrated throughout the taught years of the course. 

Through lab work you will develop practical skills focused on the application of a range of engineering principles to real-life technological, regulatory and ethical problems.

You will also:

  • Develop an appreciation of how to bridge the disciplines of engineering and medicine/clinical sciences
  • Enhance your communication skills, both orally and in writing through a series of reports and assignments
  • Develop your knowledge, skills and confidence to solve multidisciplinary problems in a engineering context
  • Enhance your team-working skills, ability to exercise original thought and good professional judgement

Careers

Career prospects

In 2015/16, 95% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Graduate medical engineers benefit from employment opportunities in both the medical engineering and broader mechanical engineering sector.

Recent Cardiff graduates are now employed in medical engineering companies including Finsbury Orthopaedics, DePuy Synthes and Huntleigh Medical.

Medical engineers can also carve out a career in the healthcare sector. Cardiff graduates regularly earn positions in the highly competitive clinical engineer/scientist training scheme of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (www.ipem.ac.uk for further details), while others have used their degree as a stepping stone to other vocations.

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