Why study this course
The Cardiff Medical Engineering 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.
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.
An added advantage of this MEng Medical Engineering (International) course is that one semester is spent studying engineering through the medium of English in a partner university overseas. There are currently more than 65 destination universities on four continents.
This course includes the opportunity to take a year of industrial placement between your second and third years of academic study. With this option we will support you in finding a placement that will allow you to experience at first- hand, a professional working environment. If you are successful in securing a placement you will be paid a salary and will enhance your employability skills through direct experience of working in business, industry or the public sector.
The MEng allows you to use the last two years to expand and strengthen your knowledge in medical engineering. You will benefit from advanced learning in design and management and an appreciation of the techniques needed to manage and organise a multidisciplinary engineering design project.
Teaching is by a dedicated team of research-active academic staff, and there are also some lectures by colleagues from Cardiff School of Biosciences, School of Medicine and Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust.
Other Cardiff University Medical Engineering courses include a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of medical engineering if you choose a BEng course.
The distinctive features of the course include:
- Fast-track route to Chartered Engineer status
- The opportunity to learn in a research-led teaching institution served by staff rated highly in the last Research Excellence Framework
- The facilities that come with a successful research unit
- Many academic members of staff who are Chartered Engineers
- Accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
- The opportunity to engage with professionals from a wide range of specialisms such as orthopaedics
- An open and engaging culture between students and staff
- One semester is spent studying abroad
- The opportunity to follow a sandwich year in industry
AAA - AAB including Mathematics. If you are studying a science A level, a pass in the practical element (where applicable) will be required. Please note, General Studies will not be accepted.
DD in BTEC plus grade B in Maths A-Level.
36 - 34 points including 5 or above in Higher Level Mathematics, or 665 in 3 Higher Level subjects to include Mathematics.
Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.
At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.
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
- access to computers or devices that can store images
- use of internet and communication tools/devices
- 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.
UK and EU students (2021/22)
Students from outside the EU (2021/22)
We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year.
Costs for sandwich years
During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, placement year or year abroad) a lower fee will apply. Full details can be found on our fees pages.
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 a variety of other learning resources.
This is a five-year full-time degree, the third year of which is spent working in industry and one semester of year four spent studying abroad. The course includes a carefully chosen balance of core modules and optional modules. Most modules are worth 10 credits, some are worth 20, the year four and year five projects are each worth 30 and the international module is worth 50. You need to attain 120 credits a year in order to continue your studies.
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.
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 title||Module code||Credits|
|Electrical and Electronic Engineering 1||EN2078||10 credits|
|Electrical and Electronic Engineering 2||EN2079||10 credits|
|Computing 1||EN2106||10 credits|
|Engineering Analysis and Computing 2||EN2107||20 credits|
|Biomechanics 1||EN2451||10 credits|
Year three: Sandwich year
Year three is spent working in industry. You are normally expected to be in employment for a minimum of 30 weeks to satisfy the minimum University requirement, although the Cardiff University School of Engineering expects the placement to last for the whole academic year.
During your placement you will be visited by your industrial training tutor or nominee at least once, but preferably twice, if you are based in the UK.
Year four 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.
The autumn semester is spent studying at a partner institution overseas for the equivalent of 50 credits. There are currently more than 65 destination universities on four continents.
The year also includes a major project, with a value of a quarter of the overall year. For this you will study individually, alongside a supervising staff member. Some preparation takes place in the autumn semester but the module is completed in the spring semester.
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.
Year five includes two group projects, which are linked to topical research. In total, these make up half of the overall assessment.
Core modules include one on Management in Industry and there is a choice of optional modules.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Applied Numerical Methods in Engineering||EN4018||10 credits|
|Integrated Building Design||EN4102||30 credits|
|Mechatronics Design||EN4110||30 credits|
|Forensic Bioengineering||EN4453||10 credits|
|Fundamentals of Nanomechanics||EN4630||10 credits|
|Quality and Reliability||EN4640||10 credits|
|Theory and Applications of the Finite Element Method||EN4641||10 credits|
Learning and assessment
Teaching is through lectures, examples classes and extensive laboratory, IT and practical work. The taught modules in the first two years are largely compulsory, but options are usually available in years four and five. All students must complete a 30-credit individual project in year four, for which they are allocated a supervisor from among the teaching staff. There are opportunities for interactions with potential employers.
The international module will be delivered through the medium of English, using the delivery methods of the overseas institutions, including lectures, seminars, workshops, group work and laboratories.
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 four, 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.
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.
What skills will I practise and develop?
This course is currently undergoing accreditation via the Engineering Council, as it is a new course. The core competencies required for 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
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 (see www.ipem.ac.uk for further details), while others have used their degree as a stepping stone to other vocations.