Medical Engineering with a Year in Industry (BEng)
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 Cardiff Medical Engineering programme is one of the best established in the UK, and is perfectly suited to anyone wishing to combine classical engineering training with a medical application.
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.
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.
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.
Note that if Chartered status is important to you, a Cardiff MEng course may offer a quicker, more direct route than this BEng course.
Other Cardiff University Medical Engineering courses include:
- The opportunity to follow a sandwich year in industry is also available if you choose the relevant 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
The distinctive features of the course include:
- 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
- Accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
- Many academic members of staff who are Chartered 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
- The opportunity to follow a sandwich year in industry
|Next intake||September 2018|
|Mode||Full time with sandwich year|
|Accreditations||Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)|
|Typical places available||The School typically has approx 230 places available.|
|Typical applications received||The School typically receives approx 1270 applications.|
|Typical A level offer||AAA - ABB 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.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||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.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||36-32 points including 5 or above in Higer Level Mathematics, or 666-665 in 3 Higher Level subjects to include Mathematics.|
|Alternative qualifications||Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of Engineering admissions criteria pages.|
|English Language requirements||If you are an overseas applicant and your first language is not English, please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our accepted qualifications.|
|Other requirements||You will require GCSE English or Welsh Language at grade C or grade 4. Alternatively, IGCSE English First Language or English Second Language will be considered at grade C.|
This is a four-year full-time degree with the third year spent working in industry. 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 2018/19 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2018.
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.
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 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.
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 title||Module code||Credits|
|Industrial Project Management||EN3026||10 credits|
|Biomechanics 2||EN3450||10 credits|
|Engineering Applications||EN3453||10 credits|
|Clinical Engineering||EN3459||10 credits|
|Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering||EN3460||10 credits|
|Medical Electronics 1||EN3461||10 credits|
|Electrical and Electronic Engineering 3||EN3517||10 credits|
How will I be taught?
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.
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.
During your placement year you will be visited by your industrial training tutor or nominee at least once, but preferably twice, if you are based in the UK.
The tutor will interview you, check your logbook/diary and discuss progress with you, the company training officer and/or the manager with direct responsibility for your training. A summary report will be filed.
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.
How will I be assessed?
Your progress in each module is usually assessed at various stages 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.
Examinations count for 60% to 70% of all assessment throughout the course, depending on the options chosen. The remainder is mainly project work and larger pieces of coursework, plus performance in laboratories.
The opportunity to test knowledge and understanding is given through class tests throughout years one and two, 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.
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
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.
UK and EU students (2018/19)
The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in the second and subsequent years of a course as permitted by law or Welsh Government policy. Where applicable we will notify you of any change in tuition fee by the end of June in the academic year before the one in which the fee will increase.
Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
Students from outside the EU (2018/19)
Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes and Medical and Dental courses. Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.
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.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?
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.
We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.