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Medical Engineering (MEng)

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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.

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Course overview

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.

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 four-year Cardiff MEng Medical Engineering programme offers you a quicker, more direct route to Chartered Engineer status than the three-year BEng. It 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 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

Distinctive features

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

Accreditations

UCAS codeH1BV
Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration4 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe School typically has approx 230 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives approx 1270 applications.

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Entry requirements

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.    

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 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.

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of Engineering admissions criteria pages.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-score.

TOEFL iBT

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

PTE Academic

62 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.

You will require GCSE English Language Grade C/4 and GCSE Maths Grade C/4.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

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 a variety of other 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 four-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 a few, including the year three and year four projects, are each worth 30. You need to attain 120 credits a year in order to continue your studies.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

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

Year four

Year four 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 titleModule codeCredits
Biomechanics and Biomedical EngineeringEN410730 credits
ErgonomicsEN411920 credits
Medical Image ProcessingEN450510 credits
Clinical Engineering 2EN450610 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Applied Numerical Methods in EngineeringEN401810 credits
Integrated Building DesignEN410230 credits
Mechatronics DesignEN411030 credits
Forensic BioengineeringEN445310 credits
ControlEN461010 credits
Fundamentals of NanomechanicsEN463010 credits
Quality and ReliabilityEN464010 credits
Theory and Applications of the Finite Element MethodEN464110 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

How will I be taught?

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 three and four. 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 interactions with potential employers.

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%

Year 4

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

24%

Guided independent study

76%

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.

How will I be assessed?

Your progress in each module is usually assessed at various stages through each semester (through a short test) to give you feedback on your progress, then finally at the end of the appropriate semester. Assessment is undertaken using 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.

Assessment methods (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Written exams

70%

Practical exams

5%

Coursework

25%

Year 2

Written exams

75%

Practical exams

5%

Coursework

20%

Year 3

Written exams

55%

Practical exams

8%

Coursework

38%

Year 4

Written exams

24%

Practical exams

15%

Coursework

61%

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 (see www.ipem.ac.uk for further details), while others have used their degree as a stepping stone to other vocations.

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