Key facts


Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a placement year), 4 years (MEng) full-time
UCAS code: H1B1, H1B3 (with a placement year), H1B2 (MEng)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019


The application of engineering in a clinical setting, where advanced techniques are being utilised to visualise, diagnose and treat conditions in order to improve quality of life.

As a medical engineer, you’ll be involved in the application of engineering principles and concepts in a clinical setting. From the design and development of replacement joints, to the creation of devices to aid rehabilitation, advanced techniques are used to visualise, diagnose and treat conditions in order to improve the quality of life.

According to the IMECHE report 'Biomedical Engineering: Advancing UK Healthcare (2014)', Medical Engineering is the fastest-growing engineering discipline of the 21st Century, and a major player in the UK economy. The discipline requires professionals with an excellent grounding in engineering and technology and an understanding of key clinical concepts.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BEng (Hons) Medical Engineering MEng (Hons) Medical Engineering

Professional body accreditation

BEng: Accreditation by both the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers will be sought once the first students graduate from this course.

MEng: Accreditation by both the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers will be sought once the first students graduate from this course.

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

Join our Medical Engineering course and you will share a common first year with our other undergraduate Engineering students. This is to give you the opportunity to gain a broad understanding of engineering principles and to enable you to communicate with engineers from related specialisations. In the second and third years, you will study more specialist areas including Medical Imaging, Orthopaedic Implants, Physiological Monitoring and Assistive Technologies.

Although direct entry to the MEng programme typically requires higher entry grades, transfer from the BEng programme to the MEng award is possible during the course, depending on academic performance (normally after Year 2).

Completing the integrated MEng degree, lets you benefit from an additional year of advanced specialist modules at Masters level. If you choose to study for the MEng course you will take the same modules during Years and 2 as BEng (Hons) students. In Year 3, however, you will complete an industrial based project before progressing to Masters level study in Year 4. With either course, you will have the chance to present your work to potential employers at GradEX, our graduate show, and be able to take part in events arranged by professional institutions such as the IET and IMechE.


This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.