Bioengineering BEng (Hons) is an exciting new interdisciplinary course from Loughborough’s Engineering Schools in the application of engineering to biology and medicine.
Bioengineers apply engineering techniques and innovative technology to solve real world complex biological and medical problems. It is a cutting-edge, multidisciplinary subject that aims to improve human health. Bridging the gap between health, medicine and engineering for the enhancement of healthcare.
Our Bioengineering BEng (Hons) course has been specifically designed to supply the bioengineering industries with graduates that have a thorough grounding in engineering systems and applications in bioengineering disciplines, a sound understanding of human anatomy, physiology and biological functions and the ability to apply their knowledge and skills effectively to bioengineering problems.
Our STEMLab is a £17 million investment in new state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and part of a wider £25 million investment in our campus which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub. You will be among the first students to benefit from the investment in a suite of laboratories for practical work in Bioengineering. The bio-laboratory will provide you with opportunities to gain applied experience with biological samples in a safe and modern facilities environment. There is also an “Ideas Lab” – a dedicated space allowing you to interact with others, share ideas and contribute to interdisciplinary discussions. The University boasts excellent facilities and resources for Bioengineering and interdisciplinary learning and teaching.
What's the difference between MEng and BEng?
Whilst the broad philosophy of the Bioengineering BEng (Hons) and Bioengineering MEng (Hons) courses are the same, MEng students are required to study a wider range of technical subjects with additional depth, as well as undertaking a more in-depth Individual Research Project.
Why you should choose us
Why you should study this course
Our National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine delivers world-class education, research and clinical services to benefit the health and wellbeing of the nation.
You will also be taught by a team of international experts and this course represents the very latest knowledge in this rapidly developing discipline. You will have access to STEMlab - a new, state-of-the-art, £17 million investment designed to advance and develop your learning.
What you'll study
Excited to learn more? For a taster of what you can expect to study on our Bioengineering BEng (Hons) course, take a sneak preview of some of the modules you may have the opportunity to study below.
The information below reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information.
In the first year the modules bridge from entry levels of science and mathematics to offer a broad-based introduction to bioengineering including the fundamentals of traditional engineering across a range of disciplines from mathematics and electronics to tissue engineering, combined with biology, anatomy and physiology.
Bioengineering Design and Make Project 1
A year-long project to develop professional skills and provide insight into product design and development
Anatomy and Physiology
Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Engineering Drawing
Electronics and Electrical Technology
Engineering Analysis and Modelling
Mathematical Methods in Bioengineering
Structure and Properties of Materials
Modules in this part of the course aim to develop core interdisciplinary Bioengineering skills sets from the grounding in bioengineering disciplines gained.
Advanced Engineering Science
Bioengineering Design and Make Project 2
A year-long project where you can apply your combined knowledge and skills to solve bioengineering problems
Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering
Digital Systems, Electronics
The course is designed to offer flexibility in that students can blend core and optional subjects in this part of the course. Unique to Loughborough the specialised options are aligned with three key areas of graduate employability; Medical Devices; Diagnostics and Instruments; Emerging Markets (Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering).
Bioelectricity and Biophotonics
Bioengineering Team Project
Project that spans the year in which students are presented with a bioengineering challenge and conduct research, analysis and strategic design towards a solution, for example toward the design, test and build of a medical device
Biomedical Component Design
Product Innovation Management
Additive Manufacturing for Product Development
Basic Science and Regenerative Therapy
Biomaterials for Drug Delivery
Emerging Technologies for Health and Wellbeing
How you'll be assessed
Students are assessed by a mixture of coursework and written examinations, which vary from module to module, but overall the approximate ratio is 60/40 Exams/Coursework. Modules containing design-orientated work, individual and group projects are also assessed by oral presentation and in some cases poster presentation.
How you'll study
Our Bioengineering BEng (Hons) degree is highly interactive with a wide range of teaching methods including hands-on practical classes in our new STEMLab teaching facilities, lectures, tutorials and seminars, computer-aided learning and design, design and research projects as well as a strong personal tutor system.
You will take part in a mix of individual and group work to allow entrepreneurial, team-working and leadership skills to be developed, and you will also develop through different hands-on projects during the whole of the course in practical skills that can be showcased to potential employers; these projects start in the first year and advance as you progress into the further years of study.
The course has a common core but provides flexibility in the final year allowing for options to be selected that align with three key areas of graduate employability; Medical Devices, Diagnostics and Instruments or Emerging Markets (Regenerative Medicine/Tissue Engineering).
- Independent study
- Group work
- Laboratory work
Sandwich year options
Our Bioengineering BEng (Hons) course offers you the opportunity to study abroad for a year or to undertake a placement year.
By undertaking a year in placement or a year abroad, you will gain an additional award alongside your final qualification. If you complete an industrial placement year you will gain a Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS). If you undertake a professional placement year you will gain a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) or if you study abroad for a year you will gain a Diploma in International Studies (DIntS).
If you are interested in travelling whilst you study, there are placement opportunities in other countries too, as well as options to spend from 3-12 months at an overseas university. By choosing this course you’ll have the option to take advantage of this exciting opportunity, giving you the chance to not only experience new cultures and visit new and exciting destinations, but to expand your learning experience. Learn more about the benefits here.
Industrial placement year
This course includes the option of a paid year working in industry. Our close links with industrial partners means we are able to provide our students with considerable help in sourcing and securing their placement.
BEng students on sandwich (DIS) courses undertake their placement after the second year. This is a salaried position and successful completion (45 weeks, minimum) leads to an additional award: Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS).
Close links are maintained with industrial tutors at the University through reports and visits to students.
The year in industry is optional but it is strongly encouraged because of the many benefits it can provide in developing professional and technical skills. Placement students earn a salary, typically over £16,500 per annum, and many are offered a permanent job with their host company when they graduate.
The types of companies we work with include GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, GE, Proctor & Gamble,Unilever and many small-to-medium biotechnology enterprises.
Where you'll study
STEMLab is a state-of-the-art laboratory facility arriving for our students in 2017. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools, which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub. STEMLab allows us to offer new ways to learn and collaborate, with a ‘drop-in’ engineering workshop, teaching laboratories, workshops, computer-aided design and rapid prototyping facilities, a design studio and informal learning spaces. These enhanced facilities will further increase our ability to train and develop skilled graduates that are targeted by major employers from across the world.
To learn more about the qualifications we typically accept, please select your country from the drop-down menu below.
Typical offers for United Kingdom
- AAB including Maths with one from Chemistry, Biology and Physics (two of these subjects are preferred)
- 35 (6,6,5 HL) including Maths HL and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics at HL
- BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in a relevant subject: DDD, with Distinctions in all modules, to include; Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, and Further Engineering Mathematics, plus A Level Maths at grade A
The typical offers and subject requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entry requirements which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative UK and international qualifications and minimum English language requirements.
The most appropriate subjects we look for would include mathematics and two other sciences (such as physics, chemistry or biology).
BTEC Level 3 Diplomas preferred subjects: Engineering, Mechanical or Manufacturing
Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application. In some cases we may invite applicants for interviews in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of the application. We hope that all applicants would take the opportunity to visit the department, meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.
The University uses contextual data in the admissions process to provide insights into the context in which your academic qualifications have been achieved. This may influence the typical offers listed above.
Tuition fees for 2018 entry
UK / EU fees
- Full-time course per annum
- Placement year
- £20% of the full-time fee
- Full-time course per annum
- Placement year
- £20% of the full-time fee
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by installment.
Fees for the 2019-20 academic year have not yet been confirmed. We have included fees for 2018-19 as a guideline and will update our website with the new fees as soon as they become available. You should prepare for inflationary increases to fees in future years of study.
While the cost of your tuition covers lots of things, it doesn’t cover everything. For instance this course doesn’t cover the cost of any stationary, printing, books or re-assessments which you might need.
Your future career
Employed graduates in professional or managerial roles
Average starting salary
The field is rapidly developing and Bioengineering graduates work in a wide variety of sectors globally, developing products and creating technology to help people achieve a better quality of life.
Some examples include orthopaedic implants, prosthetic limbs, software engineering for advanced and 3D medical imaging, image-guided and robot assisted surgery, pharmaceutical development, tissue engineering such as bioengineered skin for wounds, biomaterials and medical devices such as cardiac pacemakers.
Career Support Services
Your time at Loughborough University will form a launchpad from which you can build an exciting career. With so many opportunities available, you’ll never be short of ways to improve your employability.
Our award-winning Careers Network team is here to help and support you, offering everything from CV workshops, one-to-one advice sessions and mock interview practice sessions to high-profile employer events. We’ve got everything you need for a really successful future.