Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Bioengineering

Bioengineering

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich H163 AAA 1 October 2018 21 June 2023
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time H162 AAA 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich H161 AAB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time H160 AAB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

1st

in the UK for engineering placements

The Times Good University Guide 2017

97%

of employed graduates in professional or managerial roles

across all engineering courses

DLHE 2015

£27,000

average starting salary across all engineering courses

Bioengineering course overview

Bioengineering is 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.

The 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.

Who will teach me?

The course is taught by international experts supported by world-class facilities. It is a multidisciplinary course that combines expertise from several of Loughborough's departments each with outstanding reputations for teaching and employability. The Bioengineering course brings together excellence in engineering training from the departments of Chemical Engineering; Materials; Mechanical and Manufacturing; and Electronic and Electrical engineering. This is combined with training from Loughborough’s Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences department which has an excellent international reputation for its teaching.

How will I be taught?

The course 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).

What can I do when I graduate?

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. 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. 

What subjects do I need?

The most appropriate subjects we look for would include mathematics and two other sciences (such as physics, chemistry or biology). 

Facilities

Loughborough University has a long history as a leader in many fields of engineering. We have combined our excellence in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and Electronic and Electrical Engineering to create a cross-disciplinary research team to lead the advancement of Biological Engineering. Since 2009 our Centre for Biological Engineering has successfully developed the interface between engineering, biology and medicine attracting over £20m of external investment.

This expertise has been utilised in creating our first undergraduate course in Bioengineering to offer excellence in research-informed teaching. Taught by a team of international experts this course represents the very latest knowledge in this rapidly developing discipline.

Coming soon! Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, 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.

Modules


Year 1 MEng and Beng

In the first year the modules bridge from entry levels of science and maths 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. Year 1 modules include:

  • Engineering Science
  • Mathematical Methods for Engineers
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Engineering Drawing
  • Electronic Circuits
  • Structure and Properties of Materials
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Industrial Project to develop professional skills and provide insight into product design and development.

Year 2 MEng and BEng

Modules in this part of the course aim to develop core interdisciplinary Bioengineering skills sets from the grounding in bioengineering disciplines gained such as:

  • Advanced Engineering Science
  • Control Engineering
  • Digital Systems, Experimental Skills
  • Statistics
  • Cell Biology
  • Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering
  • Engineering Computation for Sports Technology
  • Design Project where you can apply your knowledge and skills to bioengineering problems

Diploma in Industrial Studies

Following the preparation and placement process in Year 2, those students on sandwich (DIS) courses will now enter their year in industry.

Close links are maintained with industrial tutors at the University through reports and visits to students. MEng students can elect to undertake their year in industry at either the end of the second or third year.

Year 3 BEng (Year 4 for BEng DIS)

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). Example modules include:

  • Research Methods
  • Biomaterials for Drug Delivery
  • Healthcare Engineering
  • Ergonomics
  • Body Composition
  • Sports Injuries
  • Emerging Technologies for Health and Wellbeing and Regenerative Therapy

Additionally students undertake a Bioengineering Individual Project that spans the final 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

Year 3 and 4 MEng

These years comprise core and optional subjects as shown above for the BEng but with further specialised options for tailoring your degree such as Engineering Management and Business Plans in Bioengineering. As well as an interactive Business Plan Competition where students compete in teams to develop their business planning, project management and enterprise skills towards a 'Dragons Den' style pitch (oral presentation). Further modules also include:

  • Advanced Biomaterials
  • Advanced Regenerative Medicine
  • Orthopaedic Sports Biomechanics
  • Drug Delivery Targeting
  • Bioengineering Team Project: students are presented with a challenge using Synthetic Biology, which is the application of engineering to the design or re-design of biological parts and cells to create transformative technologies across a wide range of industrialisation sectors. The project will enable students to showcase their problem-solving abilities through the application of genetic engineering techniques
  • Advanced Bioengineering Individual Project in Year 4 (MEng)

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


Assessment

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.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification for BEng and MEng variants.


The information above 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

 

Assessment

Depending on the nature of the material, some modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination (for example 25% coursework and 75% examination), whilst other modules are assessed by 100% coursework or 100% by examination.

Coursework is based on a variety of tasks including individual essays, projects, laboratory work, contribution in tutorials, group work and presentations.


H163 Bioengineering - MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS

A-Level
AAA including Mathematics with one from Chemistry, Biology and Physics (two of these subjects are preferred)
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL) including Mathematics HL and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in a relevant subject: D*DD, with Distinctions in all modules, to include; Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, and Further Engineering Mathematics, plus A Level Mathematics at grade A
Relevant subjects include Engineering, Mechanical or Manufacturing

H162 Bioengineering - MEng (Hons)

A-Level
AAA including Mathematics with one from Chemistry, Biology and Physics (two of these subjects are preferred)
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL) including Mathematics HL and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in a relevant subject: D*DD, with Distinctions in all modules, to include; Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, and Further Engineering Mathematics, plus A Level Mathematics at grade A
Relevant subjects include Engineering, Mechanical or Manufacturing

H161 Bioengineering - BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS

A-Level
AAB including Mathematics with one from Chemistry, Biology and Physics (two of these subjects are preferred)
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) including Mathematics HL and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in a relevant subject: DDD, with Distinctions in; Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, and Further Engineering Mathematics, plus A Level Mathematics at grade A
Relevant subjects include Engineering, Mechanical or Manufacturing

H160 Bioengineering - BEng (Hons)

A-Level
AAB including Mathematics with one from Chemistry, Biology and Physics (two of these subjects are preferred)
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) including Mathematics HL and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD, with Distinctions in; Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, and Further Engineering Mathematics, plus Grade A Mathematics A Level
Preferred subjects: Engineering, Mechanical or Manufacturing

Biology, Physics, Geography, Geology, Psychology and Environmental Science are all considered as science subjects for admissions purposes. Physical Education is not counted as a science but is acceptable as a third subject.

Selection

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.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £19,900

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Graduate destinations

Major advances in Bioengineering include the development of artificial joints, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the heart pacemaker, angioplasty, bioengineered skin, kidney dialysis and the heart-lung machine.

This rapidly developing field of engineering allows for Bioengineering professionals to work in a wide range of areas. For instance they may design computer software to run complicated three dimensional scans, develop new drug therapies, or build models to understand the signals transmitted by the brain or heart. Whichever area they specialise in Bioengineers can make a real difference to the quality of people's lives around the world.

Industrial placements

Students have the option of taking a year placement in industry which provides an invaluable opportunity to develop their professional and technical skills further.

We are the UK's number one university for engineering placements sending over 45% more students on placement than any other university (2013 HESA student record).

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.

The year in industry is optional but it is strongly encouraged because of the many benefits it can provide. 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 and Unilever.

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Department / School Key Information Sets

MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H163

MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: H162

BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H161

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: H160