Bioengineering

Bioengineering is a cutting-edge, multidisciplinary subject that bridges the gap between medicine and engineering for the enhancement of human health, sport, and lifestyle. It’s a subject that can allow you to make a real, tangible difference to people’s lives.

Top 10 in the UK for General Engineering The Guardian University Guide 2021
£17m STEMLab teaching facilities
Top 5 in the UK for Medical Technology and Bioengineering The Complete University Guide 2022

Bioengineering at Loughborough

Bioengineering is the application of engineering practices and principles to analyse and design new processes, tools, and techniques to bridge gaps across biological and healthcare challenges. Fundamental engineering principles are used in the innovation and design of new products and processes.

Loughborough has a long history as a leader in many fields of engineering, and our departments have outstanding reputations for teaching and employability. Bioengineering brings together excellence in engineering education from the Departments of Chemical and Materials and the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering. This is combined with modules from Loughborough’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, which has an excellent international reputation for its teaching.

Taught by a team of global experts, this course represents the very latest knowledge in this rapidly developing discipline.

Make a tangible difference

Bioengineering spans diverse areas of engineering, ranging from the design of biomedical devices, to the creation and evaluation of implants and wearable technology, to the understanding of tissue engineering and function, meaning that the skills developed on this course could allow you to make a tangible difference to people’s lives.

One area you will learn about is the design and manufacture of medical implants, including hip implants.

Design and manufacture of medical implants in Bioengineering

Links with industry

All our courses offer the option to complete a salaried year in industry. You will also have an opportunity to undertake a work placement overseas, or to participate in a study exchange at one of our European or international partner universities.

We encourage our students to spend a year in industry to acquire skills in an industrial environment and significantly enhance their career prospects. At Loughborough, the industrial year is supervised and on successful completion, our graduating students are awarded a Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS), in addition to their degree. Close links with industrial partners mean we can provide our students with considerable help in sourcing, securing, supporting, and assessing their placement.

Facilities

Our world class laboratories allow you the opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience with industry relevant equipment, offering students an enhanced learning experience.

STEMLab is a £17 million investment in 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. It includes a suite of laboratories for practical work in Bioengineering, allowing students crucial opportunities to gain applied experience with biological samples in a safe and modern facilities environment.

Additionally, we have invested significantly in the facilities in S-Building, home to our Bioengineering course. This means new laboratory space and equipment has been installed, including a new 87-seater IT laboratory intended for taught sessions, but also available for project work and private study.

A highly interdisciplinary subject, you will benefit from expertise across a range of schools and departments, as well as the equipment and facilities on offer there.

Career opportunities

These courses are relatively new, and our first graduate cohort completed their degrees in 2020. Our Centre for Doctoral Training in Regenerative Medicine, which is in its 11th year, has shown strong demand for bioengineers at the doctoral level.

Bioengineering is a growing sector, and we expect our bioengineering graduates to be in high demand since the subject covers the entire breadth of engineering and manufacturing activity across many bioengineering and biotechnology industrial sectors. Graduate roles span research and development, technical specialist, production, project, and research management, through to business and enterprise development.