Biomedical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Why Newcastle?

Newcastle is one of the leading universities for Electronic Engineering, with our programmes ranked within the top ten of The Complete University Guide 2018 and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 .

Our Biomedical Engineering programmes draw on 50 years’ experience of teaching the subject in collaboration with clinicians and industry professionals. Many of the top clinical engineers in the UK have been educated at Newcastle, and we continue to provide highly sought-after graduates.

Programme overview

Our Biomedical Engineering programmes are informed by our internationally renowned Centre for Biomedical Engineering which gives you access to the latest pioneering techniques. You will also benefit from Newcastle’s new £12.5m Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory, and experience visits to clinical and industrial centres, particularly in your final year.

The strength of our programme comes from our breadth of teaching and strong applied, clinical focus. This is not just limited to ‘hips and knees’, but includes human movement, biosensors, prosthesis design and signal processing, as well as core topics such as implant technology.

The degrees are part of Newcastle’s pioneering Innovation for Health programme, designed to bring together computer, data and health scientists to meet the challenges of an ageing population and changing patterns of disease, developing technologies that will facilitate improvements in healthcare.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

 Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

·       Mathematics I

·       Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics I

·       Materials and Statics

·       Design and Component Production

·       Mathematics II

·       Solid Mechanics I

·       Experimental and Transferable Skills

·       Electronic Instrumentation I

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

·       Design Project

·       Solid Mechanics II

·       Biomechanics

·       Human Biology

·       Numerical and Experimental Methods

·       Control

·       Electronic Instrumentation II

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.


Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

·       Group Design Project

·       BEng Individual Project

·       Biomedical Signal Processing

·       Engineering Materials

·       Control and Dynamics

·       Engineering Management

·       Advanced Stress Analysis

·       Clinical Rehabilitation

·       Biological and Tissue Engineering

·       Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

Year 4 (FHEQ Level 7)

Year 4, for MEng students only, includes a multidisciplinary project, an extensive individual research project and a choice of optional advanced modules.

The MEng degree has been developed in conjunction with the biomedical engineering profession, specifically for undergraduates of high academic and practical calibre who will achieve leading roles as Chartered Engineers.

·       Multidisciplinary Design Project

·       MEng Individual Project

·       Professional and Research Skills

·       Human Movement and Rehabilitation

·       Medical Implants and Biomaterial Applications

·       Biomedical Sensors and Signals

·       Speech and Audio Processing and Recognition

·       Image Processing and Deep Learning

·       Professional recognition

Our courses have been accredited by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

MEng Accredited CEng (Full)

This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

BEng (Hons) Accredited CEng (Partial)

This degree is accredited as:

Fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng)

Partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) – a programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng

See The Institution of Mechanical Engineers website for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level Access to HE Diploma BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma European Baccalaureate International Baccalaureate Science Practical Certificate Scottish Highers Welsh Baccalaureate Other international qualifications



BEng (Hons): AAB. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

MEng: AAA. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required Subjects

BEng (Hons): Mathematics and Physics. Alternatively, Mathematics and two other science/technology subjects.

MEng: Mathematics and Physics. Alternatively, Mathematics and two other science/technology subjects.


BEng (Hons): English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

MEng: English Language C(4) and Mathematics C(4).

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.


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