MEng Medical Engineering (with a Year Abroad)

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Course Overview

MEng Medical Engineering

On our Medical Engineering course you will be taught a wide range of engineering skills and you will learn how to use them to study human physiology or design medical devices.

The degree leans on a variety of modules covering relevant electrical, chemical, mechanical, material and, of course, medical topics. As a medical engineer you will learn how to integrate these different skill sets to tackle the complex multi-disciplinary problems found in medical engineering.


You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.

To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International Scholarships

Key Features

  • College of Engineering is 9th in the UK (Guardian University League Table 2018)
  • 95% of graduates in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (DLHE)
  • Part of £22million Centre for NanoHealth linking Engineering + Medicine
  • Undergraduate Exchange program with Texas A&M University
  • Year in Industry + Year Abroad schemes available
  • Scholarships for academically outstanding students


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Undergraduate / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Engineering Analysis 2C (Chem, Env & Med)
EG-118Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Analysis 1C (Chem, Env & Med)
EG-120Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Strength of Materials
EG-142Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Instrumentation and Control
EG-155Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Circuit Analysis
EG-160Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Fluid Mechanics 1
EG-180Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Materials Engineering
EGA100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Numerical Methods for Biomedical Engineers
EGA114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Chemical Engineering Science
SR-112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human Physiology
SR-113Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Human Neuromusculoskeletal System
Optional Modules
Optional Modules  

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : The optional modules EGA103 and EG-166 are chosen depending on the qualifications and academic background of each student. Students who have not done chemistry in their A-levels (or equivalent) will have to choose Foundation Chemistry (EGA103). Students that have taken chemistry, but have not taken physics/mechanics in their A-levels will have to choose Engineering Mechanics (EG-166). All remaining students should choose one of these options.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EG-166Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Mechanics
EGA103Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Foundation Chemistry

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate / HEDip
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-211Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Fluid Flow
EG-215Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Process Modelling
EG-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Statistical Methods in Engineering
EG-232Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Multivariable Calculus for Medical Engineers
EG-235Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Dynamics 1
EG-236Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Design for Medical Engineering
EG-238Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Experimental Studies for Medical Engineers
EG-262Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Stress Analysis 1
EGA219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cell Biology and cell mechanics for engineers
EGA224Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Biomedical Instrumentation
EGA226Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Physiological systems
PM-230Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Selected Medical Diagnostic Techniques

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Undergraduate / Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-3055Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Tissue Engineering
EG-318Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer Aided Product Design
EG-323Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Finite Element Method
EG-353Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Research Project
EG-386Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Engineering Management
EGA306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Mechanical Deformation in Structural Materials
EGA308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Implant and prosthetic Technology
EGA325Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Medical Engineering Group Design Project
EGA336Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Biomedical Flows in Physiology and Medical Devices

Year 4 (Level 5 YR OUT)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate Sandwich Year
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-R01Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Study Abroad (Engineering)

Year 5 (Level 7)

FHEQ 7 Undergraduate / Advanced Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EGDM03Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Individual Research Project
EGIM02Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
EGM402Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Fracture and Fatigue
EGM403Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Implant Engineering 2
EG-M83Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Simulation Based Product Design
EG-M85Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Strategic Project Planning
EGNM03Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Nanoscale Simulation
EGNM07Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Principles of Nanomedicine
EGTM89Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Polymers: Properties and Design
PMPM04Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Medical Imaging


The objectives of the Medical Engineering programme are:

  • To provide students with a solid background in the design and analysis of medical devices.
  • To build engineering skills of critical importance when working in industry, including the ability to break a complex engineering problem into its component parts, to sketch/model engineering solutions and to be able to understand and prepare technical reports.
  • To study human physiology at a body, tissue and cell level using engineering concepts such that medical devices can be developed that interact with these complex systems.
  • To build a critical awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of different design approaches when facing a medical engineering problem, including aspects such as ethics, economy, health and safety or medical regulations.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MEng Medical Engineering degree are:

AAA - AAB at A level (including Mathematics).

Other recommended subjects include:
Further Mathematics
Design Technology

Variable offers made dependent on subjects studied and all applications are considered on an individual basis, with GCSE grades, AS Level subjects and grades, work experience, references and personal statement taken into account.

Or 34 at IB to include a 5 at HL or 6 at SL Mathematics and 4 at HL or 5 at SL English Language.

Students studying for BTEC qualifications require D*D*D* to include B at A Level Mathematics. Must be in relevant subject. If they are not taking A Level Mathematics, they must achieve a minimum D in ‘Mathematics for Technicians’ and D in ‘Further Mathematics for Technicians’ modules of the BTEC. Students are also required to have minimum two A grades at GCSE, to include a minimum grade B in Mathematics and two other Science subjects.

Find out the entry requirements for an international student

Students with industrial experience and qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have studied access or vocational qualifications, you are advised to apply for the Integrated Foundation Year.

If you are applying for Level Two (second year) entry, in order to be considered, you will need to have already covered the topics offered in Swansea at Level One (first year) in a certified qualification, with a high overall score.

How To Apply

Find out how to apply for the MEng Medical Engineering course as an UK or EU student.

Find out how to apply for the MEng Medical Engineering course as an international student

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MEng (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £17,950

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the MEng Medical Engineering course do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Recommended textbooks for this course are available in the library. All software needed for the course is available on the Engineering network, for use within our PC rooms at Swansea University.

Free wireless internet access is available across the whole of the University campus and halls of residence.


The MEng Medical Engineering at Swansea University is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills as a Chartered Engineer. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Year Abroad

Students on a 5-year MEng degree scheme which includes a year abroad will also be able to study at a partner university after their second or third year, and before their final year. 

As a student on a Year Abroad course, you will select the university where you will spend your year abroad by submitting three choices to the course coordinator at the College of Engineering.

This information is then forwarded to the International Development Office at Swansea University so that exchange places can be allocated across the University.  There is a combination of Engineering specific and University-wide links available. University-wide links are subject to availability and negotiation as they service the entire institution, in principle.

The year abroad has to be passed in order to progress. Our study abroad schemes are not credit bearing in the sense that they do not act as substitutes for study in Swansea; so a standard 4-year MEng becomes a 5-year MEng with a year abroad.

To find out more about links to our partner institutions, visit the Global Opportunities website.

For more information on tuition fees during your Year Abroad, visit

Students are liable for the following costs:

  • Accommodation
  • Meal plans (depending on institution)
  • Health insurance (depending on destination)
  • Flights
  • Visa/Study permit