MEng Medical Engineering

Course Overview

MEng Medical Engineering

Medical Engineering at Swansea University draws on the exciting medical research taking place within the College of Engineering and the College of Medicine. The research success in the two colleges led to the creation of the £22 million Centre for NanoHealth (CNH), a unique facility linking engineering and medicine.

Scholarships

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

Cutting-edge research informs our medical engineering courses

Medical Engineering is the application of engineering principles to both the human body and to a broad range of instrumentation used in modern medicine.

Why study Medical Engineering at Swansea University?

As a student on the MEng Medical Engineering course, you will learn about the design of prosthetic devices, new biocompatible materials, and the behaviour of complex bio-molecules and fluids with the body.

Our Medical Engineering degrees have three engineering themes:

  • Biomechanics and materials: the development and analysis of materials in terms of strength and biocompatibility
  • Instrumentation: advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques
  • Bioprocesses: physical and chemical processes occurring in the human body

A strong clinical theme runs throughout the course, including case studies within engineering modules. This includes design of electrocardiograph circuitry in Level one Electrical Engineering module. Also, biological and clinical modules taught within the College of Medicine, which are specifically designed for the medical engineers.

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Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Description

As a student on the MEng Medical Engineering course, you will graduate with engineering skills, whilst also providing employers with the added experience and knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and the ability to communicate with clinicians.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MEng Medical Engineering degree are:

AAA - AAB at A level (including Mathematics).

Other recommended subjects include:
Physics
Further Mathematics
Chemistry
Design Technology
IT/Computing
Biology

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 - 33 at IB (preferably including good HL marks in Mathematics).

Students studying for BTEC qualifications require DDD - DDM plus B grade at A level Mathematics. Studying A level Mathematics alongside a BTEC qualification is our strongly recommended entry pathway for those studying BTEC qualifications. Students not studying A level Mathematics, alongside their BTEC qualification, require D*DD-DDD with D in ‘Mathematics for Technicians’ and D in ‘Further Mathematics for Technicians’, plus minimum GCSE grades of B in Mathematics and 2 x B grades in Science/Engineering/Manufacturing.

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 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MEng (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £17,450

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

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.

Accreditation

The MEng Medical Engineering at Swansea University is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

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 for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).  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.

Sample Timetable

Below is a sample timetable for the Medical Engineering Level 1 Semester 1.

Please note timetables are subject to change.

Medical Engineering Timetable

What do our students say?

Lucy Ingham Lucy Ingham, Morgan Crucible Graduate Leadership Programme, Medical Engineering graduate

"Medical Engineering at Swansea University was the perfect degree choice for me. The broad range of engineering studied and the interesting medical applications have provided me with a great foundation for my job as a Mechanical Design Engineer at Morgan Technical Ceramics, Southampton. My job involves working with a team to design ultrasonic sensors with many of our products being medical devices.

Reflecting back on my time studying in Swansea, my third year group project designing a dialysis machine was the biggest challenge for me. There was plenty of guidance and encouragement from helpful tutors. The skills learnt such as project management, teamwork and research have proved to be very useful for the working world. Most excitingly one of my first projects at work has been to design an ultrasonic level sensor for a dialysis machine, a satisfactory real-world use of the knowledge gained from my university studies.

I have recently gained a place on the Morgan Crucible Graduate Leadership programme, which is designed to train the next generation of senior management in this world class materials company."

Luke Burke, Medical Engineering, Swansea University

I was attracted to Swansea University during a three day residential programme I took during my A level courses. The quality and availability of the laboratory and IT systems was much better than anything I’d seen at any other university, particularly the range of equipment in the electronic labs."

 

What are my career options?

Medical Engineering careers In the Clean Room at the £22 million Centre for Nanohealth

As a student on the MEng Medical Engineering course, you will gain the skills of engineering, whilst also providing employers with the added experience and knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and the ability to communicate with clinicians.

Job opportunities in the field of medical engineering are good and cover a wide range of careers. These include established technologies such as the design and manufacture of medical instrumentation and devices. For example, dialysis machines and artificial hip joints.

Opportunities also exist for clinical engineers within the NHS. They provide a wide variety of diagnostic and therapeutic services in collaboration with medical professionals.

Funding for medical research is growing rapidly and is likely to continue to grow. There is an increasing need for researchers to work at the interface between the traditional disciplines of physical and biomedical sciences. A graduate in Medical Engineering would be ideally placed to take advantage of these opportunities.

Graduates may wish to remain in Medical Engineering, transfer to one of the conventional branches of engineering, or study medicine in the longer term. Our courses also provide a suitable background to help gain entry into medical school.

What skills will I gain?

Our MEng Medical Engineering graduates gain the skills of engineering, whilst also providing employers with the added experience and knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and the ability to communicate with clinicians.

Our courses are designed so that graduates have sufficient strength in engineering to be able to function effectively as a mainstream engineer.

Examples of recent final year projects

Selection of final year projects:

  • The use of robotics in surgery
  • Snoring problems and solutions
  • Analysis of lymphatic flow
  • The design and comparison of heart valve models
  • Mechanical analysis of the gastrointestinal system
  • Data visualisation from medical sensors
  • Automated imaging and analysis of tumour cell proliferation
  • The reduction of bacterial adhesion at medical implant surfaces

Our student societies

Engineering and Sports Science Society logoAs an Engineering student at Swansea University, you will be able to join our thriving Engineering and Sports Science Society. Through the Society, you can meet people from other Engineering disciplines through events, socials, and industrial visits. . 

Medical Engineering Society logo‌We also have an active Medical Engineering society, which is open to all Medical Engineering students at Swansea.  As part of the group, you can attend events, in conjunction with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), be part of a like-minded group for discussions about your course, and be involved in professional development activities. The Society aims to be a place to inspire, collaborate and develop as a community of young engineer.

‌"I am personally involved in the development of the newly established Medical Engineering Society which we plan to use as a platform for helping students to collaborate and gain experience and insight into the opportunities that are available for Medical Engineers." Daniel Collaco, Medical Engineering, Swansea University

You can find out more about both Societies at the Fresher’s Fair during the Welcome Week of the first term.

Medical Engineering facilities

Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Within Engineering at Swansea University there are key resources specific to Medical Engineering.

These include: 

  • Electrical engineering instruments for the building and testing of medical devices
  • Biomechanical modelling for optimisation of implant technologies
  • Process engineering equipment for pharmaceutical production

Find out more about the facilities used by Medical Engineering students at Swansea University.

Our research is ranked in Top 10

Medical Engineering research Ground-breaking research taking place at Swansea University

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

Academics at Swansea University work within a diverse range of medical engineering research areas. Examples include the characterisation of bacterial biofilms, which has been used in the development of therapeutic particles for the treatment of cystic fibrosis.

In tissue engineering research academics at Swansea University are looking at the mechanical properties of different tissues and the mechanical properties of stem cells. Further tissue engineering research focuses on the development of bone implants. 

Another exciting area is the development of printed electronics and silver containing fibres for the next generation of wound healing dressings.

We also have a major project between engineering and a local hospital looking to monitor blood clotting through characterising the visco-elastic properties of blood and how these change when clots form.