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Medical Engineering (MEng)

  • H1BV

4 years (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Medical Engineering is a relatively new area of undergraduate study. The Cardiff programme is one of the most established in the UK, and is perfectly suited to anyone wishing to combine classical engineering training with a medical application. You will benefit from teaching by a dedicated team of research-active academic staff, in addition to receiving lectures by colleagues from Cardiff School of Biosciences, School of Medicine and Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust. The aim of the programme is to produce a highly competent engineer who can pursue a career in clinical engineering, bioengineering or engineering fields outside medicine.

By opting for the MEng qualification, you can use the last two years to expand and strengthen your knowledge in Medical Engineering. This offers you a quicker, more direct route to chartered engineer status and has therefore become the preferred route to becoming a chartered engineer. By choosing the MEng you will benefit from advanced learning in design and management and an appreciation of the techniques required to manage and organise a multi-disciplinary engineering design project.

The Medical Engineering course is also available with the following options, click on the links below to find out more:

Key Facts

UCAS Code H1BV
Duration 4 years
How to apply www.cardiff.ac.uk/howtoapply
Accreditation

The MEng degree fully satisfies the educational base for Chartered Engineering

Typical places available The School admits c350 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes
Typical applications received 1,900
Scholarships & Bursaries www.cardiff.ac.uk/scholarships
Fees www.cardiff.ac.uk/fees
Typical A-level offer AAA
Admissions Tutors Dr Rhys Pullin
Tel Number 029 2087 4656
Email address engineering-ug@cardiff.ac.uk
School website www.cardiff.ac.uk/engin

Medical Engineering is a relatively new area of undergraduate study. The Cardiff programme is one of the most established in the UK, and is perfectly suited to anyone wishing to combine classical engineering training with a medical application. You will benefit from teaching by a dedicated team of research-active academic staff, in addition to receiving lectures by colleagues from Cardiff School of Biosciences, School of Medicine and Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust. The aim of the programme is to produce a highly competent engineer who can pursue a career in clinical engineering, bioengineering or engineering fields outside medicine.

The MEng Programme

The MEng programme is a Medical Engineering degree which leads to a higher qualification than the traditional BEng programme, and requires an additional year of study. The programme shares the first two years with the BEng programme, while you can use the last two years to expand and strengthen your knowledge in Medical Engineering. This offers you a quicker, more direct route to chartered engineer status than the BEng programme and has therefore become the preferred route to becoming a chartered engineer. By choosing the MEng you will benefit from advanced learning in design and management and an appreciation of the techniques required to manage and organise a multi-disciplinary engineering design project.

There is a great deal of choice available to you at the Cardiff School of Engineering as it is one of a few Schools to offer both sandwich and full time MEng and BEng degree schemes in Medical Engineering.

At Cardiff, we place a great emphasis on flexibility, and appreciate that you may be unsure of your future and which path to choose. If you are unable to decide which degree programme is the right one for you, you can change your course at a later date.

Programme structure

Each academic year consists of modules, the content of which summates to 120 credits; 60 credits are delivered in each semester.

Years One and Two

Year One aims to ensure that students develop a fundamental knowledge of all relevant subjects. Theory is delivered within lectures and is supported by a dedicated double-module of laboratory experiments that comprises one-sixth of the year. Year Two begins applying engineering knowledge to medical applications, while further developing the fundamental theories learnt in year one. Additionally, dedicated Anatomy & Physiology modules are delivered in both years to ensure the students have sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge.

Year Three

Year Three is structured around providing students with the opportunity to integrate their medical and engineering knowledge, as they tackle a number of realistic clinical challenges throughout a variety of applied modules. Twenty five per cent of this academic year is also devoted to the Individual Project, where students select an area of research interest and then conduct a period of guided study. Recent projects have included: Linking Brain Imaging with Motion Analysis; Computational Modelling of Blood Flow in Cerebral Aneurysm; Football Injuries from Collision with the Ground; Biomechanical Analysis of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Year Four

One-half of Year Four involves working within groups to tackle two substantial medical engineering research projects. A number of specialist medical engineering modules (eg sports biomechanics, forensic engineering) are also delivered that are aligned with key research interests of academic staff.

Teaching is organised into modules and you will take twelve modules per year, normally six in each of the two semesters. Please click here for further details of module or course structure.

The Cardiff School of Engineering is an integrated School with a reputation for providing education of the highest quality. The School is renowned for its up-to-date teaching and research facilities and its strong links with industry. The School’s graduate students are in great demand from industry and the public sector across the UK, and internationally.

No matter which degree programme you choose, you will be taught the fundamental aspects of engineering through a combination of lectures and tutorials, supplemented by the practical aspects of engineering which are taught through laboratory and project-based work. On average, you will have 20 hours of timetabled lectures, laboratory classes and tutorials each week and will be expected to supplement this with your own private study. Our teaching is organised into modules and you will take twelve modules per year, normally six in each of the two semesters. Each semester consists of eleven teaching weeks, one revision week and an examination period. Staff are always happy to clarify any material or answer any of your questions and help with specific aspects of a module can be directly obtained from your lecturers.

Your progress in each module is usually assessed mid-way through each semester (through a one hour test) to give you feedback on your progress, then finally at the end of the appropriate semester. Assessment is undertaken using a variety of different methods including formal written examinations, case studies, assignments and project work.

Your first year of academic life will expose you to a broad range of new and exciting experiences. To help you through this transitional period in your life, upon starting your studies at Cardiff, you will be assigned a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff associated with your degree programme. Your tutor will be there to advise you on academic, non-academic and personal matters in a confidential and informal manner as and when you need some guidance. We aim to help you overcome any problem, however big or small, as smoothly and quickly as possible.

Typical A-level Offer  AAA. A-level Mathematics is required or equivalent
Typical WBQ Offer Grade A in the Core plus grades AA at A-level including Mathematics
Typical Int Bacc Offer  32-36 points, including 5 in higher level Mathematics and a Science
Other Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed information about alternative entry requirements here

Please find here further information about admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme.

Medical Engineering

Graduate medical engineers benefit from employment opportunities within both the medical engineering and also broader mechanical engineering sector. Recent Cardiff graduates are now employed in medical engineering companies including Finsbury Orthopaedics, DePuy International, and Huntleigh Medical. Medical engineers can also pursue a career in the healthcare sector. Cardiff graduates regularly earn positions in the highly competitive Clinical Engineer/Scientist training scheme (www.ipem.org.uk for further details), whilst other students have used their degree as a precursor to other vocations.

Numerous opportunities are also available worldwide for postgraduate study, with many graduates having since been awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students have also sought further specialisation by studying for a Master of Science (MSc) qualification. Graduating with an IMechE accredited degree also allows students to work within the mechanical engineering sector.

Engineering in General

In 2010, 89% of the School’s graduates were in employment or further study within six months of graduation.Our graduates occupy key positions in leading firms where engineering skills are required, such as Halcrow, Atkins, BP, BAe Sytems, RWE npower, Mott McDonald, Network Rail, Rolls Royce, Ford, Tata Steel, Nokia, Bosch, and beyond. Our graduates have also moved on to work within local governments, UK and international utility companies and organisations such as Climate Energy and GlaxoSmithKline.

If you are seeking to formally enhance your degree, choosing the Year in Industry programme at Cardiff is a good option as we have an official partnership with the City and Guilds of London Institute which will enable you to achieve the Senior Award of Licentiateship after successfully completing your placement. This is a professional qualification which rewards work related competence and expertise and is widely recognised by employers. If you hold the award you are entitled to use the letters LCGI after your name.

Being at the forefront of engineering research means that Cardiff has excellent links with industry and the policy of the school is scrutinised by a panel of top industrialists on a regular basis. In addition, numerous links have been developed with companies, both in the UK and overseas, through our Year in Industry programmes and through consultancy work by staff. This involves advising on matters such as energy policy, bridge design, magnetic materials and semiconductor devices. You can be confident therefore that Cardiff’s School of Engineering has an ethos which is entirely focused on providing you with the knowledge, experience and connections to succeed in your chosen career.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr Rhys Pullin  

Telephone: 029 2087 4656 

Fax:  

Email: engineering-ug@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: www.cardiff.ac.uk/engin

More information

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