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MEng (Hons) Medical Engineering

Create technology that could help save lives and change them for the better

Year of entry: 2020

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4 years full-time

Typical offer

AAA (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fees

£22,080 per year (2020/21)

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Sophisticated engineering is at the heart of healthcare systems around the world. 

As part of this innovative course, you'll study the electrical, electronic and mechanical aspects of healthcare in the context of a wider education in engineering.

You'll develop a specialist knowledge of medical engineering concepts and learn how to create technology that could have a huge impact on clinical systems, diagnosis and care. 

We build employability into every aspect of our courses, meaning that alongside developing an in-depth understanding of your subject, you'll gain a range of transferable skills that will allow you to take on a career in a number of sectors and thrive in management roles. 

Quality teaching and support

We're first among surveyed Russell Group universities for 'The Teaching on my Course' and "Academic Support" (National Student Survey 2019).

Strong links with industry

The skills you'll learn are directly relevant to the latest developments in engineering such as robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and immersive technology.

Prepare for your career

Extensive project work throughout your course allows you to experience the management, coordination and decision-making processes required by engineers. You'll develop key transferable and managerial skills.

Course content

At the beginning of your course, you'll develop a solid foundation in mechanical, electrical and electronic principles and programming.

You'll take part in extensive laboratory sessions and hands-on project work, during which you'll have the chance to build an innovative medical device, an environmental monitoring station and a robotic water collection and analysis device.

In the final two years of your course, you'll begin to specialise in medical engineering. You'll study topics in clinical and biomedical engineering and consider the role of electronics in medicine. You'll also be able to choose a number of option modules, meaning you can learn more about other aspects of the discipline. 

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Year 1

You'll study five core modules and build an innovative medical device in groups as part of a hands-on practical project.

  • Stage 1 Project (20 credits)

Core modules

  • Mathematics (30 credits)
    This module will take you through the transition to university-level mathematics. You’ll develop your familiarity and fluency in a range of fundamental mathematical tools for the design, modelling and analysis of engineering systems and signals.
  • Introduction to Electronics and Electrical Circuits (20 credits)
    Learn about the fundamentals principles of electronics and how to design, build, and test simple analogue and digital circuits. You’ll also get to grips with the microcontroller, and learn how digital and analogue signals can be interfaced with microcontrollers. 
  • Introduction to Electrical Machines (10 credits)
    You’ll gain a solid grounding in electric and magnetic fields at low frequencies and develop an understanding of the working principles of transformers and DC electrical machines.
  • Programming for Microcontrollers (10 credits)
    This module will introduce programming and the process of writing simple software for microcontrollers. The majority of software used for automation, control, monitoring and user interaction runs on these small cheap devices.
  • Materials and Mechanics (30 credits)
    Through a series of lectures and laboratory classes, this module will provide an introduction to materials with a particular focus on the mechanical properties of materials subject to static and dynamic forces.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

You'll study five core modules. As part of your stage 2 project, you'll work together with other students to design and implement an environmental monitoring station.

  • Stage 2 Project (30 credits)

Core modules

  • Engineering Mathematics, Signals and Systems (20 credits)
    You’ll study advanced mathematical tools that are useful for modelling real-world engineering systems and for the analysis and processing of signals.
  • Manufacturing and Fabrication (20 credits)
    This module introduces many of the processes that are used for creating parts, including machining (turning, milling, boring, grinding); EDM and etching; welding and brazing; adhesives and fasteners; forming (bending, stamping); casting and moulding; and additive manufacturing.
  • Thermo-dynamics and Fluid Dynamics (20 credits)
    This module includes an introduction to the flow of fluids (fluid dynamics) and the flow of energy (thermodynamics), both fundamental concepts to a wide range of engineering systems.
  • Sensors, Noise and Filters (20 credits)
    You’ll learn about the processing and digitisation of electronic signals from sensors. This module includes techniques for analysing AC circuits using phasors and complex impedances, the effects of non-ideal passive components, and the design of filters. You’ll look at examples of several common sensor types; including pressure, light, proximity and temperature sensors.
  • AC Machines and Power Electronics (10 credits)
    You’ll develop your understanding of electrical machines by introducing the operational principles and characteristics of AC motors and generators, three phase circuits and complex power. You’ll also look at the design and operation of common AC-DC and DC-AC power converters.

Year 3

In your third year, you'll study five core modules. As part of your group project, you'll create a robot designed to collect water and assess it for the presence of the diseases. You'll also choose three option modules.

  • Stage 3 Project (40 credits)

Core modules

  • Control (10 credits)
  • Mechanics & MEMS (10 credits)
  • Management (10 credits)
  • Clinical Engineering (10 credits)
  • Biomedical Engineering (10 credits)

Option modules

  • Accounting & Finance (10 credits)
  • Communication Systems (10 credits)
  • Principles of DSP (10 credits)
  • Human-Robot Interaction (10 credits)
  • Composite Materials (10 credits) 
  • MEMS: Materials, Manufacturing & Measurement (10 credits)

Year 4

In your final year, you'll complete a major individual project and study two core modules. You'll also choose two option modules.

  • Stage 4 Individual Project (80 credits)

Core modules

  • Electronics for Medicine (10 credits)
  • Future Healthcare Engineering Technologies (10 credits)

Option modules

  • Skills for Business Leadership (10 credits)
  • Machine Vision (10 credits)
  • Biologically Inspired Computation (10 credits)
  • Sensors & Instrumentation (10 credits)
  • Strategic Management (10 credits)

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Conduct theoretical and applied research at the interface between electronic, electrical and mechanical engineering to create advanced components, devices and systems in Healthcare technologies. 
  • Extract and critically evaluate information about (and data from) biomedical and engineering systems through analytical and computational methods and modelling. 
  • Combine electronic, electrical and mechanical engineering to create, design, implement and operate innovative engineering and medical systems that address real-world problems aligned with technical, social and economic needs.
  • Apply professional skills of electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering (including laboratory, health and safety, construction and testing) combined with an understanding of systems and components, to solve technically challenging problems. 
  • Debate, defend and contextualise information in a succinct and technically accurate manner for technical & non-technical audiences, and write and interpret technical documentation. 
  • Management & Personal Development: Proficiently manage themselves, teams and complex projects in preparation for technical careers as leaders in applied engineering.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £22,080

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.


We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21 throughout the year.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

Our courses are highly intensive. Your timetabled activities each week will include:

  • Lectures
  • Practical work
  • Group project work
  • Workshops
  • Computer laboratories
  • Supervisions


Throughout your degree, you'll work together with other students to create usable devices. This extensive project work is a key component of your degree and will give you the opportunity to not only develop a solid knowledge of engineering design and construction principles, but also key project management, teamwork and leadership skills that are indispensable to employers.

In your final year, you'll complete a major individual project supervised by an academic member of staff. 

Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1,200 hours a year learning.


We're building new labs and workshops for our engineering students. Our existing range of facilities includes laboratory space, recording studios, digital media suite and computing classrooms.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Electronic Engineering, on Campus West.

Most of your contact hours will be in the Department of Electronic Engineering, with some additional teaching on Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your assignments will be designed not just to test your knowledge but also to challenge you to creatively apply what you've learned. We use a variety of assessment styles, including a practical portfolio. You'll encounter all of them during your course, but the exact balance will depend on the modules you choose:

  • Closed-book exams
  • Short technical reports
  • Electronic portfolios, including programming exercises, video reports or blogs
  • Presentations and demonstrations
  • Major technical reports

You'll receive written feedback on work you hand in to help you understand your grade and develop your skills. For your individual project you'll produce a written report, have a viva (a presentation and question/answer session) and also show your project on our demo day, which our external advisory board attend.

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

AAA including Maths. Your other two subjects can be any. We welcome arts and humanities subjects.

BTEC National Extended Diploma BTEC Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma in Electronic, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or a related subject with an overall grade of Pass with Distinction. BTEC National Extended Diploma in Engineering with an overall grade of DDD and A level Maths grade A. All applicants need Distinction in Further Maths for Technicians. We do consider applications from people offering combinations of A levels and BTEC subsidiary diplomas. Contact us for more advice.
International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with grade 6 in Maths at Higher Level
Other qualifications If your qualifications are not suitable for direct entry to this course but you think you have the potential to succeed consider applying to our Electronic Engineering with a Foundation Year course. To transfer from the Electronic Engineering with a Foundation Year course onto any of our MEng courses you'll need to complete the foundation year and achieve a score of at least 60% in all the Foundation Year Mathematics examinations.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
PTE Academic 55, with a minimum of 51 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 169, with a minimum of 162 each component
TOEFL 79 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing
Trinity ISE III Pass in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.


To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

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Careers and skills

We have the highest proportion of graduates finding employment within one year of finishing their studies in the UK (UK engineering and technology graduates LEO data set, June 2017). Our students enter a wide range of careers.

We design our courses with your future in mind. Throughout your time with us, you'll build a range of transferable skills that are valuable to a wide variety of employers.

Career opportunities

  • Avionic systems engineering
  • Design engineering
  • Digital consultancy
  • Software and systems engineering
  • Cyber security
  • Telecommunications design
  • Broadcast engineering
  • Automotive safety
  • Visual effects

Transferable skills

  • Time management
  • Teamworking
  • Project management
  • Communication
  • System analysis
  • Problem solving through design

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Admissions Tutor - Dr Jude Brereton

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