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MEng (Hons) Medical Engineering

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

Year of entry: 2022/23
Show year of entry: 2021

UCAS code

H119

Institution code

Y50

Length

4 years full-time

Typical offer

AAA (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2022 (term dates)

UK (home) fees

£9,250 per year

International and EU fees

£22,650 per year

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. 

Year in industry

All of our courses are available with a year in industry, which gives you the opportunity to gain vital experience in the workplace and find out more about your career options. The year in industry is generally taken in the year prior to your final year of study.

The Department will help you to find a suitable placement. You will be fully supported by an academic member of staff who will visit you in the workplace and meet you regularly to discuss your placement work.

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.

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, a maze-solving robot and an autonomous underwater vehicle.

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

Year 1 provides you with a grounding in engineering mathematics, electronics and circuits, electrical machines, materials and mechanics, and programming for microcontrollers. There's a strong emphasis on mathematics and computing, including learning the C programming language.

You'll also develop your practical skills, designing and building complete products as part of laboratories and group projects. You’ll build an innovative wearable medical device for measuring Parkinson’s, essential tremor and Dystonia as part of a hands-on practical project.

Core modules

Your modules will cover topics such as:

Academic integrity module

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

Year 2

In Year 2 you'll learn to analyse and design hardware and software systems. You'll study material including sensors and signal processing, fabrication and manufacturing, thermodynamics, AC machines and power electronics, and electronic applications essential for medical engineering.

An advanced construction project gives you the opportunity to apply your skills of design, engineering, problem-solving and project management. You’ll build a floating or submersible vehicle to intelligently map the characteristics of a closed body of water, and work with medically related sensors, data capture and analysis for capturing and analysing contaminants.

Core modules

Your modules will cover topics such as:

Year 3

In Year 3 you'll study a range of advanced core and optional modules in biomedical engineering, control, MEMS, clinical engineering and management. You can focus on your interests, or investigate a new aspect of medical engineering such as human-robotic interaction.

Throughout the year you'll work on a major individual project, using the knowledge and skills you've developed to research and design a solution to a medical engineering challenge.

  • Stage 3 Project

Core modules

Your core modules will cover topics such as:

  • Mechanics and MEMS
  • Control
  • Management
  • Clinical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

Option modules

Option modules may include:

Year 4

In your final year, you'll study core modules in electronics for medicine and future healthcare engineering technologies, and select specialised courses in Medical Engineering such as biologically-inspired computation and machine vision.

You'll also complete your MEng Individual Project. You'll work individually on a major project which will develop your capacity to think independently and creatively about a specific area of electronic engineering.

You'll develop advanced skills in problem-solving, critical evaluation and writing concise technical reports. You'll also be able to present and defend your work.

  • Stage 4 Individual Project

Core modules

Your core modules will cover topics such as:

Option modules

Option modules may include:

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

The fees and funding figures below are for 2021/22 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year

Annual tuition fees

UK (home) International and EU
£9,250 £22,650

UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK (home): 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 and EU students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at two per cent each year.

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.

Additional costs

Type Amount
Textbooks Included in course fees £0
Year in industry Optional additional expense £0
Specialist clothing, uniforms, lab coats, laundry... Included in course fees £0
Printing, photocopying and dissertation binding Included in course fees £0
Equipment/facility hire and insurance Included in course fees £0
Professional association fees, DBS checks, professional indemnity insurance, etc Included in course fees £0

Funding

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2022/23 throughout the year.

We have a number of  open to all Year 1 students starting in 2021, including “Academic Excellence”, “Widening Participation”, “Engaging in Engineering” and “International Academic Excellence” scholarships.

You'll be automatically considered for a scholarship if York is your firm choice. £500 is paid during Autumn Term and the other £500 is paid at the end of Summer Term, providing you successfully progress to Year 2.

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 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 and tutorials
  • Computer laboratories
  • Supervisions

Projects

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.

An academic member of staff will help guide you through your final-year individual project, ensuring that you are able to combine the knowledge and skills you have learned throughout the course to successfully undertake a substantial engineering project tailored to your interests and career goals.

In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.

Facilities

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 and open-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.

Careers and skills

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, and our students enter a wide range of careers.

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

Entry requirements

Typical offer
A levels

AAA including Maths. Arts and humanities subjects are welcome.

BTEC National Extended Diploma DDD from the BTEC National Extended Diploma in any subject plus A level Maths grade A. DD from the BTEC National Diploma in any subject plus A level Maths grade A. If you are studying for a different combination of A levels and BTEC qualifications please contact us for advice.
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics
International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with grade 6 in Maths at Higher Level
International foundation programme Foundation Certificate from our International Pathway College or an appropriate alternative.
Other qualifications We consider a wide range of academic and vocational qualifications as long as Maths is obtained at A level or equivalent and are happy to talk to you about your individual qualifications profile. We also offer a Foundation Year, BEng Electronic Engineering with a Foundation Year for those not taking Maths A level which, following successful completion, allows you to progress onto one of our BEng or MEng courses depending on your Foundation Year average marks.  
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

Alternative offers

Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.

Criteria Adjustment
Widening participation If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to three A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Next Step York, Realising Opportunities, YESS. More about widening participation.
Contextual offers If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to two A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about contextual offers.
EPQ If you achieve C or higher at EPQ, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.

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:

Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 169, with a minimum of 162 in each component
Duolingo 100 overall, with a minimum of 90 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component
PTE Academic 55, with a minimum of 51 in 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 English language test 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.

Applying

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

All suitable UK-based applicants will be invited to an interview; for the current application cycle the interviews will be held online.

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