Biomedical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Ulster University Belfast Campus

Program Overview


Combining engineering with medical sciences to design and create equipment, devices, computer systems and software.



Biomedical Engineering combines biology and engineering, applying engineering principles and materials to medicine and healthcare. It spans a wide variety of disciplines – you could be working with artificial organs, surgical robots, advanced prosthetics or the development of new drugs.


Biomedical Engineers (sometimes referred to as Bioengineers) are responsible for driving major innovations and advances in medicine they design and develop all of the equipment used by doctors and biomedical scientists.


The demand for Biomedical Engineers is increasing as machinery and technology become ever more essential to developments in medicine and healthcare. The combination of engineering principles with biological knowledge to address medical needs has contributed to the development of many revolutionary and life-saving concepts.


Biomedical Engineering is constantly evolving and expanding into new areas such as tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, a core research theme within the School of Engineering at Ulster University.


BelfastUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 15,360



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Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.


Year one

Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers

Year: 1

This module provides students with an understanding of anatomy and physiology that are directly applicable to the area of biomedical engineering.


Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

Year: 1

This module will introduce students to studying Biomedical Engineering at Ulster University and will develop some of the foundational knowledge and skills that will enable them to succeed on their degree programme.


Engineering Mathematics

Year: 1

This module provides an understanding of the language and terminology of mathematics, together with the mathematical techniques from algebra, calculus and statistics that are necessary for the description and analysis of engineering systems.


Analogue and Digital Electronics 1

Year: 1

This module will provide an introduction to semiconductor devices and their application in electronic circuits such as power supplies, voltage regulators and simple amplifier circuits. It will also introduce the field of digital electronics, with simple combinational logic circuit analysis and simplification


Design and CAE 1

Year: 1

This module provides an introduction to the fundamentals in the use of a modern 3D CAD system to create robust 3D part modules using an introductory range of feature types. This module provides an introduction to product design specification, design, build and analysis/testing of a product as part of a design project, working as part of a team.


The Global Engineer

Year: 1

This module will introduce students to working in multidisciplinary teams to solve a real-world problem and present their solution to an audience of their tutors and peers.


Year two


Regulatory Affairs and Ethics

Year: 2

This module provides students with a detailed understanding of the important issues relating to the regulatory control of the design, fabrication, manufacture and safe use of medical devices in Europe and the US. It includes information on the design and manufacture of medical devices and equipment. The origins and implementation of various directives in terms of classification, regulatory requirements and the use of standards are provided and demonstrated via an integrated group project approach involving structured exercises related to actual medical devices.


Mechanical Systems Analysis for Biomedical Engineers

Year: 2

This module provides an introduction to the fundamentals of static mechanics and fluid mechanics, with a particular emphasis being placed on the application of this theory to biomedical engineering devices and examples.


Advanced Biomedical Engineering Topics

Year: 2

The module is designed to extend the students understanding of biomedical engineering in terms of medical physiological measurements, medical imaging and clinical diagnosis. The electrical properties of tissue are studied and their importance for a number of clinical situations examined. The development of electrodes for particular purposes is evaluated. Medical devices for a range of physiological and diagnostic applications are studied.


Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers

Year: 2

This module will equip students with necessary knowledge and hardware-software design skills needed to design/implement microcontroller based embedded systems.


Engineering Programming

Year: 2

This module is designed to introduce engineering students to the basic principles of algorithmic programming, and the solution of engineering problems using MATLAB and Simulink.


Design and CAE 2

Year: 2

The module considers creativity in design; product innovation; technical and non-technical aspects of design; sustainability; design analysis techniques for economic product manufacture and assembly; functional analysis; visual design; value engineering; safety and reliability through design projects; manufacturing processes; assembly techniques; market intelligence; component and product inspection and testing. This module builds on the fundamentals of 3D solid part modelling with the introduction of more advanced solid modelling tools, assembly modelling, creation of 2D drawings and incorporation of all these tools and features within a design project, working as part of a team.


Year three
Industrial Placement

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to gain structured and professional work experience, in a work-based learning environment, as part of their planned programme of study. This experience allows students to develop, refine and reflect on their key personal and professional skills. The placement should significantly support the development of the student's employability skills, preparation for final year and enhance their employability journey.


International Academic Studies

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Study USA

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study in the USA; to acquire business and management skills, and to develop educational and social links. Places on the module are limited and subject to a competitive selection procedure.


Year four

Design of Advanced Medical Sensors

Year: 4

This module prepares the student for the multidisciplinary (physics, chemistry and engineering) nature of biomedical devices. An applied view of sensor principles and associated device fabrication techniques is presented with modern and future medical applications constantly being illustrated.


Functional Biomaterials

Year: 4

This module provides students with a detailed understanding of the composition, function and application of synthetic and natural biomaterials in the context of the medical implant devices they are used to fabricate. The approach taken highlights the important materials science issues involved in the provision of these systems. The increasing importance of functional biomaterials to the provision of enhanced medical implant devices that can more effectively replace damaged and/or diseased tissues and organs is also addressed.


Signal Processing and Data Analysis

Year: 4

The module provides a knowledge of analogue and digital signal processing of simple level systems;

with particular application to basic signals generated by biological systems.


Research Methods and Management

Year: 4

The project is a substantial individual piece of work completed over 2 semesters. Each student taking this module will carry out an individual project on a topic relevant to their degree of study. Students will be expected to manage and design the project in collaboration with their supervisor. They will be responsible for carrying out the project and writing up and presenting their work in the form of written submissions and a final examination. General guidance on all aspects of the project is given through specific lectures devoted to the topics.


BEng Final Year Project

Year: 4

Each student taking this module will carry out an individual project on a topic relevant to their degree of study. Students will be expected to design the project in collaboration with a nominated supervisor. They will be responsible for carrying out the project and writing up results in the form of a final written report.



Year: 4

This module is optional

This module gives the student an overview of nanotechnology and its applications in engineering.


Object Oriented Programming

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module extends the students understanding of the design and creation of software structures using an object-oriented paradigm. The programming language is C++ which is of particular relevance to engineering students.


Environmental Engineering

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module introduces environmental issues, key aspects and provides coverage of science, technology, design, regulations and management systems pertaining to environmental protection, resource conservation and alternative energy sources.


Advanced CAE
Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides a practical, hands-on experience of Computer Aided Engineering in the context of industrial design and manufacturing. It focuses on advanced part modelling techniques, assembly modelling, creating associative links, good modelling practice, collaboration and interoperability, design documentation, 3D printing, surface modelling, photorealistic rendering, dynamic simulation and Finite Element Analysis. It involves the utilisation of an integrated, state-of-the-art MCAD suite, along with the teaching of the general principles of the aforementioned technologies.

All applicants to the University (from the UK and overseas) are required to show evidence of a minimum English language level in order to be accepted on to our courses.


UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English language in order to be granted a UK Student Visa to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level.


This level is often referred to as the ‘B2 level’.

  • Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5.
  • Trinity ISE: Pass at level III (with a pass in each component) also meets this requirement.
  • For September 2022 entry, we are accepting IELTS Indicator.
  • Some of our courses ask for a higher score. It is therefore important to look at individual course requirements.
  • If you meet the English language level for entry to your chosen course, you will also meet the minimum English language level required by UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) for a Student Visa.
  • If you do not meet the English language requirement we may give you a conditional offer subject to you meeting the requirement before the commencement of the course.
  • We accept a wide range of alternative English language examinations and tests so please check the list of other accepted tests.

Important notice - fees information

Fees illustrated are based on academic year 22/23 entry and are subject to an annual increase.

If your study continues into future academic years your fees are subject to an annual increase. Please take this into consideration when you estimate your total fees for a degree.

Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.


Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and EU Settlement Status Fees


England, Scotland, Wales and the Islands Fees


International Fees


Graduate employers
Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • Almac Pharmaceuticals
  • Heartsine Technologies
  • Medtronic
  • Randox
  • Boston Scientific
  • Cirdan
  • Stryker


Job roles
With this degree you could become:

  • Biomedical R & D Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Quality Compliance Officer
  • R&D Engineer
  • Career options


Biomedical engineers can take up employment in a range of different areas due to its interdisciplinary nature. Potential employers include:

1. The medical device and pharmaceutical industry (e.g. Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Stryker, Abbott, Heartsine, Intelesens, Randox, Almac, Norbrook, Trucorp, Siemens, Philips)
2. Hospital trusts (e.g. Northern Ireland, Ireland, UK and Australia)
3. Government and regulatory agencies (UK), and
4. Universities (e.g. Ulster University, QUB, KCL, Imperial College, Leeds, Southampton, TCD, UCD).


The biomedical engineer can play a vital role in any one of these sectors, working as research and development engineer in the medical device industry producing the next generation of heart valves, defibrillators, ECG systems, stents or hip replacements, right through to the specialist working in the hospital to operate and maintain sophisticated equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.


The biomedical engineering degree course at Ulster University provides graduates with a wide range of technical, professional and ethical competencies that will enable them to gain employment in this continually developing sector. Our graduates have built careers in the medical device industry and research laboratories and hospitals all over the world.


A significant number of students have also gone on to complete further studies (MSc/PhD) in the field of biomedical engineering and related subject areas at institutions all over the UK and Ireland.


Work placement / study abroad
The BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering degree programme is a four year course - three years at University and one year on a compulsory industrial placement.


Students fulfilling the requirements of the course will be awarded an Honours degree with an accompanying award of a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) for successful completion of a university approved placement in a clinical, industrial or academic establishment.


The placement year in year 3 of the course provides students with a valuable insight into the working environment and gives them a unique edge when they go to seek full-time employment after they graduate. Indeed, many placement providers end up offering employment to those students who completed a successful placement with them after they graduate.

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