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School of Mechanical Engineering

Medical Engineering MEng, BEng



Applications for 2016 entry are now closed. Applications for 2017 will open in September.

Medical engineering applies engineering principles and design
concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes, and the
field seeks to close the gap between engineering and medicine through
multidisciplinary working.

Medical engineers use their knowledge and skills to advance healthcare
treatments including monitoring, diagnosis, therapy and rehabilitation. For example, artificial hip joints require engineering expertise to ensure that the replacement does not wear out and biological knowledge to ensure the human body does not reject the implant.

Engineering knowledge is also used to understand the body better, so that new and innovative tools can be developed for the medical community. Future developments in biomedical engineering will bring us closer to the biological sciences where bioengineers will ‘engineer’ devices from living cells and organisms (for example in tissue engineering).

The school has an international reputation for its expertise in the field of
medical engineering, and we are part of the Leeds Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering which acts as a focus for training and research in hospitals and at the University. This ensures that our course remains at the cutting edge of this fast moving field, and your personal tutor will be a member of this institute.

UCAS Code: HHH6 (MEng, BEng) or HHH1 (BEng)
Our students typically undertake the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) as this is the most direct route to becoming a chartered engineer (CEng).
Industrial placements: Yes
Study abroad: Yes
Course duration: 3, 4 or 5 years depending on option taken.
Start date: September
Course fees (per year): UK/EU: £9,000; International: £19,000
Information about living expenses and financial support can be found on the University's website.
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £8,000 available.
Accreditation: This course is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

IMechE accredited programme

Course Content

In years one and two, you will develop a strong mechanical engineering foundation by studying core modules and undertake the first year design and manufacture project. In addition to the lectures and laboratories, you will also be supported through weekly small-group tutorial sessions with your personal tutor.

In year three, you will then take specialist medical engineering modules, exploring orthopaedic and cardiovascular biomechanics, biomaterials for implants, blood rheology, chemistry and haemolysis, tissue engineering, and biomedical modelling and design.

In the fourth year (MEng), you will select four modules from a choice of six masters-level medical engineering modules.

The table below shows the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2015. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules. If you are looking to start your studies in September 2016 it will give you a flavour of what you will study.

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Our courses have a modular structure where you will be required to study 120 credits per year.


This degree opens up career opportunities in a wide range of fields and our graduates are highly sought after by employers in the medical engineering sector, as well as in general engineering. In recent years, many have continued research at Leeds as graduate interns, engineers or through study for a PhD in our doctoral training centres.

Recent graduate examples include:
• Bioengineer/Test Engineer/Trauma Sales, DePuy Synthes
• Senior Clinical Researcher, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare (New Zealand)
• Bioengineer, Johnson & Johnson Medical Ltd
• Medical Device Specialist, Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency
• Graduate Manufacturing Engineer, Saint-Gobain p
• Senior Mechanical Engineer, Stanmore Implants Worldwide
• Fast-track degree (Warwick): programme for Medicine

With the help of our Employability team, we will make sure you are given every chance to secure a position before you graduate.

Entry requirements

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications. If your qualification does not appear in the list below please contact our admissions team.

Entry requirements for the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) and the standalone BEng are the same.

A-level: A*AA including Mathematics and Physics or another science (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).

Engineering Diploma: Grade A* (plus A or above in A-level Mathematics).

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD overall including a distinction in Mechanical Principles & Applications, plus Grade A for A-level Mathematics.

IB: 36 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 6 points in higher level Mathematics and Physics or another science.

Country-specific equivalent qualifications
The Faculty's country-specific equivalent qualifications web page gives you an idea of the types of qualifications we accept.

English language requirement
GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component of listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide the Academic English for Undergraduate Studies Pre-sessional course, which is designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

Access to Leeds
We have a policy of welcoming applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds. If you do not meet our entry criteria above, you may be eligible via the Access to Leeds scheme.

Foundation courses
If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degree, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. The University offers a one-year BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

Our International Foundation Year (IFY) is intended for international students who do not yet have the formal qualifications required for entry to level 1 of our degree courses.

How to apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS).

Once you have applied and your application has been reviewed by our admissions tutor, suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, which we encourage you to attend.

Our applicant days are very different from the general university open days you may have attended. They will give you the opportunity to meet our students, academic staff and admissions staff, and find out more about your course, including a detailed look at the course contents, student activities, and
teaching approaches. You will take part in a practical engineering activity, which involves working in teams in our design office to solve a fun engineering problem. This is followed by a feedback session and prize-giving.

The tour of the school’s facilities includes interactive demonstrations of student activities, such as experiments with wind tunnels, engines, materials and mechatronic systems, and recent project work. You will also view the Formula Student race car construction area, our new thermofluids lab, the dynamics and control lab, the National Instruments LabVIEW Academy/materials lab, and the prototyping and manufacturing lab.

We like to interview applicants before making an offer, so the applicant day will
also include an interview with one of our academics. This will give you the chance to discuss your application in more detail, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, have your questions answered and find out more about studying at Leeds.

We appreciate that not all applicants are able to attend an interview and in such cases the offer decision will be made based on the information on the UCAS form.

MEng only
If you are an International (non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen) applicant who has applied for, or intends to apply for, this course within the Faculty of Engineering and require a student visa to study in the UK then you will require an ATAS certificate.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e: t: +44 (0)113 343 2149