University of East London

BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering with Foundation Year

Biomedical engineering is an inter-disciplinary and exciting subject that covers the science and engineering responsible for many of the latest advances in medicine.

Our course encompasses the design and development of artificial medical implants such as hip joints, heart valves and prosthetic limbs, as well as the development of medical technologies including surgical robots, diagnostic tools and rehabilitation equipment.

Becoming a biomedical engineer promises an exciting career, and our course are designed to provide excellent training in all these areas.

Entry Requirements


64 UCAS Points from

  • FROM A LEVEL- Including passes at A2 in at least 2 subjects. Must include Grade B in A Level Biology or Chemistry
  • FROM BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma in relevant subjects, or at least Merit in relevant subjects
  • FROM INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level, must include Biology and Chemistry at Higher Level. We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths and Double Science Grade 4 / C (See below for accepted equivalences)

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English Language requirements

Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE Qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those without formal qualifications

As an inclusive University, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

The interface between engineering and healthcare is a growing area of industrial need with a wide range of career options with global opportunities for graduates. Combining science, medicine and technology, biomedical engineers are the natural figures in designing and manufacturing practices, commercial development as well as in technology management for the healthcare sector.

You will therefore become a sought-after graduate: biomedical engineering is a highly valued discipline with some of the world's leading companies.

Biomedical engineers can have varied careers in many environments, which include: hospitals, private and public research facilities, medical institutions, universities and government agencies. 

You could become involved in the design of medical devices, modelling and simulation of human physiology and anatomy, support hospitals in clinical and financial governance of existing medical equipment, or in the assessment of new technologies. Artificial organs, computer-simulated or image-guided surgery and robot assisted surgery, orthopaedic implants, medical imaging, assistive technologies, mobile and e-health, are only some of the services that biomedical engineers can deliver, ensuring rich career prospects.

Course Details

Throughout the course you'll be encouraged to apply your skills to a range of practical problems through a mental wealth module which is designed to provide guidance to become an independent learner, effectively reflect and take necessary actions for professional success. 

In your first year, you will gain a thorough and 'hands-on' grounding in the principles and practises of engineering with a healthcare focus, including Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Engineering Principles, Applied Mathematics & Computing, Engineering Materials, and Thermofluids.

In the second year, students begin to specialise in Biomedical Engineering, by studying Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics of Human Movement, while also studying Engineering Design and Analysis, and Applied Electronics. You'll be encouraged and supported to find work experience to enhance your practical skills, and we'll help you to find a work placement if you choose to work for a year in the industry during your course. In the final year you will expand your understanding of biomedical engineering even further by developing a solution for a real-world medical need and acquire new skills and readiness for the workplace through a biomedical engineering project. In addition, you will be taught advanced subject that enhances the variety of biomedical engineering applications, namely, Biofluid Mechanics & CFD, Applied Physiology, and Design of Mechatronics Systems. 

The programme will also offer you an optional placement year, enabling you to experience the real world and effectively connect your university experience with it.

Foundation Year

Professional Life (Mental Wealth)
Analytical Mathematics
Engineering Sciences
Mathematical Applications
Physical Sciences
Introduction to Computing
Human Biology

Year 1

Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Fundamentals in Human Anatomy and Physiology
Engineering Principles
Applied Mathematics & Computing
Engineering Materials

Year 2

Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Functional Anatomy
Engineering Design and Analysis
Advanced Mathematics and Modelling
Applied Electronics
Biomechanics of Human Movement

Optional Placement

This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge.
The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

Year 3

Capstone Project
Mental Wealth: Professional Life
Biofluid Mechanics & CFD
Design of Mechatronics Systems
Applied Physiology

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