Mechanical and Biomedical Technology

BEng (Hons) | MEng

This course is designed to meet the demand for graduates with mechanical engineering and biomedical technology skills to work in the fast-growing medical device and life science industry.

Specialists with knowledge of biomedical technology and the ability to apply engineering principles to biomedical systems and biomedical technology are in short supply. This course will give you the skills and knowledge to make a positive difference in this evolving and exciting industry.

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
4 years
Year 1

The eight modules provide a broad introduction to engineering and biomedical technology with a mix of theoretical, analytical and practical content underpinned by mathematics for engineers and professional skills. Key subject areas include statics, dynamics, design and manufacture. Professional skills and product development is hands-on and includes group mini-projects.

Year 2

Depth in understanding and application of mechanical principles is developed along with an introduction to design and analysis software and procedures. This is supported by mathematics and an appreciation of the integration of engineering, technology, business and sustainability. 

Year 3

Having gained core mechanical engineering skills in the first two years, the emphasis in year 3 is on biomedical technology with a deepening in instrumentation and control and engineering analysis. Knowledge of quality control and regulations is introduced and applied via a group project to integrate knowledge gained into biomedical products.

Year 4

Key to year 4 is the double-weighted individual project on a topic of your own choice (in a relevant area and subject to academic approval). Technical depth and breadth is developed through engineering analysis, simulations, failure analysis, biosensors, signal processing and control.

Stage 5 (MEng only)

Stage 5 (fast-track) wraps around year 4, and is split over the summers before and after. Central to stage 5 are the two summer placements in a relevant industrial environment. Block taught modules on advanced technical and engineering-managerial subjects complete the master’s level.

 
Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

Students experience a very wide-variety of delivery methods and learning activities. These include lectures, tutorials, laboratories and software. There are group activities and individual learning and project work in most levels.

Activity Summary

Year 4

  • Lectures - 10 - 150 students per group, 8 hours per week
  • Tutorial - 10 - 60 students per group, 6 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 1 to 1, 8 hours per semester
  • Practical class or workshop - 40 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 300 hours per semester
Independent Study

A total of 150 hours per 15 credit module is recommended to get the most out of your course. This includes timetabled classes, time spent preparing for lectures and tutorials by reading handouts, taking notes, and completing worked examples and tutorial problems. It also includes unsupervised computer work such as practicing using engineering software, writing up laboratory and other reports, preparing coursework and examination revision.

Staff Delivering on This Course

Academic staff are experienced engineers, scientists and technologists, many with professional body memberships such as being Chartered Engineers. Most have achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and are also active researchers and/or have industry experience. You will also be supported in your studies by Applications Supervisors for some of the more practical aspects, technical and administrative staff.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 5 written exams, typically for 2.5 - 3 hours
  • 4 reports
  • 1 portfolio
  • 2 set exercises
  • 1 project output
  • 2 oral assessments
  • 2 practical skills assessments
  • 2 logbooks
  • 2 software assessments

Year 2

  • 5 written exams, typically for 3 hours
  • 5 reports
  • 1 portfolio
  • 3 set exercises
  • 1 logbook
  • 2 software assessments

Year 3

  • 5 written exams, typically for 3 hours
  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 7 reports
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 project output
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 1 practical skills assessment
  • 1 logbooks
  • 1 software assessments

Year 4

  • 5 written exams, typically for 3 hours
  • 7 reports
  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 project output
  • 2 oral assessments
  • 1 logbook

Stage 5 (MEng only)

  • 1 written exams, typically for 3 hours
  • 7 reports
  • 2 portfolio
  • 2 oral assessments
  • 2 logbooks
Feedback

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

 

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

CampusMoodle

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

 
Placements

Two (usually paid) placements of 10 weeks duration are an integral, compulsory part of the MEng course.

You are supported in finding a placement through the University Placement Office. You are supported by a dedicated Placements Coordinator within the School who oversees the placement module. You will have a placement academic tutor who will visit you on placement and support you with any queries.

PLACEMENT OFFICE

Job Prospects

The medical devices and life sciences industries are fast-growing and there is currently a shortage of well qualified graduates. The industry needs people who have an awareness of the relevant legislation and the problem solving skills and knowledge of engineers.

CAREERS

 
BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Biomedical Technology

Entry to Year 1

SQA Higher: BBBB - BBBC to include Maths and either Engineering Science, Physics or Technological Studies. English and Biology at National 5 grade C or above is required if not held at Higher.

GCE A Level: BCC to include to include Mathematics and one from Physics, Design Technology, Electronics, or Engineering. GCSE English and Biology at grade 5/C or above is required if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H2H3H3 - H2H3H3H3   to include Maths and either Physics or Technological Studies. English and Biology at grade O3 or above is required if not held at Higher.

IB Diploma: 28-27 to include Higher Level Maths and Physics, one of which must be at grade 6 and one at grade 5. English and Biology is required at a minimum of Standard Level grade 4.

Entry to Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher: CCC to include Maths and either Engineering Science or Physics. English and Biology at National 5 grade C or above is required if not held at Higher.

GCE A Level: BBC to include Maths and either Design and Technology, Engineering or Physics. GCSE English and Biology at grade 5/C or above is required if not held at A Level.

IB Diploma: 29 to include Higher Level Maths and Physics, one of which must be at grade 6 and one at grade 5. English and Biology is required at a minimum of Standard Level grade 4.

MEng Mechanical and Biomedical Technology

Entry to Year 1

SQA Higher: ABBB - BBBB to include Maths and either Engineering Science, Physics or Technological Studies. English and Biology at National 5 grade C or above is required if not held at Higher.

GCE A Level: BBC - BCC to include Maths and either Design and Technology, Engineering or Physics. GCSE English and Biology at grade 5/C or above is required if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H2H2H3 - H2H2H3H3 to include Maths and either Physics or Technological Studies. English and Biology at grade O3 or above is required if not held at Higher.

IB Diploma: 29-28 to include Higher Level Maths and Physics, one of which must be at grade 6 and one at grade 5. English and Biology is required at a minimum of Standard Level grade 4. 

Entry to Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher: CCC to include Maths and either Engineering Science or Physics.

GCE A Level: BBB to include Maths and either Design and Technology, Engineering or Physics. GCSE English and Biology at grade 5/C or above is required if not held at A Level.

IB Diploma: 30 to include Higher Level Maths and Physics, one of which must be at grade 6 and one at grade 5. English and Biology is required at a minimum of Standard Level grade 4. 

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency. 

PRE-SESSIONAL ENGLISH PROGRAMME AT RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

 
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £15,760 per academic year
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £16,240 per academic year
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

OTHER FEES AND CHARGES

Disclaimer

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

STUDENT FINANCE

Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

STUDENT AWARDS AGENCY FOR SCOTLAND (SAAS)

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

STUDENT FINANCE ENGLAND

STUDENT FINANCE WALES

STUDENT FINANCE NI

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

 

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UCAS Code: BEng (Hons) H3B1 | MEng H3B2

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