Medical engineering applies engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes. The field seeks to close the gap between engineering and medicine through multidisciplinary working - and engineering knowledge is also used to understand the body better, so that new and innovative tools can be developed for the medical community.
From biomaterials to joint replacement technology, this course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to advance healthcare treatments including monitoring, diagnosis, therapy and rehabilitation.
Our School has an international reputation for its expertise in 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.
You can choose to take either the four-year Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) or the three-year Bachelor's (BEng) degree on this course.
Find out more about the MEng, BEng and BEng
You'll learn among leading academics in world-class facilities. We have extensive lab space and equipment for subjects like solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, engine testing and thermofluids as well as control and dynamics. You'll also have access to our high-spec CAD cluster and workshop facilities including various rapid prototyping systems.
There's also the LabVIEW Academy course, the first of its kind in the UK. Combining face-to-face teaching with hands-on lab exercises, this course will build your skills in using the visual programming software LabVIEW - created by National Instruments, who developed the course - to help you build skills to prepare for your career.
This course is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.
Accreditation is the assurance that a university course meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. An accredited mechanical engineering course must meet the quality standards set by the IMechE.
The MEng, BEng course is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Once you have graduated with your MEng degree, you will usually be required to have a minimum of three years industrial experience before you can apply for your chartered status.
The first two years of our five degree courses share the same set of compulsory modules, giving you the flexibility to switch between our different degrees. In Years 3 and 4 you'll take modules in your specialism.
In Years 1 and 2, you'll study compulsory modules to establish the core mechanical engineering principles required by all branches of mechanical engineering. You'll also undertake the first year design and manufacture project. Since many medical engineers go on to positions where they have management responsibilities, you'll develop your knowledge of business practices by studying economics and management, taught by the Leeds University Business School.
You'll build on this foundation in Year 3, when you'll take specialist medical engineering modules. These will allow you to explore structure and function of the body and biomedical engineering design, and consider a medical device from conception through regulatory approval to delivery to the market (and ultimately the patient). There is also an opportunity to study with the University's medical physicists and learn more about specific medical imaging modalities.
If you take the MEng course, you'll continue into Year 4 with a greater variety of optional modules, allowing you to focus on topics that suit your interests and career plans. You'll choose three from a choice of masters-level medical engineering modules, as well as applying your knowledge to a specific engineering problem when you take part in a team project.
Every year of the course gives you hands-on experience of project work. This gives you the opportunity to explore your subject further as well as developing valuable skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.
Find out more about our Projects
You'll study engineering ethics as part of your course, with lectures and/or seminars in each year of your study. Visit our engineering ethics webpage to find out more.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: A*AA including Mathematics and a science subject, where the A* must be in either Mathematics or a science subject.
Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade.
Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking.
Extended Project Qualification - Whilst we recognise the value, effort and enthusiasm applicants make in the Extended Project, we do not currently include this as part of our offer making. We do however encourage you to provide further information on your project in your personal statement and if invited, at interview.
GCSE: English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
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.
94% of our recent graduates have gone on to work or further study within six months of graduating. Recent graduates have secured positions including:
Read our alumni profiles to find out more about where our students are working
You'll have access to our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, who will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.
You'll benefit from timetabled employability sessions, ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers. The team also works closely with the University's Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country.
Find out more about careers support and employability
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
With the help and support of our faculty Employability Team, you can choose to undertake an industrial placement year at one of the 100+ companies that we work with. If you decide to undertake a placement year this will extend your period of study by 12 months and, on successful completion, you will be awarded the 'industrial' variant in your degree title to demonstrate your added experience to future employers.
As a BEng student you have the option to undertake the placement between years 2 and 3. MEng, BEng students can choose to do this either between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4.
For our IMechE accredited courses, the industrial placementyear is approved for EngTech registration, which enables you to become a professionally registeredengineering technician before you graduate. This not only demonstrates yourengineering skills but should give you a head start when entering the jobmarket.
Find out more about work placements
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