Medical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)

Chelmsford

September 2018

Overview

Help healthcare providers to supply better care and treatment to patients through the use of technology. If you're interested in both engineering and medicine, this course is perfect for you. Gain the skills to provide innovative, tried-and-tested medical engineering solutions that satisfy clinical needs.

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Careers

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The medical device industry is worth billions to economies across the world, and it's growing year on year. You will be in a unique position to work in a variety of professional careers, in engineering companies or hospitals, due to your highly transferable technical, interpersonal and numeracy skills.

With your professional expertise in competitive commercial and industrial environments, possibilities include:

We recognise that employers place significant emphasis on having a capable workforce, which is why we provide opportunities for you to work closely with our Medical Engineering Research Group. The group collaborates closely with hospitals and medical companies.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including MSc Engineering Management, MSc Medical Technology, MSc Mechanical Engineering and MSc Additive Manufacturing.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Introduction to Engineering Materials
    We'll introduce you to the structure and properties of a range of engineering materials. This includes a review of typical load extension curves and their interpretation and you'll carry out tensile tests on engineering materials to support and extend the classroom teaching. You'll be introduced to the atomic structure of metals and non metals as a lead into an understanding of the factors that influence the physical properties of materials. Alloying of metals will be explored via equilibrium diagrams and structure will be determined from given information. You'll develop your skills in gathering and interpreting scientific information via a series of laboratory experiments. This will involve the use of metallurgical inspection equipment as well as common testing equipment. Our module is supported by a well equipped metallurgical laboratory serviced by technical staff.
  • IT, Communications and Research Skills
    This module is designed to develop fundamental skills required by Civil Engineering professionals in these major areas - CAD, Information & Communication Technology and Research. The use of commercial software packages allows you both to develop your own and to gain an appreciation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills for research, information management and presentation purposes. It encourages you to use contemporary ICT methods for research and for the production and presentation of reports, in a style suitable both for your university coursework requirements and in a commercial environment. You'll be introduced to workstation based 2D drafting techniques using a powerful set of tools. You'll also be introduced to the use of Autodesk's AutoCAD software series which is currently in the forefront of commercially available drafting software. Skills in this medium are highly sought after in the construction industry. You'll undertake two pieces of coursework, one is a reflective report which introduces research skills learnt in the module, the other is a CAD drawing.
  • Mechatronics
    You'll be introduced to the analysis and design fundamentals of basic electronic systems in mechanical and electrical engineering. You'll review circuit fundamentals that are related to basic building blocks for analogue/digital circuit design and mechanical science. Analogue devices comprising various forms of diode, transistor and integrated circuits is introduced and their equivalent circuit models is explained for circuit design. Number systems and Digital Devices such as logic and memory elements is established and various techniques explained for design simplification. Mechanical and electrical actuation systems are introduced which discuss various forms of mechanisms. Peripheral Interface Controllers are also established. The principles of operation of all circuit elements are covered by lecture, tutorial and computer simulation.

Year two, core modules

  • Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics
    This module introduces the fundamentals of engineering principles, encompassing solid and fluid mechanics. It is intended to provide a sound theoretical basis for the analysis and synthesis of mechanical engineering systems. The module will review fundamentals of mechanical dynamics, fluid mechanics, and basic heat transfer. Dynamics relating to Newton's laws of motion are also discussed and applied. Fundamental understanding and applications of fluid mechanics, fluid statics, and Bernoulli’s equation are introduced as well as various classifications of fluid flow and concept of laminar and turbulent flow.
  • Applied Mechanics
    This module will give you a fundamental understanding of applied mechanics, focusing on its application. We’ll study the static and dynamic of particles and rigid bodies under the influence of forces. Worked examples will enable you to become familiar with, and to grasp important concepts and principles, including pin-jointed frames and beams with various support systems, frictional motion on dry plain and inclined surfaces, and concept of shear force and bending moment diagram.
  • Computer-Aided Solid Modelling
    You'll build on your previous CAD experience to create more complex solid part models and consider advanced aspects of CAD in this module. We'll look at assemblies made up of a number of parts and sub-assemblies, and use the feature-based parametric modelling technique which automates the design and revision procedures by the use of parameters. You'll be introduced to the methods for modelling sculptured surfaces that are seen in plastic mouldings and transition elements, checking moving parts in an assembly, and analysing animation and their mechanisms.
  • Engineering Design
    This module is designed to develop the students’ ability to establish a need and design a product and processes working as part of a design team. Students consider marketing elements, cost and payback period, technological obstacles, ethical, regulatory and legal elements of the product and processes and the end user needs to develop a design thinking framework and produce product design and process brief. The product design and development stages such as concept generation and selection as well as feasibility studies are performed by students within groups. Detailed design methods and design for manufacture and assembly are taught and experienced by students. While the advanced use of 3D design software is vital, areas such as design strategies for 3D printing are explored, in some cases leading to rapid prototyping of the final product. Product lifecycle management, sustainability and environmental issues, adaptability to market change, intellectual property, and innovation management are part of materials covered in this module.

Sandwich year only: work placement

Year three, core modules

  • Computer-Aided Engineering
    Get 'hands on' experience with the latest industry-standard software. This module will introduce you to computer aided engineering as applied in industry, with emphasis on the analysis, manufacture and testing of a simple component.
  • Project Management for Technologists
    Immerse yourself in the planning, operations research techniques, scheduling, quality, people and management skills involved in projects. You’ll think about the variety of techniques available that could be used for the control of projects and gain insight to the theoretical underpinning concepts of these techniques. You’ll reflect on just what these issues are and what future developments might be envisaged, both in specific work place context and in a general professional development context.

Assessment

We will use a range of assessment methods to check your academic and practical progress throughout the course. These include exams, essays and reports, work relating to practical classes and demonstrations, log books, presentations and posters.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Chelmsford
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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)

£9,250

International students, 2017/18 (per year)

£12,200

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)

£9,250

Placement year (UK, EU, international students)

£1,000

How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Main

  • 88 UCAS Tariff Points from a minimum of 2 A levels (or equivalent) including Maths.
  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English, Maths and Science.
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

Alternatives

  • UCAS Tariff points acquired from BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are accepted.
  • Access to HE Diplomas in Science at overall Pass grade are accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 24 points is accepted.
  • UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted, related subjects are required.
  • UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted, related subjects are required.
  • UCAS Tariff points from the Irish Leaving Certificate are accepted, related subjects are required.
  • UCAS Tariff points acquired from the International Baccalaureate Certificate are accepted, related subjects are required.

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