University of Bolton Biomedical Engineering

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University of Bolton Biomedical Engineering

The BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering programme at the University of Bolton will provide you with an advanced understanding of the key topics involved in meeting the engineering needs of the healthcare industry. Biomedical engineering is a rapidly growing field, applying the principles of science and engineering to the medical technologies used in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of patients.

The course offers you the opportunity to become one of the next generation of engineers needed to meet the demands of this highly technological industry. It will educate you in the design and development processes needed for new specialist medical healthcare processes, problems and technological advances involving materials, imaging, monitoring, simulation and microelectromechanical systems.

Initially you will develop a fundamental understanding of the key principles of engineering, mathematics and human biology. You will then pursue a specialised biomedical engineering focused curriculum, studying topics such as biomechatronics, biomaterials, biomedical devices and systems biology. The course is run in collaboration with the University’s Sport department, who offer expert teaching in topics such as biomechanics and rehabilitation technology, as well as access to working with elite sportspeople.

You will work with the latest technological developments related to engineering and material design solutions, and will have the opportunity to study across disciplines related to health, engineering and sports.

About the course

You will gain an advanced understanding of engineering design, sports rehabilitation and biological systems. The course will be delivered through a mixture of practical laboratories, computer simulation sessions, group activities and demonstrations supported by lectures. Assessment is a mixture of coursework, practical tests and examinations.

The course is delivered via a cross-departmental partnership between the departments of engineering, materials, biology and sports. The University of Bolton has a strong pedigree in these areas, and the sports department has recently undertaken a significant expansion, culminating in the opening of the new £31m Bolton One building.

The University has recently embarked on an ambitious enhancement agenda as a “Teaching Intensive and Research Informed” University. To this end, ten new lecturers, with expertise in a variety of engineering and scientific disciplines, have been recruited by the Engineering, Sports and Sciences academic group at the University. Many of these lecturers will play a significant role in delivering the Biomedical Engineering degree programme, complementing the significant expertise and experience of staff already in place at the University.

The biological aspects of the Biomedical Engineering programme are taught in one of the University of Bolton’s newest buildings, the Queens Specialist Building. Housing modern new teaching facilities and laboratories, the Queens Specialist Building represents a significant investment in the Biomedical Sciences. This investment will help ensure the successful delivery of undergraduate programmes and enhance the professional development of our students.

The Queens Specialist building houses a number of teaching laboratories, as well as a cell imaging suite and a tissue engineering facility. The University is currently investing in an array of laboratory equipment which will be used regularly in undergraduate teaching. This gives students valuable practical skills in techniques that would only be studied from a theoretical perspective at other institutions.

For example, students will be able to investigate gene and protein expression, detect key cellular biochemical processes, and take high resolution images of cells and tissues as they develop. Students will also be able to synthesise tissue engineered scaffolds, and assess cellular behaviour on these scaffolds.

The equipment includes: HPLC with mass spectrometer; cell culture and tissue engineering facilities; quantitative PCR system; class II microbiological safety cabinets; fluorescent microscope and EVOS cell imaging system; bench top biochemistry analyser; fluorescent plate reader; flow cytometer; AKTA Start protein purification system.

Entry requirements From September 2017, 96 UCAS points from at least two A2-levels (or equivalent) in any subjects.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English, mathematics and science.

You will be required to attend an interview unless you hold a level 3 qualification in mathematics or science.

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

Fees, funding and finance information

Home/EU Fees

Year of study
Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
2016/17 £9,000 £9,000 £9,000 £27,000
2017/18 £9,000 £9,000 £9,000 £27,000

International Fees

Year of study
Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
2016/17 £11,250 £11,250 £11,250 £33,750
2017/18 £11,250 £11,250 £11,250 £33,750

No hidden extras

We will not charge you any additional fees or ask you to pay any additional costs that are mandatory for the completion of your course*. We will cover the cost of the following:

  • Technical or laboratory materials required to complete your course e.g. for Art and Design or Creative Technologies courses
  • All mandatory site visits or field trips
  • Any required safety equipment e.g. lab coats, goggles
  • Any specific uniform or clothing required by the course
  • Printing/copying for academic studies – an allowance of £20 per year (equivalent to 500 black and white copies)

*Terms and conditions apply, please see for further information

How to Apply

You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

Contact Us

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Dr Andy Baldwin (Admissions Tutor)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903470

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Prof. Peter Myler (Programme Leader)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903661

For general information about the University of Bolton and how to apply please contact:

Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903