Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code H673
Duration 3 years
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Related subjects Bioengineering Biomedical Science Biology Biochemistry Tissue Engineering Engineering

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Course description

Be inspired to help shape the future of healthcare technology on this flexible course. In your first year you'll get a broad-based introduction to bioengineering. You'll learn about biology, physiology and anatomy, and begin to understand how traditional engineering principles can be applied to the human body. At the end of year one, you'll choose between two broad themes before refining your choice even further in year two to study one of these four specialisms for the rest of the course:

* Biomedical Engineering
How engineering principles can provide innovative solutions to safeguard and enhance human health.

* Medical Devices and Systems
The development of novel medical devices and the improvement of clinical engineering systems.

* Biomaterials Science and Tissue Engineering
The application of materials engineering and cell biology principles to achieve improved repair of injured and damaged body tissues and organs.

* Biomanufacturing
The application of chemical engineering and cell biology principles to improve the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and other biologically active substances.

In the third year you'll complete an individual project on a topic related to your chosen specialism.

All our students take the Global Engineering Challenge. Working with students from other engineering courses you'll have to find creative solutions to problems. The project looks at challenges faced by communities throughout the world. It's designed to develop you as a professional engineer and get you thinking about sustainable solutions.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB, including Maths and a second science subject
A Levels + additional qualifications ABB, including Maths and a science subject + B in a relevant EPQ; ABB, including Maths and a science subject + B in A or AS Level Further Maths
International Baccalaureate 34, 6,5 in Maths and a science subject at Higher Level
BTEC DD in Engineering or Applied Science + A in A Level Maths
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAABB + AB in Maths and a science subject
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA in Maths and a science subject
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • Science subjects include Physics, Chemistry, Biology (or Human Biology)
  • A Level in General Studies is not accepted
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Bioengineering website

First year

Core modules:

Introduction to Electric and Electronic Circuits
Modelling, Analysis and Control
Systems Engineering Mathematics I
Biomaterials I
Engineering with Living Systems 1
Introduction to Bioengineering
Materials Under Stress
Physics of Living Systems 2
Tissue Structure and Function
Global Engineering Challenge Week

Second year

Core modules:

Systems Engineering Mathematics II
Advanced Bioengineering Topics
Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving
Engineering - You're Hired

Optional modules:

Communication Electronics
Control Systems Design and Analysis
Introduction to Mechanical Properties and Structural Materials
Engineering with Living Systems 2
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Engineering
Aspects of Medical Imaging and Technology
Biology and Chemistry of Living Systems II
Biomaterials II
Cell and Molecular Biology
Materials Under Stress

Third year

Core modules:

Finance and Law for Engineers
Managing Engineering Projects and Teams
Scientific Writing

Optional modules:

Bioengineering Research Project
Bioengineering Research Project
Bioengineering Research Project
Bioengineering Research Project
Bioengineering Research Project
Bioengineering Research Project
Bioengineering Research Project
Bioengineering Research Project
Tissue Engineering Approaches to Failure in Living Systems
Advanced Biochemical Engineering
Advanced Bioprocess Design Project
Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing
Bioresources and Bioprocessing
Environmental Engineering
Aspects of Medical Imaging and Technology
Biomedical Instrumentation
Cell and Molecular Biology
Clinical Engineering and Computational Mechanics
Design of Medical Devices and Implants
Digital Signal Processing
Fluids Engineering
Hardware-in-the-Loop & Rapid Control Prototyping
Intelligent Systems
Materials for Biological Applications
Mathematics (Computational Methods)
Mechanics of Deformable Solids
Principles of Communications
Research Seminars in Bioengineering
Robotic Systems
State-Space Control Design
System Identification

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 36%
Independent study 64%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 52%
Coursework 42%
Practical 7%


Like the industry, bioengineering at Sheffield is interdisciplinary. You'll be taught by experts in materials, mechanical, control, electrical, chemical and biological engineering, computer science, medicine and biology.

From 3D printing and biophotonics, to tissue and bone engineering, we're helping to develop products that improve medical care and quality of life. Our research-led teaching produces multi-skilled graduates who can carry on that work.

Learning and teaching takes place in one of the best bioengineering teaching spaces in the UK. The Diamond has industry-standard equipment for culturing and analysing cells, measuring the activity of the human body, mechanical and electrical testing of materials, 3D printing and customised software packages for developing bioengineering models.

You will develop the knowledge and skills employers are looking for by working closely with partners in the healthcare profession and in industry such as Philips, Johnson and Johnson and the NHS.

Bioengineering website

What our graduates do

Our graduates have become professional engineers who design medical instruments, repair body tissue and solve clinical problems through research. They work closely with materials scientists, physicians, dentists, therapists and technologists to help benefit human health. The transferable skills gained on the course have also enabled graduates to take up careers in law, finance, scientific writing and other fields.

Student profile

"We study not only all of the engineering fundamentals, but also subjects like chemistry and biology to improve research."

Erika Otaviano Lopes Ferreira

Our courses are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

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