Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code H675
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Bioengineering Biology Tissue Engineering Engineering

Any questions?

Peter Lomas
Admissions Officer
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 7837
Email bioengineering-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/bioengineering/undergraduate-study

Course description

You'll learn how to use engineering expertise to analyse and solve problems in biology and medicine. Your study will explore how engineering and bioengineering combine in the application of engineering principles to human health.

Our flexible course gives you the opportunity to study the full breadth of bioengineering subjects in your first year. From the second year onwards, you'll specialise in one of these four streams: biomedical engineering; medical devices and systems; biomaterials science and tissue engineering; biomanufacturing.

Project work, sometimes in groups, could see you tackling industrial problems and developing your management skills. In the third year you'll work on a group project, and in the final year you'll complete a major piece of individual research 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

Accreditation
  • Accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
  • Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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 AAA including Maths and a science subject
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in Maths and a science subject at Higher Level
BTEC DD in Engineering with Distinction in Further Maths + A Level grade A in a science subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3 including Maths and a science subject
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB + AA in Maths and a science subject
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A+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
  • A Level in General Studies is not accepted
  • Science subjects include Physics, Chemistry, Biology (or Human Biology), Further Maths or Statistics
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
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.

Bioengineering website

First year

Core modules:

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

Second year

Core modules:

Control Systems Analysis for Continuous and Discrete Systems
Advanced Bioengineering Topics
Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving
Engineering - You're Hired

Optional modules:

Communication Electronics
Introduction to Mechanical Properties and Structural Materials
Mathematics & Data Modelling
Aspects of Medical Imaging and Technology
Biology and Chemistry of Living Systems II
Biomaterials II
Biomedical Instrumentation
Cell and Molecular Biology
Design Skills
Design and Manufacturing
Fluids Engineering
Materials Under Stress
Mathematics III (Chemical)
The Physiology of the Musculoskeletal System

Third year

Core modules:

Group Project in Bioengineering
Finance and Law for Engineers
Project Management and HRM for Engineers
Scientific Writing

Fourth year

Optional modules:

Advanced Bioengineering Research Project
Advanced Bioengineering Research Project
Advanced Bioengineering Research Project
Advanced Bioengineering Research Project
Advanced Bioengineering Research Project
Advanced Bioengineering Research Project
Advanced Bioengineering Research Project
Advanced Bioengineering Research Project

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.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 27%
Independent study 73%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 50%
Coursework 46%
Practical 4%

Bioengineering

Like the industry, Bioengineering at Sheffield is interdisciplinary. Instead of being taught out of one department, this means you'll learn from 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.

You'll be taught in one of the best bioengineering teaching spaces in the UK. The Diamond (pictured) has state-of-the-art, 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.

We make sure you 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 are professional engineers who work alongside materials scientists, physicians, dentists, immunologists, nurses, therapists and technicians. They design medical instruments, repair body tissue and solve clinical problems through research. They also help develop new procedures, drug production processes and treatments.

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
Bioengineering

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

The MEng satisfies all the academic requirements needed for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

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Peter Lomas
Admissions Officer
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 7837
Email bioengineering-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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