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Bioengineering with a Foundation Year BEng MEng

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    Course description

    If you don't have the usual scientific or mathematical background for an engineering degree, a foundation year is for you. After successfully completing the foundation year, which has modules in mathematics, physics and chemistry, you can start a BEng or MEng degree.

    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. 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: 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

    After successfully completing the foundation year modules, you can start your main degree.

    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Title: Bioengineering with a Foundation Year MEng or BEng course structure
    UCAS code: H160
    Years: 2022, 2023

    Core modules:

    Core Foundation Mathematics

    The syllabus for MAS003 covers the common core A Level curriculum. The unit is tailored for students who have been away from mathematics for a period of time, but who will have gained some A-Level or similar qualifications. The unit covers the basic principles of algebra, geometry and calculus. Following the introduction of new material in the lectures, students have the opportunity of extensive problem solving, both in the tutorial sessions with the lecturers and in their own time.

    40 credits
    Introduction to Engineering

    This module will introduce the application of engineering principles to foundation year students and give the student an appreciation of the breadth of engineering activities across the faculty and identify to students what knowledge areas and skills are needed in order to contribute to their development and be successful. It will also help create links with departments and draw on the other modules that students will take in the foundation year especially maths and physics.

    40 credits
    Advanced Level Chemistry

    The unit covers a selection of the major concepts from areas of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry in order to develop a sound basic knowledge of chemistry corresponding to the common core A level curriculum as preparation for successful studies in the Material Sciences and Chemical Engineering.

    20 credits
    Elements of Physics

    PHY010 provides students with the elements of Physics required to enter the first year of an engineering course where some knowledge of Physics is needed.

    Understanding will be developed by taking a sub- set of the lectures of the more comprehensive module PHY009, namely those covering Dynamics/Mechanics; Electricity and Magnetism (autumn semester); and Oscillations, Waves, and Optics; Properties of Matter (spring semester). These will be delivered in the first 2/3rds of either semester. Problem solving and example classes are integrated into lectures.

    As PHY008 teachings no practical Physics, this module is complemented by laboratory components of the 40 credit foundation year module (FCE001).

    20 credits

    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. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

    Learning and assessment

    Learning

    The following are the main learning and teaching methods implemented within the programme:

    • lectures
    • tutorials
    • practical activities
    • coursework assignments (including oral, video and poster presentations)
    • online resources

    We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

    Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

    Learning support facilities and library opening hours

    Assessment

    Students are assessed via a mix of the following:

    • examinations
    • coursework assignments
    • lab work
    • online tests
    • reports
    • group projects
    • presentations

    Programme specification

    This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

    Find programme specification for this course

    Entry requirements

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    BBB; BBC
    BBB (any A Level); BBC, including Maths and at least one of Physics, Chemistry or Biology

    International Baccalaureate 32 + GCSE Science grade 6/B and Maths grade 7/A; 31, with Maths and at least one of Physics, Chemistry or Biology at Higher Level 5 or Standard Level 7

    BTEC Extended Diploma DDD in Engineering or Applied Science + GCSE Science grade 6/B and Maths grade 7/A

    Scottish Highers AABBB (any subjects) + GCSE Science grade 6/B and Maths grade 7/A; ABBBB, including Maths and at least one of Physics, Chemistry or Biology

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + BB (any A Level subjects) + GCSE Science grade 6/B and Maths grade 7/A; B + BC in Maths and either Physics, Chemistry or Biology

    Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with 45 credits at Level 3, including 24 credits at Distinction (including at least 12 credits in Maths) and 21 credits at Merit + GCSE Maths grade 7/A. Applicants are considered individually

    Other requirements
    • If you are not studying Maths and at least one of Physics, Chemistry or Biology at A Level (or equivalent), you will need GCSE grade 6/B in Science and 7/A in Maths

    English language requirements

    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

    Visa and immigration requirements

    Other qualifications | UK and EU/international

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    Bioengineering

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Science and Engineering Foundation Year

    Why choose Sheffield?

    The University of Sheffield

      A top 100 university 2022
    QS World University Rankings

      92 per cent of our research is rated in the highest two categories
    Research Excellence Framework 2021

      No 1 Students' Union in the UK
    Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

    Bioengineering

    96% overall satisfaction

    National Student Survey 2021


    Bioengineering with a Foundation Year BEng

    Over 90% of our successful foundation year students go on to get a 1st or 2:1

    University graduate data 2019-20

    Graduate careers

    Bioengineering

    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.

    Fees and funding

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    Additional costs

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    Examples of what’s included and excluded

    Funding your study

    Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a bursary, scholarship or loan to help fund your study and enhance your learning experience.

    Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you’re eligible for.

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