What Does a Biomedical Engineering Degree Involve?

There has never been a better time to study a Biomedical Engineering degree than now. With every advance in science, aerospace technology, and electronics, there are also ground-breaking discoveries and innovative new solutions being introduced to the healthcare and medical industry.

Electronics are constantly evolving, becoming smaller and more powerful, while researchers continue to create intriguing new ways of studying the human body. All of this leads to a more complete understanding, a greater chance of rehabilitation and recovery.

And if 2020 has shown us anything, it’s that we, as a society, depend on the people that devote their lives to the healthcare industry.

When you study a Biomedical Engineering degree at the University of Bolton in Greater Manchester, you can become one of the experts working to improve the lives of everyone. You’ll use engineering principles to improve medical equipment and study analytical models in our specialist facilities.

We're proud to be one of the UK’s Top 5 Universities for Teaching Quality*, and our career-focused course has been carefully designed to equip you with all the skills and experience you need to thrive in industry.

What Is Biomedical Engineering? 

Before we go any further, a quick checkpoint. Do we all know what Biomedical Engineering actually is?

You’ve probably already figured out that a Biomedical Engineering degree explores the ways that biology meets engineering. To elaborate on that point, it’s where engineering principles and materials can be used to improve healthcare and medical solutions.

That means it’s a broad field. Biomedical Engineering technology covers biomechanics, medical imaging, and biomaterials. It also includes genetic engineering and even computational biology.

You may go on to design, build, and programme surgical robots. Or perhaps you’ll be involved in artificial organs, advanced prosthetics, and maybe even life-changing pharmaceutical drugs. It’s varied and challenging but, ultimately, it’s a hugely rewarding career.

And we make sure you’re prepared for it.

Sounds Great! But What Will I Cover? 

Now you know what you can do with a Biomedical Engineering degree! But how does Bolton University prepare you for tackling complex medical issues and designing advanced healthcare equipment?

State-of-the-Art Facilities 

It begins with our cutting-edge Biomedical Engineering facilities. These specialist resources include a rare microscopy facility, a tissue engineering suite, a high-specification instrumentation laboratory, and even rapid prototyping equipment.

You’ll study high-quality equipment that you can expect to use once you’ve graduated. That includes a 3D motion capture system, complete with ground reaction force platforms, robots, and isokinetic dynamometers.

You’ll learn about current issues in a modern, highly-capable environment that teaches you more than a textbook ever could. That’s #UniAsItShouldBe.

We put our students first, and exposing you to industry-leading equipment gives you all the experience you need. These values have helped us get voted No.1 for Student Satisfaction three years in a row^.

Varied, Relevant Topics 
But for all the time you’ll spend in a lab, it’s still important that you cover Biomedical Engineering theory. Our lecturers have all worked in the industry and they’ll teach you about medical materials and devices in great detail.

You’ll learn about the real-life applications of medical equipment and the role that biomedical devices play within sports science. On top of that, you’ll learn about ethics, economics, and the multidisciplinary nature of a Biomedical Engineering degree.

Preparing You for a Successful Career 

Furthermore, your Biomedical Engineering degree involves an optional IMechE challenge that tests your ability to design and operate a device capable of solving real-world problems.

We’re proud to be in the Top 50 UK universities** and our practical learning environment will prepare you for a long and successful career.

This is one of the many ways our experienced staff ensure you’re working on relevant topics that build your knowledge bank in a supportive, student-focused atmosphere.

As we shift towards medical machinery and the increased use of technology in all aspects of medical care, the demand for biomedical engineers only grows. Start your studies at one of Manchester’s best this January, and find out more about what you'll cover online.

*The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
^The Complete University Guide, North West Region 2021, 2020, 2019
**The Guardian’s Best University Guide 2021


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