Why this course?
Biomedical engineering is a rapidly expanding industry, with the National Health Service, industrial and academic research and development all making advances to meet the increasing demands of healthcare.
Studying with us, you will gain broad training in modern biomedical engineering and learn about the complexities of human anatomy and physiology. You'll study core mechanical and electrical engineering subjects.
The department of Biomedical Engineering has recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and is one of the oldest such departments in the world, with expertise and excellence in teaching and research.
What you’ll study
Years 1 & 2
Core concepts in mathematics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, anatomy, physiology and molecular bioscience provide fundamental engineering and biomedical science knowledge. You'll take the majority of these classes alongside other engineers and biomedical scientists. Specialist classes will develop your Biomedical Engineering focus.
You will start to apply your knowledge in specific areas of biomedical engineering (eg biomechanics and biomedical materials). You'll also deepen your understanding of core engineering and biomedical science topics.
You'll focus on an individual research project. A skills class in research methods and professional studies will provide knowledge of research design and statistical analysis. It will also provide insight into the role and environment of the biomedical engineer and an understanding of ethical, safety and quality management issues.
We have state-of-the-art technology, including:
- a Motek Caren (extended) rehabilitation environment
- 12 camera Vicon Nexus
- biomedical materials
- medical devices
- cell and tissue engineering facilities
Engineering Analysis 1
Anatomy and Physiology for Biomedical Engineers
You'll be given an introduction to the use of Microsoft Windows- based PCs and to relevant application software in an engineering context. More specifically you'll be introduced to Microsoft Office applications, PTC Creo three dimensional modelling system and MathCAD and Matlab engineering software. Basic numerical methods will also be introduced.
You'll be given a basic knowledge of the anatomical structure of the major body systems together with an understanding of their physiological functioning. This knowledge is fundamental to understand and to develop specific topics that will be taught later in the course.
Analytical and Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
The aim of this class is to provide an insight into these areas and in doing so will deal with two applications:
- prostheses & orthoses (eg artificial limbs & splints)
- artificial kidneys
The process of evolving the design specification from knowledge of normal body function and the matching of material properties to the body environment will be described.
You'll learn the essential and basic numerical and analytical techniques for biomedical engineering problems. On completion you're expect to be able to use appropriate algebraic, geometric and calculus techniques.
You'll gain the basic knowledge and concepts of cell structure and function. You'll also be introduced to the basic concepts underlying classical and molecular genetics, including techniques that form the basis for the study of molecular biology.
Electronic and Electrical Principles 1
This class aims to provide you with a foundational understanding of the analysis and design of both analogue and digital electronic circuits.
Electrical and Mechanical techniques and design
This class aims to introduce you to the practical and professional skills required of an engineer, underpinning theoretical concepts introduced elsewhere in Year 1 classes.
Design and Engineering Applications 2
Engineering Mechanics in Biomedical Engineering
This class aims to:
- Design: develop an understanding of the design process and steps in establishing effective design procedures from inception through development to manufacture. 3 linked areas: Total Design concepts, Design Management and computer-based drawing.
- Engineering Applications: through experience of stripping and building an engineering artefact, to gain experience and set in context the requirements of good design strategies. The activity also aims to introduce you to various measurement and instrumentation techniques to reinforce the importance of material strength and deformation characteristics.
Cell and Molecular Biology
You'll learn the basic skills to analyse static and dynamic rigid body problems. The class also aims to provide structural analysis and elementary stress analysis and introductory fluid mechanics knowledge, as appropriate for biomedical engineering.
Electronic and Electrical Principles 2
You'll be given an introduction to cytology and histology. You'll develop a deeper understanding of cellular compartments and structures and their functions. Finally, the role of genetic analysis in the elucidation of the mechanisms of gene function will be demonstrated.
Digital Electronic Systems
You'll be introduced to the analysis and design of analogue circuits and systems as used in:
- energy & power systems
- control and analogue signal processing applications
You'll be introduced to the use of digital electronics and the rudiments of digital signal processing systems.
Mathematical Modelling and Analysis
Materials Engineering and Design
Mathematics (Semester 1)
You'll learn to be competent in the differential and integral calculus of functions of several independent variables as well as in the solution of ordinary differential equations.
Engineering Analysis (Semester 1 and 2)
You'll develop the general approach to solving engineering problems involving mathematical modelling, numerical methods and the application of computer software.
You'll gain a grounding in the concepts of material science and engineering with reference to mechanical design and material selection.
The class aims to develop knowledge, understanding and practical experience of kinematic and kinetic analysis of human movement.
This class aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and practical experience of synthetic materials used in different biomedical applications. This is together with a qualitative understanding of the mechanical behaviour of a variety of tissues.
Physiological Systems in Health and Disease
You'll gain a deeper understanding of the key characteristics of physiological systems and interactions between them, both in health and disease.
This class aims to provide the fundamental concepts of the immune system to form the basis for further study.
Instrumentation and Microcontrollers
You'll develop techniques for system modelling based on block diagrams and transfer functions and to use such techniques in the context of analysis and design. You'll be introduced to instrumentation and measurement as an interdisciplinary engineering activity. You'll also gain practical design, implementation and test experience of the techniques required to create combined hardware/ software systems with an emphasis on measurement.
You can choose elective classes from a wide range of departments across the University.
Biomedical Engineering project
You'll complete an independent study of a topic of your choice in the general field of Biomedical Engineering. The project may take the form of an extended literature review or involve experimental work. The work is supported by a compulsory research methods module and specialist knowledge classes throughout the year.
Research Methods in Biomedical Engineering
This class aims to equip you with the skills necessary to use mathematics and statistics tools including software in experimental design and data visualisation.
Professional Studies in Biomedical Engineering
This class aims to:
- provide an introduction to the philosophy, ethics and methodology of research
- outline the role that the biomedical engineer plays in the solution of clinical problems
- provide training in the principles, assessment and application of safety procedures in areas relevant to medical physics and biomedical engineering
- provide an awareness of the importance of regulatory issues in medical device design and manufacturing
You'll be given a detailed description of the principles and applications of a number of the most widely used biomedical instrumentation systems and devices found in the modern hospital environment. You'll understand the diagnostic and research applications of the various instrumentation- related techniques currently available and to appreciate their limitations.
This class aims to give you a thorough introduction to the use of electronic circuits for the pre-conditioning, acquisition and display of biomedical signals. It'll provide an understanding of the components required in a basic biomedical measurement device.
Choose two from the list
Computer Aided Engineering Design
Sports Injury and Rehabilitation
This class aims to provide an appreciation of computer aided design, analysis and simulation methods over a range of engineering problems. It also provides practical experience of the use of industry standard engineering simulation and analysis software to design and investigate the behaviour and performance of specific systems or components.
This class aims to provide you with an understanding of the injury mechanisms of the different tissues of the body, an ability to assess protective equipment and be able to evaluate current rehabilitation practice.
Advanced topics in Human movement
This class aims to widen the scope of prior human movement analysis to include three dimensional analysis of movement and biomechanical signal processing.
1. To introduce you to the basic concepts, mathematical tools and design methods of classical control theory.Robotics: systems and control
2. To enable you to use analysis and design tools used in control engineering and appreciate the industrial applications of control systems.
3. To enable you to analyse and design closed loop control system specifically using industrial three-term (PID) controllers.
4. To introduce you to advanced control methods and to provide a basic understanding of a time-domain approach to control analysis and design of industrial processes.
5. To appreciate the application of control theory in industrial applications.
The overall objective is to provide an overview of robotic engineering in the broadest possible sense and enable you to understand some of the important principles in the design, control, construction and use of robots in different environments and tasks. The class also aims to provide hands on exercises in dealing with some of the design and control issues associated with robot mechanisms.
Advanced Mechanics and dynamics
The aims of this class are twofold:
- to develop your ability to apply analytical techniques to the solution of engineering problems where dynamic behaviour is important
- to provide practical experience in designing lightweight structures to ensure that they have sufficient strength and stiffness to prevent failure, particularly by buckling, when in service. This experience will be obtained by undertaking an aerospace themed or similar design, construct and test activity.
Our assessment methods include:
- written exams
- individual/group projects
Final award classification is normally based on the first assessed attempt at compulsory and specified optional classes across all years (except Year 1).
Learning & teaching
Your learning will be kept up-to-date through departmental and cross-University research.
The wide range of optional classes offers you the chance to develop either an in-depth knowledge of a specific field within biomedical engineering, or to gain an understanding across a variety of topics. In the later years of the course you will be able to choose classes from our highly-regarded MSc in Biomedical Engineering.
Visits to local clinical centres and lectures from visiting experts, from the UK and overseas, are an integral part of the course. You'll also have the chance to meet representatives from our industrial partners.
Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.
AAAB (Maths A, Physics A, Biology Higher B or National 5 A/Standard Grade recommended)
Year 1 entry
Typical entry requirements: ABB (Maths, Physics, GCSE Biology 8/A recommended)
Year 2 entry
Typical entry requirements: AAA (Maths, Physics, GCSE Biology 8/A recommended)
32 (Maths HL5/SL6, Physics HL5/SL6)
- Deferred entry is accepted
- Applicants likely to be made an offer may be invited for interview between November and March
We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.
Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.
Find out entry requirements for your country.
Degree preparation course for international students
We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for
an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.
Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the
University of Strathclyde.
Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
Assuming no change in Rest of UK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2017/18, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and Integrated Masters courses); MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on Integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.
University preparation programme fees
International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.
Course materials & costs
*Students do not need to pay for HebB (if required), BCG (if required), or NHS tunic and trousers.
- Tool kit - £40
- Safety shoes - £30
- Clinic white - £15
Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
How can I fund my studies?
Students from Scotland and the EU
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.
For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.
Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland
We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales
You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility.
Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.
International Students (Non UK, EEA)
We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.
We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.
This is an exciting time to be a Biomedical Engineer, with the industry expected to grow by 62% between now and 2020. Our graduates are most likely to go on to work in research and development, medical device regulations and medical device sales.
How much will I earn? *
£26,000 is the average salary of our graduates six months after completing the course. The typical salary range is £24,000 to £30,000.
*Information is intended only as a guide.