Our subjects Biomedical engineering degrees

What is biomedical engineering?

Biomedical engineering is the link between technology and medicine. It’s all about exploring and finding solutions to medical problems using engineering, to the benefit of society. From 3D printed heart valves to systems designed to save limbs on-site, biomedical engineering has never been more creative and exciting.

Studying biomedical engineering gives you the opportunity to make a real difference in the world. As populations age, we'll need engineers who can think creatively and apply engineering principles spanning a range of subjects – electronic and electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics and more – to modern-day health concerns.

Salary guide

  • jobs in the National Health Service (NHS) consist of nine pay bands and are usually covered by the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay rates. Salaries for medical engineering technicians range from £24,907 to £30,615 (Band 5). At a specialist level, salaries rise to between £31,365 and £37,890 (Band 6).
  • with significant experience and in a team manager position, salaries can range from £38,890 to £44,503 (Band 7). Salaries may reach higher than this if head of department or consultant level is reached.
  • salaries for biomedical engineers in the private sector are comparable to those in the NHS, ranging between £21,000 and £45,000 depending on experience and level of responsibility.

Income figures are intended as a guide only. Information is taken from Prospects (last accessed 27 June 2022).

About the department

We're really working, I think, in the cutting edge of technology. We're working with the military to develop a new form of blood salvage system for deployment in the battlefield, we have staff engaging in medical device development, in rehabilitation science, and we have staff who are engaged in cell and tissue engineering.

Professor Terry Gourlay

Why study biomedical engineering at Strathclyde?

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow is an award-winning academic institution - the only to have won Times Higher Education University of the Year twice!

Here at Strathclyde, we believe in the power of useful learning. This means you’ll not only learn the theory behind the subject, but you’ll apply what you learn in real-life settings.


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