BEng and MENG Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering methods and designs in healthcare and biology. The end goals are to understand how different parts of the human body operate, to diagnose, prevent and treat disease and to restore bodily functions.
In this programme you will learn how the brain works, what techniques exist to monitor different tissues in the human body and the science behind them, and how to design devices to rehabilitate injured patients and help the elderly. You should possess a keen understanding of mathematics and an innate curiosity for human physiology. As part of the course you will engage in practical lab-based classes that will enhance different practical skills you possess.
At Reading, you can choose to study for a BEng or MEng qualification. The BEng qualification is three years long. If you'd prefer to pursue a master's degree, the MEng qualification runs for four years and includes the opportunity for further projects and modules. Both courses offer an opportunity for a placement.
What will you learn in Biomedical Engineering?
From understanding how the brain works, how human tissues are monitored and how we can design medical devices to enhance people's lives, this degree will give you significant expertise in the field.
Valuable experience in the discipline
Practical experience is a significant element of the Biomedical Engineering degree. You will gain experience in techniques such as immuno-fluorescent labelling, microscopy, DNA and protein analysis, EEG recordings, cell culture and aseptic technique and analytical methods. Throughout the degree you will develop transferable skills that are in high demand in the biomedical sector. You will learn how to design and execute experiments, work in teams, use statistics and computing to interpret data and write essays and reports. You will also have the opportunity to take a year-long placement in the industry. These placements give you the opportunity to work in the biomedical field with supervision from the University, increase your profile within the industry and enhance your CV before graduation.
a rich and rewarding career
As Biomedical Engineering is interdisciplinary, there are multiple paths to building a career in the field. Depending on whether you want to focus on medical technology, theoretical research or clinical applications, you could specialise in areas such as neural engineering, biomaterials, medical imaging and image processing, or rehabilitation engineering.
The School of Biological Sciences has a full suite of new, cutting-edge laboratories which will allow you to learn in a state-of-the-art environment and conduct original research.
Find out more about BEng and meng Biomedical Engineering
For information about this course, entry requirements and funding, take a look at our course specifications page.