This degree utilises the School of Engineering’s experience in developing medical-electronic systems, and the considerable research expertise within the School of Biosciences. Our teaching is based on leading-edge research using case studies which incorporate hot topics within industry and emerging technologies.
Our programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), which enables fast-track career progression as a professional engineer.
Our degree programme
Business and research environments, such as biotechnology, increasingly require engineers who can design complete solutions involving complex integrated systems. Biomedical Engineering at Kent goes beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries and educates engineers that can develop systems used in medical practice and biology research.
In the first year, you are given a broad grounding in biomedical engineering, including digital technologies, biochemistry, electronics, molecular and cellular biology, robotics and engineering mathematics. You also undertake laboratory-based practical work in both electronics and biology.
In the second year and final years, you study compulsory and optional modules that build upon the material learnt in the first year. Subjects include biomechanics, human physiology, bioinformatics and genomics, medical physics, programming and product development. You also complete a design or development-based engineering project.
Throughout the degree, you complete practical work, building bioscience-related electronic devices under the supervision of academics from engineering and biosciences. You also attend seminars delivered by experts in biomedical engineering working in private companies, research centres or NHS institutions.
Year in industry
It is possible to take this programme with a year in industry. For details, see Biomedical Engineering with a Year in Industry.
We provide first-class facilities to support your studies, including:
120-seat multi-purpose engineering laboratory four air-conditioned computer suites housing around 150 high-end computers CAD and development software PCB and surface-mount facilities an anechoic chamber mechanical workshop staffed with skilled mechanical engineers.
Kent's School of Engineering has recently undergone a £3 million redevelopment and modernisation called the Jennison Design Hub, whereby you gain state-of-the-art engineering and design facilities which include:
a virtual reality suite a production studio (including photography, video and green screen facilities) a large teaching and design studio engineering workshop and fabrication facilities a dedicated makerspace.
There are a number of student-led societies at Kent which you may want to join. These include
UKC Digital Media Kent Engineering Society TinkerSoc – Kent’s Maker Society.
The School has strong links with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). We have several visiting industrial professors who contribute to the strong industrial relevance of our programmes.Teaching/learning
Lectures; tutorial lectures; demonstrator-led examples classes; tutor-led small group supervisions; project work; laboratory experiments and computer-based assignments. Case studies on industry hot topics and emerging technologies. In particular the first, second and third-year projects give hands-on experience of electronic design and project management.
Problem-solving workshops allow you to develop skills in applying biomedical knowledge to solution of problems. Practical classes teach specific laboratory skills and demonstrate how they can be used to investigate biomedical systems.
Written unseen examinations; assessed coursework in the form of examples, class assignments, laboratory write-ups, assessed project work, assignments and essays and class tests.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- Mathematical principles relevant to bioengineering
- Scientific principles and methodology relevant to bioengineering
- Advanced concepts of instrumentation and systems engineering.
- The value of intellectual property and contractual issues
- Business and management techniques which may be used to achieve engineering objectives
- The need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering
- Current manufacturing practice with particular emphasis on product safety and EMC standards and directives
- Characteristics of materials, equipment, processes and products
- Appropriate codes of practice, industry standards and quality issues
- Contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied
- The structure, function and control of the human body
- The main metabolic pathways used in biological systems in catabolism and anabolism, understanding biological reactions in chemical terms
- The variety of mechanisms by which metabolic pathways can be controlled and the way that they can be co-ordinated with changes in the physiological environment
- The main principles of cell and molecular biology, biochemistry and microbiology
- Immunological disease/disorders
- The main methods for communicating information on biomedical sciences
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
- Analysis and solution of problems in bioengineering using appropriate mathematical methods
- Ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering and bioscience disciplines to support study of bioengineering
- Use of engineering and bioscience principles and the ability to apply them to analyse key bioengineering processes
- Ability to identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques
- Ability to apply and understand a systems approach to bioengineering problems
- Ability to investigate and define a problem and identify constraints including cost drivers, economic, environmental, health and safety and risk assessment issues
- Ability to use creativity to establish innovative, aesthetic solutions whilst understanding customer and user needs, ensuring fitness for purpose of all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maintenance and disposal
- Ability to demonstrate the economic and environmental context of the engineering solution
- Integrate scientific evidence, to formulate and test hypotheses
- Recognise the moral and ethical issues of biomedical investigations and appreciate the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
- Use of mathematical techniques to analyse problems in bioengineering.
- Ability to work in an engineering laboratory environment and to use a wide range of electronic equipment, workshop equipment and CAD tools for the practical realisation of electronic circuits
- Ability to work with technical uncertainty
- Ability to apply quantitative methods and computer software relevant to engineering in order to solve bioengineering problems
- Ability to design electronic circuits or systems to fulfil a product specification and devise tests to appraise performance.
- Awareness of the nature of intellectual property and contractual issues and an understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards
- Ability to use technical literature and other information sources and apply it to a design
- Ability to apply management techniques to the planning, resource allocation and execution of a design project and evaluate outcomes
- Ability to prepare technical reports and presentations.
You gain transferable skills in the following:
- Ability to generate, analyse, present and interpret data
- Use of Information and Communications Technology
- Personal and interpersonal skills, work as a member of a team
- Communicate effectively (in writing, verbally and through drawings)
- Learn effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development
- Ability for critical thinking, reasoning and reflection
- Ability to manage time and resources within an individual project and a group project
The programme aims to:
- Educate students to become engineers who are well equipped for professional careers in development, research and production in industry and universities, and who are well adapted to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing subject.
- Produce professional engineers skilled in Biomedical engineering with a well-balanced knowledge of Electronic System Engineering.
- Provide proper academic guidance and welfare support for all students.
- Create an atmosphere of co-operation and partnership between staff and students, and offer the students an environment where they can develop their potential.