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Biomedical Engineering is a rapidly growing industry sector both nationally and globally. Biomedical Engineering applies scientific and engineering principles to medical technologies used in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of injuries and disease.

Our Biomedical Materials Engineering degree has a specific focus on the materials aspect of biomedical engineering.

Materials science is crucial for all branches of engineering, this is especially challenging for biomedical applications, where interaction with living tissues and biological processes requires biocompatibility.

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Course Length:

3- 6 years Full Time


  • BEng with Integrated Foundation Year: Minimum 32 UCAS tariff points from a mathematics, science or technology subject and GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above.
  • BEng: CCC (equivalent to 96 UCAS points) to include a minimum (64 UCAS points) from Mathematics and Chemistry or Biology. BTEC: MMM
  • MEng.: BBC (equivalent to 112 UCAS points) to include a minimum (80 UCAS points) from Mathematics and Chemistry or Biology. BTEC: DMM
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You can apply for a yearlong industrial placement in your second year of study.

The placement begins after the second year and, following the placement, you will return to complete your degree.  The placement will be a paid position, with pay at or above the living wage.

This is a competitive process and, although staff will assist you in finding a suitable placement, a placement is not guaranteed.

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All of Chichester’s Engineering courses take a problem-based learning approach following the engineering cycle: Conceive – Design – Implement – Operate.

CDIO provides a highly practical and engaging engineering experience that encourages interdisciplinary team working to solve open-ended problems and foster communication skills. These are exactly the skills that will help to mark you out in the highly competitive employment arena. 

Replacing standard lectures, all of our Engineering and Design programmes are delivered in an interactive workshop/seminar style with balanced mix of laboratory and practical work. There are also lab-based sessions where you will engage in CDIO design and build activities.  

Engineering degrees at Chichester are about participating in interesting activities and not just listening and taking notes.

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Course content

Studying Biomedical Materials Engineering BEng. (Hons) at Chichester will give you knowledge and applied skills of materials structure, properties, processing and manufacture and the uses of materials in a wide range of engineering fields with a specific focus on biological  applications.

Because Biomedical Materials Engineering is an applied subject, our course is based around applied workshop learning; seminars with demonstrations; practical and lab work and design-build challenges.

Each academic year of the BEng. (Hons) Biomedical Materials Engineering degree centres on a two-semester long design-build challenge.

The knowledge and techniques that you will apply in your design-build challenges are gained in workshops/seminars and practical/lab based modules that are specific to Biomedical Materials Engineering. Design-build challenges start with a design brief, to which you must apply the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) engineering cycle.

In your first year of study, you will take part in a team CDIO challenge with other students from the Biomedical Materials Engineering cohort. The second year CDIO challenge is an interdisciplinary team challenge, where you will tackle your design brief with students from other engineering cohorts.

In the final year, you will work on an individual project and present your work technically to other engineers and to a non-technical audience. The course contains many specialist modules required to provide you with the breadth knowledge and skills needed for a career in engineering and science: 

In your first year, you will study engineering mathematics along with modules on chemistry, anatomy and human biology, materials and biomaterials, mechanics and computer programming. The second year of study introduces topics that are more advanced, which include biomechanics, advanced materials, additive manufacturing, computer simulation and mathematics for engineering. The final year includes modules on biomaterials design, medical devices and medical imaging and has module options, allowing you to specialise your field of study.

Students who make excellent progress in their first two years, and who wish to further their learning, will be eligible to continue their study at master’s level, through our integrated masters in Biomedical Materials Engineering  MEng.

If you continue onto the masters’ level, you will study an extra year of more advanced material, which includes a significant group project and options to study areas that particularly interest you.


Our facilities

The ground-breaking Engineering and Design Department will be based at our new Engineering & Digital Technology Park (due for completion in 2018). It is the UK’s first purpose built facility for delivering engineering through the problem-based learning, CDIO approach. With cutting edge teaching labs containing brand new equipment and apparatus, you will enjoy world class facilities for engineering education including:

  • A large, double height space for delivering our unique, exciting and rewarding design and build experiences
  • Practical project-orientated engineering workshop and teaching facilities
  • Dedicated electronics and mechanics laboratories
  • Fabrication laboratory
  • Specialist 3D printers
  • Facilities to teach Computer Aided Design
  • 300 square-metre television production studio, with auxiliary 100 square-metre special effects room
  • 400 square-metre media operation centre
  • Media editing and finishing suites
  • Hands-on educations spaces for partnerships with schools and colleges
  • Co-working spaces and IT suites

The Engineering & Digital Technology Park is based on our Bognor Regis Campus, located just 600 metres from the beach and next door to the leafy and tranquil Hotham Park.

Where this can take you

As with other engineering disciplines, Biomedical Materials Engineering graduates are highly employable, finding employment in many sectors:

  • health and the healthcare industry,
  • the aerospace and automotive industries;
  • utilities companies;
  • power generation, transmission and nuclear industries;
  • rail and civil engineering;
  • teaching and academic research

Biomedical Materials Engineering can also lead to careers in banking and finance, business and technical sales and management.


Indicative modules

Year One


Biomedical Materials Engineering (CDIO)

Biomedical Materials Engineering (CDIO)

Statics & Materials

Heat Transfer & Fluid Mechanics

Engineering Mathematics

Electricity and Magnetism 

Electrical Circuit Analysis

Programming for Engineers

Year Two


Interdisciplinary Engineering Design & Build (CDIO)

Interdisciplinary Engineering Design & Build (CDIO)


Simulation for Materials Analysis 

Chemistry for Materials Science

Introduction to Biomaterials

Engineering Tools and Techniques (MM)

Materials Science for Engineering


Final Year (BEng.); Year Three (MEng.)



Individual Project (CDIO)

Individual Project (CDIO)

Biomaterials Design; Orthopaedic, dental, ocular and wound care

The Professional Engineer

Medical Devices & Equipment

Medical Imaging


Options - Students choose one module per semester from:


Smart Materials

Biological Monitoring & Active implantable devices

Materials Biocompatibility
Managing & leading Teams*

Small Business Enterprise*

* Students may only opt for one of these modules


Final Year (MEng.)



MEng. Group Project (CDIO)

MEng. Group Project (CDIO)


Options - students choose two modules per semester from:


Advanced Additive Manufacture
Sustainable Materials

Tissue Engineering

Quality Management

Advanced Mathematical Techniques for Engineering

Data Science Foundation*

Soft Matter


Preparation for Consultancy*

* Students may only opt for one of these modules

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including:

  • Coursework
  • Written examinations
  • Lab and practical work
  • Project work
  • Presentations and online tests

About 25% of assessment is by examination, the remaining 75% is assessment is through coursework, practical and project work and presentations.

The course is delivered through seminar/workshops; tutorials; computer labs; physical labs and project practical time.

There is a split of about 50% of time in seminars and tutorials and the remaining 50% in labs and project work.

Biomedical Materials Engineering is a demanding subject with significant contact hours.

In addition to scheduled learning activities, you are expected to plan your time to allow intensive self-study.

Additional Costs

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Our Engineering, Creative Science and Product Design degrees offer a practical approach to learning based on a syllabus designed in partnership with local businesses. This ensures that graduates are ready for work and are highly employable in these competitive industries.

The Engineering and Digital Technology Park will offer students the chance to develop practical expertise alongside local businesses.

It will include a large multi-purpose engineering laboratory which is also open to local companies, incorporating a workshop, prototype manufacturing facilities and collaborative co-working spaces.