Biomedical Systems Engineering
Learn how to solve biomedical problems using Engineering methods and tools.
Our Biomedical Systems Engineering degrees give the opportunity to gain core engineering skills while developing specialist knowledge that can be used to improve understanding and management of biomedical problems, and to develop the healthcare technologies of the future.
Biomedical Systems Engineering students develop an in-depth understanding of the classical principles of Engineering by following a general engineering programme for the first term and into second year. From the second term of second year onwards, you'll learn to apply systems methodology and concepts from other Engineering disciplines to the modelling, analysis of, and interventions for, biomedical problems.
For example, you may choose to apply the principles of electromagnetic engineering to analyse the body’s own electrical and magnetic activity, making these measurements accessible to medical doctors and biologists. They may choose to apply the principles of mechanical engineering to the analysis of motion and creation of devices that monitor and support walking. Students may choose to apply systems thinking perspectives to the impact of healthcare on people, processes, information and organisations, equipping them to work on high-level global priorities in healthcare.
Biomedical Engineering is a key research themeLink opens in a new window at the School of Engineering. The Warwick Biomedical Systems degree reflects our strengths and industry collaborations in biomedical systems modelling, pharmacology, and healthcare technology, explored from a systems perspective.
Our graduates are especially well equipped to work in areas such as healthcare, pharmacology, medical device development and evaluation, and large-scale healthcare projects.
- BEng Biomedical Systems Engineering (H161)
- MEng Biomedical Systems Engineering (H163)
Engineering students at Warwick develop an in-depth understanding of the classical principles of Engineering by following a general engineering programme for the first four terms. Thereafter, those choosing to specialise in Biomedical Systems Engineering will learn to apply systems methodology and concepts from other Engineering disciplines to the modelling, analysis of, and interventions for, biomedical problems.
If you aspire to achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, a degree from Warwick is a great starting point. The majority of our degrees are accredited by licensed professional engineering institutions, such as the IET, IMechE and JBM and provide the academic component (in part or fully) needed for Chartered Engineer status.
Entry requirements are published on the University website:
BEng Biomedical Systems Engineering 2023Link opens in a new window
MEng Biomedical Systems Engineering 2023Link opens in a new window
Applications are made through UCAS. Further information and guidance about the admissions process is available on the University websiteLink opens in a new window.
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We offer flexible degree programmes that enable you to experience a range of engineering disciplines before you decide to specialise.
All first year students study a general engineering programme, which is much favoured by industry. In the second year, you continue to study the same core modules as all other students until the end of term one, after you which you can specialise in Biomedical Systems Engineering, choose another specialism or continue on the general engineering pathway.
Students can also switch from the three-year BEng to the four-year MEng degree if academic requirements and regulations are met, and from the MEng to the BEng if they prefer to graduate earlier.
In your first year you will be taught the fundamentals of engineering, which you will build on in later years according to your interests.
- Dynamics and Thermodynamics (ES190Link opens in a new window)
- Electrical and Electronic Circuits (ES191Link opens in a new window)
- Engineering Design (ES192Link opens in a new window)
- Engineering Mathematics (ES193Link opens in a new window)
- Introduction to Engineering Business Management (ES194Link opens in a new window)
- Introduction to Engineering: Professionalism and Practice (ES101Link opens in a new window)
- Materials for Engineering (ES195Link opens in a new window)
- Statics and Structures (ES196Link opens in a new window)
- Systems Modelling, Simulation and Computation (ES197Link opens in a new window)
- Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics (ES2C5Link opens in a new window)
- Electromechanical System Design (ES2C6Link opens in a new window)
- Engineering Mathematics and Data Analytics (ES2C7Link opens in a new window)
- Technical Operations Management (ES2D8Link opens in a new window)
- Introduction to Biomedical and Clinical Engineering (ES2C1Link opens in a new window)
- Systems and Software Engineering Principles (ES2D7Link opens in a new window)
- Analogue Electronic Design (ES2C0Link opens in a new window)
Examples of optional modules
- Computer Architecture and Systems
- Starting a Business
- Technology in International Development
- Mechanical Engineering Design
- Introduction to Secondary Mathematics/Physics Teaching
- A Modern Foreign Language
- Medical Device: Design, Maintenance and Assessment (ES3F0Link opens in a new window)
- Finite Element Methods (ES3E5Link opens in a new window)
- Biomedical Imaging and Medical Devices (ES3H5Link opens in a new window)
- Biomechanics (ES3H4Link opens in a new window)
- Signal Processing (ES3C5Link opens in a new window)
- Systems Modelling and Control (ES3C8Link opens in a new window)
- Individual Project (ES327Link opens in a new window)
Year 4 (MEng only)
- Biomedical Signal Processing (ES97HLink opens in a new window)
- Biomedical Systems Modelling (ES4A4Link opens in a new window)
- Group Project (ES410Link opens in a new window)
Examples of optional modules
- Mathematical and Computer Modelling
- Advanced Control
- Advanced Robotics
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Computational Intelligence in Biomedical Engineering
- Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
- Computational Synthetic and Systems Biology
The information on this page is applicable for 2023 entry. Detailed information for each module can be found on this webpage.
We are planning to make some changes to this degree for 2024 entry. Changes to core and optional modules go through the University's rigorous academic processes. As changes are confirmed, we will update the course information on this webpage. It is therefore very important that you check this webpage for the latest information before you apply and prior to accepting an offer.
Students may choose to spend a year in industry, research or study abroad between years two and three, or between year three and four for MEng. If you choose to take an intercalated year, this will be reflected in your degree title, and add a year to your degree programme.
Please see the University website for details of tuition fees, financial support and the cost of living.
The School of Engineering is privileged to attract high fliers and seeks to recognise and promote achievement, talent, ideas, hard work and diversity. We regularly offer a number of scholarships.
After graduation, Warwick students are especially well equipped to work in areas such as healthcare, pharmacology, medical device development and evaluation, and large-scale healthcare projects. Systems thinking supports description and prediction of the practical, cultural, and economic impact of major interventions.
The stream offers a wide range of topics ranging from the clinical engineering aspects within a hospital to biomechanics of the human body. The facilities at Warwick, such as the Gait lab, allow you to enhance understanding in later years as they can be used for projects.
Emma, 2nd year Biomedical Systems Engineering student
BEng 3 years full time
MEng 4 years full time
30 weeks per academic year
25 January 2023
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding.
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the University course pages.Link opens in a new window
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This information is applicable for 2023 entry.