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Biomedical Systems Engineering (MEng)

Accrediting institutions: IET and IMechE

What will I learn?

Biomedical Systems Engineering is a unique degree which teaches students to apply a Systems Engineering methodology incorporating concepts from multiple disciplines to the modelling, analysis and intervention of biomedical problems. Biomedical Systems Engineers may apply the principles of electronics to analysis of the body’s own electrical activity and to the measurement and analysis of signals from the body such as medical images. They may also apply the principles of mechanical engineering to the analysis of motion and creation of devices which monitor and support walking. Warwick graduates are particular adept at the modelling, analysis and control of biomedical systems and their interactions.

As well as traditional Biomedical Engineering topics, Biomedical Systems Engineers will understand that they must incorporate the impact of healthcare implementations on people, processes, information and organisations. This equips them to work on high-level problems facing healthcare..

In your first two years you will study material from across areas of Engineering with opportunities to experience laboratory and design work in all our disciplines. You will undertake a variety of projects including a major individual project in year 3 in which you will demonstrate project management and autonomy in carrying out a significant piece of work.

In your final year, you can choose from a variety of optional modules to give a high-level specialism.

How will I learn?

You will participate in lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions. To help you make the transition from school to university, in your first year you will meet your personal tutor each week in a group usually of five or six students to address academic issues arising from lectures. Your tutor is there to support you throughout your university life and will especially help you to reflect upon your continuing development. Engineers are always involved in interdisciplinary group work and this forms part of our courses from year one.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through examinations and coursework. Coursework assessment can include laboratory reports, projects, essays and oral presentations.

What opportunities are there for work experience and study abroad?

You can gain industrial experience during your course via visits and project work. The School encourages students to undertake some form of industrial experience. Many students undertake internships and other work experience over the summer. Some students can take a year-long placement in industry or in a research environment.

  • Entry Requirements

    A level A*AA, to include Mathematics and Physics.

  • A levels in applied subjects and mixed portfolios Candidates are considered on an individual basis. Grades will be similar to those for candidates taking academic A and AS qualifications.

  • Applicants with a strong profile but without either A Level Physics or A Level Mathematics may be considered. Please contact prior to applying.

    International Baccalaureate 38 points to include 6,6,6 including Mathematics and Physics. At least two of these subjects should be at Higher level.

    BTECs: Applicants offering BTECs are advised to contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team for
    further information prior to application (Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 3723 Email:

    These normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

    Contextual data and differential offers Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) and in appropriate subjects considered, if offered with A level Mathematics at grade A for MEng or grade B for BEng/BSc. Distinctions are required in Access and BTEC qualifications.

  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.

    We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more nformation please visit the international entry requirements page.

    Further Information

    Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference. We are considering innovative ways to broaden how we assess candidates, so you are advised to check our website prior to applying in case we have introduced any changes.

  • Open Days UK-based offer holders are invited to our Departmental Open Days. If you are not able to attend, the information from these events will also be available online. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

What modules could I study?

In your first and for some of year 2 you will be taught the fundamentals of engineering common to all disciplines, which you will build on in later years according to your interests. During year 2 you will specialize in one of the disciplines we offer or choose to continue a broad general approach.

In your first year you will study 9 core modules covering a wide range of theory and practice with a modern foreign language available as an optional extra. The 9 core modules are currently: Dynamics and Thermodynamics, Electrical and Electronic Circuits, Engineering Design, Engineering Mathematics, Introduction to Engineering Business Management, Introduction to Engineering: Professionalism and Practice, Materials for Engineering, Statics and Structures, Systems Modelling, Simulation and Computing

In the second year you will build on your understand in of the multidisciplinary nature of Engineering products studying Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics, Electromechanical System Design, Engineering Mathematics and Technical Computing and Technical Operations Management in term 1. In term 2, Biomedical Systems Engineering students will study Analogue Electronic Design, Systems Engineering Principles, Biomedical and Clinical Engineering and then choose from optional modules: Computer Architecture and Systems, Planar Structures and Mechanisms, Multimedia Technology and Signal Propagation, Starting a Business or Technology in International Development. There is also the opportunity to continue with a Modern Foreign Language or study Introduction to Secondary School Teaching (Physics).

In year three, students undertake a major individual project. The year three modules are currently Systems Modelling and Control, Signal Processing, Biomedical Signals and Systems, Dynamics of Vibration, Quality Systems and Healthcare Technology Engineering Design.

In the final year, current core modules are the Group Project; Biomedical Systems Modelling; Imaging and Sensing in Body and Brain; Biomechanics; Biomedical Signal Processing and Computational Intelligence in Biomedical Engineering. You can then choose from a variety of options: Mathematical and Computer Modelling; Advanced Control; Affective Computing and Power Electronic Converters and Devices.

The modules listed represent choices available to current students. As the subject of engineering and our school continuously evolve, the range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years. Applicants will be informed as soon as changes are approved. Current students will be consulted prior to the changes being approved.

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

What careers can a Warwick degree in Engineering lead to?

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: Jaguar Land Rover, Barclays Bank, NHS Institute for Innovation, Aston Martin, Deutsche Bank.

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Business Systems Analyst, Graduate Civil Engineer, Aerodynamacist, Structural Engineer, Technology trader.

Essential information

Entry Requirements
A level
: A*AA to include Mathematics and Physics.
IB: 38 points to include 6,6,6 including Mathematics and Physics. At least two of these subjects should be at Higher level.


Master of Engineering (MEng)

4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
School of Engineering

Warwick Manufacturing Group

Student blogs
Nathan Lavenstein - Civil Engineering

Jane Chan - Mechanical Engineering

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Other course costs
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This information is applicable for 2018 entry.