University of Southampton Medical Engineering (MEng)

Medical Engineering seeks to solve the medical issues of tomorrow by combining biology, medicine and healthcare with engineering to create next-generation technologies for healthcare and wellbeing. Our Medical Engineering course takes a patient-centred approach and follows a pathway of general and mechanical engineering. Specialist modules provide insight into medical engineering fundamentals and practice. As a Medical Engineering student at Southampton, you’ll learn the underlying principles of medical technologies and gain the ability to design, develop and deliver new products. You will work on projects, examples and case-studies from medical and healthcare applications of engineering. During the first two years of this integrated master’s course you will study an introduction to Medical Engineering and engineering principles, as well as specialist modules from human biology to mechanics, to engineering law and management. The third year will allow you to specialise further with a range of exciting optional modules and an individual project, and in the final year you will also participate in a group design project, applying your engineering knowledge to a design problem. In the third and final years you will also be able to choose modules from our Biomedical Engineering course, giving you the ability to build a unique set of Biomedical Engineering skills. The University of Southampton has a long tradition of interdisciplinary research and teaching at the interface between engineering and healthcare. The calibre of our teaching and facilities also reflect our experience in this area, and you will have access to our extensive facilities including a high-resolution 3D imaging centre, and the Human Factors Research Unit. You’ll graduate equipped with the skills and knowledge to join the flourishing global health technology sector.

Course details


Typical Modules include: Year one: Introduction to Medical Engineering; Design and Computing; Mechanics, Structures and Materials; ThermoFluids; Electrical and Electronics Systems; Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment, Part I. Year two: Biomedical Engineering Research, Design and Practice; Human Biology in Health and Disease; Mechanics, Machines and Vibration; Fluid Mechanics; Electronics, Drives and Control; Systems Design and Computing; Engineering Management and Law; Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment Part II. Year three: Biomaterials; Engineering Design with Management; Human Factors in Engineering; Orthopaedic Biomechanics; Individual Project. Year four: Biomedical Application of Signal and Image Processing; Computational Methods in Biomedical Engineering Design; Biomedical Implants and Devices; Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging; Group Design Project.

Assessment method

You will be assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework activities such as formal reports and laboratory reports – all of which you will encounter as typical assessment methods throughout your degree.

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