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Interested in both engineering and medicine? Want to help healthcare providers offer better care and treatment to patients? On this Chelmsford-based degree you’ll apply engineering principles to the design of innovative medical devices that meet patients’ needs. You’ll develop practical skills in our specialist labs and be taught by lecturers with research backgrounds in joint replacement technology. The option of a placement year will give you real-life experience and prepare you for a varied and rewarding career.
Develop your engineering knowledge and skills, and progress into a career in the fast-growing medical sector. You’ll apply engineering principles to the design and development or improvement of medical devices, such as implants, or treatment methods in order to – ultimately – improve clinical outcomes.
You’ll be taught by a dedicated team of research-active professionals who work with medical companies through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. You’ll benefit first hand from their innovative research and have the opportunity to use our Medical Engineering Research Group’s facilities. These include:
- computational facilities to simulate virtual surgery
- six-degree-of-freedom joint simulation machine
- three-dimensional (3D) printing
- biomechanics testing equipment
- our start-of-the-art movement analysis laboratory.
Our university is the first in the UK, and one of the few in Europe, to offer sophisticated and robust computer simulation and laboratory testing facilities, the kinds that are used by large engineering and medical companies.
Throughout your course, you’ll develop theoretical and practical knowledge from a range of engineering, computational simulations, in vitro experiments, medical devices/medical science disciplines. As well as key engineering theories, you’ll gain an understanding of human health, and discover treatment simulation techniques that predict relative performances of implants, surgical techniques and medical devices such as joint contact mechanics.
Our strong links with hospitals will give you the opportunity to witness surgical operations and work with surgeons to address clinical problems for your final-year projects.
As well as developing crucial problem-solving and critical thinking skills, you’ll gain unique practical laboratory and computer simulation skills, in addition to research experience. Most importantly, you’ll develop an awareness of the professional attitudes and attributes required for embarking on a multidisciplinary, varied and exciting career in healthcare and medical engineering.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
The medical device industry is worth billions to economies across the world, and it’s growing year on year. You will be in a unique position to work in a variety of professional careers, in engineering companies or hospitals, due to your highly transferable technical, interpersonal and numeracy skills.
With your professional expertise in competitive commercial and industrial environments, possibilities include:
- employment in the knowledge industries, such as medical device and orthopaedics companies
- working in the NHS, assisting with improvement projects or training under the Clinical Technologist Training Scheme
- joining an Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) accredited centre
- postgraduate study.
We recognise that employers place significant emphasis on having a capable workforce, which is why we provide opportunities for you to work closely with our Medical Engineering Research Group. The group collaborates closely with hospitals and medical companies.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including MSc Engineering Management, MSc Medical Technology, MSc Mechanical Engineering and MSc Additive Manufacturing.
Modules & Assessment
Year one, core modules
Introduction to Engineering Materials
IT, Communications and Research Skills
Introduction to Mechatronics
Year two, core modules
Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics
Computer-Aided Solid Modelling
Civil Engineering Group Project
Sandwich year only: work placement
Year three, core modules
Project Management for Technologists
We will use a range of assessment methods to check your academic and practical progress throughout the course. These include exams, essays and reports, work relating to practical classes and demonstrations, log books, presentations and posters.
Where you’ll study
The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.