Medical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with placement)




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.

Full description


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:

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
    We will introduce you to the structure and properties of a range of engineering materials. This includes a review of typical load extension curves and their interpretation and you will carry out tensile tests on engineering materials to support and extend the classroom teaching. You will be introduced to the atomic structure of metals and non-metals as a lead into an understanding of the factors that influence the physical properties of materials. Alloying of metals will be explored via equilibrium diagrams and structure will be determined from given information. You will develop your skills in gathering and interpreting scientific information via a series of laboratory experiments. This will involve the use of metallurgical inspection equipment as well as common testing equipment. Our module is supported by a well-equipped metallurgical laboratory serviced by technical staff.
  • IT, Communications and Research Skills
    This module is designed to develop fundamental skills required by Civil Engineering professionals in these major areas - CAD, Information & Communication Technology and Research. The use of commercial software packages allows you both to develop your own and to gain an appreciation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills for research, information management and presentation purposes. It encourages you to use contemporary ICT methods for research and for the production and presentation of reports, in a style suitable both for your university coursework requirements and in a commercial environment. You will be introduced to workstation based 2D drafting techniques using a powerful set of tools. You will also be introduced to the use of Autodesk's AutoCAD software series which is currently in the forefront of commercially available drafting software. Skills in this medium are highly sought after in the construction industry. You will undertake two pieces of coursework, one is a reflective report which introduces research skills learnt in the module, the other is a CAD drawing.
  • Introduction to Mechatronics
    This module covers the components of a Mechatronics system that include sensors, electrical as well as mechanical systems integrated together via computer programming. It is intended to build a solid foundation through theoretical concepts (in-class lectures) and their practical applications (laboratory sessions). Microcontroller and microprocessors will be introduced along with different types of sensors (such as proximity, distance, force and temperature) and their usage in the real world. This aspect will then be integrated by introducing the fundamentals of electrical actuation systems such as relays, solenoids and motors (stepper, DC, AC etc).

Year two, core modules

  • Dynamics and Fluid Mechanics
    This module introduces the fundamentals of engineering principles, encompassing solid and fluid mechanics. It is intended to provide a sound theoretical basis for the analysis and synthesis of mechanical engineering systems. The module will review fundamentals of mechanical dynamics, fluid mechanics, and basic heat transfer. Dynamics relating to Newton's laws of motion are also discussed and applied. Fundamental understanding and applications of fluid mechanics, fluid statics, and Bernoulli’s equation are introduced as well as various classifications of fluid flow and concept of laminar and turbulent flow.
  • Applied Mechanics
    This module will give you a fundamental understanding of applied mechanics, focusing on its application. We will study the static and dynamic of particles and rigid bodies under the influence of forces. Worked examples will enable you to become familiar with, and to grasp important concepts and principles, including pin-jointed frames and beams with various support systems, frictional motion on dry plain and inclined surfaces, and concept of shear force and bending moment diagram.
  • Computer-Aided Solid Modelling
    You will build on your previous CAD experience to create more complex solid part models and consider advanced aspects of CAD in this module. We will look at assemblies made up of a number of parts and sub-assemblies, and use the feature-based parametric modelling technique which automates the design and revision procedures by the use of parameters. You will be introduced to the methods for modelling sculptured surfaces that are seen in plastic mouldings and transition elements, checking moving parts in an assembly, and analysing animation and their mechanisms.
  • Civil Engineering Group Project
    This module will develop your ability to evaluate and resolve practical problems and work as part of a design team. The module will help you apply the skills and knowledge developed in other modules of the course (and where possible, experiences from work) within a project that reflects the type of performance expected of construction technologists. It is designed to bring small groups together into teams so you coordinate your individual skills and abilities. The scheme of work should allow you an opportunity to take responsibility for your own contribution to the outcome and to demonstration your ability to work as part of a team. The brief will include an agreed timescale for the staged development of the overall plan of work within defined constraints, with the team working towards an acceptable and viable solution to the brief. You’ll become conversant with the importance of good quality control, compacting, placing and curing will be assessed.

Sandwich year only: work placement

Year three, core modules

  • Computer-Aided Engineering
    Get 'hands on' experience with the latest industry-standard software. This module will introduce you to computer aided engineering as applied in industry, with emphasis on the analysis, manufacture and testing of a simple component.
  • Project Management for Technologists
    Immerse yourself in the planning, operations research techniques, scheduling, quality, people and management skills involved in projects. You will think about the variety of techniques available that could be used for the control of projects and gain insight to the theoretical underpinning concepts of these techniques. You will reflect on just what these issues are and what future developments might be envisaged, both in specific work place context and in a general professional development context.


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

Your faculty

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.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students starting 2019/20 or 2020/21 (per year)


International students starting 2020/21 (per year)


Placement year (UK, EU, international students)


How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.

Loans and fee payments


We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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International students

You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees

Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

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