What are the main benefits of studying a bioengineering degree?
Bioengineering is a cross disciplinary science that promotes the understanding of living systems and its application to human health through the use of engineering, analytical and experimental techniques. This cross disciplinary course, designed for students with a strong interest in engineering and bio-medicine, provides graduates with the necessary skills to develop systems used in medical practice and research in biology.
What skills will students learn on your course?
The course provides solid knowledge in mathematics, electronics, programming, biology, and physiology. Students will develop problem solving and programming skills, system design skills through developing software and hardware for biology and medicine applications, and transferable skills including essay writing, oral presentations, poster making, team work and time management by working on lab practicals and projects.
Why should students interested in studying bioengineering choose Kent?
The BEng course at the University of Kent is offered by the School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA) in conjunction with the School of Biosciences; the two schools are very closely located within the vibrant Canterbury campus.
EDA has a blend of expertise, unique in the UK, which includes electronics, mathematical modelling, image processing and visualisation. This expertise has been the support for the strong collaborative research in medical-electronics, cell mechanics and systems biology undertaken in the Centre for Molecular Processing and the Computational Biology Centre.
Students in bioengineering are taught by academics who conduct their research at the interface between engineering and biology. In each of the three years of the course, students will carry out practical projects in state of the art engineering and biology labs. Projects will be co-supervised by academics from both engineering and biosciences. Students will also attend seminars delivered by bioengineering experts working in private companies, research centres, or NHS institutions.
What qualities do you look for in an applicant?
Nowadays, the most challenging problems are presented by complex systems; the understanding of living systems and in particular human health requires a multi skilled approach that goes beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. Bioengineering students at Kent are required to have good analytical skills (mathematics, physics and/or programming) but also the flexibility and the passion to study a fascinating subject like biology.
What sort of jobs do graduates of your course go on to do?
Most bioengineering graduates work in medical instrumentation companies, in the pharmaceutical industry, or for public or private health care providers. There is strong evidence of the need for bioengineers and of the sector’s growth: the European Alliance of Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES) state that the sector is vital not only for the health and well-being of European citizens but also for the ‘wealth’ of the European economy; they assert that sector growth rate is about 5-7% per year. The United States Department of Labor predicts that the field of bioengineering is projected to grow by over 70% in the ten year period ending in 2018.
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