Bioengineering for undergraduates
With a degree in bioengineering, you'll be part of extraordinary developments in science and technology. Bioengineers are in demand worldwide. They improve lives in all kinds of ways – designing medical instruments and artificial limbs, repairing body tissue and leading on breakthroughs in imaging techniques such as CT and MRI scanners.
Choose Sheffield and you'll be taught by leading experts in engineering, science and medicine. Our staff are at the forefront of developments across the spectrum of bioengineering. We'll keep you up to date with the very latest techniques and approaches in a rapidly changing field.
Your course – the freedom to explore
Our aim is to prepare you for a career in a variety of sectors. So the first year of your degree covers a wide range of topics in bioengineering, from living systems and tissue engineering to computer modelling and materials.
From the second year onwards, once you've discovered your strengths and interests, you'll start to specialise in one of four areas: biomedical engineering; biomaterials science and tissue engineering; biological and systems bioprocessing; or medical devices and systems.
Whichever specialism you choose, you'll have the freedom to explore lots of disciplines, techniques and technologies.
Not sure whether the BEng or MEng route is right for you? You don’t have to decide until the end of the second year. If you started a BEng, you can transfer to an MEng, or vice versa.
Our degrees are about preparing you for the challenges of professional life. As well as lectures and tutorials, you'll learn through laboratory work and practical projects. When it comes to your final-year project, you could be solving the latest bioengineering problems with one of our research teams.
And there are lots of other opportunities to put your training into practice. Our students find summer placements with employers locally, nationally and internationally. If you take the Year in Industry degree, you'll spend a year working in an engineering, medical or healthcare company.
Throughout your degree, you'll team up with other engineers on a variety of projects, developing essential skills in teamwork, communication, problem solving and project management. We'll also challenge you to think about engineering issues from a global perspective.
These kinds of experiences look great on your CV. Better still, they give you the chance to find out what you love doing.
The career you want
As a multiskilled engineer, you'll be in demand across a wide range of sectors. Many of our graduates work in healthcare, research or manufacturing, developing new ways to make our lives better.
Others are valued in areas as diverse as education, management and finance. Our latest employment figures show that 94 per cent of our graduates have found employment within six months of finishing their degree.
Our degrees challenge you to think creatively and scientifically. You'll become skilled at articulating your ideas and working in multidisciplinary teams. You'll also have the chance to lead on projects. Throughout, you'll use cutting-edge technology.
So by the time you graduate, you'll have an impressive range of professional and technical skills under your belt. Whichever career path you choose, you'll stand out as a rounded and resourceful individual.
Katie Hunt is a clinical scientist at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.
She works in a multidisciplinary team of engineers, physicists, technicians, radiographers and doctors.
"I absolutely loved my experience at the University of Sheffield. I made some really good friends in student accommodation in my first year and I met my (now) husband in the engineering department café!
As well as my qualifications, my degree helped me improve my teamwork and communication skills, which have been vital in my career. I have to explain concepts to people with lots of different levels of understanding, from patients to physicists and engineers."
You'll be based on the engineering campus (left) in a new purpose-built study space for bioengineering, with the other engineering departments on your doorstep. Bioengineering is a multidisciplinary degree – that means you'll get to use state-of-the-art teaching and lab facilities across the whole Faculty of Engineering. Departments in medicine and science also contribute to your degree, so you'll have an impressive range of resources at your disposal.
With a café or study area in every engineering building – many with wi-fi access – you'll find space to unwind whenever you need it. And you'll be just a few minutes' walk from the centre of campus or the hub of student life on Sheffield's West Street.
All the support you need
We're a friendly and informal department that's all about sharing ideas.
Our academic staff will get to know you and support you in every way they can. And we have a dedicated team of support staff to look after you during your time here. To help you settle in, we run a mentoring scheme that pairs you with a second or third year student. Throughout your degree, you'll get advice and one-to-one support from your personal tutor.
There's a strong sense of community here at Sheffield – with social events and volunteer work bringing together engineering students from across the faculty.
And what about your wider community? As a Sheffield undergraduate you'll belong to a welcoming university and city – an outward-looking, international community where anything is possible.
If you're not sure about anything, please get in touch with our bioengineering team.