This cross-disciplinary programme is designed for students with a strong interest in engineering and bio-medicine. Drawing from our established expertise in engineering technologies and from the research synergies with the School of Biosciences, this degree produces engineers with a solid knowledge in biology and medical science.
This degree utilises the School of Engineering and Digital Arts’ experience in developing medical-electronic systems, and the considerable research expertise within the School of Biosciences. Our teaching is based on leading-edge research using case studies which incorporate hot topics within industry and emerging technologies.
Our programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), which enables fast-track career progression as a professional engineer.
Applicants for September 2019 entry can apply for a scholarship of a £1,000 one off payment. For more information and to apply, see DA VINCI Academic scholarship.
Our degree programme
Business and research environments, such as biotechnology, increasingly require engineers who can design complete solutions involving complex integrated systems. Biomedical Engineering at Kent goes beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries and educates engineers that can develop systems used in medical practice and biology research.
In the first year, you are given a broad grounding in biomedical engineering, including digital technologies, biochemistry, electronics, molecular and cellular biology, robotics and engineering mathematics. You also undertake laboratory-based practical work in both electronics and biology.
In the second year and final years, you study compulsory and optional modules that build upon the material learnt in the first year. Subjects include biomechanics, human physiology, bioinformatics and genomics, medical physics, programming and product development. You also complete a design or development-based engineering project.
Throughout the degree, you complete practical work, building bioscience-related electronic devices under the supervision of academics from engineering and biosciences. You also attend seminars delivered by experts in biomedical engineering working in private companies, research centres or NHS institutions.
Year in industry
It is possible to take this programme with a year in industry. For details, see Biomedical Engineering with a Year in Industry.
We provide first-class facilities to support your studies, including:
- 120-seat multi-purpose engineering laboratory
- four air-conditioned computer suites housing around 150 high-end computers
- CAD and development software
- PCB and surface-mount facilities
- an anechoic chamber
- 3D body scanner
- motion-capture studio
- mechanical workshop staffed with skilled mechanical engineers.
The School has strong links with the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). We have several visiting industrial professors who contribute to the strong industrial relevance of our programmes.
Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Kent scored 90.7 out of 100 in The Complete University Guide 2019.
In the National Student Survey 2018, over 86% of final-year Electronic and Electrical Engineering students who completed the survey, were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.
Of Electronic and Electrical Engineering students who graduated from Kent in 2017 and completed a national survey, over 94% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).
Teaching Excellence Framework
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.
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EL305 - Introduction to Electronics
This module introduces students to main electric components (i.e. resistors, capacitors, inductors, and voltage and current sources) and to operational amplifiers, which are the basic building blocks of many circuits; how do they work and what properties do they have; what are their main usages in circuits and systems; and how to practically perform simple measurements and tests. Also, fundamentals of analysis of electric circuits and the main circuit laws are taught. The teaching of this module makes an extensive use of a computer-aided electronic circuit design and simulation tools to assist in and to amplify traditional lecture-based learning, in addition to worked example and practical sessions. It also includes a mini-project in which students gain practical laboratory experience, including design, physical construction and testing of an example operational amplifier circuit. The module requires some elementary mathematical skills.Read more
EL311 - The Robotics Project
This module is designed to provide experience in the practical and management aspects of project work. It is supported by a lecture course and weekly supervised laboratory sessions. After an initial hands-on introduction to use of bench equipment and the Computer Aided Design (CAD) and fabrication of a Printed Circuit Board (PCB), the project consists of constructing a robot that incorporates an additional PCB of your own construction and the development of software of your own design to enable your robot to address a specific set of tasks.Read more
BI308 - Skills for Bioscientists
Subject-based and communication skills are relevant to all the bioscience courses. This module allows you to become familiar with practical skills, the analysis and presentation of biological data and introduces some basic mathematical and statistical skills as applied to biological problems. It also introduces you to the computer network and its applications and covers essential skills such as note-taking and essay writing.
Topics covered in lectures/workshops:
How biosciences is taught at Kent - lectures, supervisions, problem solving classes, practicals. Effective study and listening skills, note taking and use of the library. Support networks.
General principles of analytical biochemistry - quantitative/qualitative analysis, making and recording measurements. The quality of data - random and systematic error, precision, accuracy, sensitivity and specificity.
The manipulation and presentation of data - SI units, prefixes and standard form
Molarities and dilutions -concentration (molarity) and amounts (moles), dilutions.
Acids, bases and buffers in aqueous solutions - Definition of pH, acid and bases (including a revision of logarithms). Acid-base titrations. Buffer mixtures, buffering capacity and the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation.Dissociation of polyprotic, weak acids. Biochemical relevance of pH e.g. pH dependant ionisation of amino acids.
Spectroscopy - The range of electromagnetic radiation. Absorption and emission of radiation. Molecular absorptiometry - the use of the Beer-Lambert relationship for quantitative measurements using absolute or comparative methods (molar and specific extinction coefficients).
Reaction Kinetics. Reactions and rates of change: Factors affecting the rate of a reaction. Zero, first and second order reactions. Rate constants and rate equations (including integration). Worked examples of rates of reactions.
Statistics Descriptive statistics: definition of statistics, sampling, measurement scales, data hierarchy, summarising data, averaging, mean, mode, median, quantiles, graphical methods, displaying proportions, charts and chart junk. Parametrising distributions: coefficient of variation, normal distribution, properties of the normal curve, skewness and kurtosis, accuracy and precision.
Probability: definition, events, exclusivity and conditional probability, throwing dice and tossing coins, independent and dependent events, permutations, multiplicative rule, binomial distribution, unequal probabilities, Pascal's triangle, factorials and combinations.
Hypothesis testing: null hypothesis, p-value, normal curve, z-score and t-score, t values and confidence interval, t-tables, comparing two samples, degrees of freedom, t-tests for same and different sample sizes, paired samples, difference between means.
Correlation and covariance: two-dimensional distributions, scatter diagram, degree and limits of correlation, spurious correlation, correlation and causality, time correlation, normalising the covariance, covariance in spreadsheet calculations.
Regression: the regression line, slope and intercept parameters, regression in spreadsheet calculations, history of regression, assumptions in regression, effect of outliers, how not to use statistics.
1. Introduction to basic laboratory techniques-
a) preparation of buffer solutions and
b) determination of accuracy
2. pH and buffers
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BI300 - Introduction to Biochemistry
This course will provide an introduction to biomolecules in living matter. The simplicity of the building blocks of macromolecules (amino acids, monosaccharides, fatty acids and purine and pyrimidine bases) will be contrasted with the enormous variety and adaptability that is obtained with the different macromolecules (proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids). The nature of the electronic and molecular structure of macromolecules and the role of non-covalent interactions in an aqueous environment will be highlighted. The unit will be delivered though lectures, formative practicals and related feedback sessions to ensure students fully understand what is expected of them. Short tests (formative assessment) will be used throughout the unit to test students' knowledge and monitor that the right material has been extracted from the lectures.Read more
BI302 - Molecular and Cellular Biology I
This course will expose students to key themes and experimental techniques in molecular biology, genetics and eukaryotic cell biology illustrated by examples from a wide range of microbial and mammalian systems. It will cover basic cell structure, and organisation of cells into specialized cell types and complex multi-cellular organisms. The principles of cell cycle and cell division will be outlined. The control of all living processes by genetic mechanisms will be introduced and an opportunity to handle and manipulate genetic material provided in the laboratory. Monitoring of students' knowledge and progress will be provided by a multi-choice test and the laboratory report, with feedback.
Functional Geography of Cells: Introduction to cell organisation, variety and cell membranes. Molecular traffic in cells. Organelles involved in energy and metabolism. Eukaryotic cell cycle. Chromosome structure & cell division. Meiosis and recombination.
Molecular biology: The structure and function of genetic material. Chromosomes, chromatin structure, mutations, DNA replication, DNA repair and recombination, Basic mechanisms of transcription, mRNA processing and translation.
Techniques in molecular and cellular biology: Methods in cell Biology - light and electron microscopy; cell culture, fractionation and protein isolation/electrophoresis; antibodies, radiolabelling. Gene Cloning – vectors, enzymes, ligation, transformation, screening; hybridisation, probes and blots, PCR, DNA sequencing. Applications including recombinant protein expression, trangenics/knockouts, RNAi, genome projects, DNA typing, microarray and '…omics' studies (genome, proteome, interactome, metabolome etc).
Laboratory: PCR amplification of DNA and gel analysis.Read more
EL315 - Digital Technologies
This module provides an introduction to contemporary digital systems design. Starting with the fundamental building blocks of digital systems the module outlines both theoretical and practical issues for implementation. Practical work includes the use of digital simulation and analysis software for implementing real-world problems.Read more
EL318 - Engineering Mathematics
Mathematics is the fundamental language of engineering, allowing complex ideas to be formulated and developed. This course provides the sound basis of mathematical techniques and methods required by almost all other modules in the department's engineering courses. Topics covered include functions, set theory, complex numbers, calculus, linear algebra, statistics and probability. The lectures are supported by assessed examples classes, taken in small groups.Read more
EL319 - Engineering Analysis
This module expands the introductory mathematics covered in EL318 and provides students with the appropriate mathematical tools necessary for the further study of electronic, mechanical and computer systems. The main emphasis of the course is in applied calculus, which isused to solve real-world engineering problems.. The lectures are supported by assessed examples classes, taken in small groups.Read more
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BI307 - Human Physiology and Disease
This module will consider the anatomy and function of normal tissues, organs and systems and then describe their major pathophysiological conditions. It will consider the aetiology of the condition, its biochemistry and its manifestation at the level of cells, tissues and the whole patient. It may also cover the diagnosis and treatment of the disease condition.
Indicative topics will include:
Cells and tissues
Cell communication and homeostasis
Introduction to the nervous system
The cardiovascular system
The respiratory system
The immune system and inflammation
Blood cells and clotting
The Urinary system
The digestive system, liver and pancreasRead more
BI532 - Skills for Bioscientists 2
A. Communication Skills in Biosciences: Essay writing, oral presentations, laboratory reports, the scientific literature and literature reviews. Working in groups.
B. Techniques in Biomolecular Science: Immunochemistry. Monoclonal and polyclonal antibody production, immuno-chromatography, ELISA and RIA. Electrophoresis, Immunoblotting, Protein Determination, Activity Assays, Purification.
C. Computing for Biologists: Bioinformatics, phylogenetic trees, database searches for protein/DNA sequences.
D. Mini-project – introduction to research skills: Students will work in groups of eight to undertake directed experimental work (Group Project) before extending the project further through self-directed experiments working as a pair (Mini Project).
E. Careers: The programme will be delivered by the Careers Advisory Service and will review the types of careers available for bioscience students. The sessions will incorporate personal skills, careers for bioscience graduates, records of achievement, curriculum vitae preparation, vacation work, postgraduate study, interview skills and action planning.Read more
EL514 - Biomechanics
The aim of this module is to provide the students with the understanding of how the human body can be represented as a mechanical system and then analysed using principles of mechanics. For example the module explains how muscles and joints act as structures to provide equilibrium or generate movement. To achieve this, the module introduces firstly the concepts of statics, dynamics and mechanisms, and subsequently the module shows how these concepts can be applied to analyse the human body as a mechanical system.Read more
EL515 - Physiological Measurement
The phasor concept. Phasor relationships for R, L and C elements. Circuit laws using phasors. AC power. Instantaneous power. Average power. Effective value of a sinusoidal waveform. Maximum power transfer and conjugate matching. The transformer. Using transformers in circuit matching.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND CIRCUITS
Semiconductors, conductors and insulators. Conduction in semiconductors. N-type and P-type semiconductors. The PN junction. Biasing the PN junction, current voltage characteristics. The PN diode, ideal and practical models. The Zener diode. Optical diodes. Bipolar Junction Transistor (BJT) and Field Effect Transistor (FET). Basic operation, characteristics, parameters and biasing. The transistor as an amplifier. The transistor as a switch. Transistor packages.
GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF MEASUREMENT AND INSTRUMENTATION
Purpose, structure and classification of measurement systems. Systematic characteristics (range and span, errors and accuracy, linearity, sensitivity and hysteresis). Noise and noise reduction. Calibration, traceability and standards. Power supplies, regualtion and isolation.
Introduction of a range of sensors and transducers. Resistive sensors. Capacitive sensors. Ultrasonic sensors. Electromagnetic sensors. Optical sensors. Radiological sensors. Semiconductor sensing elements. Measurement of temperature, pressure, displacement, force and flow.
Body temperature. The circulation, blood flow and blood pressure. Muscles and the EMG.The heart, the ECG and micovolt cardiac potentials. Speech and speech therapy. Hearing and audiology.
Special requirements for medical instrumentation – size and weight, noise, isolation, and safety. Physiological measurement examples – temperature, flow, EMG, ECG, Audiometry, instrumentation for Speech Therapy. Regulatory and manufacturing requirements – CE marking and MHRA Medical Device Registration.
EXAMPLES CLASS – GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF MEASUREMENT AND INSTRUMENTATION
Two assessed classes.
EXAMPLES CLASS – SENSING DEVICES
Two assessed classes.
EXAMPLES CLASS – PHYSIOLOGICAL SIGNALS
An unassessed demonstration of examples of physiological measurement.Read more
EL561 - Image Analysis & Applications
The module introduces fundamental techniques employed in image processing and pattern recognition providing an understanding of how practical pattern recognition systems may be developed able to address the inherent difficulties present in real world situations. The material is augmented with a study of biometric and security applications looking at the specific techniques employed to recognise biometric samples.Read more
EL562 - Computer Interfacing
The module consists of a practical group project involving both hardware and software. Also included is a series of supporting lectures. Students work in groups of typically four. The project provides an opportunity for students to gain experience not only in technical areas such as PC based data acquisition, computer interfacing, visual programming and hardware design and construction but also in transferable skills including team working, project management, technical presentations and report writing.Read more
EL569 - Signals and Systems
This module introduces basic concepts and techniques for describing and analysing continuous and discrete time signals and systems. It also introduces the fundamentals of feedback control systems, covering techniques for the analysis and design of such systems.Read more
EL313 - Introduction to Programming
The module provides an introduction to the basic knowledge required to understand, design and write computer programs and the basic principles underlying the process of Software Engineering. No previous programming experience is assumed and the module proceeds via a sequence of lectures supported by simple exercises designed to give practical experience of the concepts introduced in the lectures.Read more
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BI513 - Human Physiology and Disease 2
Reproductive System: Male and female reproductive systems; Endocrine control of reproduction; Fertilisation; Early embryogenesis; Pregnancy and Parturition; Reproductive disorders.
Muscle: Muscle types: skeletal, smooth and cardiac; Structure of muscle; Molecular basis of contraction; Regulation of contraction including neural control; Energy requirements of muscle; Types of movement: reflex, voluntary, rhythmic; Muscle disorders.
Nervous System: Cells of the nervous system- neurons and glia; Electrical properties of neurons- action potential generation and conduction; Synaptic structure and function- transmitters and receptors; Structural organization of the central nervous system (CNS) and function of individual regions; Organization and function of the peripheral nervous system (PNS)- somatic motor, autonomic (sympathetic and parasympathetic) and sensory; Sensory systems- vision, hearing, taste, smell, pain. Disorders of the nervous system.
Endocrine System: Endocrine glands; Classes of hormones; Mechanisms of hormone action; Regulation of hormone release; Endocrine disorders.Read more
EL600 - Project
Introduction to the project, research techniques, poster design, report structure and writing.Read more
EL614 - Biomaterials
Biomaterials are those materials intended to interface with biological systems to assess, treat, support or replace any tissue, organ or function of the body. The aim of this module is to provide the students with the understanding of biomaterials with special reference to their interaction with the biological environment. To achieve this, the module introduces firstly mechanics of materials, by explaining the concepts such as stress, strain, bending and shear. Subsequently the module provides examples of biomaterials and how they are used in the human body.Read more
EL671 - Product Development
This module introduces the issues relating to the development of commercial electronic products. Topics include design, production techniques, the commercial background of a company, quality, safety and electromagnetic compatibility standards, electromagnetic compatibility issues and product reliability, ethical and environmental issues.Read more
EL676 - Digital Signal Processing and Control
This module continues the study of classical control and signal processing and further takes the classical control and signal processing developed in module EL569 into the digital domain. Tools are developed for analysis in the digital environment and there is a strong emphasis on design and evaluation.Read more
PH513 - Medical Physics
The aim of the module in Medical Physics is to provide a primer into this important physics specialisation. The range of subjects covered is intended to give a balanced introduction to Medical Physics, with emphasis on the core principles of medical imaging, radiation therapy and radiation safety. A small number of lectures is also allocated to the growing field of optical techniques. The module involves several contributions from the Department of Medical Physics at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital.
Radiation protection (radiology, generic); Radiation hazards and dosimetry, radiation protection science and standards, doses and risks in radiology; Radiology; (Fundamental radiological science, general radiology, fluoroscopy and special procedures); Mammography (Imaging techniques and applications to health screening); Computed Tomography (Principles, system design and physical assessment); Diagnostic ultrasound (Pulse echo principles, ultrasound imaging, Doppler techniques); Tissue optics (Absorption, scattering of light in the tissue); The eye (The eye as an optical instrument); Confocal Microscopy (Principles and resolutions); Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and applications; Nuclear Medicine (Radionuclide production, radiochemistry, imaging techniques, radiation detectors); In vitro techniques (Radiation counting techniques and applications); Positron Emission Tomography (Principles, imaging and clinical applications); Radiation therapies (Fundamentals of beam therapy, brachytherapy, and 131I thyroid therapy); Radiation Protection (unsealed sources); Dose from in-vivo radionuclides, contamination, safety considerations.Read more
BI638 - Bioinformatics and Genomics
Bioinformatics Data sources & Sequence analysis: Databases and data availability. Using sequence data for analysis – sequence searching methods, multiple sequence alignments, residue conservation, Protein domains and families.
Protein Bioinformatics Methods: Protein structure and function prediction. Prediction of binding sites/interfaces with small ligands and with other proteins. Bioinformatics analyses using protein data.
Genomics: An introduction to the analysis of genomic data, primarily focussing on the data available from genome sequencing – how it can be used to study genetic variants and compare genomes (i.e. comparative and functional genomics).Read more
BI642 - Cancer Biology
The Molecular Biology of Cancer: Regulation of gene expression; Growth factor signalling and oncogenes; Growth inhibition and tumour suppressor genes; the Cell Cycle and apoptosis.
Cancer stem cells and differentiation: chemo-resistance and metastasis.
DNA structure and stability: mutations versus repair.
Tumour immunology: targeted cancer therapies and clinical trial design.Read more
Teaching and assessment
Lectures; tutorial lectures; demonstrator-led examples classes; tutor-led small group supervisions; project work; laboratory experiments and computer-based assignments. Case studies on industry hot topics and emerging technologies. In particular the first, second and third-year projects give hands-on experience of electronic design and project management.
Problem-solving workshops allow you to develop skills in applying biomedical knowledge to solution of problems. Practical classes teach specific laboratory skills and demonstrate how they can be used to investigate biomedical systems.
Written unseen examinations; assessed coursework in the form of examples, class assignments, laboratory write-ups, assessed project work, assignments and essays and class tests.
The programme aims to:
- Educate students to become engineers who are well equipped for professional careers in development, research and production in industry and universities, and who are well adapted to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing subject.
- Produce professional engineers skilled in Biomedical engineering with a well-balanced knowledge of Electronic System Engineering.
- Provide proper academic guidance and welfare support for all students.
- Create an atmosphere of co-operation and partnership between staff and students, and offer the students an environment where they can develop their potential.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- Mathematical principles relevant to bioengineering
- Scientific principles and methodology relevant to bioengineering
- Advanced concepts of instrumentation and systems engineering.
- The value of intellectual property and contractual issues
- Business and management techniques which may be used to achieve engineering objectives
- The need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering
- Current manufacturing practice with particular emphasis on product safety and EMC standards and directives
- Characteristics of materials, equipment, processes and products
- Appropriate codes of practice, industry standards and quality issues
- Contexts in which engineering knowledge can be applied
- The structure, function and control of the human body
- The main metabolic pathways used in biological systems in catabolism and anabolism, understanding biological reactions in chemical terms
- The variety of mechanisms by which metabolic pathways can be controlled and the way that they can be co-ordinated with changes in the physiological environment
- The main principles of cell and molecular biology, biochemistry and microbiology
- Immunological disease/disorders
- The main methods for communicating information on biomedical sciences
You gain the following intellectual abilities:
- Analysis and solution of problems in bioengineering using appropriate mathematical methods
- Ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering and bioscience disciplines to support study of bioengineering
- Use of engineering and bioscience principles and the ability to apply them to analyse key bioengineering processes
- Ability to identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques
- Ability to apply and understand a systems approach to bioengineering problems
- Ability to investigate and define a problem and identify constraints including cost drivers, economic, environmental, health and safety and risk assessment issues
- Ability to use creativity to establish innovative, aesthetic solutions whilst understanding customer and user needs, ensuring fitness for purpose of all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maintenance and disposal
- Ability to demonstrate the economic and environmental context of the engineering solution
- Integrate scientific evidence, to formulate and test hypotheses
- Recognise the moral and ethical issues of biomedical investigations and appreciate the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct
You gain subject-specific skills in the following:
- Use of mathematical techniques to analyse problems in bioengineering.
- Ability to work in an engineering laboratory environment and to use a wide range of electronic equipment, workshop equipment and CAD tools for the practical realisation of electronic circuits
- Ability to work with technical uncertainty
- Ability to apply quantitative methods and computer software relevant to engineering in order to solve bioengineering problems
- Ability to design electronic circuits or systems to fulfil a product specification and devise tests to appraise performance.
- Awareness of the nature of intellectual property and contractual issues and an understanding of appropriate codes of practice and industry standards
- Ability to use technical literature and other information sources and apply it to a design
- Ability to apply management techniques to the planning, resource allocation and execution of a design project and evaluate outcomes
- Ability to prepare technical reports and presentations.
You gain transferable skills in the following:
- Ability to generate, analyse, present and interpret data
- Use of Information and Communications Technology
- Personal and interpersonal skills, work as a member of a team
- Communicate effectively (in writing, verbally and through drawings)
- Learn effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development
- Ability for critical thinking, reasoning and reflection
- Ability to manage time and resources within an individual project and a group project
The School of Engineering and Digital Arts has an excellent record of student employability. Previous graduates have gone on to careers in:
- design of electronic and computer systems
- software engineering
- real-time industrial control systems
- computer communications networks.
Other graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:
- BAE Systems
- Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (MOD).
Help finding a job
The School of Engineering and Digital Arts holds an annual Employability and Careers Day where you can meet local and national employers and discuss career opportunities. Ongoing support is provided by the School's dedicated Employability Officer.
The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service which can give you advice on how to:
- apply for jobs
- write a good CV
- perform well in interviews.
Alongside specialist skills, you also develop the transferable skills graduate employers look for, including the ability to:
- think critically
- communicate your ideas and opinions
- work independently and as part of a team.
You can gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.
Our programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), which enables fast-track career progression as a professional engineer.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.
It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.
New GCSE grades
If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.
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ABB including Mathematics and Biology or Chemistry grade B plus Electronics/Physics/Computing AS or A level grade B
|Access to HE Diploma||
The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis.
If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
|BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)||
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.
34 points overall or 16 points at HL, including Mathematics (not Mathematics Studies) 5 at HL or 6 at SL and Biology 5 at HL or 6 at SL and HL Physics 5 or SL Physics 6
The University welcomes applications from international students programmes. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.
However, please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.
Meet our staff in your country
For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.
English Language Requirements
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
General entry requirements
Please also see our general entry requirements.
The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this programme are:
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
Your fee status
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
There are no mandatory course-specific costs but please refer to our general additional costs page.
General additional costs
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
DA VINCI Academic Scholarship
A one off payment for UK, EU and Overseas applicants who meet the criteria set by the School of Engineering and Digital Arts. For more information and to make an application, see DA VINCI Academic Scholarship.
The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.
The scholarship is also extended to those who achieve AAB at A level (or specified equivalents) where one of the subjects is either mathematics or a modern foreign language. Please review the eligibility criteria.