Programme information - MEng Molecular Bioengineering


Regulations are the 'Rules' that define how your year mark is calculated, and what you must do to progress to your next year of study. Regulations are posted on this webpage at or before the start of the academic year, and may only be changed with agreement from both staff and students.

All exams and coursework, their pass-marks, and their contributions to the overall year mark are stated in this document, along with a description of the marks required to pass the year, and the implications should a student not satisfy those criteria.

Regulations 2018-19
Year of study Regulations 
 Year 1 Regulations H160 Year 1 2018-19.
 Year 2 Regulations H160 Year 2 2018-19.
Summary of the table's contents



The Departmental Student Handbook is issued to you in week one of Autumn term in hardcopy for each year of your programme, and is also posted on this page in electronic form.

The handbook contains very important information for your academic life, and also for your life in College outside of work. You should read the handbook as soon as possible after you receive it so that if an event or circumstance arises, you know what action to take, or at least know that the information on what action to take is available to you.

The information in the handbook was correct at the time of going to printing. Students should be aware that occasionally changes have to be made. Keep an eye on the website, and check your emails regularly for updates.

Included in the handbook is information on:

Student handbooks:

Programme specifications

The programme specification provides a definitive record of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student may reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities provided. This programme specification is intended as a reference point for prospective students, current students, external examiners and academic and support staff.

View programme specifications online here.

Pre-arrival activities

These resources may be useful for you before you arrive in the Department of Bioengineering.

Information for 2018-19 entry

Some ideas regarding suggested reading are listed below. Several of the books are quite expensive textbooks – we advise you not to spend a lot of money on books before you arrive as you’ll also be able to borrow from the library or buy them second-hand from older students. The maths material on METRIC is particularly useful to help you get a flying start, especially if you’ve had a gap year or done a qualification other than A-levels or IB. 


Other reading

  • Phillips, R. (2009) Physical biology of the cell. Garland Science.
  • Alberts, B. (2010) Essential cell biology 3rd. ed. Garland Science.
  • Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction by William D. Callister
  • Chemistry3: Introducing inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, 4th edition, Andrew Burrows, John Holman, Andrew Parsons, Gwen Pilling, Gareth Price
  • The Principles of Engineering Materials by Craig R. Barrett, Alan S. Tetelman, and William D. Nix


Programming and coding

Matlab (through Octave)

Arduino (if you have one)


Please note that all of the information listed on this page is a recommendation onlyFor more information or any queries, please contact the Admissions Tutor, Lorna Stevenson on