Biomedical engineering is a unique field of study which bridges the gap between medicine and engineering. It is interdisciplinary in nature as it focuses on the study of medicine, biology and engineering aimed at improving human health through technological advancements.
U.S. universities have a good history of excellence in biomedical engineering, and they have a large number of Indian students pursuing degrees at various levels in this field.
Biomedical engineering is for you if you are interested in the broad areas of joint mechanics and medical instrumentation and the musculoskeletal systems. Some programmes offer further areas of concentrations such as tissue engineering and neuro-engineering.
While some colleges offer a Master of Science degree others offer a Master of Engineering in biomedical studies. Course pre-requisites for a master’s degree in biomedical engineering include either an undergraduate degree in engineering or pure science. At some universities, you have the option to complete the course in two years without a thesis, by doing only coursework. Bachelor’s as well as doctorate programmes are also available for international students. A few select universities also offer a five-year combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Bioengineering.
An M.S. in biomedical engineering teaches you the fundamental engineering principles- this is achieved through research and by completing specialized courses in areas of biomedical engineering like systems physiology, biosensors, and biomedical imaging. The programme will also include the engineering of enzymes, cellular metabolism, and cell interactions. It is an interdepartmental programme as you will be studying subjects from both the engineering as well as the science/medical departments at any University.
As a graduate of this programme, you will be qualified for placements in academia; hospitals; government research laboratories; medical Imaging and health information industry; and in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.
The primary duties of a biomedical engineer include researching, overseeing the manufacturing process of drugs or other related products, and working with manufacturing personnel, scientists and medical professionals. With a rise in demand for more advanced and efficient medical equipment, you will find plenty of scope in this field.