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Study Biomedical Engineering: A better future in medicine and life sciences

Over the years, you may have noticed how rapid developments in science and engineering are increasingly being integrated in the medical sector; the acquisition of new knowledge and understanding of living systems through the innovative and substantive application of experimental and analytical techniques based on engineering sciences as well as the development of new devices, algorithms, processes and systems that advance medicine and improve medical practice are truly evident. This interesting and highly important field is known as Biomedical Engineering, which includes not only the relevant applications of engineering to medicine but also to the basic life sciences. Prominent biomedical engineering applications include various diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices such as MRIs and EEGs, the development of biocompatible prostheses, regenerative tissue growth, pharmaceutical drugs and therapeutic biological, just to name a few.


As you can probably guess, something this important is highly sought-after, biomedical engineers are employed in top pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, research facilities, government agencies, universities and many more.  In a broad sense, biomedical engineers may be involved in performance testing of new or proposed products, teaching and research, become technical advisors or invent a new machine for medical purposes and so on. When it comes to biomedical engineering, the sky is the limit. If you are interested in biomedical engineering, here are some frequently asked questions to get you started!



What is biomedical engineering again?

In short, it is the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology. Biomedical Engineering seeks to close the gap between engineering and medicine, combining the design and problem solving skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to improve healthcare diagnosis, monitoring and therapy.

What are some of the sub-disciplines within biomedical engineering?

Within biomedical engineering, there are various sub-disciplines, which include:

  • Biomedical Electronics
  • Biomechatronics
  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Bionics
  • Cellular, Tissue and Genetic Engineering
  • Clinical Engineering
  • Medical Imaging
  • Orthopaedic Bioengineering
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • System  Physiology
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Neural Engineering

What about qualifications?

Biomedical engineers typically have a Master’s (M.S., M.S.E., or M.Eng.) or a Doctoral (Ph.D.) in BME (Biomedical Engineering). Many universities offer undergraduate (B.S., B.Eng or B.S.E.) programmes in Biomedical Engineering to help students realize their dream of becoming a biomedical engineer. Also, employers look for good communication skills as biomedical engineers provide a link among professionals with medical, technical and other backgrounds.

I’m thinking of studying abroad, where can I study biomedical engineering?

There are many universities to choose from! Here are some of our top recommendations!

UK University of Bolton, University of Surrey, University of Dundee, Aston University

AustraliaRMIT University, University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney


You may also like to study biomedical engineering in New Zealand, USA, Malaysia, Singapore, Netherlands, Sweden or Ireland.


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