What will I learn?

About the course

In Year One of this course, you’ll cover the fundamentals of mathematics, physics, engineering and computing. A major group project involves the design and building of a radio-controlled device.

The design-related modules are continued from Year One and further developed in Year Two, as they’re of primary importance in linking the disciplines of engineering and healthcare. In your second year, you’ll cover a combination of mechanical engineering, biological and bioengineering subjects.

Year Three will see you learning to develop products in accordance with the relevant regulatory requirements of the medical device industry and join other DCU mechanical engineering students in a design competition. This is then followed by your six-month INTRA placement, generally in a medical device company. This period of industrial training will provide you with an insight into the structure and functioning of healthcare companies, and will be invaluable in your future career.

In Year Four, you’ll learn about advanced technologies in the fields of rehabilitation engineering, biomaterials, computer vision and surgical device technology, and how to apply sophisticated computer modelling software in the design process. Your fourth-year project will allow you to work on a substantial design or research project in an area related to biomedical engineering.

You may opt to leave the course after Year Four with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Degree.

If you chose to continue to Year Five you’ll expand your design skills, and learn how to conduct advanced research and apply it towards a major research project in a biomedical technology field.


Given the robust condition of the Irish industrial sector and taking into account DCU’s active synchronization with the medical sector, Biomedical Engineering students can feel confident about their job prospects. The increasing harmonisation of European standards and US regulations also ensures that graduates will be employable worldwide.

Alumni hold positions as:

  • Clinical Engineer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Research and Development

In these areas

  • Healthcare Industry
  • Medical Device Companies

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering and Computing

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
€15,000.00 (US$ 17,400) per year
Student Contribution: €3,043 / Annum

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July 2022

More details

Start date

January 2022


Dublin City University

Glasnevin Campus,



Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For international students

You can directly enter Year 1 if you have studied in one of the following:

  • GCSE A levels - you must have 4 A levels or 3 A levels + 1 AS level in different subjects from the same year or preceding year only;
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma;
  • Or have an equivalent qualification.

In the case of all applications, evidence MUST be provided of competence in the English language. The list below indicates the minimum standards in the English language, which should be met for entry to undergraduate programmes in DCU.

  • Irish Leaving Certificate English: Ordinary Level Grade D3
  • GCE A-Level English Language: Grade D
  • IELTS: Composite score of 6.5 or above, with no less than 6.0 in any one component
  • TOEFL: 237 (computer-based), 580 (paper-based test)
  • TOEFL iBT: Total Score of 92
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CAP): Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
  • English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP): C1
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): 63 (with a minimum of 59 in all components)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Dublin City University

Three-time winner of the Sunday Times University of the year, DCU is a gateway to fantastic opportunities.

  • 20 per cent of student population is international
  • Ranked as one of the world’s top young universities
  • Based in Dublin, one of the friendliest cities in the world
  • Five faculties offering 80 dynamic programmes