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Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Biomedical Engineering)

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Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Biomedical)

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Overview

Lead the revolution in life-saving medical technology. The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Biomedical) develops a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of biomedical engineering. By combining multidisciplinary learning with collaborative projects and industry experience, you will develop the knowledge and experiences to launch your career in this rapidly growing branch of engineering.

As a biomedical engineering student, you will learn from and collaborate with leading researchers across many disciplines. You will learn a combination of electronic, mechanical and materials engineering alongside knowledge in medicine, biology and molecular biology.

The degree covers all aspects of biomedical engineering, and you could contribute to innovative discoveries within the fields of:

  • biomedical technology
  • biology
  • biomechanics
  • biomaterials
  • orthopaedic engineering
  • tissue engineering
  • medical regulation
  • bioelectronics
  • medical instrumentation
  • the computational simulation of biomedical systems.
  • Throughout this four-year degree you can specialise in a wide range of biomedical engineering electives, across the spectrum of advanced biomedical computing to e-medicine, biomechatronics, neuromodulation, advanced bioelectronics, biotechnology, biophysics, membrane science and biomedical product development.

    You will complete a thesis in your fourth year. It involves designing, manufacturing and demonstrating an innovative biomedical engineering system, in collaboration with industry specialists and hospitals. 

    As part of your degree you will undertake the award-winning Professional Engagement Program enabling you to change your approach to learning through self-reflection and extra-curricular activities throughout your degree.

    With wide-ranging career options from becoming an instrumentation engineer or medical device assessor, to designing and manufacturing implantable and external medical devices biomedical engineering will enable you to make a real and lasting contribution to medicine and healthcare.

    Biomedical engineers work with doctors and medical scientists, researching and designing ways to improve health care and medical services. They may be involved in the development of medical products and different types of equipment used to monitor and treat patients, and in designing and improving equipment for disabled people.

    Many Biomedical Engineering students have gone on to do Graduate Medicine at the University of Sydney.

    Subject areas

    All majors below are optional. Best aligned majors include Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Humanitarian Engineering, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronic Engineering. Additional study will be required if you select a major that is not best aligned with this stream. Certain majors may have limited capacity.

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    What you'll study

    View detailed course structures for this course: Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Biomedical)

    A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points, with a maximum of 48 credit points during the first year. Students undertake an Honours thesis in the final year.

    There are over 20 engineering majors to choose from. The majors that best align with this degree and their detailed course structures are:

    This course includes mandatory completion of the Professional Engagement Program (PEP). The program requires completion of 600 hours of professional engagement experiences integrated continuously throughout the degree. It is designed to allow students to contextualise their learning, enhance their own professional development, and build the foundations of a strong professional engineering career. The professional engagement activities are spread over 3 flexible stages. This involves

    • a minimum of 70 hours of non-engineering focused activities (casual or part-time work, volunteering, employment skills, mentoring and/or development of transferable skills) and
    • a minimum of 200 hours of engineering focused activities (industry projects, site visits, guest lectures, interviews, seminars, conferences and/or research)
    • a minimum of 200 hours of engineering work experience in industry in stage 3 (typically final year).

    Units of Study

    Sample study plan

    Year Sem  Unit of study 
    The Professional Engagement Program (PEP) is embedded throughout each semester of the degree.
    1 1 Biomedical Engineering 1A Introduction to Programming Integrated Engineering 1 Mathematics
      2 Engineering Mechanics Biomedical Engineering 1B Mathematics Major unit or stream elective
    2 1 Biomedical Engineering 2 Fundamentals of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Chemistry 1A Major unit or stream elective
      2 Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers Biomedical Design Materials 1 Major unit or stream elective
    Integrated Engineering 2 (2 credit points)
    3 1 Biomanufacturing Major unit or elective Major unit or elective Biomedical specialist elective
    Integrated Engineering 3 (2 credit points)
      2 Biomedical Design and Technology Electronic Devices and Circuits Major unit or elective Major unit or elective
    4 1 Thesis Tissue Engineering Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering Biomedical specialist elective
    Integrated Engineering 4 (2 credit points)
      2 Thesis Biomechanic and Biomaterials Biomedical specialist elective  

    More detail is available on the Course and Unit Study Portal.

    Assumed knowledge

    HSC Mathematics Extension 1, Physics and/or Chemistry and/or Biology . If you attempt engineering without this prior level of knowledge of Mathematics you may experience difficulty, so you are strongly advised to undertake an appropriate bridging course. Science assumed knowledge is flexible depending on the major within Biomedical Engineering that is chosen.

    Admission criteria

    Admission this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

    Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

    Prerequisites

    Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* OR band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2, if higher level maths has been undertaken)

    In 2019, the maths prerequisite will apply to domestic and international students completing a secondary education (year 12) qualification in Australia (including Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications taken outside Australia).

    From 2020, the maths prerequisite applies to domestic students undertaking a secondary education qualification in Australia (including Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications taken outside Australia), higher education studies (e.g. bachelor’s degree, diploma) and approved preparation programs.  

    From 2020, it will also apply to international students undertaking a secondary education qualification or an approved preparation or foundation program, in Australia (this includes Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications and foundation programs undertaken outside Australia).

    For details, including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

    *The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

    Course opportunities

    The Faculty of Engineering offers one-year exchange programs with partner universities in Europe, Asia and North America.

    In addition to your Professional Engagement Program (PEP) commitments, there are opportunities to join a diverse range of engineering student societies and engage in outreach activities, industry placements and competitions throughout your degree.

     

    Professional accreditation

    This course is accredited by Engineers Australia and by other major professional engineering institutions. Our graduates are also recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance.

    Career Pathways

    • Biomedical engineer in hospitals, government bodies, industry or academic areas
    • Clinical support specialist
    • Instrumentation engineer
    • Medical device assessor
    • Patent examiner and field service engineer
    • Biomedical device designer
    • Test engineer
    • Quality or regulatory engineer
    • Prosthetist
    • Tissue engineer
    • Forensic engineer
    • Health technology organisations
    • Research institutes
    • Medical device companies
    Future study options

    The faculty provides a link between postgraduate students in the different Engineering and IT disciplines. We offer a welcoming and supportive environment in which to undertake challenging coursework programs and research. Our postgraduate coursework and research is focused on industrial applications supported by strong fundamental research programs run by internationally recognised academics.

    Domestic students

    Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


    The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

    Annual review and fee increases


    Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

    Additional incidental costs


    Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

    Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


    Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

    Potential for inaccuracy


    Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

    International students

    Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


    The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

    Annual review and fee increases


    Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

    Additional incidental costs and health insurance


    For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

    Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


    Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

    Potential for inaccuracy


    Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

    To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.