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Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Biomedical)

Join the largest biomedical program in the Southern Hemisphere

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.
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    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. A 12-week internship will give you invaluable first-hand experience within the biomedical field.

    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.

    Majors

    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.

    Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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    What you'll study

    The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Biomedical Engineering) is undertaken full-time over four years. Students enrol in junior units of study with a maximum of 48 credit points during first year. A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points. From first to fourth year students complete core units of study within the degree. Electives are available third and fourth year to provide more specialised study at a senior level in Biomedical Engineering. Students undertake an Honours thesis or engineering project in fourth year.

    Units of study information for this degree

    Units of Study

    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 requirement

    Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

     

    Course opportunities

    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 course also offers one-year exchange programs with universities in Europe, Asia and North America.

    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 paths

    The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies enjoys strong professional and research links with Australian and global industry, affording unparalleled opportunities for Sydney Engineering graduates. Biomedical engineers are exposed to many fields of study in engineering, medicine and biology. Due to this broad experience biomedical engineers find employment in hospitals, Government bodies, industry or academic areas. Specific areas of employment include:

    • clinical support specialist
    • instrumentation engineer
    • medical device assessor
    • patent examiner and field service engineer. 

    Biomedical engineers design and manufacture implantable and external medical devices including orthopaedic, cardiovascular and other electronic and surgical equipment. 

    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


    For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

    Credit card surcharge


    Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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, protected 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 an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

    Credit card surcharge


    Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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.

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