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Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Undergraduate (Level 8 NFQ , Credits 240 )

Biomedical Engineering involves the application of traditional engineering principles to healthcare and medicine. We can think of the brain and nervous system as a large communication system which co-ordinates and transmits signals around the body, and the organs and limbs as sophisticated engineering systems that control functions such as movement, respiration and blood flow. UCD biomedical engineers are educated with a strong foundation in electrical/electronic and mechanical engineering, which is complemented by an understanding of physiology and anatomy. This foundation is applied to problems in medicine and healthcare in specialised modules such as Biomechanics, Medical Device Design, Neural Engineering, Rehabilitation Engineering, and Cell Culture & Tissue Engineering. If you are interested in developing new medical techniques, systems and devices, and you want to be involved in the breakthroughs that are improving the healthcare system for doctors and patients every day, then this is the course for you.

For more information regarding this course, please click School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

How do I apply?

For EU students, please apply via MyUCD. The following entry route(s) are available:
Description ENTRY Duration Application Opening Date APPURL
Biomedical Engineering(NUS1) - Undergraduate Degree (Non EU) Entry in
Full Time - 4 Year(s) Apply from -
Oct 2019
Biomedical Engineering(NUS1) - Access Progression Pathway Entry in
Full Time - 4 Year(s) Apply from -
Feb 2020

First Year

Engineering students follow a common first year. Modules include:

  • Chemistry
  • Creativity in Design
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • Engineering Computing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Physics


Second to Fifth Year

Sample modules for Biomedical Engineering students include:

  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomaterials
  • Neural Engineering
  • Nanomaterials
  • Cell Culture & Tissue Engineering
  • Biosignal Processing
  • Medical Device Design
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Medical Sciences for Engineers
  • Introduction to Physiology
  • Electrical & Electronic Circuits
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electromagnetics Control Theory
  • Mechanics of Fluids Mechanics of Solids
  • Applied Physics
  • Applied Dynamics
  • Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology


A student’s week includes attending lectures and tutorials, as well as participating in laboratory-based workshops and undertaking independent study. A combination of end-of-semester written examinations and continuous assessment is used. In your final year, you’ll also submit a report of your research project.

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Biomedical EngineeringNUS1

Graduates can find employment in:

  • The Medical Technologies Industries
  • Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Medical Device Design
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Device Manufacturing
  • Regulation
  • Engineering Consultancy

Professional Work Experience (PWE) is incorporated in the ME Biomedical Engineering programme. Six- to eight-month internships (the majority of which are paid) have included the following employers: Alexion, BD Medical, Boston Scientific, DePuy Synthes, Medtronic, Nypro, and ResMed.

Graduates can also pursue a taught or research Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. You can study for a PhD and work with some of the world’s leading experts on ground-breaking research.

Opportunities have included:

  • Beijing University of Technology, China
  • University of New South Wales, Australia
  • University of Illinois, USA
  • University of British Columbia, Canada.

“I decided to study Biomedical Engineering in UCD because of its large, beautiful campus and facilities. I knew that if I was taking up a challenging degree like Engineering, I needed to be on a campus that was big, diverse and gave me outlets from the pressures of the degree in terms of societies, workshops, even elective modules. Also, the fact that I could study Biomedical Engineering from
undergraduate level rather than just a master’s pathway really attracted me. I loved that I could start doing what I loved from day one without having to compromise. UCD also gave me the opportunity to explore other interests, like writing, in addition to my academics.
I was able to become an International Student Ambassador and write blogs for Education in Ireland. I would describe UCD as home away from home and I was then able to form strong bonds of friendship that I wouldn’t have been able to develop otherwise.”

Naomi Akinyede - Student