Biomedical Engineering

Course Information

BSc (NFQ Level 8) leading to ME (NFQ Level 9) or BE (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN150
CAO Points Range 2016: 510 - 625
Length of Course: 3 Years (BSc) + 2 Years (ME) or 4 Years (BE)
Average Intake: 250

Leaving Certificate:

Passes in six subjects including English, Irish, Mathematics (Min H4 in LC or equivalent), one laboratory science subject (Min H6 in LC or equivalent) & two other recognised subjects.

You must obtain a minimum of Grade H5 in two subjects and a minimum of Grade O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects.

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Why is this course for me?

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.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates can find employment in:

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

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.

 

What Will I Study

First Year
Engineering students follow a common first year. Modules include:

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

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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International Study Opportunities

Opportunities have included:

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

Professional Work Experience

Professional Work Experience (PWE) is incorporated in the ME Biomedical Engineering course. Six to eight month internships (the majority of which are paid), have included the following companies: Boston Scientific, Stryker, Bio-Medical Research, BD Medical, DePuy, ResMed, Abbott and Crospon.

 

Testimonial

“UCD’s degree in Biomedical Engineering offers the best possible stepping stone towards a vibrant career in the bioengineering sector. As a student you will experience first-hand medical device engineering with companies in Ireland and abroad and the subjects you will study range from mechanical engineering to anatomy to electronic engineering. My degree in Biomedical Engineering has offered me the springboard to a career with a medical device multinational in Silicon Valley, California – the heart of innovation and technology.”

Marc Feeley, Graduate