BSc (Engineering Science) (NFQ Level 8) leading to ME (NFQ Level 9) or BE (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
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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.
Engineering students follow a common first year. Modules include:
Second to Fifth Year
Core modules for Biomedical Engineering students may include:
These core modules are supplemented by a range of option modules that will enable you to develop within your chosen specialisation and areas of interest.
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-trimester 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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Students have the opportunity in their third year to spend either one or two trimesters studying abroad in a partner University. There are options to study in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA.
Professional Work Experience
Professional Work Experience (PWE) is incorporated into the 4th year of the integrated ME Biomedical Engineering programme. Six to eight-month internships (the majority of which are paid) have included the following employers: BD Medical, Boston Scientific, DePuy Synthes, Medtronic, Novartis, Stryker and ResMed.
Graduates can find employment in:
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.
“Biomedical engineering is a very innovative field, with 13 of the top 15 biomedical companies present in Ireland. In UCD you are taught engineering principles to explore the world of clinical medicine, developing technologies and biology through a highly project based syllabus and interactive classes. The placement aspect of the course provides invaluable experience to develop real world professional competencies. My ME degree in Biomedical engineering has enabled me to pursue a prosperous R&D career in the medical device industry performing meaningful work and I would highly recommend this course to anyone.”
Michael Rodgers, Graduate
UCD Engineering & Architecture College Office
Engineering and Materials Science Centre
Belfield, Dublin 4
Tel: +353 1 716 1916