Frequently Asked Questions

Undertaking an undergraduate or postgraduate course at UNSW Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering can be an exciting and rewarding experience. To set you up for success we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you find the answers you need. In the list below you can find information on:

  • Fees
  • Scholarships
  • Entry requirements
  • Alternate pathways
  • Finding research supervisors

Undergraduate FAQs

Biomedical Engineering combines engineering principles with medical requirements to create new and improved solutions for unmet clinical needs. Biomedical Engineers develop innovative technologies to improve disease diagnosis, patient monitoring, medical treatment and lifestyle improvement after illness or injury.

If you love developing great ideas and are passionate about solving interesting challenges in medicine, then biomedical engineering is the specialisation for you. You’ll spend time immersed in learning how to develop systems to maintain and enhance life, design body parts and artificial organs, and manufacture medical devices.

Explore our postgraduate degrees within the school of UNSW Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering to find the right course of study for you.

The ATAR cut-off to gain admission varies each year. Read up on our entry requirements to find the most accurate information. If you’re passionate about biomedical engineering but don’t meet the ATAR cut-off, you can also apply through the Faculty of Engineering Admissions Scheme (FEAS).

UNSW Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering values passion and potential. If you miss the cut-off you can: ·

Local students can apply through the University Admission Centre (UAC), or through alternate entry pathways via the Faculty of Engineering Admissions Scheme (FEAS). International students can apply through Direct Admissions.

It’s helpful to study the following subjects in high school if you’d like to pursue Biomedical Engineering:

  • Mathematics Extension 1 and 2
  • HSC physics
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering studies
  • Biology
  • Software design and development
  • Information processes and technology.

Studying Biomedical Engineering at UNSW gives you the chance to learn from leading minds in the field while participating in high-quality learning experiences. We also offer world-class research facilities and industry opportunities to enable you to change the lives of people around the world by pursuing your passions. Finally, our unique double bachelors and masters degree is the only one of its kind in Australia, offering a bachelors in one of eight engineering disciplines and a masters in biomedical engineering in only five years.

Yes, we offer a wide variety of scholarships to help you achieve your goals. Whether we’re recognising academic achievements or acknowledging difficult circumstances, we have a scholarship to support most students. 

Explore our range of scholarships.

The total cost of your program will vary depending on whether you're a domestic or international student. As well as how many units of credit (UOC) you attempt before you complete all the requirements to graduate from your program of study.

Find all the information you’ll need on our fees page.

Postgraduate FAQs

Admission processes vary depending on whether you’d like to undertake a Postgraduate coursework program or a Postgraduate research program. Follow the links below to find out how to apply for your chosen program.

Postgraduate: applications should be submitted to Direct Admissions.

Postgraduate research: applications visit the Graduate Research School.

If you’re interested in pursuing a standalone masters degree, you’ll need to have:

  • An honours degree in a minimum four-year program in engineering or a related discipline such as science or medicine;
  • A minimum 65 credit average across your degree.

If you’d rather pursue a Masters by Research or PhD you’ll need:

  • an appropriate four-year Bachelor's degree with Honours from an Australian University that includes a substantial research component; or
  • a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent by the appropriate Faculty Higher Degree Committee.

Postgraduate degrees from the UNSW Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering give you access to the largest engineering faculty in Australia. We have world-class facilities, quality teaching programs and provide great industry connections both during and after your degree. We also offer a fantastic campus experience, as well as inspiring mentors and programs to support you during your studies.

Scholarships are currently only available for Postgraduate research degrees. Our scholarships range from annual stipends, living allowances and tuition fee costs, to travel scholarships and supplements. Scholarships are available to support both current and new postgraduate research candidates.

Find more information on Postgraduate Research Scholarships.

How much you pay depends on whether you’re studying a Postgraduate coursework or research program. Follow the links below to find the most accurate information:

Before applying for a postgraduate research degree you’ll need to match your area of interest to a supervisor in our school. Choosing a supervisor is an important decision. The ideal supervisor is:

  • knowledgeable of the topic on which you plan to undertake your research
  • has good research skills experience
  • is someone you feel you can work with

It’s important to meet and/or correspond with staff who you feel have expertise in your area of interest before applying.

For help finding a supervisor, please go to Find a Research Supervisor. For general information on research topics and supervisors in Biomedical Engineering, please visit our Potential PhD Projects page.