Master of Biomedical Engineering

About Master of Biomedical Engineering at UNSW

The UNSW Master of Biomedical Engineering is a 1.7-year full-time or part-time equivalent, postgraduate degree offered at Australia’s leading engineering faculty. As a Biomedical Engineer, you’ll help create new technologies that improve disease diagnosis, find new and better ways of patient monitoring, revolutionise medical treatment and improve the quality of life for people with life-threatening or debilitating diseases and conditions.

You’ll gain the expertise to enact change in influential areas of human health, applying engineering principles to develop technologies and solutions in a range of healthcare-related fields that improve human lives, including:

  • Medical devices
  • Implantable bionics
  • Drug-delivery system
  • Medical imaging and radiotherapy
  • Orthopaedic devices
  • Robotic surgery
  • Cell and tissue engineering
  • Physical rehabilitation

This unique field brings together many engineering disciplines, including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer engineering and chemical engineering. Combining these disciplines you’ll study a range of topics, such as:

  • Biomechanics
  • Medical imaging
  • Biomaterials
  • Biosensors and transducers
  • Technology modelling, design and analysis

Designed for students with a medical, biological science, physical science or engineering background this degree consolidates and specialises your knowledge in biomedical engineering.

Why Study Master of Biomedical Engineering at UNSW

UNSW’s School of Biomedical Engineering is one of the world’s leading schools in the development of novel functional materials and implantable bionics, devising innovative solutions for their application. Breakthroughs include bionic eyes, regenerative bone implants and enhancements to prosthetic limbs for athletes.

By studying with us, you’ll have access to world-class biomedical facilities, including an electronics and bioinstrumentation design laboratory, ISO Class 7 cleanroom and implantable bionics laboratories with quality management systems, PC2 cell and tissue culture laboratories for novel biomaterials and neural interface technologies, surgical facilities implementing GLP, and microscopy and microanalysis equipment.

Other benefits of studying with UNSW Engineering include:

  • More postgraduate specialisations and engineering opportunities than any other Australian university, meaning you can explore and pursue diverse careers
  • UNSW’s School of Biomedical Engineering has industry partnerships with leading health organisations, including the Australian Heart Foundation and the Australian Institute of Sport
  • We champion entrepreneurship. You’ll graduate ready to use your passion in engineering to drive solutions in healthcare and medicine
  • Over 500 active and comprehensive research projects per year to upgrade your skills or extend your knowledge
  • The program is designed with flexibility at its core. You can continue to work while you study, shaping an engineering degree that suits your lifestyle and goals

Your Career Opportunities

Biomedical engineers are exposed to many fields of study in engineering, medicine and biology. This broad experience enables biomedical engineers to find employment in hospitals, government bodies, industry or academic areas. Specific industry sectors where you can grow your career include:

  • Health care
  • Social assistance
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Wholesale trade
  • Manufacturing

Roles completed by Biomedical Engineers include the design of medical instrumentation and prostheses; involvement in the development, manufacture and testing of medical products; and the management of technology in the hospital system. Our graduates have gone on to work for leading companies, including:

  • ResMed
  • Cochlear
  • Philips
  • Garvan Institute of Medical Research