Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Master of Biomedical Engineering

About Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) / Master of Biomedical Engineering  

The UNSW Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) / Master of Biomedical Engineering is a five-year double degree. It’s designed for undergraduate students wishing to pursue a career in either engineering or biomedical engineering.   

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) will provide you with a solid background in mathematics, natural sciences and computing. It’ll give you knowledge and skills in your engineering specialisation of choice.  

Biomedical Engineering applies engineering principles to the development of technologies and solutions in a range of healthcare-related fields, including: 

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

As a biomedical engineer, you’ll help to create new technologies that improve disease diagnosis, find new and better ways of patient monitoring. You’ll learn how to revolutionise medical treatment and improve the quality of life of people with life-threatening or debilitating diseases and conditions.   

This UNSW double degree is integrally designed to provide fundamental engineering skills with an undergraduate focus on an engineering discipline and specialist postgraduate level training in biomedical engineering. 

To progress to the Masters component of the degree, you are expected to perform at a credit average (65%) or better in the first three years. 

Why Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) / Master of Biomedical Engineering  

Our School of Biomedical Engineering is a world leader 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. This includes an electronics and bioinstrumentation design laboratory, ISO Class 7 cleanroom and implantable bionics laboratories with quality management systems. We also have PC2 cell and tissue culture laboratories for novel biomaterials and neural interface technologies, surgical facilities implementing GLP and microscopy and microanalysis equipment. 

During the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) you’ll get the chance to apply yourself to engineering design and enquiry projects. You’ll study professional engineering practice, engineering and technical management and conduct research towards your thesis project. 

This degree lets you choose from a range of specialisations, before progressing onto the Master of Biomedical Engineering. They include:  

The Masters degree then focuses on the adaptation and application of core engineering principles specifically to biomedicine. 

Your Career Opportunities     

Biomedical engineers are exposed to many fields of study in engineering, medicine and biology. Due to this broad experience, biomedical engineers find employment in hospitals, government bodies, industry or academic areas.  

Specific areas of employment include: 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.