Develop technical solutions for a range of healthcare related fields.

 

 

Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
Delivery Mode
On Campus
Award
Master of Biomedical Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
5 Year(s)

Overview

This double degree is designed for 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 which give you knowledge and skills in your chosen engineering discipline specialisation.

Biomedical Engineering applies engineering principles to the development of technologies and solutions in a range of healthcare-related fields, including implantable bionics, drug delivery systems, medical imaging, radiotherapy, orthopaedic devices, robotic surgery, cell and tissue engineering, physical rehabilitation and others. This double degree is currently offered for select specialisations only.

Key features

When you study this degree you’ll graduate with a specialised knowledge in Biomedical Engineering and a related Engineering specialisation unique to your interests and professional aspirations. With two degrees you’ll increase your knowledge of engineering by studying across two disciplines, one being Biomedical Engineering.

You can combine the Biomedical component of this double degree with one of the following complementary disciplines.

  • Bioinformatics Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Telecommunications

The globally recognised Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree is accredited by Engineers Australia and acknowledged by the Washington Accord.

This degree includes a practical component where you’ll apply your knowledge in practical settings through 60 days of approved industrial training in Australia or overseas. Industrial training will give you a taste of a real-world professional engineering setting and the hands-on experience to hit the ground running.

When you study engineering at UNSW you can take part in the ChallENG Program. This unique program connects students, academics and industry to exciting, real-world, project-based learning initiatives. The program will prepare you for your future career by helping develop technical and design skills and expanding your professional expertise.

You can take part in discipline electives including a Vertically Integrated Project and the Maker Games: Activation Hub – an award-winning rapid prototyping competition that includes access to industry experts and professional skills training. 

Why study this degree at UNSW?

UNSW Engineering is the largest engineering faculty in Australia and offers the widest range of engineering degrees in the country. With eight schools and more than 70 years’ experience, our researchers are at the forefront of exciting technological developments. You’ll be hands-on, collaborating and problem-solving from day one, as you take part in industry-changing innovation.

Standout from other graduates in the job market with a degree from Australia’s top-ranking Engineering faculty. Our degrees are designed to match global career opportunities. That’s why Australia’s top employers prefer our graduates over any other university.

We’re ranked number 1 for engineering in Australia* and 37th globally.

We’re also ranked: 

  • 1st for Civil and Structural Engineering in Australia 
  • 1st for Electrical Engineering in Australia 
  • 1st for Mechanical, Aeronautical, and Manufacturing Engineering in Australia
  • 3rd for Mineral and Mining Engineering in Australia 
  • 4th for Chemical Engineering in Australia 
  • 4th for Computer Science and Information Technology in Australia

UNSW is known for its graduate employability, UNSW placed in the GradConnection AFR Top 100 Future Leaders Awards in 2020 and 2021. Australia’s top employers prefer UNSW Engineering graduates over any other university and we’re ranked 22nd in the world for employer reputation.

This degree includes 60 days Industrial Training which provides a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience. WIL allows you to engage in work learning experiences that integrate academic learning with its application in the workplace, connecting you directly with industry and community partners.

At UNSW Engineering you’ll benefit from a diverse and welcoming community. No matter what your particular interest, engineering or beyond, there’s a club or society for you. UNSW Engineering boasts 16 student societies including a society for each school.

Get involved in Engiqueers, Electrical Engineering Society, Women in Renewable Energy Society or Robogals. UNSW’s Women in Engineering (WIE) society runs social and industry events as well as programs designed to mentor and develop female engineers.  

 

Program Code
3768
CRICOS Code
085911B
Campus
Kensington
UAC Code
425950
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
240
Indicative Enrolments
523

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Entry requirements

2021 Lowest Selection Rank
90
2021 A levels
16
2021 IB Diploma
33
2021 Lowest ATAR
81.15
    1. 2021 Lowest Selection Rank
      The 2021 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021.
    2. 2021 A levels
      The 2021 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. 2021 IB Diploma
      The 2021 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. 2021 Lowest ATAR
      The 2021 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

Mathematics Extension 1 and Physics; for Bioinformatics: Mathematics Extension 1 and Chemistry; for Chemical and Chemical Product: Chemistry, Mathematics Extension 1 and Physics, for Software: Mathematics 1

Alternative entry pathways

The Faculty of Engineering Admission Scheme (FEAS) is a possible alternative admission pathway for the admission of domestic undergraduate students to UNSW Faculty of Engineering degree programs (including the BSc Computer Science and the BSc Food Science (Hons), who do not meet the published Guaranteed Entry selection rank. Visit the FEAS page for more information.

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

International direct entry

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please contact us for more information.

Please contact us for direct entry requirements.

Pathway programs

UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. [Learn more](https://www.unswglobal.unsw.edu.au/programs-courses/?utmmedium=referral&utmsource=website&utmcampaign=unsw-degree-finder).

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Master of Biomedical Engineering is a five-year double degree that allows you to graduate with two separate engineering degrees. The Bachelor of Engineering will provide you with a solid background in mathematics, natural sciences and computing that’ll prepare you to learn knowledge and skills in an engineering discipline.

Your Biomedical Engineering degree will blend study in areas of engineering 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
    • Bioinformatics Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechatronic Engineering
    • Software Engineering
    • Telecommunications
    • Biomedical Engineering (Dual Mode)

Full program structure

Degree structures can vary depending on your specialisation of choice, the number of courses you choose and timetabling, to give you an indication you can consider the below.

In your first year you might study:

  • Two introductory courses in Mathematics
  • An introductory course in Physics
  • and an introductory course in Computing

You may also study an introductory course related to your specialisation of choice. These courses equip you with the skills required for the rest of your Engineering degree. 

All students study ENGG1000 “Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation”. In this course you’ll learn to think the way that engineers think, developing solutions with limited budget, time and resources.

In your second and third year you’ll undertake:

  • Courses from your selected specialisation, in this degree you can choose one of the following specialisations: Bioinformatics Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, Software Engineering or Telecommunications.
  • Core courses to give you the fundamental knowledge in your area of interest.

In your fourth and fifth year you’ll start developing your knowledge and applying what you’ve learnt so far in a Biomedical Engineering context. You will study some core Biomedical Engineering courses and a range of Biomedical Engineering electives of your choice.

At the end of your degree, you’ll complete either a Research Thesis or Masters Project. The Research thesis provides an opportunity for you to bring together engineering principles learned over your previous years of study and apply these principles to innovatively solve problems. The Masters Project allows you to experience research training either within the School or with collaborating institutions such as hospitals and CSIRO.  

This degree also requires you to complete 60 days of industrial training, which gives you some on the job experience before graduating. This multidisciplinary educational approach connects students, academics and industry enabling you to develop the essential technical and professional skills, so you thrive in your future career.

Future careers

UNSW Engineering graduates are some of the most sought-after engineers in Australia and abroad thanks to the reputation of our teaching. By combining another degree with your Master of Biomedical Engineering you can develop knowledge and skills that offer you endless career possibilities. As roles become more hybrid and new roles and industries are being created every day, a unique skillset is valued more than ever.

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

By completing a double degree your career prospects can be tailored to your unique knowledge and skillset.

Accreditation

Engineers Australia; Australian Computer Society (selected degrees)

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January. Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$7,950*

Commonwealth Supported Place, Student Contribution Band 2

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included.

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$47,760*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$252,440*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships

Our scholarships help you achieve your potential and enhance the experience of individuals who might otherwise struggle financially to maintain a place at university. The scholarships reward excellence, and encourage international mobility, diversity and equity.

Featured scholarship

The UNSW Women in Engineering Research Scholarship was established to assist women of high academic achievement with an interest in a research and/or an academic career in engineering. UNSW Engineering offers two Women in Engineering Top-up Scholarships every semester.  


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