Engineering (Biomedical Eng) - 5449

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering


Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 1 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 48

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Program Description

Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering principles to developing technologies and solving problems in a diverse range of health care related fields e.g. implantable bionics, drug delivery systems, medical imaging, radiotherapies, orthopedic devices, telemedicine, robotic surgery, cell and tissue engineering, records management, physical rehabilitation and others.

This Graduate Diploma program provides graduates with opportunities to extend their professional knowledge. Candidates may undertake interdisciplinary studies and, subject to approval, are able to take courses from any school in the Engineering Faculty, other Faculties of the University and other universities or institutions. Consequently, study programs may be constructed to best suit to the individual needs of particular candidates.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

Please contact
Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering for information.

Program Structure

    The minimum period is 2 academic semesters (full-time) or 4 academic semesters (part-time) from the date of enrolment. The maximum period of candidature is 4 academic semesters (full-time) and 8 academic semesters (part-time). In special cases an extension of time may be granted.

    Students must complete 48 units of credit comprising at least 42 UOC of postgraduate courses and at most one 6 UOC undergraduate course. Of these, at least 36 UOC must be from the postgraduate courses that constitute the BIOMAS8660 stream in the Masters of Biomedical Engineering program. The remaining 12 UOC can be drawn from the postgraduate Biomedical Engineering courses, other postgraduate courses, subject to approval by the head of school, or one of ANAT2511 Fundamentals of anatomy or PHSL2121 Principles of Physiology A. (Note that the BIOM9914 Masters Project is not available in this program.)

    Candidates who meet certain academic progress requirements (normally a credit average performance or better in their first semester) may be considered for transfer to the 8660 Masters program with advanced standing. Further enquiries should be made with the School.

    Academic Rules

    Entry requirements
    • A 4-year Bachelor of Engineering degree with honours (WAM>=65) or
    • A 4-year Bachelors degree in a biomedical health-related discipline with honours (either embedded or as a single honours year) (WAM>=65) and 2 semesters of first-year university level mathematics or equivalent.
    Program Learning Outcomes

    Graduates will have acquired disciplinary knowledge and skills in Biomedical Engineering, and an ability to apply these in a range of contexts.
    • Biomedical Engineering students will have taken a selection of advanced courses, all of which will have explored a topic in depth.
    Graduates will have developed advanced critical thinking and problem solving skills.
    • All Biomedical engineering courses require problem solving of some kind.
    Graduates will be able to communicate effectively to a range of audiences, and be capable of independent and collaborative enquiry and working effectively with others.
    • Communication, written and oral, is a major part of many Biomedical Engineering courses.
    Graduates will have an awareness of international issues within their field of study.
    • Students are introduced to aspects of the regulation of medical devices by agencies such as the TGA (Aus.). FDA(US) and others. This gives them a sense of the global scale and interconnectedness of biomedical engineering.
    Graduate will be able to work effectively in groups.
    • In many of our biomedical courses students are assigned tasks that are to be completed in groups.


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