Biomedical Engineering

At Australia’s number 1 engineering school you will learn from the top researchers in biomedical engineering.*

Why choose Biomedical Engineering at Melbourne

As a biomedical engineering student at the University of Melbourne, you will have access to the expertise and opportunities that only a leading engineering school^ can offer.

You will learn advanced theory from world leading academic staff and participate in real-world industry and research projects, equipping you with the problem-solving and teamwork skills crucial to a successful career in industry.

You will focus on human systems, the design and operation of devices and processes, and the application of engineering skills to new medical treatments, instruments and machines. You will be equipped with a unique skillset, blending biomedical science, engineering and problem-solving skills, which will enable you to create innovative solutions to healthcare issues through:

  • developing new drug therapies
  • studying the electrical and mechanical activity of organs, such as the brain, heart and muscle
  • building artificial organs, limbs and heart valves and bionic implants to replace lost function
  • growing living tissues to replace failing organs

*QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2017
^Ranked No.1 in Australia. QS World Rankings 2017 by Subject: Engineering and Technology

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How to study biomedical engineering at Melbourne

To become a professionally accredited biomedical engineer at Melbourne, you will complete a bachelor degree followed by a master degree. Our course structure is aligned with top international universities and designed to make you more employable and adaptable by equipping you with stronger technical skills and professional skills valued by industry.

You start with a Bachelor of Biomedicine, or a Bachelor of Science with a major in Bioengineering Systems. Then you complete a Master of Engineering, where you’ll choose a Biomedical or Biomedical with Business specialisation.

Bachelor degree from another university

If you have completed a bachelor degree from a recognised tertiary institution, and meet the maths and science entry requirements, you can apply for the Master of Engineering program to become a professionally accredited engineer.

Duration of the program will vary from 2-3 years depending on the amount of credit obtained from prior study.

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Where can a master’s degree in biomedical engineering take you?

As a biomedical engineer, you can work in a diverse range of industries including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, consulting and medtech. You could work in settings such as hospitals, health services, government departments and medical companies.

Examples of biomedical engineering career specialisations include:

  • Clinical engineering: researching, developing and maintaining medical instruments and equipment to aid clinical staff
  • Rehabilitation engineering: working with systems and devices that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities
  • Biomedical DSP engineering: developing healthcare solutions using digital signal processors (DSP) that control biomedical devices and systems
  • Tissue engineering: creating materials and structures to augment or repair human tissue

The student experience

Naomi Sutanto discusses her experience of the Master of Engineering (Biomedical).

Naomi Sutanto from Melbourne School of Engineering.

Biomedical engineering research

As a Melbourne School of Engineering student, you will have the opportunity to be involved in research and development projects focused on finding solutions to serious clinical problems.

Our biomedical engineering students collaborate with scientific and medical experts and organisations in Australia’s premier clinical and bioresearch hub in Parkville. Areas of research include biomechanics, biosignals, computational bioinformatics and biocellular systems to address issues such as:

  • medical bionics
  • immune system function
  • infection
  • epilepsy
  • cancer treatments

Current biomedical engineering students are working with Prof David Grayden and a team of medical experts to develop an implantable device – the Stentrode – to help paralysed people walk again.

Find out more about the Stentrode project