Imagine working on innovations such as the bionic eye, devices to control epilepsy or to detect fetal heart defects, investigating ways to improve human health and fitness through biomechanics or creating more efficient drug-delivery systems.
What is Biomedical Engineering?
Biomedical engineers address healthcare problems from a unique perspective, blending an understanding of biomedical science with specialist knowledge of engineering techniques and problem solving skills. 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.
What you study
To graduate as a Biomedical Engineer with professional accreditation, you must complete a Bioengineering Systems major within the Bachelor of Biomedicine, before progressing to either:
The Bachelor of Biomedicine requires completion of a total of 300 points of study over three years full time, usually comprising four subjects per semester. Alternatively, the course can be completed part time.
The core of the Bachelor of Biomedicine builds understanding of the structure and function of the body and consideration of the determinants of health and disease, including genetic and environmental influences.
Core engineering studies include systems design, mathematics, computing and mechanics. Biomedical study areas include biomechanical engineering, bioengineering, bio-informatics, bio-cellular engineering, biosignals, neuroengineering or clinical engineering. Students learn from leaders in biomedical innovation who work on projects like the bionic ear, bionic eye and the management of epilepsy.
Alternative study options
Bioengineering Systems may also be completed as a major within a Bachelor of Science.
Biomedical engineers develop new drug therapies, study the electrical and mechanical activity of organs such as the brain, heart and muscle, build artificial organs, limbs, heart valves and bionic implants to replace lost function, and grow living tissues to replace failing organs. You can expect to work in the biotechnology, biomedical, pharmaceutical, medical device and equipment industries, in research and innovation, in the health services, hospitals, or in government and consulting, and for companies such as Cochlear, Sanofi, Cell Therapies, Compumedics and GlaxoSmithKline.