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.
How to study Biomedical Engineering
1. Undergraduate study: Bachelor of Science (3 years)
Complete a Bioengineering Systems major within the Bachelor of Biomedicine or the Bachelor of Science.
More information about the Bachelor of Science.
2. Graduate study: Master of Engineering (2 years)
To graduate as a Biomedical Engineer with professional accreditation, you must complete either:
- Develop new drug therapies
- Study the electrical and/or mechanical activity of organs such as the brain, heart, muscle and bone
- Build artificial organs, limbs, heart valves and bionic implants to replace lost function
- Develop orthopaedic devices to treat bone and joint conditions
- Grow living tissues to replace failing organs
Employment opportunities exist in the biotechnology, biomedical, pharmaceutical, medical device and equipment industries, in research and innovation, in the health services and hospitals, in government and consulting, and for companies such as Cochlear, Sanofi, Cell Therapies, Compumedics, GlaxoSmithKline and Zimmer Biomet.