Master of Engineering (Biomedical)
Rapid advances in the understanding of the building blocks of life, basic cellular processes, new biomaterials and the widespread availability of high-speed computers has led to the current revolution in the biomedical sciences and medicine.
The Master of Engineering (Biomedical) is designed to provide students with a formal qualification in engineering at the masters level. Biomedical engineers apply engineering techniques and analyses to problem-solving in medicine and the biomedical sciences, bridging the gap between technology, medicine and biology. In this program, students may choose to focus on areas including biomechanical engineering, bioengineering, bioinformatics, biocellular engineering, biosignals, neuroengineering or clinical engineering. Our reputation for biomedical innovation in areas such as developing the bionic ear and eye, and targeted drug delivery systems, ensures students are learning from leaders in the field.
Biomedical engineers use chemistry, physics, mathematical models and computer simulation to develop new drug therapies, or to study many of the signals generated by organs such as the brain, heart and skeletal muscle. They also build artificial organs, limbs, knees, hips, heart valves and dental implants to replace lost function, or grow living tissues to replace failing organs. Graduates 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. Graduates may work for companies such as Cochlear, Aventis, Cell Therapies, Compumedics, Ausbiotech, GlaxoSmithKline, or for research organisations such as CSIRO or Bio21.
- 2–3 years full-time
- Semester 1, Semester 2
- Local CSP: $8,363 per annum
International: $33,184 per annum
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|Prior Qualification||Entry Requirements|
|University of Melbourne Engineering Pathways||
|Any Undergraduate Degree||
Note: Students with a Bachelor of Engineering who seek to specialise in the same field of engineering in which they majored, are likely to receive the maximum of 100 points (one year) of credit (advanced standing). Exact advanced standing can only be determined on application.
English Language Requirements
All students studying at the University of Melbourne must satisfy the University’s English language entry requirements. For graduate entry, Engineering offers an alternative.
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These course plans are examples only and provided as an indicative guide. They will vary according to a student’s undergraduate degree and the time of commencement.
Master of Engineering (Biomedical) Sample Course Plan
Preliminary year (or part there of): Required only for students entering from non-Engineering backgrounds.
Graduates from corresponding University of Melbourne undergraduate pathways enter at second year.
Bachelor of Commerce pathway students, refer to the sample plan in the undergraduate information.
|Year 1 (Prelim)||Sem 1||Engineering Mathematics||Engineering Communication||Introduction to Biomechanics||Fundamentals of Biosignals|
|Sem 2||Biocellular Systems Engineering||Biosystems Design||Elective||Engineering Computation|
|Usual entry point for applicants with 100 points of advanced standing.|
|Year 2||Sem 1||Probability and Random Models||Electrical Network Analysis & Design||Elective||Elective|
|Year 3||Sem 1||Research/ Industry Project||Biomedical Design and Regulation||Biomedical Engineering Management||Elective|
|Sem 2||Biomedical Engineering Design Project||Biomedical Engineering Design Project||Elective|
Biomedical Engineering electives are chosen from a prescribed list.
For further information on course structures, subjects and electives:
PhD student Farhad Goodarzy, from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, is working on the bionic eye project as a radio frequency electronic designer, which includes designing microand nano-electronic circuits to be used in the implanted bionic eye chip. Farhad said that his work requires detailed knowledge of electronic circuits and devices, combined with skills in mathematics, telecommunications and biomedicine.
This project is iconic Australian research bringing together both state-of-the-art research outcomes and top-end industrial fabrications. I am working with a research group of electrical engineers at the University of Melbourne, designing a high acuity bionic eye device. It contains 1000 electrodes, occupies 5 square mm of space and consumes only 5mW of power.
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