At Australia’s no 1 engineering school you will learn from the top researchers in biomedical engineering.

Why choose Biomedical Engineering at Melbourne

Access to real-world industry and research projects will provide you with the problem-solving and team work skills crucial to a successful career in industry.

Our professional Master of Engineering program is the first graduate program in Australia to be accredited by Engineers Australia and EUR-ACE®, enabling graduates to practice as biomedical engineers in Australia, Europe, the US, Singapore, Japan and more.

Biomedical engineers create innovative solutions to health care issues, blending a unique mix of biomedical science with 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.

Biomedical engineers develop new drug therapies and study the electrical and mechanical activity of organs, such as the brain, heart and muscle, build artificial organs, limbs and heart valves and bionic implants to replace lost function, and grow living tissues to replace failing organs.

Courses in Biomedical Engineering

How to study Biomedical Engineering at Melbourne

To become a professionally accredited biomedical engineer, you will complete five years of study. You start with either a Bachelor of Biomedicine or a Bachelor of Science with a major in Bioengineering Systems. This is followed by a two-year Master of Engineering with a Biomedical or Biomedical with Business specialisation.

A longer Master of Engineering program, of up to three-years duration is available for students who have not completed the preliminary engineering subjects required in their undergraduate degree, but who meet the maths and science entry requirements.

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Biomedical Engineering Research

The Melbourne School of Engineering pursues research and development opportunities, where biomedical engineering expertise is essential to address clinically meaningful problems.

Our biomedical engineers collaborate with scientific and medical experts and organisations in the heart of Australia’s premier clinical and bioresearch hub in Parkville in areas such as: biomechanics, biosignals, computational bioinformatics and biocellular systems to address issues such as, medical bionics, immune system function, infection, epilepsy and cancer treatment.

Professor David Grayden is working with a team of medical experts and biomedical engineers to develop an implantable device (Stentrode) to help paralysed people walk again.

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Your career opportunities in Biomedical Engineering

As a biomedical engineer, you can work in a diverse range of industries, from biotechnology, pharmaceutical, consulting, research and development, to medical device and equipment industries and medical bionics, in settings ranging from hospitals, health services, government departments and medical companies.

Examples of biomedical engineering career specialisations include:

  • Clinical Engineering – you will research, develop and maintain medical instruments and equipment to aid clinical staff.
  • Rehabilitation Engineering – you will work with systems and devices that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.
  • Biomedical DSP Engineering – you will develop healthcare solutions using digital signal processors that control biomedical devices and systems.
  • Tissue Engineering – you will create materials and structures to augment or repair human tissue.

The Student Experience

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

biomedical-naomi-sutanto from Melbourne School of Engineering on Vimeo.