Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering (ME).

The programme is delivered over one academic year and consists of approximately eight taught modules, involving the ongoing and world-class biomedical research at NUI Galway, and a 20 ECTS thesis project. This medical device based project is conducted in partnership with the highly successful BioInnovate programme and focuses on developing advanced technical knowledge and skills and real-world implementation of these in terms of innovation, commercialisation and business development.

Important information re the level of the ME qualification and students' satisfaction of accreditation requirements is provided on the course website.

The ME is designed to allow engineering graduates who hold an internationally recognised degree (under the Washington Accord) to meet the criteria for Chartered Engineer professional accreditation (by Engineers Ireland) under the European Framework Standards for engineering accreditation. The programme is closely related to the MSc in Biomedical Engineering which is aimed at applicants who do not hold the required engineering undergraduate qualification.

The ME programme is interdisciplinary in nature; it is based around our core teaching and research expertise in biomedical engineering and is enhanced by direct links with other engineering disciplines, science, and medicine. We work closely with our industrial partners in the medical device hub centred around Galway.

1. The thesis project provides graduates with excellent experience in the formulation, design, analysis, and production of novel medical device solutions to emerging clinical needs.

2. Our graduates have excellent career opportunities and are targeted for recruitment by major Med Tech industries in Galway, Ireland, and Europe.

3. Our accredited Master of Engineering degree provides graduates with a professional title that is recognised and accepted internationally.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Entry to the ME programme is open to individuals who have Second Class Honours, Grade 2 (H2.2), in an accredited Level 8 engineering degree in a related discipline, or equivalent, from a recognised university or third-level college.

Application dates

WHEN TO APPLY: University of Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis.


ME (60 ECTS), MSc (90 ECTS)


9 months, full-time.

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Career Opportunities
Graduates will be readily employable in the medical technology (e.g., devices and implants) and cognate high-tech industries (e.g., microelectronics, pharmaceuticals). In the medical technology industry in particular, employment roles will include research and development (R&D), design assurance, manufacturing and production, quality assurance, and regulatory affairs. Graduates will also be ideally qualified to undertake PhD-level research, leading to employment in the academic and industrial research sectors.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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