Biomedical Engineering

Trinity College Dublin

Biomedical Engineering

Some of the most exciting work in biomedical engineering today takes place at the intersection of the biological, physical, chemical, engineering and digital disciplines; making significant impacts on human healthcare. The MSc in Biomedical Engineering brings students to exciting new developments in biomedical engineering today, ranging from development of new materials for use in cardiac therapeutics, designing innovative next generation medical devices, in silico design and modelling, to growing and regenerating new tissues for tissue replacement and in vitro disease modelling.

The MSc in Biomedical Engineering equips candidates with the education, problem-solving and creative skills, and training necessary to address important clinical needs in the medical devices industry, or research and clinical institutes. Students of the MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin receive lectures from international experts in biomedical engineering subjects, specifically tailored to the current needs of industry and carry out research in internationally recognised, state of the art research laboratories and facilities. This MSc programme also provides an excellent foundation for a continued research career with many graduates pursuing Ph.D. research in diverse biomedical engineering related fields both nationally and internationally.

The MSc in Biomedical Engineering offers four distinct streams tailored to the background and previous experience of entrants.

1. General Stream
2. Medical Device Design Specialisation
3. Neural Engineering Specialisation
4. Tissue Engineering Specialisation

Our unique offerings bestow our graduates with a distinct competitive edge in the global medical device and biomedical engineering marketplace. Students enrolled on the MSc in Biomedical Engineering* may have the opportunity to specialise in one of three key research themes - medical device design, neural engineering or tissue engineering, if the suitability of their background permits. All four streams (General, Medical Device Design, Neural and Tissue Engineering) lead to the award of the MSc in Biomedical Engineering and consist of compulsory core modules as well as optional modules.

The MSc in Biomedical Engineering - General Stream, has been designed to provide a solid and broad basis in biomedical engineering for entrants with no previous background in biomedical engineering. It provides individuals with a critical education in biomedical engineering in the medical devices industry.

The MSc in Biomedical Engineering with specialisation in Medical Device Design is designed to bring together clinicians, researchers and the medical device industry to produce new solutions for clinical needs. The field of medical device research is a fast-moving area which can offer students a rewarding career in the global medical device market. Students will gain a specific education of the key topics in medical device design process and a knowledge of medical device regulation.

The MSc in Biomedical Engineering with specialisation in Neural Engineering is focused on clinical neural engineering. This is based on signal processing of neuroimaging and electrophysiological data to solve specific clinical problems. MSc research projects employ neuroimaging methods (EEG and MRI) to develop quantitative methods to understand neurological function but also to develop new analytical, neurophysiological and neuroimaging methods that allow outcomes of interventions to be more accurately predicted. MSc research projects will be collaboration with clinical colleagues including those in neurology, neurophysiology, psychiatry, otolaryngology, gerontology and respiratory medicine. Many of the projects require data acquisition from clinical cohorts.

The MSc in Biomedical Engineering with specialisation in Tissue Engineering provides students with a critical understanding of stem cell biology and therapeutic applications, animal and human cell culture processes, strategies at the forefront of current scientific developments to regenerate or repair damaged tissues. This exciting multidisciplinary field of research holds significant potential in the treatment of many diseases and disorders such as Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Heart Repair, Osteoarthritis, Back pain, Corneal degeneration, and Peripheral nerve damage. Students receive a focused education on the key subjects of tissue engineering such as Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Laboratory Techniques in Cell and Tissue Engineering. This stream provides "hands-on" training in state-of-the-art cell and tissue engineering techniques, which develops the necessary skills to pursue a significant research topic in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

One of the most unique courses of its kind in Ireland, the MSc in Biomedical Engineering* has received a number of awards Engineers Ireland: Excellence in Education Award (2012) and Best Postgraduate Course of the Year in Engineering (Winner 2012, Runner up 2016) which recognise the scale and diversity the MSc in Biomedical Engineering course delivers in terms of the student experience, its contribution to the economy and making an impact on global healthcare.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Applicants will be required to hold a minimum of an upper second class honors degree (II.1 or higher, CGPA 3.2/4 (North America) or 65% or 6.8 CGPA (India)) in engineering, biomedical technology, or a cognate discipline.

All applications received on or before 31.12.22 will be reviewed in January 2023 and all applications received between 01.01.23 and the 30.04.23 will be reviewed in early May. Shortlisted candidates from the January review will be invited for interview in January and shortlisted candidates from the May review will be invited for interview in May. Outcomes of the interviews will be made known to the candidates shortly after the interview has taken place.

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Application dates

Closing Date: 30th April 2023


1 year full-time

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Career Opportunities
The success and impact of this course makes our highly skilled graduates employable in the Medical Device industry in Ireland and around the world. Our graduate bioengineers work in the design and manufacture of medical devices with market leading companies. Graduates from last years programme are currently working in Medtronic, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson, Schivo Group, Carl Zeiss Meditec and Stryker. Many pursued further research in Trinity College and also in leading universities such as Stanford and Harvard as well as in hospital and clinical environments, on the regulatory practice of medical devices with the Irish Medicines Board. This MSc. programme is an excellent foundation for further research and many graduates are currently doing PhD research in Medical Device Design.

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    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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