Engineering - Biomedical Engineering

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These programmes are designed to give you an advanced educational experience in biomedical engineering, focusing on developing advanced technical knowledge and skills, coupled with real-world implementation through research and innovation. The programmes combine a substantial research/design project component with instruction through taught modules and a significant project-based learning component. The programmes are designed around three thematic areas: biomechanics/medical devices, biomaterials and bioelectronics. For the ME, students perform a substantial 20 ECTS project on clinically driven medical device innovation and design.

The ME programme is specifically designed to satisfy the educational criteria of Engineers Ireland for Chartered Engineer professional accreditation, and achieved full accreditation in 2015.

Important information re the level of the ME qualification and students' satisfaction of accrediation requirements:

ME Programme Accreditation The Master of Engineering (ME) at NUI Galway is part of an integrated (Bachelors + Masters) 4+1 programme of study, meeting the European Framework Standards for engineering accreditation. Successfully completing this (Level 9) ME course, as part of an accredited 4+1 structure, will allow you to achieve the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status upon graduation.

The ME programme on its own is a 60 ECTS one academic year course of study. Graduates with an honours degree in a cognate engineering discipline may be eligible to take the ME. This will be of interest to graduates who wish to study more advanced topics in their core engineering discipline. Applicants wishing to use the ME programme as part of their CEng certification should be aware that professional accreditation is assessed by the Engineering Councils on the basis of the aggregate periods of study (Level 8 + Level 9), and not on the Masters year alone. Candidates need to satisfy themselves that their undergraduate (Level 8) degree meets the relevant standards.

The MSc is broader in scope and more research focused, and students perform a substantial 30 ECTS project on a state-of-the-art topic in medical technology research. In addition to the thesis project, in both programmes, students can choose from a range of advanced taught modules, covering discipline specific and transferable skills topics.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. The programme produces top quality Biomedical Engineers that meet the needs of the rapidly evolving biomedical device sector

2. Galway city is a hub for startup and multinational medical device companies and there are employment opportunities in these exciting environments.

3. The Master's thesis project requires students to derive innovative solutions for healthcare problems by combining both engineering and biology

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

ME: 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.

MSc: entry to the MSc programme is open to individuals who have Second Class Honours, Grade 1 (H2.1), in a Level 8 engineering degree in a related discipline, or equivalent, from a recognised university or third-level college.

Factors taken into account in determining admission will include the specific content of the undergraduate degree (with a particular focus on prior learning in engineering/mathematics/physics), the applicant's performance, and the availability of places.


ME (60 ECTS), MSc (90 ECTS)


9 months, full-time (ME), 1 calendar year, full-time (MSc).

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Career opportunities
Graduates will be readily employable in the medical technology 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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    ME, MSc

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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