Engineering - Biomedical Engineering

ME Biomedical Engineering
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

There are currently 250 medical technology companies in Ireland, exporting €12.6 billion worth of product annually and employing 38,000 people – the highest number of people working in the industry in any country in Europe, per head of population. Biomedical Engineering involves the application of engineering principles to healthcare and medicine. It is an interdisciplinary field, requiring knowledge of both living systems and engineering. When studying on this programme, you will work with staff and researchers at UCD who have extensive experience in ground-breaking biomedical engineering research. You will also develop a knowledge of how the medical device industry is regulated and how new products are introduced to the market, drawing from experience within UCD which includes pioneering companies. For more information visit www.ucd.ie/biomedicalengineering/

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Course Description
- The programme is delivered by engineers and clinicians with international reputations in the field and who have all made a significant contribution to the development of their fields.

- There is an emphasis on independent learning and research, with the opportunity to complete a work placement in the medical technologies industry, with a clinical group or with a research laboratory in UCD or abroad.

- As part of the ME students will study Biomedical Engineering subjects such as Rehabilitation Engineering, Neural Engineering, Biomechanics, Cell and Tissue Engineering and Medical Device Design. They will also have the opportunity to choose from a range of modules in physiology and anatomy alongside advanced engineering topics including Advanced Signal Processing and Dynamics.

- The year starts with a two-week, intensive, course in Basic Medical Sciences delivered by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Vision and Values Statement
The UCD M.E. Biomedical Engineering degree prepares students to become leaders in applying advanced engineering skills to solve problems related to human health. This interdisciplinary programme employs the principles of mechanical and electronic engineering to understand human performance, analyse physiological systems and design innovative medical devices and technologies. Students learn through a combination of lectures, laboratories, group discussion and research and applied clinical projects, delivered by internationally recognised faculty with active research programmes in Biomedical Engineering. Students complete a professional work-placement in either the medical technologies and devices industry, in a clinical environment or with a research group in the first year of the programme, followed by a major Biomedical Engineering research project in the final year. Assessment is carried out through a mix of examination, continuous assessment of laboratory and project work, student presentations and the final year research project.

Programme Outcomes
- Ability to work effectively as an individual, in teams and in multidisciplinary settings, together with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning

- Communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with the clinical and engineering communities and with society at large

- Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the mathematics, sciences, engineering sciences and technologies underpinning Biomedical Engineering

- Design and conduct experiments and to apply a range of standard and specialised research (or equivalent) tools and techniques of enquiry

- Identify, formulate, analyse and solve complex engineering problems, specifically problems related to physiological and medical/healthcare systems

- Perform detailed design of a novel system, component or process using analysis and interpretation of relevant data, including data from living systems

- Understanding the need for high ethical standards in the practice of Biomedical Engineering, including the responsibilities of the engineering profession towards people

Student Internships
The Professional Work Experience (PWE) module is incorporated into the two-year Masters of Engineering Programme and is designed to integrate a student's academic and career interests with practical work experience for a 6-8 month period.

The module provides students with the perfect opportunity to gain increased experience and understanding of their chosen field, assess where their strengths and weaknesses lie and maximise their knowledge of the available career possibilities. The practical skills acquired during this placement will give graduates a competitive advantage when applying for positions upon graduation.

Entry requirements

- An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence in a Mechanical, Electronic, Electrical, Mechatronic, Bioengineering or Biomedical Engineering programme is required.

- Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

- These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Experimental Design and Statistics for Engineers EEEN40660
Medical Device Design MEEN40600
Biomechanics MEEN40620
Biomaterials MEEN40630

Stage 1 - Option
Med. Sciences for Biomed.Engin ANAT20090
Cell Culture & Tissue Eng CHEN40470
Bioinformatics COMP40400
Electromagnetic Waves EEEN30030
Signal Processing: Theory and Applications EEEN30050
Communication Theory EEEN30060
Analogue Electronics EEEN30120
Biomedical Signal Processing EEEN30160
Control Theory EEEN40010
Digital Communications EEEN40060
Neural Engineering EEEN40070
ME Biomed Prof Work Exp Short EEEN40160
ME Biomed Prof. Work Exp. Long EEEN40170
Rehabilitation Engineering EEEN40350
Optimisation Techniques for Engineers EEEN40580
Biomedical Imaging EEEN40620
Applied Dynamics II MEEN30010
Mechanics of Solids II MEEN30020
Mechanical Engineering Design II MEEN30030
Mechanics of Fluids II MEEN40020
Manufacturing Engineering II MEEN40030
Materials Science and Engineering III MEEN40040
Technical Communication MEEN40670
Nanomechanics - from single molecules to single cells PHYC40430
Cardiovascular Physiology PHYS30010

Stage 2 - Core
ME Biomed Projec tEEEN40220
Research Skills and Techniques MEEN40560

Stage 2 - Option
Cell Culture & Tissue Eng CHEN40470
Bioinformatics COMP40400
Software Engineering (ME) COMP41670
Electromagnetic Waves EEEN30030
Signal Processing: Theory and Applications EEEN30050
Communication Theory EEEN30060
Analogue Electronics EEEN30120
Bioinstrumentation EEEN30180
Control Theory EEEN40010
Digital Communications EEEN40060
Neural Engineering EEEN40070
Advanced Signal Processing EEEN40130
Entrepreneurship in Engineering EEEN40300
Rehabilitation Engineering EEEN40350
Optimisation Techniques for Engineers EEEN40580
Biomedical Imaging EEEN40620
Experimental Design and Statistics for Engineers EEEN40660
Applied Dynamics II MEEN30010
Mechanics of Solids II MEEN30020
Mechanical Engineering Design II MEEN30030
Mechanics of Fluids II MEEN40020
Manufacturing Engineering II MEEN40030
Materials Science and Engineering III MEEN40040
Computational Continuum Mechanics I MEEN40050
Fracture Mechanics MEEN40060
Advanced Metals/Materials Processing MEEN40070
Technical Ceramics MEEN40080
Materials Thermodynamics and Kinetics MEEN40160
Mechanics of Solids III MEEN40170
Biomechanics of Cells & Tissues MEEN41010
Regulatory Affairs in Science PHAR40240
Nanomechanics - from single molecules to single cells PHYC40430
Cardiovascular Physiology PHYS30010

Credits

120

Duration

2 years full-time.

Fees

ME Biomedical Engineering (T160) Full Time
EU Year 1 - € 8085
EU Year 2 - € 8085 aa
nonEU Year 1 - € 25600
nonEU Year 2 - € 25600 aa

aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2020 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2019/20
***Fees are subject to change

Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see http://www.ucd.ie/global/study-at-ucd/scholarshipsfinances/scholarships/.

The College of Engineering & Architecture also offer scholarships for non-EU students, for more information see: www.ucd.ie/eacollege/study/noneuscholarships

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

Post Course Info

Career & Graduate Study Opportunity
The Irish Medtech Sector is robust and career opportunities upon graduation from this programme are exemplary. Exports of medical devices and diagnostics products now represent 8% of Ireland's total merchandise exports and growth prospects for the industry globally remain good. Many of the world's top medical technology companies have invested significantly in Ireland and a number of exciting, research-based, indigenous companies are emerging and competing internationally.

The Irish Government has identified the medical technology sector as one of the key drivers of industrial growth for the future and provides a wide range of supports to encourage and foster this growth. The medical technology industry in Ireland is changing from being predominantly manufacturing to being more complex and driven by R&D. Prospective employers include Abbott, Bio-Medical Research (BMR), Boston Scientific, De Puy, ResMed, Shimmer and Stryker.

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    ME

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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