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ME Biomedical Engineering

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

When studying this Masters, 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.

The ME in Biomedical Engineering is the application of the principles of engineering to healthcare and medicine. It is an interdisciplinary field, requiring knowledge of both medicine and engineering.

Students choose from a wide range of engineering, anatomy/physiology and biomedical engineering modules

Students will work with staff and researchers at UCD who have extensive experience in ground-breaking biomedical engineering research as this programme is delivered by a research active, internationally recognised faculty.

This programme offers a 6-8 month work placement and superlative employment opportunities.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

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

The ME Biomedical Engineering is designed to allow mathematically strong engineers who hold a primary (Bachelors) degree in Engineering to specialise at Masters level in Biomedical Engineering. It is targeted at engineers who are seeking a professional career in the emerging field of Biomedical Engineering.

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.

Entry requirements

A 4-year bachelors degree with a minimum upper second class honours (NFQ level 8) or international equivalence in a relevant Engineering programme.

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.


Duration: 2 Years Full Time

Careers or further progression

The Irish Medtech Sector is robust and career opportunities upon graduation from this programme are exemplary. There are currently 250 medical technology companies in Ireland, exporting €12.6b worth of product annually and employing 25,000 people, the highest number of people working in the industry in any country in Europe, per head of population. 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 prominently manufacturing to being more complex and driven by R&D. Prospective employers include Boston Scientific, ResMed, Shimmer, Bio-Medical Research, Abbott, Stryker and De Puy.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Michelle Mathews
Contact Number:+353(0)1 716 1802

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option

Medical Sciences for Biomedical Engineers ANAT40010
Cell Culture & Tissue Eng CHEN40470
Electromagnetic Waves EEN30030
Signal Processing: Theory and Applications EEEN30050
Communication Theory EEEN30060
Signals and Systems EEEN30110
Analogue Electronics EEEN30120
Biomedical Signals and Images EEN30160
Bioinstrumentation EEEN30180
Control Theory EEEN40010
Photonic Engineering EEEN40030
Wireless Systems EEEN40050
Digital Communications EEEN40060
Neural Engineering EEEN40070
Radio-Frequency Electronics EEEN40150
ME Biomed Prof Work Exp Short EEEN40160
ME Biomed Prof. Work Exp. Long EEEN40170
ME Biomed Project EEEN40220
Entrepreneurship in Engineering EEEN40300
Rehabilitation Engineering EEEN40350
Biomedical Thesis - 90 Credit EEEN40390
Optimisation Techniques for Engineers EEEN40580
Applied Dynamics II MEEN30010
Mechanics of Solids II MEEN30020
Mechanical Engineering Design II MEEN30030
Engineering Thermodynamics II MEEN30100
Professional Engineering (Finance) MEEN30140
Mechanics of Fluids II MEEN40020
Materials Science and Engineering III MEEN40040
Fracture Mechanics MEEN40060
Advanced Metals/Materials Processing MEEN40070
Nanomaterials MEEN40180
Professional Engineering (Management) MEEN40430
Research Skills and Techniques MEEN40560
Medical Device Design MEEN40600
Biomechanics MEEN40620
Biomaterials EEEN40630
Technical Communication MEEN40670
Neuromuscular and Membrane Biology NEUR30080
Nanomechanics - from single molecules to single cells PHYC40430
Introduction to Neurophysiology and Endocrine Physiology PHYS20020
An Introduction to Physiology: Organs and Systems PHYS20030
An introduction to Physiology: Human cells and tissues PHYS20040
Cardiovascular Physiology PHYS30010
Introduction to Image Analysis in Matlab RDGY30440
Linear Models I STAT30240

Application date

ME Biomedical Engineering FT (T160)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Full Time

Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2017/2018 September

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