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Biomedical Engineering

ME Biomedical Engineering
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.

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.
-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.

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

Programme Outcomes
-Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the mathematics, sciences, engineering sciences and technologies underpinning Biomedical Engineering
-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
-Design and conduct experiments and to apply a range of standard and specialised research (or equivalent) tools and techniques of enquiry
-Understanding the need for high ethical standards in the practice of Biomedical Engineering, including the responsibilities of the engineering profession towards people
-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

Entry requirements

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.

- An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ level 8) with a minimum upper second class honours or international equivalence in a relevant 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


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: Katie O'Neill
Contact Number: +353(0)1 716 1781

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


Vision & 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.

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.

Modules are taught by faculty engaged in cutting edge research, working with national and international networks of industrial and clinical collaborators. Students have the opportunity to work with research teams and collaborators, with access to all lab facilities across UCD School of Electrical, Electronic & Communications Engineering, UCD School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocessing Engineering and the UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science.

Application date

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:2018/2019 September

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