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Engineering - Biomedical Engineering

ME Biomedical Engineering
Academic Year 2020/2021
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/

Curricular information is subject to change.

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.

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

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 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.

Duration

2 years full-time

Number of credits

120

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Medical Device Design
MEEN40600
Biomechanics
MEEN40620
Biomaterials
MEEN40630

Stage 1 - Option
Med. Sciences for Biomed.Engin
ANAT20090
Cell Culture & Tissue Eng
CHEN40470
Bioinformatics
COMP40400
Software Engineering (ME)
COMP41670
Electromagnetic Waves
EEEN30030
Signal Processing: Theory and Applications
EEEN30050
Communication Theory
EEEN30060
Signals and Systems
EEEN30110
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
Entrepreneurship in Engineering
EEEN40300
Rehabilitation Engineering
EEEN40350
Optimisation Techniques for Engineers
EEEN40580
Biomedical Imaging
EEEN40620
Optoelectronics
EEEN40640
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
Mechanics of Solids III
MEEN40170
Technical Communication
MEEN40670
Nanomechanics - from single molecules to single cells
PHYC40430
Cardiovascular Physiology
PHYS30010

Stage 2 - Core
ME Biomed Project
EEEN40220
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
Signals and Systems
EEEN30110
Analogue Electronics
EEEN30120
Bioinstrumentation
EEEN30180
Control Theory
EEEN40010
Wireless Systems
EEEN40050
Neural Engineering
EEEN40070
Radio-Frequency Electronics
EEEN40150
Entrepreneurship in Engineering
EEEN40300
Rehabilitation Engineering
EEEN40350
Optimisation Techniques for Engineers
EEEN40580
Biomedical Imaging
EEEN40620
Optoelectronics
EEEN40640
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
Computational Continuum Mechanics II
MEEN40150
Mechanics of Solids III
MEEN40170
Biomechanics of Cells & Tissues
MEEN41010
Nanomechanics - from single molecules to single cells
PHYC40430
Cardiovascular Physiology
PHYS30010

Comment

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.

Professional Accreditation
This ME programme is professionally accredited by Engineers Ireland and recognised by the Washington Accord for Chartered Engineer status.

Related Programmes
ME Electronic and Computer Engineering FT
ME Mechanical Engineering FT
MEngSc Electronic & Computer Engineering FT
MSc Biotechnology FT

Facilities and Resources
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

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

ME Biomedical Engineering FT (T160)
Duration
2 Years

Attendance
Full Time

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

Course fee

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 and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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