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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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