Postgraduate Coursework Programs
General Information about our Postgraduate Programs
Aims and objectives
The main objective of the School's programs is to develop a mutual understanding between engineering and medical professionals to facilitate the application of engineering analysis and concepts in medicine. Emphasis is on the life sciences in general but there is a primary focus on clinical medicine.
On completion of a program it is expected that candidates with a medical background will have an appreciation and working knowledge of engineering problem-solving procedures and of the time, effort and cost involved in reaching these solutions.
Similarly, candidates with an engineering background would be expected to understand the ramifications of applying engineering principles, in an appropriate way, to problem-solving in both clinical medicine and basic biology.
Postgraduate Coursework Programs
As a postgraduate coursework student you will gain insight into the application of engineering principles in medicine and healthcare delivery. During your time with us, you will learn to apply the latest engineering techniques to create diverse and innovative solutions, including:
- the design of medical instrumentation and prostheses
- the development, manufacture and testing of medical products
- the management of technology in the health care system.
By now you will have been accepted into either our Masters or Graduate Diploma program. You may select courses with a focus on one of four broad categories:
Master of Biomedical Engineering (MBiomedE), Program Code 8660
A broad introduction
The Master of Biomedical Engineering (MBiomedE) program offers a broad introduction to the principles underlying biomedical engineering as well as providing an opportunity for more specialised coursework and the scope for original research into the application of engineering principles and technology to medical problems.
The program will allow you to study physiology and/or anatomy, along with Biomedical Engineering courses. Any course substitutions for your program must be authorised in writing by the GSBME prior to enrolling in the course. The degree is primarily obtained through course work but includes an optional research project conducted at UNSW.
Units of Credit
To graduate from Program 8660 you must successfully complete of 72 units of credit (UOC), normally over three full-time semesters or six part-time semesters. A minimum of 48 UOC must be selected from biomedical engineering electives. The remaining 24 UOC may be from biomedical engineering electives, other relevant courses. For all non-biomedical engineering courses, written approval must be obtained from GSBME prior to enrolling. The relevance of these courses to your program of study must be indicated in order to gain approval.
Master of Engineering Science (MEngSc), Program Code 8538
The Master of Engineering Science (MEngSc) is aimed at engineering graduates who wish to develop and expand their knowledge and skills in biomedical engineering, as well as acquire management skills in order to enhance their career opportunities.
To graduate from Program 8538 you must successfully complete 72 units of credit (UOC) over 3 full-time semesters. All successful applicants will be granted exemption of 24 UOC of professional development courses, thus reducing the degree duration to 2 full-time semesters.
In selecting courses for the MEngSc(Biomed Eng) students must complete:
- 24 - 36 UOC of specialisation courses (biomedical engineering electives)
- 12 - 24 UOC of engineering and technical management courses
Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Engineering (GradDipBiomedE), Program Code 5449
The Graduate Diploma of Biomedical Engineering is offered by coursework. An applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma program should be a graduate of an approved university or have other qualifications as may be approved by the Faculty of Engineering. Students who perform well in the Graduate Diploma may be able to articulate to the Master of Biomedical Engineering before graduating from the Graduate Diploma.
For further information please refer to the online handbook.