Areas of Study

From Biomechanics to Tissue Engineering, or designing the next bionic appendage – at the UNSW Graduate School of Biomedical Science you can do it all. We offer four broad areas of specialisation in our Postgraduate Coursework study:


What is Biomechanics?

Biomechanics applies the fundamentals of mechanics to the structure and function of the human body.  Biomechanics is used to improve device design, for example hip implants, prosthetic legs and wheel chairs.

A taste of Biomechanics

The Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at UNSW offers a number of courses in biomechanics or courses that include a component of biomechanics. These include:

  • BIOM9510 Introductory Biomechanics
  • BIOM9561 Mechanics of Biomaterials
  • BIOM9541 Mechanics of the Human Body
  • BIOM9551 Biomechanics of Physical Rehabilitation. 
  • BIOM9701 Dynamics of the Cardiovascular System also contains biomechanical content. 

Who should study Biomechanics?

A postgraduate specialisation in Biomechanics would suit people with engineering, medical or allied health backgrounds.

Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering

What is Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering

A biomaterial is a man-made or natural material that interacts with a biological system. Biomaterials are used to make all manner of things including joint replacements, heart valves, contact lenses, stents and breast implants. Tissue engineering is the use of biomaterials to improve or replace biological functions – like bone, cartilage, blood vessels, bladder, skin, muscle – where the tissues involved require certain biological, mechanical and structural properties to function.

A taste of Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering

The Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering plan focuses on courses that relate to the structure, properties and applications of biomaterials as well as knowledge of the biological environment in which they need to work.

Who should study Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering?

A postgraduate specialisation in Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering would suit people with materials, chemical, mechanical engineering backgrounds, or people with medical or allied health backgrounds.

Medical Technology

What is Medical Technology?

Medical technology is technology used for safe and effective diagnosis, monitoring or treatment of diseases or medical conditions that affect humans. It also looks at prevention and rehabilitation and covers pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical procedures, information technology, biotech and healthcare organisational services.

A taste of Medical Technology

The Medical Technology plan provides a breadth of courses, each with a unique focus upon the application of engineering and technology to enable, for instance, diagnosis of disease through intelligent sensors, treatment of conditions such as blindness, deafness and motor dysfunction through therapeutic neurostimulation, and monitoring of physiological conditions such as epilepsy using electrophysiology and the regulatory requirements surrounding their use.

Who should study Medical Technology?

A postgraduate specialisation in Medical Technology would suit students from a wide range of disciplines including electrical, mechanical, mechatronic, materials and computer engineering, as well as those from backgrounds in medicine and physical and life sciences.

Modelling & Instrumentation

What is Modelling & Instrumentation?

Modelling & Instrumentation focuses on creating devices to measure things in the body like blood pressure or brain activity, things that look inside the body like ultrasound or CAT scan, devices that help keep a patient alive like an artificial heart, or advanced methods of non-invasive surgery like LASIK eye surgery.

A taste of Modelling & Instrumentation

The Modelling and Instrumentation plan focuses on courses related to medical devices, bioinstrumentation and biosignal processing, as well as computational modelling to further advance our knowledge and understanding of physiological systems and device therapies.

Who should study Modelling & Instrumentation?

A postgraduate specialisation in Modelling & Instrumentation would be suited to people with electrical, computer or mechatronic engineering backgrounds, or those from the life/medical sciences.