Is Biomedical engineering right for me?

Do you fancy designing and creating a half human/half robot? Well that’s kind of what Biomedical Engineers do. If something, like a body part, is broken, a Biomedical Engineer will try to build a replacement bit using ‘smart technologies’ to integrate it into the natural body systems.

Take the Cochlear implant for instance. It’s a device that helps deaf people get a go at hearing. And UNSW Biomedical Engineers are involved in a massive project to build the world’s first implantable bionic eye. It’s a major breakthrough and will help millions of sightless people get some sight for possibly the first time.

A Biomedical Engineer is someone who can look at a medical problem, analyse it in engineering terms and then find a solution to that problem

It’s not just about building robots

Biomedical Engineers also work on other areas of medicine and technology which make a huge difference to many. Monitoring devices for sick people, better ways of doing surgery (and better implements to use to DO the surgery), artificial hearts, new ways of delivering drugs. Biomedical Engineers are creating and recreating the world of medicine every moment of every day.

Will I be good at Biomedical Engineering?

Are you good at maths and physics? Do you really love them? Because that will definitely help. Do you love solving complex problems? Do you bore your friends by explaining how things work in great detail? Or how you could make them work better?

Do you love medicine? How about sport? Are you fascinated by the human body? Do you love helping people? If these questions ring bells for you, then you are in the right place.

An engineer will look at a problem and see all sorts of possibilities – where others around will just see hurdles and the ‘too hard basket’.

Uni is not all fun and games

Engineering is a hard slog at university. For your basic engineering degree it’s at least 3 years full time with honours thrown in on top (you need honours!) It’s even more involved if you do Biomedical Engineering at UNSW. Why? Well we offer this course as a postgraduate Masters degree which can be taken as part of a combined degree with most other fields of engineering at UNSW. It’s such a complex and specialised field we believe you need to have the knowledge that comes with basic engineering to get the most out of it.

So you’ll be studying for 5 years full time, but we think you’ll love every minute of it. And you’ll end up with two degrees – a Bachelors and a Masters – at the end of it.