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.

The application of engineering principles to problems in medicine and biology represents a significant enhancement to learning outcomes attained from an undergraduate engineering, science or medicine qualification. Once accepted into either our Masters or Graduate Diploma programs you may select courses across the four areas below:


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.

Flexible program
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 School Office prior to enrolling in the course.  The degree is primarily obtained through course work but includes an optional research project conducted at UNSW. The option to undertake a research project will be subject to school approval dependent on your academic progress throughout the degree.

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 beginning with the course code BIOM9xxx.  The remaining 24 UOC may be from engineering professional electives, or other relevant courses.  For all non-biomedical engineering courses, written approval must be obtained from the GSBmE School Office 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 8338 

NOTE: You must have a Bachelor of Engineering (4 year degree with honours II/2 to be eligible for this program)

The new Master of Engineering Sicence (MEngSc) program code 8338 is designed especially for graduate engineers seeking to develop or enhance their careers through cross-training, re-training and specialisation. An extensive research component ensures every graduating student is armed with advanced practical and analytical skills.

This is a flexible program and students can choose from a variety of specialisation and elective courses. To graduate from Program 8338 you must successfully complete 96 units of credit over 4 full-time semesters, (2 years). In selecting courses students must complete:

  •       Up to 24 UOC of Disciplinary Courses to provide necessary background. This may include anatomy and physiology.
  •       A minimum 30 UOC of Advanced Disciplinary Courses taken from Biomedical Engineering specialisation courses (those courses beginning with BIOM9xxx)
  •       A minimum 12 UOC of Electives chosen from Engineering & Technical Management Courses (those courses beginning with GSOExxxx)
  •       A minimum 18 UOC of Research including GSOE9010.

For all non-biomedical engineering courses, written approval must be obtained from the GSBmE School Office prior to enrolling.  The relevance of these courses to your program of study must be indicated in order to gain approval.

ADVANCED STANDING: Students may be granted credit for some courses. Those with a four year Bachelor of Engineering (honours) may apply for credit up to 24 UOC for the masters degree. This effectively reduces the degree to one year full time. For more details please go to the online handbook.


Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Engineering (GradDipBiomedE), Program Code 5449

The Graduate Diploma of Biomedical Engineering is obtained solely through coursework.  Students who perform well in the Graduate Diploma may be able to articulate to the Master of Biomedical Engineering program 8660 after completing the full Graduate Diploma. This program consists of 48 units of credit (uoc) in total and is completed over 2 full time semesters.

Note that the main difference between the Graduate Diploma program 5449 and the Master of Biomedical Engineering program 8660 lies in the breadth of courses students are required to undertake, i.e. 48 uoc vs 72 uoc.

For further information please refer to the online handbook.