Biomedical Engineering

Master of Engineering Science
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Tim Broadbent, Master of Engineering Science (Satellite Systems Engineering)

Like with any degree, you only get out what you put in. With postgraduate study there is an even greater emphasis on independent work and learning which has its own rewards.

Tim Broadbent, Master of Engineering Science

Biomedical Engineering focuses on the adaptation and application of engineering principles to biomedicine. Graduates solve problems in a range of healthcare-relates fields such as implantable bionics, drug-delivery systems, medical imaging, radiotherapies, orthopaedic devices, telemedicine, robotic surgery, and cell and tissue engineering. They are also involved in records management and physical rehabilitation.


The Master of Engineering Science (Biomedical Engineering) is an ideal program for graduate engineers looking to extend their knowledge into the field of Biomedical Engineering. Students select up to four courses from relevant disciplines such as Electrical, Chemical and Mechanical Engineering. In addition, students choose up to two foundational courses to provide necessary background (following program-authority approval).


The Master of Engineering Science promotes flexible learning as a keystone of the program – it is designed for students who already have a four year accredited engineering degree and who now wish to broaden their job prospects through cross training, re-training or specialisation.  This program takes two years to complete (students may be granted credit for some courses. Those with a degree or extensive professional experience in a related area can apply for credit of up to 50% of a program); it is a non-accredited program, and does not offer industrial training.


The typical program structure comprises sixteen courses, broken down into: four Disciplinary Knowledge Courses, five Advanced Disciplinary Courses, three Research Courses and four Electives.


Required Background

Students need a recognised four year Bachelor degree in engineering with a minimum 70% average in any Engineering discipline.

Sample Program Outlines*

Choose up to 2 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ANAT2511Fundamentals of Anatomy
PHSL2121Principles of Physiology A
PHSL2221Principles of Physiology B

Choose at least 5 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
BIOM9027Medical Imaging
BIOM9311Mass Transfer in Medicine
BIOM9333Cellular and Tissue Engineering
BIOM9410Regulatory Requirements of Biomedical Technology
BIOM9420Clinical Laboratory Science
BIOM9432Chemistry and Physics of Synthetic and Biological Polymers
BIOM9450Clinical Information Systems
BIOM9541Mechanics of the Human Body
BIOM9551Biomechanics of Physical Rehabilitation
BIOM9561Mechanical Properties of Biomaterial
BIOM9621Biological Signal Analysis
BIOM9640Biomedical instrumentation
BIOM9650Biosensors and transducers
BIOM9660Implantable Bionics
BIOM9701Dynamics of Cardiovascular Systems
BIOM9711Modelling Organs, Tissues and Devices

Choose at least 1 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreEngineering and Technical Management Elective

Choose 2 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
BIOM9914Masters ResearchProject (over 1 or 2 semesters)
GSOE9010Engineering Postgrad Coursework Research Skills
GSOE9011Engineering PGCW Research Skills (online)
GSOE9220Launching a startupGSOE9220 can be taken if student is exempt from completing the masters thesis project.

Choose up to 3 from

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Courses can be chosen from Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge course list
Courses can be chosen from Engineering and Technical Management course list

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.

† Minimum 70% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator  in a relevant discipline. (Minimum 75% from a non-211 university in China). Find the Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator here.