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Biomedical engineering

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR032
  • No. of Places: 165
  • Min Entry Points for 2012: 465 points
  • Duration: 5 Year(s) Full Time
  • Award: B.A.I., (M.A.I.)
  • Course Options:

    Students who wish to study Biomedical engineering apply to the Engineering degree (TR032). The first two years are common to all Engineering students and at the end of the second year students select Biomedical engineering as their specialist area.

    See TR032: Engineering (common entry programme) for details of the Freshman (first two) years.

  • How to apply: See how to apply

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What is Biomedical engineering?

Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering principles to study how the human body works and to design medical devices and diagnostic equipment. Biomedical engineers are found working in companies making medical devices such as cardiac pacemakers, stents, MRI scanners and aids for people with disabilities. They also work in pharmaceutical companies and as clinical engineers in hospitals.

It's a challenging subject which requires a basic knowledge of biology and medicine as well as understanding of a range of engineering topics spanning electronics, computers, mechanics and manufacturing.

It's a very exciting field in which new products are being developed all the time, often using the latest technology in materials, manufacturing techniques and analytical tools.

What will you study?

Course topics include areas of both mechanical and electronic engineering, specialised topics in biomedical engineering and courses in basic medical and biological sciences. Courses include the following:

  • Biomechanics - principles of statics and dynamics applied to the human body
  • Biomaterials - materials used in implants, instruments and other medical devices
  • Physiological measurement and data analysis - collecting and interpreting data from diagnostic instruments
  • Telemedicine - using computers and telecommunications in a medical context
  • Anatomy and physiology - how the human body works
  • Cell and molecular biology - how living cells work
  • Medical device design - designing new devices for implantation into the body, new instruments or monitoring equipment
  • Tissue engineering - using the body's own cells to make new tissues
  • Neural signal analysis - measuring and analysing signals from the brain

In the Junior Sophister (third) year you will study technical courses in both mechanical/manufacturing engineering and electronic engineering, along with a course in Anatomy and physiology. In the Senior Sophister (fourth) year and (optional) Masters (fifth) year you will study a range of technical subjects, most being in specialised areas of biomedical engineering (see above), and a course in Cell and molecular biology.

Project work is an important aspect of this degree and there is an extensive research facility available to students. You will carry out several projects, including a major research project in your final year. Some examples of final-year projects include:

  • Nanocomposites for cardiovascular implants
  • The biomechanics of rowing
  • Design and construction of an improved wheelchair
  • Improved diagnosis and treatment of stroke
  • Remote ECG monitoring

Study abroad and work experience

You can spend your fourth year studying abroad or a term working in industry. There are opportunities to study abroad through the Erasmus, Cluster and Unitech exchange programmes. The Department links with many universities including Katholieke University of Leuven, Belgium; INSA de Lyon, France; INPG Grenoble; Karlsruhe, Germany and KTH, Sweden.

Career opportunities

Though the biomedical engineering sector worldwide is not as large as some of the major, traditional engineering sectors such as telecommunications and automotive engineering, Ireland has a very strong concentration of medical companies making it a European hub for the manufacture of medical devices and pharmaceuticals. These companies have a strong need for high quality graduates at the Masters and PhD level because of the high technical level of their products.

Biomedical engineers also find employment in hospitals where they work as clinical engineers, responsible for complex, expensive diagnostic equipment and laboratories.

Further information

Course coordinator: Ciaran Simms (csimms@tcd.ie)

www.tcd.ie/bioengineering

Tel: + 353 1 896 4214

E-mail: Trinity Centre for Bioengineering: tcbe@tcd.ie

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