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Biomedical engineering

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR032
  • No. of Places: 175
  • Min Entry Points for 2014: 470 points
  • Duration: 5 Year(s) Full Time
  • Award: B.A.I., M.A.I.  Optional: B.A.I. only
  • Specific Entry Requirements: See requirements
  • 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

Admission Requirements

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What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical engineering advances knowledge in engineering, biology and medicine, and improves human health through cross-disciplinary activities that integrate the engineering sciences with the biomedical sciences and clinical practice. Biomedical engineers develop new medical devices, algorithms, processes and systems that advance biology and medicine and improve medical practice and health care delivery. Biomedical engineers are found in leading companies developing medical devices such as cardiac pacemakers, stents, imaging systems such as MRI scanners and aids for people with disabilities. It is a challenging professional discipline, requiring knowledge of biology and medicine, as well as understanding of a range of engineering subjects spanning electronics, computers, mechanics and manufacturing. It is also a very exciting field in which new products are constantly being developed, using the latest technology in materials, electronics, 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. Example biomedical courses include:

Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Anatomy and Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Medical Device Design, Tissue Engineering, Neural Engineering

In the Junior Sophister (third) year you will study technical courses in both mechanical/manufacturing engineering and electronic engineering, along with courses in anatomy and physiology. In the Senior Sophister (fourth) year and (optional) Masters (fifth) year you will study a range of technical subjects, including the specialised subject of biomedical engineering (see above).

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. Examples of final-year projects include:

  • Nanocomposites for cardiovascular implants
  • The biomechanics of rowing
  • Development of a brain computer interface by an EEG signal analysis
  • Remote wireless 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.


Ireland’s medical technology sector has evolved into a global leader for medical device and diagnostic products, with exports annually exceeding €8bn. Ireland has 320 companies involved in developing, manufacturing and marketing pacemakers to micro-electronic devices, orthopaedic implants, diagnostics, contact lenses and stents. These companies have a strong demand 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 clinics and hospitals where they work as clinical engineers, responsible for complex, expensive diagnostic equipment and laboratories.

Further information


Tel: +353 1 896 4214

Specific Entry Requirements

Leaving CertificateHC3 Mathematics
Advanced GCE (A-Level)Grade C Mathematics