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Biomedical engineering

B.A.I., M.A.I.  Optional: B.A.I. only; ; 165 places

What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical engineering is at the intersection of engineering, the life sciences and healthcare. Biomedical engineers take principles from applied science (including mechanical, electrical, chemical and computer engineering) and physical sciences (including physics, chemistry and mathematics) and apply them to biology and medicine. Although the human body is a more complex system than even the most sophisticated machine, many of the same concepts that go into building and programming a machine can be applied to biological structures and diagnostic and therapeutic tools. The goal is to better understand, replace or fix a target system to ultimately improve the quality of healthcare.

Biomedical engineers become involved in research and development, spanning a broad array of subfields: biomechanics, biomaterials, tissue engineering, neural engineering, medical devices, clinical engineering, medical imaging. Prominent biomedical engineering applications include the development of biocompatible prostheses, various diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices ranging from clinical equipment to micro-implants, advanced imaging methods such as MRIs and EEGs as well as development of regenerative tissue and artificial organs.

Biomedical engineering is a challenging professional discipline, requiring knowledge of biology and medicine, as well as understanding of a range of engineering subjects. It is also a very exciting field in which new methods and products are constantly being developed, using the latest technology in materials, mechanics, electronics, mathematical analytical methods and manufacturing processes.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

Biomedical engineering is the fastest-growing career and this trend is expected to continue over the next decade. Ireland’s medical technology sector has evolved into a global leader for medical device and diagnostic products, with exports annually exceeding €8bn. Ireland has over 400 companies involved in developing, manufacturing and marketing medical devices. These include Abbott, Bayer, Becton Dickinson, Boston Scientific, Johnson and Johnson, Guidant, Medtronic and Stryker.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.

Your degree and what you’ll 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:

  • Design of a branch stent for abdominal aortic aneurism
  • Finite Element Modelling of 3D Printed Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering
  • Next Generation Hearing Prostheses: Improved decoding of attentional selection in a cocktail party environment
  • Determination of the effect of freezing on the mechanical properties of decellularised arteries
  • Head kinematics in contact sports

GET IN TOUCH!

www.tcd.ie/bioengineering

Email: bioeng@tcd.ie

Tel: +353 1 896 4214

www.facebook.com/Trinity-Centre-for-Bioengineering

Twitter: @TCDBioengineer


What our graduates say

Philip Byrne, 2015 Biomedical Engineering graduate

“Studying Engineering at Trinity was a really great experience for me. I studied Biomedical Engineering, a brand new stream being offered in Trinity. This new course was so interesting and modern and it really suited me. The five years I studied in Trinity flew. I graduated with both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering and couldn’t think of anywhere else I would want to spend the last 5 years with all the friends I made. The Pav (campus student bar) also helped come exam time! I’m delighted I now have a great qualification that is recognised and respected worldwide.”

Course Options

Award

B.A.I., M.A.I.  Optional: B.A.I. only

Number of Places

165

CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

TR032

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.


Admission Requirements

For general admission requirements please click here

Leaving Certificate H4 Mathematics Advanced GCE (A-Level) Grade C Mathematics


Apply

To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

EU Applicants

Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

Engineering, 5 years full-time Closing Date: 01/FEB/2017

Non-EU Applicants

  • Engineering, 5 years full-time Closing Date: 30/JUN/2017
  • CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR032

    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.