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Our aim is to promote bioengineering both nationally and internationally for the benefit of students, researchers, clinicicans, medical technology and industrial participants and patient healtchare with a focus on bioengineering for better health.


Please note applications for 2018 will open on 30th September 2017 no applications will be accepted before this date.

As part of the TCBE Outreach, a one week transition year programme takes place each year. This one week programme programme gives 10 students a fantastic insight into biomedical engineering covering themes from neural engineering to tissue engineering to cardiovascular to medical devices. With demonstrations, talks from leading academics and hands-on experiments, students will learn about what it is like to study, research and work in bioengineering. Students spend time exploring bioengineering in the labs in TCBE's state of the art facilities. To see how medical devices are designed which make a real impact on human wellbeing, students are assigned a design project which they do in groups, building their creative thinking, teamwork and communication skills. Pictured left are 5 of the transition year students who completed the TCBE Transition Year programme with Prof. Ciaran Simms. Pictured right shows a transition year student participating in an EEG lab as part of their introduction to Neural Engineering. Entry requirements are as follows:

  • We will be only accepting 10 students for the TY  programme for  17/18
  • All students should have honours Maths
  • Questionnaire will be sent out to interested and eligible candidates


The TCBE Winter Symposium is held in December annually in the Knowledge Exchange in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute. An annual review is delivered by the Director of the Centre. TCBE Researchers showcase their research with a 'Thesis-in-3" presentation with prizes awarded for the best presentations. There is also a poster display.

ESEM International Summer School: For three consecutive years from 2009 to 2012 Trinity Centre for Bioengineering hosted an international summer school for medical and engineering students igniting enthusiasm and passion among the students for the challenges and opportunities in bioengineering. Current healthcare challenges, such as the ageing of Europe's population as well as big killers such as cardiovascular disease, require multidisciplinary approaches for diagnosis and treatment. Therefore, the focus of this unique summer school established a platform of cooperation between medicine and engineering across Europe already starting at an undergraduate level. With different working cultures and educational backgrounds, the aim of the Summer School at Trinity College has been to teach students how to work together efficiently by getting small groups designing new, novel medical devices targeting specific medical and clinical problems. These include the design of a total replacement for a degenerated ankle, solutions for revascularisation of the lower limbs, technologies to monitor the elderly and the design of artificial ventilation systems. Many of the students returned to Trinity College Dublin to pursue further studies in the Bioengineering arena.