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Course Overview 2023/2024

The MSc in Biomedical Engineering aims to provide engineers and scientists with the education and creative skills needed to practice in the medical devices industry and focus on important clinical needs. Now, in addition to the award winning MSc in Biomedical Engineering programme (General stream), students can opt for the MSc in Biomedical Engineering with specialisation streams. All four streams (General, Medical Device Design, Neural & Tissue) lead to the award of the MSc in Biomedical Engineering and consist of compulsory core modules and optional modules.


See the Course Handbook for general information on current module content and the timetable for an example of the annual schedule

Full module descriptors can be found on the Current Students page

MSc Biomedical Engineering General Stream

The MSc Biomedical Engineering gives you the opportunity to be involved in exciting new developments in biomedical engineering ranging from developing new materials for use in cardiac care, analysing minute electrical signals changes in the brain for neurological diagnosis to artificially growing new tissue to replace organ transplantation. The Trinity Centre for Biomedical Engineering has extensive clinical research in all the five teaching hospitals. As member of this biomedical community, you would have the opportunity to learn from activities in the Trinity Centre for Biomedical Engineering, and relate your course material to the real clinical challenges that are being researched and the solutions being generated. The Centre has over 20 academics from all School of Engineering, School of Medicine, Dental School, School of Natural Sciences and over 75 PhD and 28 MSc researchers.


MSc Biomedical Engineering with specialisation in Medical Device Design Engineering

This programme has been developed to educate and train the next generation of medical device designers/innovators. The course at the Trinity Centre for Biomedical Engineering is designed to interact with the medical device industry, clinicians and researchers to produce new solutions to current clinical needs. The field of medical device research is a fast moving area which can offer students a rewarding career in the global medical device market. Students will gain a specific education of the key topics in medical device design and a knowledge of medical device regulation.


MSc Biomedical Engineering with specialisation in Neural Engineering

The neural stream offered by the programme is focused on clinical neural engineering. This is based on signal processing of neuroimaging and electrophysiological data to solve specific clinical problems. MSc research projects employ neuroimaging (EEG and MRI) to develop quantitative methods to understand neurological function but also employ new analytical, neurophysiological and neuroimaging methods that allow outcomes of interventions to be more accurately predicted. MSc research projects will be collaboration with clinical colleagues including those in neurology, neurophysiology, psychiatry, otolaryngology, gerontology and respiratory medicine. Many of the projects require data acquisition from clinical cohorts.


MSc Biomedical Engineering with specialisation in Tissue Engineering

This programme has been developed to educate and train the next generation of biomedical tissue engineers. It provides students with a critical understanding of stem cell biology and therapeutic applications, animal and human cell culture processes, and strategies at the forefront of current scientific developments to regenerate or repair damaged tissues.This exciting multidisciplinary field of research which holds significant potential in the treatment of many diseases and disorders. The stream provides 'hands-on' training in state-of-the-art and tissue engineering techniques allowing individuals to develop the necessary skills to pursue a significant research topic in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

One of the very few courses of its kind in Ireland, the MSc. in Biomedical Engineering received two awards in 2012 (known then as the MSc in Bioengineering) which recognise the scale and diversity the course delivers in terms of the student experience, its contribution to the Irish economy and making an impact on global healthcare challenges. In 2022 this course was accredited by the Institute of Engineers of Ireland (EI).

Engineers Ireland Excellence in Education Award & Best Postgraduate Course of the Year 2012 in Engineering