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Bioengineering (M.Sc. / P.Grad.Dip.)

1 year full-time ; 15 places

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Course Director

Prof Conor Buckley

Telephone Number

+353 1 896 3393


Course Description

The MSc in Bioengineering provides education and training to the next generation of biomedical engineers.  Bioengineering is defined as the application of the principles of engineering to advancements in healthcare and medicine.  Some of the most exciting work in biomedical engineering today takes place at the intersection of disciplines where the biological, physical and digital worlds intersect and have an impact on the human condition.  The MSc in Bioengineering provides students the opportunity to be involved in exciting new developments in biomedical engineering ranging from developing new materials for use in cardiac care, or designing innovative next generation medical devices, to artificially growing new tissue to replace organ transplantation.

The MSc in Bioengineering is designed to provide engineers and scientists with the education, training and creative skills needed to practice and focus on important clinical needs in the medical devices industry, or research and clinical institutes. Students of the MSc in Bioengineering at Trinity College Dublin take lectures from experts in a variety of biomedical engineering subjects and carry out research in world class, state of the art research laboratories and facilities. This MSc programme also provides an excellent foundation for further research and many graduates are currently pursuing Ph.D. research in diverse fields of biomedical engineering in universities in Ireland and around the world.

The MSc in Bioengineering offers three distinct streams tailored to the background and previous experience of entrants.

  1. General Stream
  2. Medical Device Design Specialisation
  3. Tissue Engineering Specialisation

Our unique streams provide our graduates a distinct competitive edge in the global medical device and biomedical engineering market place.  Students of the MSc in Bioengineering with the appropriate background may have the opportunity to specialise in one of two key research themes - medical device design, or tissue engineering. All three streams (General, Medical Device Design and Tissue Engineering) lead to the award of the MSc in Bioengineering and consist of compulsory core modules as well as optional modules

The MSc in Bioengineering General Stream has been designed to provide a sound and broad basis in bioengineering for entrants without a previous background in biomedical engineering, providing engineers and scientists with the education needed to practice bioengineering in the medical devices industry.

The MSc in Bioengineering with specialisation in Medical Device Design is designed to bring together clinicians, researchers and the medical device industry to produce new solutions for 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 process and a knowledge of medical device regulation.

The MSc in Bioengineering with specialisation in Tissue Engineering provides students with an understanding of stem cells, animal and human cell culture processes, and strategies to regenerate or repair damaged tissues. This exciting multidisciplinary field of research holds significant potential in the treatment of many diseases and disorders such as Osteoarthritis, Back pain, Diabetes, Corneal degeneration, Peripheral nerve damage and Cardiovascular disease. Students receive a focused education on the key subjects of tissue engineering such as Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Laboratory Techniques in Cell and Tissue Engineering. This stream is designed to provide “hands-on” training in state of the art cell and tissue engineering techniques, which provides the necessary skills to pursue a significant research topic in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

The only course of its kind in Ireland, the MSc in Bioengineering has received a number of awards Engineers Ireland:  Excellence in Education Award (2012) and Best Postgraduate Course of the Year in Engineering (Winner 2012, Runner up 2016) which recognise the scale and diversity the MSc in Bioengineering course delivers in terms of the student experience, its contribution to the economy and making an impact on global healthcare

Padraig Irwin – MSc in Bioengineering 2016/2017

What did you enjoy most about the course
I thoroughly enjoyed the Medical Device Design class. Coming from a Mechanical Engineering background I had little knowledge of the medical device industry and this class offered a yearlong team project involving designing a medical device and what it takes to get a product to market from the concept stage all the way to manufacturing the device. The biomaterials, biomechanics and basic medical science classes really tied in with the project and exposed me to areas such as rapid prototyping using 3D printers, how to research the current state of art, how to read patents correctly, material selection for medical devices, anatomy of the human body and regulations within the medical device industry to name a few. Trinity is also one of the few Universities that allowed MSc students to present their work at the Bioengineering in Ireland conference which offered invaluable experience and exposure to the biomedical field and was the first conference I had attended/presented at.

Did the MSc help you secure a position?
The MSc gave me a broad understanding of the medical device industry and really helped me when interviewing for the big biomed companies as I was already familiar with their products. A large part of my job involves rapid prototyping models with 3D printers which I was highly exposed to in the MSc.

Would you recommend the course to other Engineering graduates
If you are interested in learning more about the medical device industry I would highly recommend the course.


Course Details


1 year full-time

Number of Places


Course Coordinator

Prof. Michael Monaghan

Next Intake

September 2019

Closing Date

31 May 2019

Applicants will be required to hold a minimum of an upper second class honors degree in engineering, biomedical technology, or a cognate discipline. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and short-listed candidates will be invited for interview on a rolling basis



Get In Touch

Course Director

Prof Conor Buckley

Telephone Number

+353 1 896 3393