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

1 year full-time ; 20 places

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Course Director

Prof Conor Buckley

Telephone Number

+353 1 896 3393

bioengmsc@tcd.ie

Website

https://www.tcd.ie/bioengineering/msc/

Course Fees

Click here for a full list of postgraduate fees

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.

Testimonials:

Kieran O’Dwyer – MSc Bioengineering Class of 2017/2018

  • What did you enjoy most about the course?

The most interesting part from my perspective was the Medical Device Design aspect. I chose this stream as it aligned with the career path I wanted and getting to work on a major device design group project was very enjoyable and a huge learning curve. Also, my thesis was based on device design which I really enjoyed as it allowed me to work individually on a concept, and see this concept realised in prototypes at the end.

  • What is your current position and did the MSc help you secure this position?

My current position is an NPI Project Engineer with Stryker in their additive manufacturing facility in Cork. I work mainly on the introduction of new products. My MSc definitely helped in securing this position as I had vast knowledge on additive manufacturing to showcase in the interview, and a level 9 degree definitely put me in a position to join in a role slightly more senior to your average graduate programme.

  • Would you recommend the course to other Engineering graduates?

I would definitely recommend the course to others if they feel there is still a lot they want to learn before entering the industry - I enhanced my skill set significantly over the year. It also is a great idea if you are undecided between pursuing industry or academia, as it gives great exposure to both and helps form connections with great professors and businesses.

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The MSc allowed me to study the specific aspects of Bioengineering which I was most interested in and enhanced my knowledge and experience so much that I am now a much stronger engineer in the medical device industry than I would have been previous. It is an intense year and requires a lot of hard work but is certainly worthwhile at the end.

 

Brooke Tornfoglio – MSc Bioengineering Class of 2017/2018

  • What did you enjoy most about the course?

The opportunities that were made available to us as students, from research project topics to community engagement in our courses, made the program very hands-on and facilitated our learning and development as researchers.

  • What is your current position and did the MSc help you secure this position?

The MSc program definitely made my current position - a PhD researcher in Prof. Caitriona Lally's Lab in the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering - possible.

  • Would you recommend the course to other Engineering graduates ?

Yes! The taught masters is a great combination of multidisciplinary coursework and a full research project.

 

Meenakshi Suku – MSc Bioengineering Class of 2017/2018

When I joined TCD for MSc in Bioengineering, it was a whole new world for me. It was interesting, it was competitive and most certainly a lot of fun. I absolutely loved the exposure I received throughout the course, including conferences, presentations and trainings that happened in collaboration with other institutes. At the moment, I am doing research assistantship in RCSI Bahrain and it is entirely because of the experience and skills I obtained during the MSc program. I would blindly recommend this course to anyone who wishes to pursue a career in research, because that was my dream and I'm living it!

Course Details

Number of Places

20

Course Coordinator

Prof. Michael Monaghan

Next Intake

September 2020

Closing Date

31 May 2020

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

 

 

Course Fees

Click here for a full list of postgraduate fees

Get In Touch

Course Director

Prof Conor Buckley

Telephone Number

+353 1 896 3393

bioengmsc@tcd.ie

Website

https://www.tcd.ie/bioengineering/msc/