Biomedical Engineering (M.Sc. / P.Grad.Dip.)

1 Year Full-Time
12 Places


The MSc in Biomedical Engineering provides an advanced training and education to the next generation of biomedical engineers. Biomedical Engineering is considered as the application of engineering principles to advance healthcare and medicine. Some of the most exciting work in biomedical engineering today takes place at the intersection of the biological, physical, chemical, engineering and digital disciplines; making significant impacts on human healthcare. The MSc in Biomedical Engineering brings students to exciting new developments in biomedical engineering today, ranging from development of new materials for use in cardiac therapeutics, designing innovative next generation medical devices, in silico design and modelling, to growing and regenerating new tissues for tissue replacement and in vitro disease modelling.

The MSc in Biomedical Engineering equips candidates with the education, problem-solving and creative skills, and training necessary to address important clinical needs in the medical devices industry, or research and clinical institutes. Students of the MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin receive lectures from international experts in biomedical engineering subjects, specifically tailored to the current needs of industry and carry out research in internationally recognised, state of the art research laboratories and facilities. This MSc programme also provides an excellent foundation for a continued research career with many graduates pursuing Ph.D. research in diverse biomedical engineering related fields both nationally and internationally.


The MSc in Biomedical Engineering offers four distinct streams tailored to the background and previous experience of entrants.

1. General Stream

2. Medical Device Design Specialisation

3. Neural Engineering Specialisation

4. Tissue Engineering Specialisation

Our unique offerings bestow our graduates with a distinct competitive edge in the global medical device and biomedical engineering marketplace. Students enrolled on the MSc in Biomedical Engineering* may have the opportunity to specialise in one of three key research themes - medical device design, neural engineering or tissue engineering, if the suitability of their background permits. All four streams (General, Medical Device Design, Neural and Tissue Engineering) lead to the award of the MSc in Biomedical Engineering and consist of compulsory core modules as well as optional modules.

The MSc in Biomedical Engineering - General Stream, has been designed to provide a solid and broad basis in biomedical engineering for entrants with no previous background in biomedical engineering. It provides individuals with a critical education in biomedical engineering in the medical devices industry.

The MSc in Biomedical Engineering 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 Biomedical Engineering with specialisation in Neural Engineering  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 methods (EEG and MRI) to develop quantitative methods to understand neurological function but also to develop 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.

The MSc in Biomedical Engineering with specialisation in Tissue Engineering provides students with a critical understanding of stem cell biology and therapeutic applications, animal and human cell culture processes, strategies at the forefront of current scientific developments 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 Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Heart Repair, Osteoarthritis, Back pain, Corneal degeneration, and Peripheral nerve damage. 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 provides “hands-on” training in state-of-the-art cell and tissue engineering techniques, which develops the necessary skills to pursue a significant research topic in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

One of the most unique courses of its kind in Ireland, the MSc in Biomedical Engineering* 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 Biomedical Engineering course delivers in terms of the student experience, its contribution to the economy and making an impact on global healthcare.

*This course was formerly known as the MSc in Bioengineering

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Dr. Michael Monaghan gives an overview on the MSc. in Biomedical Engineering.

Course Details

Number of Places

12 Places

Next Intake

September 2022

Course Coordinator

Professor Michael Monaghan

Course Director

Professor Michael Monaghan

Closing Date

22nd July 2022

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Admission Requirements

Applicants will be required to hold a minimum of an upper second class honors degree (II.1 or higher) in engineering, biomedical technology, or a cognate discipline. All applications will be reviewed after the closing date and shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.  

Course Fees

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    Greg Campion – MSc in Bioengineering 2018/2019
•    What did you enjoy most about the course?
I really enjoyed the MSc course, I specialised in the Medical Device Design stream and it was everything I had hoped it would be entering the course. It involves thorough detail from device design to all steps and processes required for getting a device to market. It is very clear now that every aspect of the course is tailored to be extremely relevant for industry.
•    What is your current position and did the MSc help you secure this position?
I am currently an R&D engineer in Boston Scientific Galway working in the structural heart division. The MSc absolutely helped me secure the position as my entire thesis was about improving the durability of transcatheter heart valves for the treatment aortic valve stenosis, which is the type of device I am now working on in Boston Scientific.
•    Would you recommend the course to other Engineering graduates?
I couldn't recommend the course enough for anyone considering - it opened an awful lot of career paths and doors I didn't know existed prior to completing the MSc.

    Laurens Parmentier – MSc in Bioengineering 2018/2019
•    What did you enjoy most about the course?
I really enjoyed getting relevant theory classes which could be applied in several real life interdisciplinary projects.
•    What is your current position and did the MSc help you secure this position?
The MSc gave me the opportunity to learn how to work on a scientific project which I'm applying now as a PhD candidate developing a bone tissue engineering scaffold for critical bone defects at Ghent University in Belgium.
•    Would you recommend the course to other Engineering graduates?
I would definitely recommend this course to other Engineering graduates.

   Brooke Tornifoglio – MSc in Bioengineering 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.