What is Biomedical Engineering?
Biomedical engineering is at the intersection of engineering, the life sciences and healthcare. The Biomedical Engineering programme of Trinity College Dublin take principles from applied science (including mechanical, electrical, chemical and computer engineering) and physical sciences (including physics, chemistry and mathematics) and apply them to biology and medicine. Although the human body is a more complex system than even the most sophisticated machine, many of the same concepts that go into building and programming a machine can be applied to biological structures and systems leading to new diagnostic and therapeutic tools. The goal is to better understand, replace or fix a target system to ultimately improve the quality of healthcare.
Biomedical engineers become involved in research and development, spanning a broad array of subfields: biofabrication, bioprinting, biomechanics, biomaterials, tissue engineering, neural engineering, medical devices, clinical engineering, medical imaging. Prominent biomedical engineering applications include the development of biocompatible prostheses, various diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices ranging from clinical equipment to micro-implants, advanced imaging methods such as MRIs and EEGs as well as development of regenerative materials, engineered tissues and artificial organs.
Biomedical engineering is a challenging professional discipline, requiring knowledge of biology and medicine, as well as understanding of a range of engineering subjects. It is also a very exciting field in which new methods and products are constantly being developed, using the latest technology in materials, mechanics, electronics, mathematical analytical methods and manufacturing processes.
Do you enjoy…
- Finding out how living things work?
- Analysing problems and formulating solutions?
- Working with mathematics and numbers?
Graduate skills and career opportunities
Biomedical engineering is the fastest-growing career and this trend is expected to continue over the next decade. Ireland’s medical technology sector has evolved into a global leader for medical device and diagnostic products, with exports annually exceeding €12bn. Ireland has over 450 companies involved in developing, manufacturing and marketing medical devices. These include Abbott, Bayer, Becton Dickinson, Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson, Guidant, Medtronic and Stryker. These companies have a strong demand for high quality graduates at the master’s and Ph.D. level because of the high technical level of their products.
Biomedical engineers also find employment in clinics and hospitals where they work as clinical engineers, responsible for complex, expensive diagnostic equipment and laboratories.
- Course topics include areas of mechanical, manufacturing, and electronic engineering, specialised topics in biomedical engineering and courses in basic medical and biological sciences. Example biomedical courses include:
- Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Anatomy and Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Medical Device Design, Tissue Engineering, Neural Engineering, Medical Imaging
- In the third year you will study technical courses in both mechanical/manufacturing engineering and electronic engineering, along with courses in anatomy and physiology. In the fourth year and (optional) master’s (fifth) year you will study a range of technical subjects, including the specialised subject of biomedical engineerin
- 60 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesBio & Biomedical Engineering General Engineering & Technology Bioinformatics View 109 other Bachelors in General Engineering & Technology in Ireland
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Leaving Certificate: H4 Mathematics
- Advanced GCE (A Level): Grade C Mathematics
- International Baccalaureate: HL Grade 5 Mathematics
- Final second level qualification results
- IELTS, Cambridge Advanced/Proficiency, TOEFL scores, for applicants whose first language is not English
- Academic transcripts for each year of third level study and all third level qualifications awarded
- SAT, AP or ACT scores (US and Canadian applicants only)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Application fee (non-refundable) and application fee payment form
International26985 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 26985 EUR per year during 60 months.
EU/EEA4332 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4332 EUR per year during 60 months.
Living costs for Dublin
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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