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At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Biomedical Engineering is a relatively new branch of engineering that involves the use of cutting-edge technologies to help improve human healthcare. Biomedical engineers are involved in the design and creation of medical devices, implants such as stents, instruments and materials for clinical use. They also apply their engineering skills to problems in human biology and are at the forefront of developments in human medicine in the 21st century, enabling the medicial profession to diagnose and treat disease, and repair or replace damaged living tissue.
This degree programme was developed as a result of the need within the biomedical industry for highly skilled personnel. Locally based biomedical companies, of which there is a significant cluster, were involved in its design. It therefore remains highly relevant to the needs of industry while giving students a full training in engineering design principles and their application to human biology in an interdisciplinary environment. Related, relevant subjects that are covered over the course of the degree programme include biomedical instrumentation, tissue engineering and biomechanics.
If you want an interesting career that involves the application of engineering principles to medicine and biology, this may suit you. Biomedical engineers assist clinicians to analyse and solve problems in biology and medicine, therby helping to sustain or improve life. Both traditional and modern engineering principles and new technology are used. Biomedical engineers are also challenged to ensure that advances in technology keep pace with the advances in medicine and that the diagnostic, life-support or life-enhancing tools they create remain compatible with the human body.
As part of this four-year course, students will undertake an eight month (January - August) off-campus work placement in an industrial setting following completion of their thrid year of study. In the event that no external placement is available, students will be given projects on campus. This work experience programme gives students an opportunity to work on projects relevant to their study and significantly improves their chances of obtaining employment after graduation. Read more about Engineering work placements.
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For A-Levels -A minimum of Grade C in A-Level Mathematics is required.
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ABC & a(AS) or equivalent combination
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Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
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- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
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- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)Required EI160: Engineering Graphics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required EI140: Fundamentals of Engineering - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required CH140: Engineering Chemistry - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MP120: Engineering Mechanics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required MA140: Engineering Calculus - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required CT1110: Engineering Computing I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PH140: Engineering Physics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required CT1111: Engineering Computing II - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required EI150: Engineering Design - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Required MM140: Engineering Mathematical Methods - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Year 2 (60 Credits)Required CE227: Strength of Materials - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Required AN230: Human Body Structure - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required ME2103: Machine Design and Manufacturing Technology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required ME2101: CADD & Design Project - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required ME223: Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required EE231: Electronic Instrumentation and Sensors - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required ST1100: Engineering Statistics - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required MA2101: Mathematics and Applied Mathematics I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required BME200: Introduction to Biomaterials - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required BME2100: Materials I - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required MA2102: Mathematics and Applied Mathematics II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Year 3 (60 Credits)Optional BME3127: Biomedical Professional Experience Programme - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Required BME3102: Surgical and Medical Biodesign - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required ME5102: Quality Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required ME312: Automated Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required SI317: Human Body Function - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Required BME328: Principles of Biomaterials - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required ME301: Fluid Dynamics - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required ME304: Mechanical Analysis And Design - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required ME3104: Introduction to Regulatory Affairs in Manufacturing - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required ME3102: Project Management for Engineers - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Year 4 (60 Credits)Required BME403: Medical Implant and Device Design - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required BME4102: Biomedical Engineering Project - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Required BME402: Computational Methods in Engineering Analysis - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Required ME322: Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required BME400: Biomechanics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required BME405: Tissue Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required BME4103: Engineering Analysis for Regulatory Approval - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required BME4101: Biotransport - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required PA405: Elements Of Pathology - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Required ME429: Polymer Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, suitably qualified students have the option to enrol and continue their studies to Masters or PhD level.
Students can advance to Masters level (ME) through our one year taught Masters programme (September-June) that builds on the successful completion of their undergraduate programme, subject to a sufficient standard (2nd Class Honours minimum). This programme is an integrated follow-on to the BE programme and is designed to meet Engineers Ireland’s criterion for Level 9 degrees, providing graduates with a route to Chartered Engineering status that will be recognised worldwide.
Masters degree education is becoming increasingly the norm internationally in Engineering, and this programme strengthens the ability of our graduates to compete nationally and internationally at the highest level for employment in industry and other sectors of the economy.
In our PhD programme students develop highly innovative state-of the-art solutions to current problems in Biomedical Engineering, frequently leading to new medical devices or strategies for treatment of disease. Biomedical Engineering research at NUI Galway involves a high level of interaction with the Hi-Tec R&D sector of the medical device industry.
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Fees: Non EU
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy: €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.
What Our Students Say
David Nolan | Year Three, BE (Biomedical Engineering)
Biomedical Engineering is at the cutting edge of modern technology, making an impact on people's health through designing medical devices. The course here in NUI Galway is challenging but very rewarding, combining elements of traditional engineering with those of medical science. The medical device industry has a huge base in Galway and even now huge investments are being made by the government and medical device companies who have come to Galway because of the biomedical engineering expertise present.