BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering

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The modern medical program has led to the development of a wide range of novel engineering solutions to clinical problems. Examples of these developments range from orthopaedic implants such as total hip replacements to cardiovascular implants such as coronary stents (small wire frames inserted into the blood vessels around the heart). As a result of increased collaboration between engineers and physicians, the new discipline of biomedical engineering developed. Biomedical engineering is the fastest growing area of engineering.

Students following this programme can expect exciting and rewarding careers in the biomedical engineering industry, an industry that is undergoing major expansion internationally and in Ireland. The biomedical engineering industry in Ireland has manufacturing plants of major multinational companies, which generates the need for highly trained biomedical engineers.

This program will allow you to develop important skills in:

  • Problem solving using logical approaches
  • Planning, prioritising, working to deadlines and under pressure
  • Communicating effectively (verbal and written)
  • Teamwork
  • Arithmetic and computer skills, with excellent use of statistics
  • Project Management
  • Cost / value awareness
  • Awareness of social, cultural, environmental, health and safety, and wider professional responsibilities.
  • Attention to detail
  • Good judgment and acceptance of responsibility

Program structure

The programme has a common first year with academic programmes in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Design and Manufacturing Engineering. You will study modules in the areas of Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry for Engineers and Computer Science.

Semester 1

  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Engineering Mechanics 1
  • Chemistry for Engineers
  • Engineering Computing
  • Electrical Engineering 1
  • Introduction to Engineering

Semester 2

  • Mathematical Engineering 2
  • Engineering Mechanics 2
  • Fluid mechanics 1
  • Materials 1
  • Elective
  • Structural engineering design 1
  • Introduction to Design for Manufacture

Semester 3

  • Engineering Mathematics 3
  • Solid Mechanics 1
  • Thermodynamics 1
  • Engineering Mechanics 2
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

Semester 4

  • Industrial Organization
  • Engineering Mathematics 4
  • Physiological fluid mechanics 1
  • Engineering design and communications
  • Cell and Tissue Behaviour for Engineers

Semester 5

  • Cooperative education 2

Semester 6

  • Engineering Mathematics 5
  • Biocompatibility
  • Solid Mechanics 2
  • Tissue engineering
  • Physiological fluid mechanics 2

Semester 7

  • Project 1
  • Design and placement of medical devices
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Management and business growth
  • Biomaterials 1

Semester 8

  • Microfluidics
  • Project 2
  • Project 3
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
  • Biomaterials 2

*Module availability may change from year to year.

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must possess at the time of enrolment the prescribed Certificate of Completion (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: two H5 (Higher Level) grades and four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or other language and English.
  • In the case of international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, a degree officially translated into English will be required.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6 in any component (or its internationally recognised equivalent).

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