M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering

National University of Ireland Galway College of Engineering & Informatics

Program Description

M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering

National University of Ireland Galway College of Engineering & Informatics

Big Challenges being addressed by this programme:

  • Human health and quality of life is one of the most critical challenges facing humanity.
  • The challenge is all the greater due to a rapidly increasing and rapidly aging global population that now exceeds 7 billion.
  • Biomedical engineering addresses these issues directly, with engineers innovating, analysing, designing and manufacturing new medical implants, devices and therapies for the treatment of disease, injuries and conditions of the human body, to restore health and improve quality of life.
  • Programme objectives & purpose

The objective of the programme is to generate graduates with a sound grounding in engineering fundamentals (analysis, design and problem solving), but who also have the multi-disciplinary breadth that includes knowledge of human biology and clinical needs and applications, to be able to make an immediate impact in the field on graduation, in either the academic research or medical technology industry domains. Ultimately the programme aims to generate the future leaders of the national and international medical technology industry, and of academic research and teaching in biomedical engineering.

What’s special about CoEI/NUIG in this area:

NUI Galway pioneered the development of educational programmes in Biomedical Engineering in Ireland, introducing the country’s first bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering in 1998, that was the first to achieve professional accreditation from Engineers Ireland in 2004, and at the graduate level with the Structured PhD programme in Biomedical Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (BMERM) in 2011.

NUI Galway has been at the forefront of world-class research in biomedical engineering for over 20 years and has pioneered multi-disciplinary research in biomedical engineering and science, with the establishment of the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES) in 1999, and up to the present day with the announcement of NUI Galway as the lead institution in a new Science Foundation Ireland funded Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM).

NUI Galway has a very close and deep relationship with the medical device industry locally, nationally and internationally, at many levels, from industry visits, guest lectures and student placements, up to major research collaborations.

Many of our engineering graduates now occupy senior management and technical positions in the medical device industry nationally and internationally.

Programme Structure

90 ECTS programme

One full year in duration, beginning September and finishing August


  • Foundational taught modules (20 ECTS)
  • Advanced taught modules (40 ECTS)
  • Research/Industry Project (30 ECTS).

Program Content

Sample modules:

  • Advanced Finite Element Methods
  • Advanced Computational Biomechanics
  • Advanced Biomaterials
  • Mechanobiology
  • Bioinstrumentation Design
  • Medical and Surgical Practice
  • Stem Cells and Gene Therapy
  • Translational Medicine
  • Polymer Engineering
  • Advanced Engineering Statistics
  • Systems Reliability
  • Lean Systems
  • Research Methods for Engineers
  • Financial Management
  • Regulatory Affairs and Case Studies
  • Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Opportunity for number of Industrial & Research internships:

Students enrolled on this programme will have an opportunity to apply for a one-year post-graduation internship in either a related industry or research group in Ireland.


A number of scholarships are being made available by the College of Engineering and Informatics to non-EU students registered on these MSc programmes. Each scholarship will be valued at €2,500 and will be awarded to successful candidates based on the submission of a personal statement and CV to the College.

A number of industry sponsored Scholarships will also be available, each to the value of €2,500.

Entry Requirements:

Entry to the programme is open to individuals who have a second class honours, grade one, Level 8 degree in Biomedical Engineering or in a related discipline.

How to apply

Applications are made online via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). The PAC code for this program is GYE24.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 7, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2018
1 year
Full time
6,800 EUR
Ireland - Galway
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- EU Fee, 13,750 EUR Non-EU Fee