When studying this Masters, you will work with staff and researchers at UCD who have extensive experience in ground-breaking biomedical engineering research.
ME Biomedical Engineering FT
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)
When studying this Masters, you will work with staff and researchers at UCD who have extensive experience in ground-breaking biomedical engineering research. You will also develop a knowledge of how the medical device industry is regulated and how new products are introduced to the market, drawing from experience within UCD which includes pioneering companies.
The ME in Biomedical Engineering is the application of the principles of engineering to healthcare and medicine. It is an interdisciplinary field, requiring knowledge of both medicine and engineering.
Students choose from a wide range of engineering, anatomy/physiology and biomedical engineering modules
Students will work with staff and researchers at UCD who have extensive experience in ground-breaking biomedical engineering research as this programme is delivered by a research active, internationally recognised faculty.
This programme offers a 6-8 month work placement and superlative employment opportunities.
Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
The ME Biomedical Engineering is designed to allow mathematically strong engineers who hold a primary (Bachelors) degree in Engineering to specialise at Masters level in Biomedical Engineering. It is targeted at engineers who are seeking a professional career in the emerging field of Biomedical Engineering.
The programme is delivered by engineers and clinicians with international reputations in the field and who have all made a significant contribution to the development of their fields.
There is an emphasis on independent learning and research, with the opportunity to complete a work placement in the medical technologies industry, with a clinical group or with a research laboratory in UCD or abroad.
As part of the ME students will study Biomedical Engineering subjects such as Rehabilitation Engineering, Neural Engineering, Biomechanics, Cell and Tissue Engineering and Medical Device Design. They will also have the opportunity to choose from a range of modules in physiology and anatomy alongside advanced engineering topics including Advanced Signal Processing and Dynamics.
The year starts with a two-week, intensive, course in Basic Medical Sciences delivered by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
The Irish Medtech Sector is robust and career opportunities upon graduation from this programme are exemplary. There are currently 250 medical technology companies in Ireland, exporting €12.6b worth of product annually and employing 25,000 people, the highest number of people working in the industry in any country in Europe, per head of population. Exports of medical devices and diagnostics products now represent 8% of Ireland’s total merchandise exports and growth prospects for the industry globally remain good. Many of the world’s top medical technology companies have invested significantly in Ireland and a number of exciting, research-based, indigenous companies are emerging and competing internationally. The Irish government has identified the medical technology sector as one of the key drivers of industrial growth for the future and provides a wide range of supports to encourage and foster this growth. The medical technology industry in Ireland is changing from being prominently manufacturing to being more complex and driven by R&D. Prospective employers include Boston Scientific, ResMed, Shimmer, Bio-Medical Research, Abbott, Stryker and De Puy.
Fees, Funding and Scholarships
ME Biomedical Engineering (T160) Full Time
EU Year 1 - € 7490
EU Year 2** - € 7490
nonEU Year 1 - € 23800
***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.
The Professional Work Experience (PWE) module is incorporated into the two-year Masters of Engineering Programme and is designed to integrate a student’s academic and career interests with paid practical work experience for a 6-8 month period.
The module provides students with the perfect opportunity to gain increased experience and understanding of their chosen field, assess where their strengths and weaknesses lie and maximise their knowledge of the available career possibilities. The practical skills acquired during this placement will give graduates a competitive advantage when applying for positions upon graduation.
A 4-year bachelors degree with a minimum upper second class honours (NFQ level 8) or international equivalence in a relevant Engineering programme.
Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
Ciaran Hendry, Boston Scientific
I completed my ME Biomedical Engineering in UCD as it allowed me the opportunity to have control on what I wanted to learn. Throughout the entirety of the course there were options that allowed me to improve my technical, interpersonal and communication skills. This degree also allowed me to work on projects and coursework that I found incredibly interesting and it ensured I had job prospects when I graduated. In 2012, I began the Boston Scientific graduate programme and I am now employed as a Quality Engineer. UCD provided me with the intellectual discipline and knowledge to become a leader in this industry. I would highly recommend UCD for your postgraduate studies.
Facilities and Resources
Modules are taught by faculty engaged in cutting edge research, working with national and international networks of industrial and clinical collaborators. Students have the opportunity to work with research teams and collaborators, with access to all lab facilities across UCD School of Electrical, Electronic & Communications Engineering, UCD School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, UCD School of Chemical and Bioprocessing Engineering and the UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science.
*Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised