Biomedical engineering

Dr Bronwyn Evans

"With medical technology playing such an important role in health care today, graduates need an in-depth understanding of the interaction between the human body and technology. This expanded bachelor degree combines a broad understanding of the biomedical discipline with some specific expertise in engineering. It offers an excellent combination of the manufacturing, quality assurance and design aspects of engineering that the medical technology industry is looking for.

Dr Bronwyn Evans
Senior VP, Quality, Clinical and Regulatory
Cochlear Ltd

Biomedical engineering is a multidisciplinary branch of engineering that combines knowledge of mechanical, mechatronic, electronic, chemical and materials engineering with the life sciences of medicine, biology and molecular biology. It is one of the fastest growing branches of engineering.

Biomedical engineers design and manufacture implantable and external medical devices including orthopaedic, cardiovascular and other electronic and surgical equipment. These include artificial joints and limbs, dental devices, medical electronics and implantable devices, as well as tissue engineering and computer simulation such as MRI, x-ray and CT scans.

We offer an exciting range of undergraduate and postgraduate and research opportunities in biomedical engineering.


The University of Sydney is one of only a few universities in the country offering a specialised undergraduate degree in this field.
In 2013 we expanded our degree program to give students a more solid foundation in biomedical engineering and life sciences, as well as the ability to specialise in mechanical, mechatronic, chemical or electrical engineering or information technology.

At undergraduate level, we offer a four-year Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Biomedical) degree program which meets the tertiary study entry requirements for the University of Sydney's graduate entry medical program. The study of biomedical engineering complements degrees in commerce, sports science, law, pharmacy, dentistry and medicine. A five-year combined degree program incorporating project management, science, commerce, arts, medical science, music or law is also available.

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At the postgraduate level we offer biomedical coursework programs as part of the Master of Engineering and Master of Professional Engineering, as well as the new Master of Health Technology Innovation. We also offer research programs leading to the degrees of Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy.

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Our Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology undertakes pioneering and potentially transformational research and will help strengthen and gain international recognition for Australian capability and knowledge in this increasingly important field. Its research covers broad biomedical engineering and technology fields such as image processing and data management, image visualisation and analysis, bioinformatics and data mining, medical devices and networking, biomaterials and regenerative tissue engineering.

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