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There is a growing need for a more integrated approach to the understanding of biological systems, providing many opportunities for the application of engineering to clinical and life sciences. Bioengineering is a rapidly growing field encompassing the use of engineering tools to solve problems in medicine and biology as well as new quantitative approaches to biological systems based on engineering principles.

Two key focuses of the Bioengineering course are:

  • Understanding living things through application of engineering sciences including engineering principles of molecular biology, bioinformatics, mechanics of biological tissues, systems physiology, and neuroscience.
  • Developing devices, algorithms and processes that advance biology and medicine including biomaterials, biomedical imaging, application of microelectromechanical systems for biological sensing (BioMEMS) and biomimetics.

This field is rapidly expanding with the number of jobs in Bioengineering predicted to grow strongly over the next decade.

Third Year

Students intending to qualify in this Engineering Area in the third year must include at least 6 of the modules listed below and must take at least three modules from 3G1, 3G2, 3G3, 3G4 and 3G5.

Number and title of module
3G1   Introduction to molecular bioengineering
3G2   Mathematical physiology
3G3   Introduction to neuroscience
3G4   Medical imaging and 3D computer graphics
3G5   Biomaterials
3C7   Mechanics of solids
3D7   Finite element methods
3F1   Signals and systems
3F3   Signal and pattern processing

The modules particularly focus on the application of Mechanics and Information Processing to Bioengineering. The module selection allows those who wish to specialise in Mechanics and Bioengineering to take modules such as 3G1, 3G2, 3G4, 3G5, 3C7 & 3D7 and those who wish to specialise in Information Processing and Bioengineering to take modules such as 3G1, 3G2, 3G3, 3G4, 3F1 & 3F3. For those who would like a broad training in both Mechanics and Information Processing a combination of the above modules can be selected.

Recommended Engineering Area Extension Activity: Fundamentals of Biotechnology

Fourth Year

Students intending to qualify in this Engineering Area must include at least four of the modules listed below of which at least two must be G modules:

Number and title of module
4G1 Mathematical biology of the cell
4G3   Computational neuroscience
4G4   Biomimetics
4G5   Molecular modelling
4G6   Cellular and molecular biomechanics
4C4   Design methods
4C5   Design case studies
4C9   Continuum mechanics
4F8   Image processing and image coding
4F12   Computer vision and robotics
4F13   Machine learning
4I8   Medical physics