About the Course
1. Big Challenges being addressed by this programme – motivation
• 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.
• CNN lists Biomedical Engineering as No. 1 in the “Best Jobs in America” 2013.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Programme Structure – ECTS weights and split over semester; core/elective, etc.:
• 90ECTS 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).
5. Programme Content – module names
Advanced Finite Element Methods
Advanced Computational Biomechanics
Medical and Surgical Practice
Stem Cells and Gene Therapy
Advanced Engineering Statistics
Research Methods for Engineers
Regulatory Affairs and Case Studies
Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
6. Any special funding arrangements – e.g. Irish Aid
Comment (PMcH): CoEI scholarships a great idea.
7. 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.
“The Biomedical Engineering programme at NUI Galway has given me the fundamental engineering skills and multi-disciplinary background in biology and clinical application that I needed to be able to make an immediate impact in industry and to be able to design and develop new medical implants and devices. My graduate education through my PhD in bone biomechanics was also very important in this because I directly combined engineering and biological analysis techniques to better understand how stem cells generate new bone, showing me how biomedical engineers can play a critically important role in generating new knowledge on how the body works, and how new treatments can be developed for diseases and injuries, such as osteoporosis.” Evelyn Birmingham, BE Biomedical Engineering (2009), PhD Biomedical Engineering (2014), R&D Engineer, Medtronic Vascular, Galway.
For further details
How to Apply:
Applications are made online via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC): https://www.pac.ie
Please use the following PAC application code for your programme:
M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering - PAC code GYE24
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 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.