Master of Biomedical Engineering

Course 745BM (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

This is a
New Generation course
, part of the
Melbourne Model
and is available from 2008
Year and Campus: 2012 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 053354B
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 12 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Assoc Prof David Grayden


Melbourne School of Engineering
Ground Floor, Old Engineering (Building 173)

Current Students:
Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
+61 3 9035 5511

Prospective Students:
Phone: + 61 3 8344 6944

Course Overview:

The Master of Biomedical Engineering is designed to provide students from engineering and the quantitative science disciplines with a transition pathway to the exciting and growing field of biomedical engineering.

Rapid advances in our understanding of the building blocks of life, of basic cellular processes, of new biomaterials and the widespread availability of high speed computers, has led to the current revolution in the biomedical sciences and medicine. There is a growing demand for people with strong mathematical and problem-solving skills to be part of multidisciplinary teams. This has traditionally been the role of the engineer or the physical scientist. However, those with strong mathematical ability and physical insight have often had limited exposure to the biological and health sciences.

This course will facilitate a transition to the biological and health sciences through a series of subjects that:

  • reinforce key understanding of physical processes in the context of biological systems,
  • serve to orient the student in the biological sciences so as to undertake further self directed learning, and
  • provide in-depth understanding in a selected number of subjects.

That a graduate of the program should:

  • have a sound fundamental understanding of the scientific principles underlying technology and the ability to apply these to problems in medicine and biology;
  • possess a broad knowledge base of their chosen discipline and of other disciplines so as to facilitate effective communication with other professionals with whom engineers routinely communicate;
  • have acquired the mathematical and computational skills necessary for the solution of theoretical and practical problems and the ability to interpret the results in the appropriate biomedical context;
  • possess analytical, problem-solving and, where relevant, design skills, appropriate for living systems;
  • have verbal and written communication skills that enable them to contribute substantially to society;
  • have acquired a sense of professional ethics and responsibility towards the profession and the community;
  • understand the social, cultural, global responsibilities of the professional engineer
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

The course consists of eight subjects.

You may, with written permission from your academic co-ordinator, substitute one or more of the non-core subjects with appropriate masters subjects from other faculties in the University.

If you are particularly interested in an elective subject please contact the Melbourne School of Engineering before coming to do the course to ensure that this subject will be offered during the time of your program.

Subject Options:

Core subjects (62.5 points)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2

Elective subjects (37.50 points)

Biomedical Engineering Electives

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Semester 1

Note: BMEN90014 Biomedical Engineering Research Project can only be taken once a student has successfully completed four subjects. Approval to do the subject must be received from the Course Coordinator

Entry Requirements:

Academic Requirements

  • A four year bachelors degree in an engineering discipline with at least H3 (65%) average, or equivalent;


  • An undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline with at least H3 (65%) average, or equivalent, and at least three years of documented professional or work experience since graduation related to the undergraduate degree.

The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports and employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

Language Requirements

Please refer to the following link for accurate information regarding The University of Melbourne's entry requirements

NOTE: There will be no further entry into this course after Semester 1 2012.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwlth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements.Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit Website:

Further Study:


Graduate Attributes:

The Melbourne School of Engineering has mapped the University of Melbourne graduate attributes with Engineers Australia graduate attributes and Melbourne School of Engineering graduate attributes.

Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, the students should have developed:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Understanding of social, cultural, global, and environmental responsibilities and the need to employ principles of sustainable development
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and design to a specified operational performance
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • Ability to conduct an engineering project
  • Understanding of the business environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development

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