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Materials Science/Biomedical E - 3138

Program Summary

Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Typical Duration: 5 Years
Typical UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC Per Semester: 3
Max UOC Per Semester: 27
Min UOC For Award: 240
Bachelor of Engineering (Major)

Program Description

Note: this program is currently being reviewed by faculty. For confirmation of program requirements and availability, please contact the School of Materials Science

An increasing number of materials engineers in Australia and overseas are involved in the development, processing, and application of materials used in many areas of biomedical engineering including orthopaedics, dental and maxilliofacial implants, artificial vascular materials, controlled drug delivery, prosthetics and orthotics, and device housings. In many areas of medical technology, a concurrent study of materials and biomedical engineering form a logical and useful training. The objectives of the concurrent degree program will prepare materials engineers to work in these areas of biomedical technology like many of their overseas counterparts.

The five-year concurrent degree program consisting of a Bachelor of Engineering (in Process Metallurgy, Physical Metallurgy, Ceramic Engineering or Materials Science) and a Master of Biomedical Engineering (BE/MBiomedE) is specifically designed to cater for students wishing to pursue a career in biomedical engineering through the technical base of materials science and engineering. The concurrent BE/MBiomedE program is 240 units of credit (UOC) (5 years full-time) by allowing 18 UOC of graduate level MBiomedE courses to substitute for elective courses in the BE and one undergraduate BE elective to substitute for a MBiomedE elective. This overlap arrangement is only available to students who complete the BE/MBiomedE program. Students who discontinue the BE/MBiomedE program to complete the BE program only will have to complete the normal 192 UOC BE program but may be given credit for some of the BIOM courses completed. All students are required to have gained at least 12 weeks of approved industrial experience before graduation and to have submitted satisfactory reports on such work. Industrial experience is usually obtained during a long vacation at the end of years 2 and 3.

The Institution of Engineers, Australia recognises the Bachelor of Engineering components of the BE/MBiomedE programs as meeting the examination requirements for admission to graduate and corporate membership. Furthermore, examination requirements are met for the membership of the Institution's College of Biomedical Engineering. The degree is accorded substantial or complete recognition by overseas engineering institutions.

Please note that this program is subject to approval.

Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Please refer to the section above of contact the School of Materials Science & Engineering for information regarding the Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes.

Program Structure

The Bachelor of Engineering component of the program requires students to undertake study in one of the following four plans:
In addition, a number of electives can be chosen from other plans. The first year of study is common to all plans. Specialisation occurs in the later years of study, though some courses are still common to all plans. Only the courses that are common to every plan are set out below. A student's plan would determine the composition of the rest of each stage of their program - i.e. their Professional Electives.

For information on the Plans available within this Program, please follow the Plan links at the bottom of this Program entry.

Students can change their selection of study plans up to the end of Session 1 of the third year. pertaining to the MBiomedE component of the program are each of the 5 stages of the program.

Stage 1 of all plans
PLUS 18 unit of credits (UOC) of Stage 1 electives (Click here for full list of electives)
Required elective:
Recommended electives:

Stage 2 of all plans
  • General Education course (3 UOC)
Note: MATH2049, MATH2059 and General Education courses are for re-enrolling students.

Stage 3 of all plans
  • Professional Electives totalling 12 UOC
  • General Education courses (6 UOC)
Note: MATS5113 and MATS5323 are for re-enrolling students.

Stage 4 of all plans
  • Professional Electives totalling 9 UOC
  • General Education courses (3 UOC)
Note: MATS1092 is for re-enrolling students.

Stage 5 of all plans
  • Two BIOM electives totalling 12 UOC
  • Biomedical Engineering electives totalling 18 UOC
Note: MATS1343 and MATS1354 are for re-enrolling students.

General Education Requirements

Students in this program must also satisfy the General Education requirements.
For further information, please refer to "General Education" in the Table of Contents (see left-hand side of page).

Academic Rules

Please refer to Program Structure and contact the School of Materials Science & Engineering for the Academic Requirements relating to this program.


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Further Information

Academic Plans

The professional and technical electives that define the Physical Metallurgy, Process Metallurgy, Materials Engineering and Ceramic Engineering academic plans in the BE/MBiomedE program are the same as those specified for the corresponding academic plans in BE program 3135.

Area(s) of Specialisation

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