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Mechanical Eng/Biomed Eng - 3683

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)
Master of Biomedical Engineering (Major)

Program Description

This concurrent degree program is specifically designed for undergraduate students wishing to pursue a career in Biomedical Engineering. This allows students to enter an integrated program which provides both the prerequisite engineering education and the specialist Biomedical Engineering training. Students are expected to perform at a Credit average (65%) or better in their first three years to be permitted to progress to the Masters component of a concurrent degree program. Students who at the end of Year 3, do not satisfy the requirements for progression to the Masters component may complete the Bachelor of Engineering. At the completion of the Bachelor of Engineering, students may enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Engineering with advanced standing for the (postgraduate) biomedical courses previously completed. Students may elect at any time to revert to the BE program. If, once entering a concurrent degree program, students wish to revert to the normal BE programs they will need to satisfy the requirements for the BE as set out in the relevant sections of the Handbook. Since the concurrent degree program introduces courses additional to those in the BE, the student reverting to the normal BE program may require up to an additional year to achieve a BE after completing years 3 or 4 of the concurrent degree program.

Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Program Structure

  • The first program structures listed (Years 1 - 5) are under the new flexible structure for students who commenced in 2006 and onwards.
  • The program structures for students who enrolled prior to 2006 (Years 3 to 5) are listed after the flexible structure.

Year 1 (Flexible)

Choose ONE of:

And ONE of:

And ONE of:

Plus these following 3 courses:
Plus choose 2 Electives from the Year 1 Elective List

Suggested Year 1 electives are:
  1. ENGG1811 is an acceptable alternative for COMP1911
  2. Not all courses are offered in both sessions but students should complete 24 UOC in each session.
Year 2
For information relating to Years 3 and 4 of the flexible program structure please refer to the school website

Year 3

  • Biomedical Engineering Elective (6 UOC)

Year 4

  • Biomedical Engineering Elective (6UOC)

Year 5

  • Biomedical Engineering Elective (12UOC)

  • Biomedical Engineering Electives (12UOC)
  • Professional Electives (6UOC)


Year 4
  • Biomedical Engineering Elective (6 UOC)
  • Mechanical Engineering Technical Elective (6 UOC)

Year 5
  • Biomedical Engineering Electives (24 UOC)
  • General Education Electives (6 UOC)
Masters Thesis

Masters Thesis BIOM9913 Project Report can be taken instead of 12 UOC of Biomedical Engineering Electives.

Biomedical Engineering Electives

For a full list of Biomedical Engineering Electives, refer to the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering in the Postgraduate Handbook.

General Education Requirements

Academic Rules


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Professional Recognition

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

Area(s) of Specialisation

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