Computer Eng/Biomed Eng - 3728

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering


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

UAC Code: 425012

ATAR: 91  

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Engineering (Major)

Master of Biomedical Engineering (Major)

Information valid for students commencing 2013.
Students who commenced prior to 2013 should go to the Handbook's Previous Editions

Program Description

This dual degree program is specifically designed for undergraduate students wishing to pursue a career in either Computer Engineering (see 3645) or Biomedical Engineering. Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering principles to developing technologies and solving problems in a diverse range of health care related fields e.g. implantable bionics, drug delivery systems, medical imaging, radiotherapies, orthopedic devices, telemedicine, robotic surgery, cell and tissue engineering, records management, physical rehabilitation and others. This program is integrated to provide fundamental engineering skills with an undergraduate focus on Computer Engineering and specialist postgraduate level training in Biomedical Engineering.

At the end of the program successful candidates will graduate with a Bachelor in Engineering and a Masters in Biomedical Engineering. Students are expected to perform at a credit average (65%) or better in their first three years to be permitted to continue with the Masters part of the program. Students who do not satisfy this requirement can revert to the Bachelor of Engineering program.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

Please seeRules

Program Structure

Year 1
And ONE of:
And ONE of:
And ONE of:
And ONE of:
Note: Students who have already completed 12 UOC of BE First Year Electives may use this credit to count towards 6 UOC of Breadth Elective and 6 UOC of Depth Elective. If you have any questions, please contact the CSE Student Office.

Year 2

Year 3
PLUS either PHPH2221 or BIOM9XXX (6uoc)
PLUS Breadth Elective (6uoc)

Year 4
PLUS Breadth Electives (6uoc)
PLUS Breadth/Coverage Elective (6uoc)
PLUS Depth Elective (12uoc)

Year 5
PLUS BIOM9XXX Postgraduate elective (6uoc)
PLUS Depth Elective (6uoc)
PLUS General Education (6uoc)
PLUS BIOM9914 or BIOM9XXX electives (12uoc)

Biomedical Engineering Electives
For a full list of Biomedical Engineering Electives please refer to the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering in the Postgraduate Handbook and see the GSBME web page for current course outlines.

General Education Requirements

UNSW wants all students to develop skills in a broad range of areas, not just in their specific study discipline, and so students in all degrees are required to undertake a number of general studies courses outside their discipline.

It may not be possible for Computer Science students to enrol in general education courses that are similar in content to the courses offered in the Computer Science degree so please check with the School of Computer Science.


Honours will be awarded to students who have achieved superior grades in BE courses including the successful completion of a thesis at sufficient standard. Weighted average marks required for Honours grades are given below: The School of Computer Science and Engineering uses an internal method for calculating this average, the information provided by New South Student is not used for this purpose.

Honours Class 1: WA greater than or equal to 75

Honours Class 2: Division 1: WA equal to 70 up to and including 74

Division 2: WA equal to 65 up to and including 69

Academic Rules

Bachelor of Engineering Program Rules

1. The Bachelor of Engineering is awarded following the completion of a minimum of 192 units of credit.

2. The specific requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering in the various disciplines are set out in the relevant sections in this Handbook.

3. The degree may be awarded with Honours, based upon the overall performance in the program and in accordance with Faculty and School policies. Honours are awarded in the following classes - Class 1, Class 2 Division 1, Class 2 Division 2.

4. The standard duration of the program is four years, or eight sessions, of full-time study each comprising 24 units of credit. Students may undertake the program over a longer period on the basis of part-time study.

5. Each student is required to complete a minimum of 60 days of approved experience in industry prior to graduation.

6. General Education electives may only be attempted after the student has attempted at least 24 units of credit.


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:

Industrial Training

At least 60 days of approved industrial training must be completed before graduation. Industrial Training should be concurrent with enrolment and is best accumulated in the summer recesses at the end of years 2 and 3, but must be completed by the end of year 4

Further Information

Some courses listed here also offer advanced versions.

Computing Requirements
Information regarding recommended computing equipment and software for the program is available from the School of Computer Science and Engineering Help Desk.

Professional recognition

Engineers Australia

The professional body for engineering in Australia is Engineers Australia, which has as its first objective the promotion of the science and practice of engineering in all its branches.

Engineers Australia has its national headquarters in Canberra and functions through a series of divisions, the local one being the Sydney Division. Within each division are branches representing the main interests within the profession, e.g. civil, mechanical, electrical, engineering management and environmental engineering.

Students of an approved school of engineering may join the Institution as a student member (StudIEAust). Student members receive the monthly publication Engineers Australia and for a small fee they also receive The Transactions which contains articles on a particular branch of engineering.

Student members are invited to participate in the Excellence Award for Work Experience, the National Young Engineer of the Year Award and to avail themselves of other Engineers Australia services including the Mentor Scheme and industrial experience guidance.

For more information and membership application forms, contact Engineers Australia, Sydney Division, Level 3, 8 Thomas Street, CHATSWOOD NSW 2067 - telephone 02 9410 5600

The Australian Computing Society

The peak professional body for computing in Australia is the Australian Computing Society (ACS) -

The objectives of the ACS can be found here and include: "advanc[ing] professional excellence in information and communications technology, and further[ing] the study, science and application of information and communications technology."

Again, students who want to join ACS should go to Member Application

Area(s) of Specialisation