Software Eng/Biomed Eng - 3749

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering


Campus: Sydney

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 (Specialisation)

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 Software Engineering or Biomedical Engineering. This program is integrated to provide fundamental engineering skills with an undergraduate focus on Software Engineering and specialist postgraduate level training in Biomedical Engineering.

Software Engineering is an Engineering profession concerned with the processes, methods, and tools for the design and development of high quality, reliable software systems. This involves the study and application of software specification, design, implementation, testing, and documentation of software. Target systems may range from simple software applications to mission-critical real-time systems.

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.

At the end of the program successful candidates will graduate with a Bachelor of 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. Student who do not satisfy this requirement can revert to the Bachelor of Engineering program.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

For further information please visit the CSE Website.

Program Structure

A detailed program structure can be found on the CSE website, which includes suggested scheduling of courses by stage and semester.

Requirements for the award of the BE (Software):
Requirements for the award of the MBiomedE:
And ONE of:
  • Biomedical Engineering Elective (6UOC)
  • Biomedical Engineering Electives (30 UOC)
And ONE of:
  • Biomedical Electives (12 UOC)
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 Pages 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 Engineering students to enrol in general education courses that are similar in content to the courses offered in the Computer Engineering degree. Please check with the School of Computer Science.

Academic Rules

Please refer to Program Structure for the Academic Requirements relating to this program.


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

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