Bioinformatics/Biomed Eng - 3757

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 (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 Bioinformatics (see 3647) 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 Bioinformatics 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

Program Structure

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  • BIOM9xxx Postgraduate Elective (12UoC)
  • BIOM9xxx Postgraduate Elective (6UoC) OR PHSL2221 - Principles of Physiology B (6UOC)
  • General Education (6UoC)
  • Life Sciences Elective (6UoC)
  • Computing/Maths Elective (6UoC)

  • BIOM9xxx Postgraduate Elective (6UoC)
  • BIOM9914 Masters Thesis OR BIOM9xxx Postgraduate Electives (12UoC)
  • Life Sciences Elective (6UoC)
  • Computing/Maths Elective (6UoC)
  • COMP/MATH/Life Sciences Elective (6UoC)

Bioinformatics Electives
Any BIOC/BIOT/MICR/BABS3xxx course for which prerequisites have been completed can be selected as a 3rd year life science elective. Recommended electives include:
Any COMP2xxx or Level 3/4/9 COMP course for which prerequisites have been completed can be selected as computing elective. The computing elective can also be replaced by one of the following Mathematics and Statistics course:

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.
Note that the BE (Bioinformatics) program allows a variation in standard prerequisites for some courses. Bioinformatics students who want to enrol in these courses will need to request manual enrolment after consultation with the program authority.

General Education Requirements

Students in this program must complete 6UOC of General Education courses.

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


Honours will be awarded to students who have achieved superior grades in courses over the Bachelor of Engineering component of the program including the successful completion of a thesis at sufficient standard, according to the Faculty of Engineering's Honours Grading Policy.

Academic Rules

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


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


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 myUNSW 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

Industrial Training Requirement

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.

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.

Accreditation will be sought from the Australian Computing Society.

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