Modern medicine has given rise to the
development of a wide range of novel
engineering solutions to clinical problems.
Examples of these developments vary from
orthopaedic implants such as total hip
replacements to cardiovascular implants such as
coronary stents (small wire scaffolds inserted into
the blood vessels around the heart). As a result
of the increased collaboration between engineers
and doctors, the new discipline of biomedical
Engineering developed. Biomedical Engineering is
the fastest growing area of Engineering.
Students who follow this programme can look
forward to exciting and rewarding careers in the
biomedical engineering industry, an industry that
is undergoing major expansion internationally
and in Ireland. The biomedical engineering
industry in Ireland has factories from all the
major multinational companies resulting in the
need for highly skilled biomedical engineers.
Course Structure - Common Entry to Biomedical, Civil, Design & Manufacture and Mechanical Engineering
The programme is four years duration. Part I, which
comprises the first year of study (common entry programme), provides the student
with a foundation in fundamental engineering subjects:
The Biomedical Engineering course together
with the Civil Engineering, Design & Manufacture Engineering and Mechanical
Engineering all take the same first year modules (listed below).
In Part I you will also take Introduction to
Engineering 1 & 2. In these courses you are taught
how to write engineering reports and how to
present information to others. These courses also
provide you with an introduction to information
sources, plagiarism, problem solving techniques,
time management, intellectual property rights and
Engineering Maths 1
Engineering Maths 2
Eng. Mechanics 1
Engineering Mechanics. 2
Fluid Mechanics 1
Production Technology 1
Electrical Eng. 1
Introduction to Engineering 2
Introduction to Engineering
PART II - of the BE Biomedical Engineering
Part II comprises of Years 2, 3 & 4 of the course.
During year 2 (2 semesters), you will study
subjects including Introductory Anatomy and
Physiology, Mechanics of Solids, Computer
Aided Design, Materials, Thermodynamics and
Physiological Fluid Mechanics 1. At the end of
Year 2 you are placed in a company in the
biomedical engineering industry both in Ireland
and internationally for an 8 month Co-operative
Education Period. Typical companies include
Boston Scientific (Ireland & USA), Abbott
(Ireland & USA) and Medtronic (Ireland and
USA). In Year 3 (1 semester) you will undertake
courses including Physiological Fluid Mechanics
2, Biocompatibility and Finite Element Analysis.
The opportunity to study the Year 3 semester at
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, exists for
the top students in the class.
In Year 4 the Biomedical Engineering students
take courses including Biomaterials, Medical
Device Design, Microfluidics and Orthopaedic
Biomechanics and Mechanobiology. You also
undertake hospital visits to view operations
and observe Biomedical Engineering devices
in practice. In Year 4 you will complete a major
project with a Biomedical Engineering theme.
Engineering Mathematics 3
Mechanics of Solid 1
Engineering Mathematics 4
Physiological Fluid Mechanics 1
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Instrumentation and Control
Computer Aided Design
Cooperative Education 2
Engineering Mathematics 5
MECHANICS OF SOLIDS 2
FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS
PHYSIOLOGICAL FLUID MECHANICS 2
PROJECT 1 MECHANICAL ENG
MEDICAL DEVICE DESIGN AND PLACEMENT
PROJECT 2 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS
PROJECT 3 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
ORTHOPAEDIC BIOMECHANICS AND MECHANOBIOLOGY
Applicants are required to hold at
the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include:
Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and
Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.
In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade H4 in Mathematics and grade O6/H7 in one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Technology, Design & Communication Graphics/
Technical Drawing, Biology, Agricultural Science, Applied Maths, Construction Studies.
A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement. We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.
Careers open to you with a degree in
Biomedical Engineering include;
Design engineer (medical devices)
Want to find out more about possible careers with this degree?
I knew I wanted to study engineering because I wanted to know how stuff worked, from hairdryers to pacemakers, and I didn???t fear mathematics.
I had heard good stories about the social life but I also heard about UL???s great reputation with employers. When I found that I could enter mechanical engineering and later branch into more specialized streams such as biomedical I was sold. Like any first year when I started out I didn???t know what to expect but throughout my four years of studying I never regretted choosing this course. Engineering could never be accused of being boring - I learned so much more than how hairdryers work! CoOp in a medical device company confirmed my interest in the biomedical field; it introduced me to the working environment and proved the relevance of the modules I was studying.