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Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering

Entry Route LM116 Engineering (Common Entry)

Course Details

Course Code: LM116

Level: NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
Length: 4 Years
CAO Minimum Points Entry 2016: 460
Course Leader: Dr. Tara Dalton
Phone: 00 353 61 202961
Email: tara.dalton@ul.ie

Admissions
Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Email: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus

Why Study Biomedical Engineering at UL?

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:

Mathematics | Computing | Engineering Mechanics | Physical Chemistry | Electrical Principles
Fluid Mechanics | Production Technology | The Engineering Profession

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 sustainability.

Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer
MA4001 Engineering Maths 1 MA4002 Engineering Maths 2 Vacation
ME4111 Eng. Mechanics 1 ME4112 Engineering Mechanics. 2
CH4001 Chemistry ME4412 Fluid Mechanics 1
ME4611 Computing PE4112 Production Technology 1
EE4001 Electrical Eng. 1 ME4002 Introduction to Engineering 2
ME4001 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.

Year 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Summer
MA4003 Engineering Mathematics 3 IE4214 Industrial Organisation
ME4213 Mechanics of Solid 1 MA4004 Engineering Mathematics 4
ME4523 Thermodymanics 1 ME4736 Physiological Fluid Mechanics 1
LS4003 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology>/td> ME4714 Instrumentation and Control
ME4003 Computer Aided Design MT4002 Materials 1
Year 3 Semester 5 Semester 6 Summer

CO4310 Cooperative Education 2 MA4006 Engineering Mathematics 5
    ME4306 Biocompatability
  ME4226 MECHANICS OF SOLIDS 2
  ME4616 FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS
  ME4746 PHYSIOLOGICAL FLUID MECHANICS 2
Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8 Summer
ME4017 PROJECT 1 MECHANICAL ENG ME6008 MICROFLUIDICS
ME4427 MEDICAL DEVICE DESIGN AND PLACEMENT ME4018 PROJECT 2 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
ME4438 COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS ME4028 PROJECT 3 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
EP4407 ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT ME4008 ORTHOPAEDIC BIOMECHANICS AND MECHANOBIOLOGY
ME4307 BIOMATERIALS 1 ME4308 BIOMATERIALS 2

Entry Requirements

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.

Career Prospects

Careers open to you with a degree in Biomedical Engineering include;

  • Design engineer (medical devices)
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Polymer engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Biomaterials Development
  • Sterilisation engineer
  • Quality Engineer

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Student Profile

Grace Kelly
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.

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