Bioengineering Systems

Biomedical engineering is the fastest growing, most exciting, and most challenging area in engineering today. It operates at the intersection between new technologies and understandings of how biological systems work, making it both an exciting and challenging discipline.

In response to the demand for bioscience graduates with highly developed problem-solving skills, the field of bioengineering is now a strength at the University of Melbourne. Students with inquisitive minds now have the opportunity to pursue this exciting fusion of engineering, science and medicine.

Studying a bioengineering major through Biomedicine leads directly to a Master of Engineering (Biomedical) or Master of Engineering (Biomedical with Business) and professional registration as an engineer.

The central aim of completing this major, followed by a Master of Biomedical Engineering, is to help students become fluent in both the languages of biology and engineering. As a graduate, you will be well-placed at the epicentre of this 21st century revolution in medicine and the treatment of disease.

  • Career Options

    Engineering graduates from the University of Melbourne find interesting and varied employment, reflecting the breadth and value of the courses offered and the University's close links with industry. Biomedical engineers work in hospitals, industry, research and educational institutions. The opportunities for graduates are increasing as technology advances. The problem-solving and design skills, unique to engineers, make graduates attractive to employers across many sectors of the health profession. Biomedical engineers may also pursue communication and management-related roles. For a full understanding of the exciting opportunities available, read about careers in bioengineering.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Biomedicine graduates with a Bioengineering Systems major are very well placed for further study in honours, graduate professional entry degrees or, upon completion of appropriate research training preparation following the Bachelor of Biomedicine, research higher degrees. They are also eligible to continue on to the Master of Engineering (Biomedical) and the Master of Engineering (Biomedical with Business).

    Depending on the major undertaken, students may apply for an Honours program upon completion of the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

    Graduate Professional Entry Degrees
    For students who wish to continue professional studies at graduate level, the degree provides a pathway into a range of graduate professional entry programs, some of which also provide research training.

    Research Higher Degrees
    For students who wish to explore biomedicine research questions in greater depth, there will be opportunities to proceed to Research Higher Degrees at masters and doctoral level. Research training preparation within the Honours year, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters degree will be required as preparation for a research higher degree.

    MDHS Graduate Pathways advice is available at the Health Hub.

Sample Course Plan

Bachelor of Biomedicine - Bioengineering Systems Major

Year 1
Semester 1 BIOL10002
Biomolecules & Cells
Calculus 2
Chemistry for Biomedicine
Sports Coaching: Theory & Practice
Semester 2 BIO10003
Genes & Environment
Linear Algebra
Engineering Systems Design 2
Our Planet, Our Health
Year 2
Semester 1 BIOM20001
Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
Biomechanical Physics & Computation
Relating Health and Learning
Semester 2 BIOM20002
Human Structure & Function
Engineering Mathematics
Drugs That Shape Society
Year 3
Semester 1 BIOM30002
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
Introduction to Biomechanics
Circuits & Systems
Global Health, Security & Sustainability
Semester 2 BIOM30001
Frontiers in Biomedicine
Biotransport Processes
Biosystems Design
Living Longer: A Global Diagnosis

*This is a sample course plan only. Subjects offered may change from year to year. Current subject offerings available in the University Handbook.
*The breadth subjects featured in this plan are examples only. You must complete at least four breadth subjects in this degree.


  Course  Core Subjects   Major Core Subjects   Other science areas of study to complement the major
  Subjects leading to major   Major Elective Subjects   Breadth Subjects

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