Course Overview

This is a one-academic year Master of Engineering (ME) programme in Biomedical Engineering, based at NUI Galway’s new, award-winning Engineering Building. The programme is designed to give an advanced educational experience in biomedical engineering to bachelors graduates, focusing on developing advanced technical knowledge and skills and real-world implementation of these in terms of innovation, commercialization and business development.

The programme is specifically designed to satisfy the educational criteria of Engineers Ireland for Chartered Engineer professional accreditation, and achieved full accreditation in 2015.

It is interdisciplinary in nature, based around a sound engineering educational core, enhanced by direct linkages with science and medicine. The programme is delivered by staff members who are world leaders in terms of research and interactions with industry.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre(PAC). Entry to the programme is open to individuals who have a Second Class Honours Grade 2, Level 8 degree (or equivalent) in Biomedical Engineering or in a related discipline.

Who Teaches this Course

College of Engineering and Informatics

Professor Peter McHugh—Programme Director
Professor Gearoid O’Laighin
Professor Sean Leen
Dr Barry O’Brien
Mr Enda Fallon
Dr Kathryn Cormican
Dr Laoise McNamara
Dr Manus Biggs
Dr Mark Bruzzi
Ms Mary Dempsey
Dr Noel Harrison
Dr Pat Donnellan
Dr Pat McGarry
Dr Stefan Lohfeld

College of Science

Professor Michel Destrade
Dr Yury Rochev

College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences

Professor Matt Griffin
Dr Mary Murphy
Dr Thomas Ritter

College of Business, Public Policy & Law

Mr Cathal Ó Curraoin 

A broad range of contributions from senior clinical staff across a range of areas (including cardiology, orthopaedics, pathology, vascular surgery, cardio-thoracic surgery) including:

Dr F. Bennani
Mr W. Curtin
Mr S. Sultan
Mr W Tawfick
Mr F. Shannon
Dr J. Crowley
Dr F. Sharif
Mr M. Da Costa

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Entry to the programme is open to individuals who have a Second Class Honours Grade 2, Level 8 degree (or equivalent) in Biomedical Engineering or in a related discipline.

Additional Requirements


9 months, full-time

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date website.

Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting



PAC code


Course Outline

The development of this 60 ECTS programme has been driven by the needs of the medical technology industry and of cutting-edge biomedical engineering research at NUI Galway, ensuring the relevance of the delivered content.  It combines instruction through taught modules and a significant project-based learning component. The programme is designed around the core areas of biomechanics, biomaterials, and medical devices.  Students take 25 ECTS in biomedical engineering specific modules and 15 ECTS in transferrable skills modules. A substantial group project of 20 ECTS on clinically driven medical device innovation and design is performed.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The programme aims to generate the future leaders of the medical technology industry, and of academic research and teaching in biomedical engineering.  Graduates will be employable in medical technology and high-tech industries (e.g., micro-electronics, pharmaceuticals). Employment roles will include research and development (R&D), design assurance, manufacturing and production, quality assurance and regulatory affairs. Graduates will also be ideally qualified to undertake PhD-level research, leading to employment in the academic and industrial research sectors.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€4,900 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

€4,676 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2016/17

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