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At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
The MSc in Biomedical Engineering is designed to give an advanced educational experience in biomedical engineering. The programme focuses on developing advanced technical knowledge and skills, coupled with real-world implementation through research and innovation.
Combining a substantial research component with instruction through taught modules and a significant project-based learning component, the aim of the programme is to generate the future leaders of the international medical technology industry, academic research and teaching in biomedical engineering.
The programme builds on the already highly successful BE and ME programmes in Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway. It combines state-of-the-art graduate level taught modules with modern medical technology research. The programme is closely related to the ME in Biomedical Engineering (PAC code: GYE18), but is broader in scope and also includes a substantial one-year 30 ECTS research thesis.
The MSc is specifically designed to appeal to Irish and international students with a variety of relevant educational backgrounds, particularly those who have a strong foundation in mathematics and engineering from their Undergraduate education.
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 Honour Grade one, Level 8 degree in Biomedical Engineering or in a related discipline. If a student has an undergraduate degree in a related discipline, the application will be reviewed to establish whether the student has an appropriate depth of undergraduate level content in engineering-related modules, particularly mathematics and physics.
If you have an accredited undergraduate Engineering level 8 (or equivalent) degree you may also be interested inME Biomedical Engineering.
Who Teaches this Course
College of Engineering and Informatics
Professor Peter McHugh - Head of Discipline
Dr Patrick McGarry
Discipline of Mechanical Engineering:
Discipline of Electrical and Electronic Engineering:
College of Science
College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences
A broad range of contributions from senior clinical staff across a range of areas (including cardiology, orthopaedics, pathology, vascular surgery, cardio-thoracic surgery) including:
College of Business, Public Policy & Law
Requirements and Assessment
1 year, full-time
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Mode of study
This one year programme is designed around three areas: biomechanics / medical devices, biomaterials and bioelectronics. A substantial thesis of 30 ECTS on a state-of-the-art topic in medical technology research has to be undertaken.
Students take at least 15 ECTS in foundational modules and up to 45 ECTS in advanced modules.
Students study a wide range of advanced Biomedical Engineering subjects that offer practical and transferable training for future careers in research or the MedTech industry.
The advanced Biomedical Engineering subjects are:
- Biomaterials/Advanced Biomaterials
- Biomechanics/Advanced Biomechanics
- Medical and Surgical Practice
- Medical Implant and Device Design
- Tissue Engineering/Advanced Tissue Engineering
- Computational Methods in Engineering Analysis/ Advanced Finite Element Methods
The advanced interdisciplinary modules are:
- Advanced Mechanics of Materials
- Non-Linear Elasticity
- Partial Differential Equations
- Graphics and Image Processing
- Bioinstrumentation Design
- Embedded Image Processing
- Reconfigurable System on a Chip
- Stem Cells and Gene Therapy II
- Polymer Engineering
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Translational Medicine
- Basic and Advanced Immunology
The practical and transferable modules are:
- Financial Management
- Project Management
- Lean Systems
- Research Methods for Engineers
- Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Human Reliability
To find out more about these modules, the descriptions can be found at
Modules for 2017-18Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
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- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (90 Credits)Optional BME5100: Advanced Computational Biomechanics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME516: Advanced Mechanics of Materials - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MP410: Non-Linear Elasticity - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE450: Lean Systems - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME521: Research Methods for Engineers - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional IE446: Project Management - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional AY872: Financial Management I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MP494: Partial Differential Equations - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional BME400: Biomechanics - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional BME405: Tissue Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional BME6101: Computational Methods in Engineering Analysis - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional EE445: Digital Signal Processing - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional BME500: Advanced Biomaterials - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME432: Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME3104: Introduction to Regulatory Affairs in Manufacturing - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional BME5101: Mechanobiology - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required BME5102: Biomedical Engineering Thesis - 30 Credits - Semester 1
Optional MD507: Stem Cells & Gene Therapy II - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional BME4101: Biotransport - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional BME403: Medical Implant and Device Design - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional ME5106: Advanced Manufacturing - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional CT336: Graphics And Image Processing - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional BME502: Advanced Tissue Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EE502: Bioinstrumentation Design - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional BME501: Advanced Finite Element Methods - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional REM502: Translational Medicine - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional REM508: Graduate Course in Basic and Advanced Immunology - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional ME429: Polymer Engineering - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EE551: Embedded Image Processing - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional EE590: Reconfigurable System on Chip (rSoC) Design - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional ME572: Human Reliability - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional BME4103: Engineering Analysis for Regulatory Approval - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Why Choose This Course?
Graduates will be readily employable in the medical technology and cognate high-tech industries (e.g., micro-electronics, pharmaceuticals). In the medical technology industry in particular, 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.
Top Three Reasons to Choose an MSc in Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway
1. Trains Biomedical Engineers to meet specific Industry needs:
The Masters in Biomedical Engineering has been designed to produce top quality Biomedical Engineers that can meet the needs of the rapidly evolving technologies in the biomedical device sector. We have developed strong industrial relationships, which are fundamental to the success of our program. Galway city is a hub for smaller start-up Biomedical Engineering companies and there are employment opportunities in these exciting environments.
2. Teaches the skills to research and help solve real-world problems:
One of the key aspects of the MSc in Biomedical Engineering is the 30 ECTS Master’s Thesis project. This project challenges students to undertake individual study in specific topics and derive solutions using both their engineering and biological skills. Many students undertake projects, which are part of larger research projects within the Discipline and at the Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM). Some examples of recent projects include:
- Development of a “Bone-on-a-chip” device for screening drug candidates for treatment of Osteoporosis
- Finite Element Modelling of Surgical Cutting for Orthopaedic Applications
- Developing micro-pillar mechanosensitive substrates to measure the forces exerted by neurons on electrically conducting polymeric surfaces
- Investigation of the fracture properties of bone and finite element prediction of femoral fracture risk during hip replacement surgery
3. Immerses students in real-world Clinical settings:
Biomedical engineers are true innovators who use their broad knowledge to develop new medical devices and machines that can improve health and save lives. To fully expose our students to their potential we have a strong input from healthcare professionals and clinicians into the program. This includes formal lectures delivered by clinicians and faculty from the School of Medicine and in particular the Western Vascular Institute. Students are brought into real clinical situations, when they visit operating theatres and witness real procedures. Our students engage in projects to design new solutions to existing problems they observe in the clinical setting (Western Vascular Institute). These elements ensure that our students identify and exploit their engineering expertise to improve the world of clinical medicine by developing new methods to help prevent, diagnose and treat all types of diseases, injuries and disabilities.
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Professor Laoise McNamara
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What Our Students Say
Dharmesh Barot | Biomedical Engineer
I completed my bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from India. As a Biomedical Engineer I was looking for a course which falls in line with the medical industry requirements but that would also upgrade my skills. The Masters in Biomedical Engineering at the National university of Ireland, Galway has all the ingredients to boost my career. Not only was I able to complete my theoretical course work smoothly with the guidance of professors and staff members but the state of the art facilities provided by the department has helped me to complete my master’s thesis successfully. The MSc in Biomedical Engineering has helped me to build that confidence and skill set which is an absolute necessity for medical device industry.
Robert Johnston | BSc Physics with Medical Physics, NUI Galway
The MSc in Biomedical Engineering at NUIG is a challenging but very rewarding course which I enjoyed immensely. Not only does it harness all aspects of your undergraduate degree to be used in the vastly growing biomedical field, but it also gives you the opportunity to be innovative, to research independently as well as work in teams and develop fundamental design and analytical skills through both design projects and a research based thesis, all of which are important to being an engineer in the industry. Along with this, the researchers and lecturers are clearly passionate and at the forefront of their research areas and this makes content easier to understand. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in this area, as I feel that after completion of this course I am fully prepared for my future engineering career.
Susan Lowry | B.Sc. Physics with Biomedical Sciences, DCU
I chose the M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering in NUIG because I came from a B.Sc. Physics with Biomedical Sciences and I was looking for a way to specialize in the biomedical sector with a view towards tissue engineering and/or device design. I feel that this course suits me perfectly, as it has a selection of many of the things I have a desire to study further. There are a lot of choices in the modules, so you can tailor the degree to your own interests and career goals. Through the completion of a year-long research project I hope to bring my research skills and experience to the next level.