Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering
Sept 2020 EntryProgramme code: JS3600
Duration and Credit Requirement
Accumulation of at least 121 credits (for Biomedical Engineering stream student) or 124 credits (for Biomedical Engineering with Prosthetics and Orthotics stream student) plus 5 Industrial Center training credits; and 4 (for Biomedical Engineering stream student) or 8 (for Biomedical Engineering with Prosthetics and Orthotics stream student) Work-Integrated Education training credits for the award of BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering. Students may be required to take an extra subject in physics depending on their entry qualifications.
Dr. Thomas Ming-Hung LEE
- The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only. They are subject to review.
Aims and Characteristics
Biomedical engineering is recognized around the world as one of the fastest growing areas of innovation. It covers a wide spectrum of applications such as devices that are used by health professionals in their diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative practices; implants that are placed in patients for their health maintenance; prostheses, orthoses and assistive devices that are used by people with special needs to facilitate their daily activities; and healthcare products and exercise equipment for general health promotion.
This developing global field requires professionals who understand both the health issues that motivate these technologies and the engineering solutions that they offer. It needs individuals with a solid foundation in both health sciences and engineering technologies.
Our BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering programme prepares students for such a challenging career. They have opportunities to take subjects in both life sciences and engineering, and to integrate these concepts in interdisciplinary applications to improve human health.
In addition to building on foundation knowledge through classes on campus, students also obtain practical learning through the industrial internship/clinical attachment (280 hours industrial internship for BME stream student and 560 hours clinical attachment for BME with P&O stream student). These internships/attachments offer good opportunities for students to put what they have learned into practice and accumulate work experience for their future careers. Internships/attachments take place in industries and hospitals, and some of our students can have overseas placements (eg. Canada, China, Czech Republic, Japan, Singapore, UK and USA).
Exchange opportunities are available with our overseas partner institutes:
Jonkoping University, Sweden (ju.se/en/study-at-ju/our-programmes/bachelor-programmes/prosthetics-and-orthotics-ortopedingenjor);
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland (www.metropolia.fi/en/degree-programmes/welfare-human-functioning/prosthetics-and-orthotics);
University of Pennsylvania, USA (www.seas.upenn.edu/be);
University of Strathclyde, UK (www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/biomedicalengineering/); and
Washington University in St. Louis, USA (bme.wustl.edu).
- The programme includes both academic studies and practical training in biomedical engineering.
- Year 1 subjects such as Chemistry, Human Biology, Mathematics, and Physics provide students with foundation knowledge in engineering technology.
- Year 2 subjects further establish students' foundation knowledge in related engineering areas such as bioelectronics, biomechanics, and computer programming. The programme has two streams: Biomedical Engineering (BME) and Biomedical Engineering with Prosthetics and Orthotics (BME with P&O). Each student can select one stream according to their interests and strengths. Indication of the stream will be requested at the end of Year 2.
- Year 3 subjects further strengthen students' knowledge of biomedical engineering, give them the opportunity to combine biomedical and engineering aspects and develop their ability in critical inquiry and thinking. One unique feature of our programme is that students take the subject Biomedical Engineering Research and Design Studies for four consecutive semesters in Year 2 and Year 3, which gives them the opportunity to build an innovative medical device prototype. Students can start to take BME and P&O Electives on different topics according to their streams.
- Year 4 includes advanced and applied biomedical engineering subjects and a Capstone Project. Students further take BME & P&O Electives according to their streams.
- Biomedical engineering industrial internships/clinical attachments are arranged during the summer semester to broaden students' experience in the field.
Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.polyu.edu.hk/bme/curriculum/.
Recognition and Prospects
The programme has been granted full accreditation by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).
Students who complete the prosthetics or orthotics subjects offered in the programme are eligible to sit for the certification examination of the Hong Kong Society of Certified Prosthetist-Orthotists (HKSCPO). This programme has been accredited by the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) as a Category I professional programme.
Professional Engineering Practice
- Working in medical device industrial settings, hospitals, the government, medical device regulatory firms, or other biomedical institutions, graduates apply their knowledge in biomedical engineering. This includes clinical engineering, entrepreneurship, quality assurance and regulatory affairs, sales and marketing, and service engineering.
Professional Clinical Practice
- Graduates work in hospitals and healthcare sectors, including prosthetists and orthotists, clinical and rehabilitation engineers and hospital scientific officers, and in healthcare product customer services.
Basic and Applied Research in Engineering, Biology, or Medicine
- Graduates can conduct basic and applied research in university, hospital and industry.
Please click here to view the entrance requirements for international applicants.
- Applicants attaining good results in science subjects (Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics) are preferred.
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