Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering

Sept 2019 Entry

Programme code: JS3600

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation

Accumulation of at least 121 (for Biomedical Engineering stream student) or 124 (for Biomedical Engineering with Prosthetics and Orthotics stream student) credits 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. For students who do not have Level 2 or above in HKDSE Physics/Combined Science with Physics, 3 additional credits of Introduction to Physics are required.

Programme Intake
Fund Type
Programme Leader(s)

Dr MS Wong


The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only. They are subject to review.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

Biomedical engineering is recognised around the world as one of the fastest growing areas of innovation. It covers a wide spectrum of applications such as sensors and instrumentation systems 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 technology.


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.


Programme Characteristics

Biomedical engineering is a discipline that advances knowledge in engineering, biology, and medicine, and improves human health through cross-disciplinary activities that integrate engineering sciences with biomedical sciences and clinical practice. Biomedical engineers develop medical devices and technologies that solve medical and health-related problems.


Biomedical engineering is on a spectacular fast-track development path around the world. It encompasses both engineering principles and human life science with the aim of advancing and developing knowledge in bioinstrumentation, biomaterials, medical devices and bioinformatics for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, for patient rehabilitation and to improve health. As the geriatric population in Hong Kong and around the world will increase steadily in the coming decades, there will be a high level of demand for biomedical engineers. In 2004, the HKSAR government officially established a Medical Device Control Office under the Department of Health ( to raise public awareness about the safe use of medical devices and enable traders to familiarise themselves with future mandatory requirements.


In addition to building on foundation knowledge through classes on campus, students also obtain at least 280 hours of action learning through industrial attachment for BME stream student internship and 560 hours for BME with P&O stream student clinical attachment. These attachments offer good opportunities for students to put what they have learned into practice and accumulate work experience for their future careers. Attachments take place in hospitals and industries, and some of our students can have overseas placements in Australia, Canada, the Chinese mainland, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.


Exchange opportunities are available with our overseas partner institutes:

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

The programme has been granted provisional 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.


Career Prospects

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 engineering research and development, engineering design and product development, regulatory and business aspects of engineering, such as sales, marketing, and technical management.


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 at universities, hospitals and in the industry in the area of biomedical engineering.


  • The programme includes both academic studies and practical training in biomedical engineering.
  • Year 1 subjects such as 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, and establish students' foundation knowledge in health science areas such as anatomy and physiology. 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 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 such as in laboratory and design, 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 integrate biomedical science with engineering. 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 concentrations.
  • Biomedical engineering industrial internship/clinical attachments are arranged during the summer semester to broaden students' experience in the field.


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.

There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subject(s) with the highest weighting for admission score calculation include(s):

  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics (Extended part - Calculus and Statistics)
  • Mathematics (Extended part - Algebra and Calculus)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Combined Science: Biology + Chemistry
  • Combined Science: Biology + Physics
  • Combined Science: Physics + Chemistry

Other Information
While all bands are considered, the programme gives priority to Band A applicants.

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Any Best 5 Subjects

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Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2016-17: 25.2 (Any Best 5 Subjects)

2017-18: 24.9 (Any Best 5 Subjects)

2018-19: 24.6 (Any Best 5 Subjects)


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For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 3400 8577; email:

Student Message

My programme within the Department of Biomedical Engineering at PolyU has paved a path for me into the healthcare service industry. The programme’s focus on Prosthetics and Orthotics is unique in Hong Kong. Using knowledge of biomechanics, material science and pathologies, this programme nurtures students to become professional clinicians and serve the public by providing high-quality healthcare services. This summer, I had a two-month clinical attachment in the Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics at Tuen Mun Hospital, which allowed me to acquire more bedside clinical experience and learn about the real-life workings of the industry and the local healthcare system. This experience has shaped my perspective of the local healthcare servicing field and has better equipped me for my future career.


PolyU emphasises the all-round development of its students. In addition to striving for academic excellence, I have been able to explore and stretch my potential at PolyU by being selected for the university’s men’s volleyball team. PolyU has a well-established sports department, providing high-quality training and support to aid student athletes to perform well in both local inter-collegiate and international competitions. Last year, the men’s volleyball team received the gold medal in the University Sports Federation of Hong Kong competition, and PolyU won the overall inter-collegiate championship.

Chiu Ka Tsun, Edmond

Biomedical Engineering, as its name suggests, is an interdisciplinary study. In addition to academic education, BME supports students in gaining life experience in different areas.


International Exposure

BME provides numerous exchange programmes, study tours and other international collaborations. One memorable experience in U-life for me was the study trip to Canada, where I participated in the IUPESM 2015 World Congress and visited leading colleges in Toronto. We explored the latest medical technologies and innovative products, which I found to be impressive and inspiring. We gained a better understanding of the global market and applications of biomedical engineering.


Research Programme

BME provides a specific research programme for undergraduates. It is an awesome learning platform. Students can choose the research teams they are interested in. Through this scheme, I gained experience of idea exchange and research methodology, and was given useful suggestions from professors and research team members. You will certainly find yourself improving if you join this scheme.


Service Learning

BME encourages students to apply their acquired knowledge. The service trip to China was an excellent experience. We provided orthotic treatment to children with cerebral palsy. The trip was extremely satisfying, and I deeply appreciated how meaningful my chosen profession was. “To learn and to serve” is the basis of BME, and was fully realised through my experiences.

Choi Ching Hei



Additional Documents Required

No information is available at present.

Interview Arrangement

Date: After the announcement of HKDSE results
Mode:Group interview and discussion

To evaluate the potential for and interest of applicants in the programme, and to observe students' communication skills, logical thinking and interpersonal skills.


45 minutes


Selected Band A applicants will be invited to the interview.