Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering
生物醫學工程(榮譽)理學士學位


Sept 2020 Entry

Programme code: JS3600

Duration and Credit Requirement


Mode of Study
Full-time
Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation

Accumulation of at least 121 (for Biomedical Engineering stream students) or 124 (for Biomedical Engineering with Prosthetics and Orthotics stream students) credits plus 5 Industrial Center training credits and 4 (for Biomedical Engineering stream students) or 8 (for Biomedical Engineering with Prosthetics and Orthotics stream students) 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
19
Fund Type
Government-Funded
Programme Leader(s)

Dr Thomas Ming-Hung LEE
Associate Professor

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

Aims and Characteristics

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 devices 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 foundational knowledge through classes on campus, students also engage in practical learning through an industrial internship/clinical attachment (280 hours industrial internship for BME stream students and 560 hours clinical attachment for BME with P&O stream students). 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 participate in overseas placements (e.g. in Canada, China, Czech Republic, Japan, Singapore, the UK and the USA).

 

Exchange opportunities are available with our overseas partner institutes:

  • Jonkoping University, Sweden (click here);
  • Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland (click here);
  • University of Pennsylvania, USA (click here);
  • University of Strathclyde, UK (click here); and
  • Washington University in St Louis, USA (click here).

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

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 the certification examination of the Hong Kong Society of Certified Prosthetist-Orthotists (HKSCPO). The programme has also 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 of biomedical engineering in various dimensions, such as clinical engineering, entrepreneurship, quality assurance and regulatory affairs, sales and marketing, and service engineering.

 

Professional Clinical Practice

  • Graduates work in hospitals and other healthcare settings in roles such as prosthetics and orthotics service providers, clinical and rehabilitation engineers, hospital scientific officers, and healthcare product customer service providers.

 

Basic and Applied Research in Engineering, Biology or Medicine

  • Graduates can conduct basic and applied research in universities, hospitals and industry settings.

Curriculum

  • The programme includes both academic studies and practical training in biomedical engineering.
  • Year One subjects such as Chemistry, Human Biology, Mathematics and Physics provide students with foundational knowledge in engineering technology.
  • Year Two subjects further establish students' foundational 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. They are asked to indicate their chosen stream at the end of Year Two.
  • Year Three subjects further strengthen students' knowledge of biomedical engineering, give them the opportunity to combine biomedical and engineering ideas and develop their critical inquiry and thinking skills. A unique feature of our programme is that students take the subject Biomedical Engineering Research and Design Studies for four consecutive semesters in Year Two and Year Three, 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 Four 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 here.

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

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

2017-18: 24.9 (Any Best 5 Subjects)

2018-19: 24.6 (Any Best 5 Subjects)

2019-20: 23.5 (Any Best 5 Subjects)


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Enquiries

For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 3400 8577; email: bme.info@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message


My programme in 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 help student athletes 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



University is not merely a place in which to absorb knowledge; it also provides a great opportunity to explore ourselves. I am honoured to have been admitted to the PolyU Biomedical Engineering programme because our department provides prodigious support and opportunities for students to explore their interests and future pathways.

 

Research Experiences

Our department endeavours to create an open, free learning environment in which students can undertake attachments in the laboratories of various professors. In summer of Year 1, I joined Dr Zhao’s laboratory to assist her research on 4D printing for 3D tissue regeneration. This was an invaluable experience, as it enabled me not only to deepen my knowledge of 4D printing technologies, but also to develop a closer bond with her team.

 

Internship Opportunities

Our department maintains partnerships with many local and overseas healthcare organisations to provide internships for students. I was lucky enough to have internship experiences in the summers of Year 2 and Year 3. I joined the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department of the Hong Kong government in Year 2 and learned about the roles of biomedical engineers in public hospitals management in a macroscopic way. This summer, I worked in a local medical device distribution company and learned microscopically about the role of a service engineer in performing medical device preventive maintenance and corrective maintenance.

 

International Exposure

To nurture students to become competitive biomedical engineers, our department emphasises the need for an international horizon and encourages us to participate in various global events. In the summer of Year 2, we took a study tour to Prague and attended the IUPESM 2018 Conference. At the conference, we learned about upcoming trends in the BME field, like artificial intelligence and big data, which helped us to prepare for our future careers.

 

In short, our department is very supportive. Whenever students need help, they can turn to their professors. Lastly, I wish every incoming student a fruitful U-life in BME.


Siu Shun Chit, Colman



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