Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Biomedical Engineering
生物醫學工程(榮譽)理學士組合課程


Sept 2022 Entry

Programme code: JS3150

Duration & Credit Requirement

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 Centre 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.

Scheme/Programme Intake
24 (The quota is indicative only and subject to changes or confirmation)
Fund Type
Government-Funded
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Dr Hin Chung LAU

Remarks
  • The credit requirements of this scheme are indicative only. They are subject to review.
  • Students will be awarded the following award upon successful completion of the graduation requirements:
    • BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering
  • The option of enrolment in one of the below-mentioned Secondary Majors is available to the students of BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering. Admission to the Secondary Major is on competitive basis and subject to a different credit requirement for graduation. Please refer to the ‘Secondary Major Details’ section for more information.
    • Secondary Major in Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA)  
    • Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE) 

Aims & Characteristics

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 curriculum prepares students for such a challenging career. They have opportunities to take subjects in both life sciences and engineering and to integrate these concepts into interdisciplinary applications to improve human health.

 

In addition to building foundational knowledge through classes on campus, students engage in practical learning through an industrial internship/clinical attachment (a 280 hour industrial internship for BME stream students and a 560 hour 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. The internships/attachments take place in industry settings 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:

Recognition & Prospects

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 courses 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

Curriculum

  • The curriculum includes both academic studies and practical training in biomedical engineering.
  • Year 1 subjects such as Chemistry, Human Biology, Mathematics and Physics provide students with foundational knowledge of engineering technology.
  • Year 2 subjects further establish students' foundational knowledge in related engineering areas such as bioelectronics, biomechanics and computer programming. The scheme 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 2.
  • Year 3 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 scheme 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 and 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 here.

Secondary Major Details

Secondary Major Details

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Biomedical Engineering 

Only students with a cumulative GPA of 2.70 or above can be considered for the enrollment of one of the below-mentioned Secondary Major: 

  • Secondary Major in Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA)  
  • Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE) 

  

Features 

  • Artificial intelligence and data analytics (AIDA) are the most prevailing technologies across various disciplines, Biomedical Engineering is no exception. The Secondary Major in AIDA aims to develop students’ holistic understanding of AIDA’s growing role in healthcare. Students will explore how AIDA strategies have been successfully deployed in the engineering and healthcare sectors, and understand the potential for AIDA to transform healthcare, from disease diagnosis to hospital optimisation.  ​
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE) is moving healthcare forward, and the rapid technological improvement is impacting health and longevity. The Secondary Major in IE aims to develop students’ spirit and mindset of innovation and entrepreneurship, whether it is applied to the commercialisation of healthcare technologies or to problem-solving in general. Students will acquire knowledge and techniques critical to the analysing, planning, and implementing of financially viable and technically feasible innovation and entrepreneurship. Students are provided with hands-on experience in innovative and entrepreneurial activities. 

 

Remarks 

The Secondary Major-offering Department may set a quota and additional admission requirements apart from the above GPA requirement. Students must apply to and obtain approval from the Department of Biomedical Engineering, not later than the commencement of the second year of study, to be admitted to the Secondary Major. 

Entrance Requirements & Subject Weightings

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

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Any Best 5 Subjects

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Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2021/22: 23.6 (Any Best 5 Subjects)


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Enquiries

Enquiries

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

Student Message

Student Message


The PolyU Biomedical Engineering programme is ideal for students who are looking for a variety of interdisciplinary knowledge and a flexible career path. With courses that provide training in various disciplines, students are able to devise innovative ways to apply their knowledge in the fields of medicine and healthcare. 

 

Throughout my studies, I have been given a lot of opportunities to test my ideas and flex my brain through freshman projects and sophomore year R&D projects. These hands-on projects have given me a better understanding of the technical and nontechnical aspects of implementing an idea. If you are not satisfied with mandatory projects, BME is always excited to see its students step out of their comfort zones and take part in co-curricular activities. For example, I joined Dr Wen’s laboratory last year as a student assistant and translated my work into a project for a start-up company founded by a graduate of PolyU BME (Toby Li). I am planning to expand this work in my capstone project in the coming year!

 

While learning to excel in their chosen professions, students at PolyU also develop healthy habits and a sense of integrity. I was selected as a member of the university’s men’s tennis team 3 years ago, in my freshman year. I am still training and competing today. I am blessed to have met such wonderful teammates and coaches during my university life.


SZE Sheung Wang, Selwyn



Keen to use biomedical knowledge to solve clinical problems, I enrolled in the BSc(Hons) course in Biomedical Engineering with Prosthetics and Orthotics at PolyU. I have had the honour of placing on the Dean’s Honours List and have made many achievements in my student life, research, and entrepreneurial journey.

 

The Road to Becoming a Clinical Practitioner and Researcher

I have always aspired to become a frontline clinical practitioner to help those in need; therefore, I studied an additional specialist area in Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O). Through my clinical attachments, I discovered the clinical shortcomings of knee osteoarthritis (KOA) disease management in hospitals.

 

Hence, I took the initiative in leveraging a self-learned artificial intelligence (AI) tool in my capstone project, entitled “A Time-dependent Machine-learning-based Prediction System for Progression of Knee Osteoarthritis”, under the supervision of Dr Chunyi Wen, Assistant Professor of BME. This AI-based system helps predict a person’s likelihood of developing KOA with interpretable results. It could prove to be a valuable tool for devising accurate and personalised KOA therapeutic plans.

 

This project earned me an invitation to present at the International Medical Congress and the chance to author two scholarly papers. Representing the Faculty of Engineering, my research was also nominated as outstanding student work by PolyU. In 2020, my study was archived by the PolyU Library, as one of only 16 such studies accepted that year.

 

I continued my academic journey by pursuing a part-time MPhil in Biomedical Engineering and developed a KOA prognostic model for primary healthcare to aid community-based disease screening. I also embarked on a career as a prosthetist-orthotist to gain clinical exposure and networking opportunities.

 

My Entrepreneurial Adventure with BME

Based on my undergraduate capstone project, I co-founded Clinical AI Research Limited (CLAIRE) with the vision of using AI to solve clinical problems and thereby ameliorate chronic disease management while also safeguarding public health. Endorsed by the Department, I started to enter local and international competitions for funding. As a result of the hard work of my talented team and academic support from the Department, CLAIRE is now on track to become a successful start-up company. It has received five entrepreneurship awards and four innovation awards. We have conducted two academic presentations and four project showcases, and the project has been covered by the media four times.


LI Ho Hin, Toby



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