Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering
Sept 2019 EntryProgramme code: 47401-SY
Duration and Credit Requirement
Normally 67 academic credits (plus training credits) (See the Remarks section below)
Dr M.S WONG
- As the 2019/20 Academic Year is the start of the 2019-2022 triennium for which UGC-funded programmes are still subject to the Legislative Council's approval, the number of student intake places shown in this web page is indicative only and subject to change or confirmation at a later date.
- The curriculum of this programme, including the credit requirements, is subject to review.
- The exact study duration and number of credits to be transferred will depend on the entry qualification of individual AD/HD admittees.
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 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) programme in Biomedical Engineering 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.
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 internship and 560 hours for BME with P&O stream 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.
Students are admitted to the senior year of the programme. They study the following subjects except those for which credit transfers are given due to prior study.
General University Requirement (GUR)
- Language and Communication Requirements (LCR)
Students are also expected to meet the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree Language and Communication Requirements (LCR).
Students not meeting the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree LCR will be required to take degree LCR subjects [max. 9 credits: 6 credits in English and 3 credits in Chinese]
- Cluster-Area Requirements (CAR) [6 credits from different culster area of the following 4 culsters area; min. 3 credits of which should be in subject designated as "China-related"; plus "Reading" and "Writing" requirements in English and Chinese]
- Human nature, relations and development
- Community, organisation and globalisation
- History, culture and world views
- Science, technology and environment
- Service Learning [3 credits]
Discipline-Specific Requirement (DSR)
- Applied Electrophysiology (3 credits)
- Biomechanics (3 credits)
- Biomedical Engineering Research & Design Studies I (3 credits)
- Biomedical Engineering Research & Design Studies II (3 credits)
- Biomedical Instrumentation & Sensors (3 credits)
- Biosignal Processing (3 credits)
- Capstone Project (6 credits)
- Human Biology for Biomedical Engineering I (3 credits)
- Human Biology for Biomedical Engineering II (3 credits)
- Medical Devices Regulatory & Risk Management (3 credits)
- Professional Communication in Chinese (2 credits)
- Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology (3 credits)
- Scientific Writing for Biomedical Engineering Students (2 credits)
6 Electives (18 credits in total, 3 credits each):
Applied Clinical Engineering, Biomaterials Science & Engineering, Biomedical Imaging, Biosensors: Theories & Biomedical Applications, Cellular Engineering, Neuroengineering
Work Integrated Education (WIE)
Biomedical Engineering Industrial Internship (4 training credits).
Industrial Centre Training
Material Processing & Technical Communication (5 training credits).
Recognition and Prospects
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.
Professional Engineering Practice
- Working in medical device industrial settings, hospitals, the government, medical device regulatory firms, or other biomedical institutions, graduates will apply their knowledge in biomedical engineering pursuing industrial jobs. 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
- Working in hospitals and healthcare sectors, including as clinical and rehabilitation engineers, hospital scientific officers and in health care 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.
- An Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in a relevant discipline from a recognised institution.
- In addition to academic results, applicants' communication skills, participation in extra-curricular activities and interview performance will also be considered.
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