Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering
Sept 2020 EntryProgramme code: 47401-SY
Duration and Credit Requirement
Normally 67 academic credits (plus training credits) (See the Remarks section below)
Dr. Hin Chung LAU
- 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 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).
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 and 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 Technology Management and Regulation (3 credits)
- Professional Communication in Chinese (2 credits)
- Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (3 credits)
- Scientific Writing for Biomedical Engineering Students (2 credits)
6 Electives (18 credits in total, 3 credits each):
Clinical Engineering, Biomaterials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Imaging, Biosensors: Theories and Biomedical Applications, Cellular Engineering, Neuroengineering
Work Integrated Education (WIE)
For BME stream Students: Biomedical Engineering Industrial Internship (4 training credits)
For BME with P&O stream Students: Biomedical Engineering Clinical Attachment I (4 training credits) & Biomedical Engineering Clinical Attachment II (4 training credits)
Industrial Centre Training
Material Processing and Technical Communication (5 training credits)
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.
- 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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