Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering
Sept 2020 EntryProgramme code: JS3600
Duration and Credit Requirement
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. Students may be required to take an extra subject in physics depending on their entry qualifications.
Dr. Hin Chung LAU
- 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:
- 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.
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 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.
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.
Please click here to view the entrance requirements for non-JUPAS applicants.
- Applicants attaining good results in science subjects (Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics) are preferred.
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