Biomedical engineering is the fastest growing, most exciting, and most challenging area in engineering today. It operates at the intersection between new technologies and understandings of how biological systems work, making it both an exciting and challenging discipline.

In response to the demand for bioscience graduates with highly developed problem-solving skills, the field of bioengineering is now a strength at the University of Melbourne. Students with inquisitive minds now have the opportunity to pursue this exciting fusion of engineering, science and medicine.

Studying a bioengineering major through Science leads directly to a Master of Engineering (Biomedical) or Master of Engineering (Biomedical with Business) and professional registration as an engineer.

The central aim of completing this major, followed by a Master of Biomedical Engineering, is to help students become fluent in both the languages of biology and engineering. As a graduate, you will be well-placed at the epicentre of this 21st century revolution in medicine and the treatment of disease.

Studies in this discipline are also available via the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

I was inspired by all the bionic arms in Star Wars, and the idea of helping people while doing interesting engineering work that combines a number of different fields. Matthew Woolley

Sample course plans

Sample course plans for the BSc [PDF]

  • Career Outcomes

    Engineering graduates from the University of Melbourne find interesting and varied employment, reflecting the breadth and value of the courses offered and the University's close links with industry.

    Biomedical engineers work in hospitals, industry, research and educational institutions. The opportunities for graduates are increasing as technology advances. The problem-solving and design skills, unique to engineers, make graduates attractive to employers across many sectors of the health profession.

    Biomedical engineers may also pursue communication and management-related roles.

    For a full understanding of the exciting opportunities available, read about careers in bioengineering.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Graduates who major in Bioengineering Systems will be eligible to continue on to the Master of Engineering (Biomedical) and the Master of Engineering (Biomedical with Business), and are also well-placed to apply for:

    • Professionally-focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics and nanotechnology;
    • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, medicine and other health sciences, and teaching;
    • Masters and Honours pathways to research higher degrees in the sciences and technology within the Faculty of Science, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Bioengineering Systems

The flexibility of the BSc means you can adapt your study plan to your situation, or combine your major with another study area of interest. See some examples below.

Major Core Prerequisite
Major core
Complementary / Recommended
Major Selective Prerequisite
Major Selective
Breadth subject / Science Elective