Biomedical engineering

Biomedical engineering

Very strong jobs growth* for biomedical engineers is projected over the next 5 years
81.4%
of graduates secure full-time employment within 4 months of graduating
Professional recognition - accredited by Engineers Australia

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What do biomedical engineers do?

Imagine, design and build new technologies that transform the future of healthcare and change millions of lives for the better by studying biomedical engineering. You’ll bridge the gap between medicine and technology to create new types of diagnostics, monitoring tools and therapies, and build game-changing medical instruments and devices.

Save people’s lives by building a new diagnostic tool that identifies deadly diseases much faster and more accurately than before. Restore function to the body with new biomaterials that can repair and regenerate cells in ways that were previously unthinkable. Apply AI principles to advanced monitoring tools that pick up potential problems quicker than a human ever could. Or, build your own global start-up in the growing med-tech field. Whatever you do, you’ll make a powerful impact on patients’ treatment, recovery and quality-of-life as a biomedical engineer.

Your future career options

Biomedical engineers apply engineering design skills to medical and biological sciences for the purpose of improving people’s health. 3D-printed body parts, cardiac pacemakers, 4D ultrasounds, x-ray machines, brain-machine interfaces and robotic prosthetics - these are just some of the critical technologies used around the world to save lives and promote better health outcomes, and were all designed by biomedical engineers.

With our network of industry partners, you’ll have opportunities to build your career and gain practical experience before you graduate, while the Australian-first Victorian Heart Hospital, located on the Clayton campus and opening in 2022, will offer exciting opportunities to pursue biomedical engineering research.

When you graduate as a biomedical engineer, you’ll find exciting and rewarding opportunities in the following areas:

  • Medical equipment and device design and manufacturing
  • Medical and healthcare services
  • Biomedical instrumentation industries
  • Research and development
  • Med-tech entrepreneurship
  • Engineering consultancy

Graduate work-ready

Leverage our world-wide industry connections, find your entrepreneurial spirit, discover your leadership and professional style and kick-start your career with an internship. There’s a range of extracurricular programs to prepare you for success and your dream career.

The new Co-operative Education Program provides relevant work experience opportunities through internships with our partner organisations. Undertake a three, six or 12 month paid internship and explore different industry sectors, understand what it is to be a working engineer and connect the experience to your studies in a practical way. You’ll enhance your technical and professional skills, build industry connections and gain skills to give you the edge in a competitive employment market.

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Our Career Connect program gives you access to experienced coaches and industry based professionals. Take part in employability workshops, small group career conversations and, in your final year, one-on-one coaching.

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The Monash Engineering Leadership Program is a development program that prepares you to be an engineering leader. It’s an opportunity to engage with industry professionals from the private sector, with seminars, interactive workshops and industry site visits. Through the program you’ll establish valuable networks and develop ‘soft skills’ such as communication, leadership and teamwork, that are highly regarded by employers and gives you a competitive edge. Students in the program may also be eligible to apply for a generous scholarship thanks to the support of industry partners and donors.

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The MITI program provides an invaluable experience that’ll equip you for life’s challenges by offering insights into the business world, practical learning, leadership and teamwork opportunities. Students are competitively selected from a range of fields to form multidisciplinary teams. Working as part of a team, you’ll be placed alongside industry experts and given a challenging, well-defined real-world project to deliver, pushing you to use all of your problem-solving, innovation and design skills. This may even be in a company based overseas.

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Creativity and entrepreneurialism are at the centre of engineering design education at Monash. You can access dedicated, collaborative design and build spaces to take an idea to reality. The university’s entrepreneurial initiative, The Generator, provides experiential education, mentors and seed funding to support you and your startup or social enterprise on your entrepreneurial journey.

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Erin won the Monash University 2020 Three Minute Thesis competition with her presentation ‘Human-Plane Bits: New Alloys For Implants’, check out her winning video.

Through my research, I’ve been able to work on ensuring biomaterials are compatible with the human body and have learnt a lot about biological-material interactions from my fantastic biology and medical work teams. We’ve designed new materials which encourage bone growth, designed new implant shapes and been able to manufacture both the new material and new implant first-hand.

Maintaining the jaw structure as best as possible helps significantly improve a patient’s emotional and psychological recovery, as well as improving the mechanical stability of the reconstruction. The implants we’ve designed using data directly from a patient’s CT scan can match the existing facial structure exactly.

Using your research to help someone achieve a better quality of life is fantastic and truly rewarding.”

Erin Brodie
PhD graduate

What you’ll study in your undergraduate degree

At Monash, you’ll be equipped with strong clinical, technical and regulatory foundations in professional biomedical engineering practice, taught by leading academics in physiology, anatomy, molecular biology, materials science, electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering.

Course details

Bachelor of Biomedical engineering (Honours)

4 years full-time / 8 years part-time

Starts: February and July

At Monash you can become a fully qualified and accredited engineer in just four years. Your degree kicks off with a ‘common first year’ that allows you to explore the ten engineering disciplines before specialising from second year.

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Your pathway to success

From your first day to your final lecture, you’ll have everything you need to be prepared for a successful career.

There's a range of extracurricular activities and programs to support you to pursue your passions and get the most from your uni experience. Develop hands-on skills, build friendships and networks, undertake opportunities to think and work globally, plus get a head start on your career through work-based learning.

Graduate study options

Whether you want to gain a professional edge, or are looking to explore your specialisation at an advanced level or pursue research interests, graduate study will take your qualification to the next level.

Master of Engineering

This course will extend your technical knowledge in your chosen specialisation area and advance your leadership and complex problem-solving skills. There are five engineering specialisations to choose from: biological, civil, electrical, materials and mechanical. Giving you the opportunity to explore your specialisation at an advanced level and pursue your career goals.

Designed to foster innovative thinking, entrepreneurship and professional development, you will be well-positioned to lead and deliver sustainable engineering solutions.

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Master of Professional Engineering

This course is for students who have completed undergraduate studies in engineering or in another field such as science, mathematics or pharmacy and are seeking an internationally recognised engineering qualification to practice as a professional engineer. In this masters program, you'll specialise in engineering technical, research and professional units and undertake a design and a research project, blending theory and practice.

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This is pathway program for high-achieving students to be on track to earn, in just five years, both a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and an expert master’s degree in engineering. The Masters Accelerated Pathway program allows you to gain practical and theoretical skills for a career in engineering. There’s a rich selection of specialist electives to choose from, and the course offers strong links to industry and a focus on leadership skills to strengthen your critical reasoning and strategic thinking skills.

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Make an impact and solve real world issues with a PhD or masters by research degree. Be involved in pioneering research that can impact the world, collaborate and be mentored by leading researchers and expand your career options. A graduate research degree opens doors not just in industry and academia but also in roles outside your research area.

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