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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
4 years
Start date: 04-March-2019
University of Auckland
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Become part of a community that plays a role in improving our future – blend theory and practice to contribute to an increasingly technologically advanced, sustainable world.

This four-year programme, comprising a blend of theoretical and practical work, ensures that you’re career-ready upon graduation. You’ll pursue one of the nine specialisations available at our country’s leading Engineering faculty.

We are known also for our passionate, active community. With dedicated support services and student networks to help you with personal or academic issues, we’ll provide you with all the resources necessary for success.

A Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering is your first step towards a rewarding career. Core topics in this specialisation include:

  • Biological modelling, the use of mathematics, physiology, and computational tools to gain information on the biological functions of living organisms
  • Bioinstrumentation, the development of devices for recording and processing biological signals, and for controlling biological functions
  • Experimental methodologies towards gathering usable data on the structure, function and properties of living organisms and tissues

Programme structure

  • The BE(Hons) is split into four ‘Parts’ that correspond to your year of study.
  • In Part I, you will be exposed to our nine available specialisations and study a broad base of engineering and professional fundamentals.
  • You will also select a General Education paper – this is a distinctive feature of our University’s degree designed to broaden your education.
  • Parts II, III and IV are customised based on your chosen specialisation. Along with your specialisation courses, you will study a common core of mathematical modelling, technical communication, and professional development. You will also pursue elective courses to explore the topics that interest you the most.
  • Practical work is an essential component of your degree. You will be required to complete a 40 hour workshop practice course in Part II, and 800 hours of practical work experience throughout your degree.

Where could this programme take you?

Your specialisation, personal interests and chosen electives can impact what you pursue. With quantitative, problem-solving, communication and technical skills, you’ll easily adapt to the technologically-driven nature of many industries. All our specialisations are accredited by Engineering New Zealand, a signatory to the Washington Accord, making our BE(Hons) a recognised engineering qualification in many countries.

Entry criteria

Secondary school qualifications

You need to have one of the following:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects with at least a 'C' grade or higher. General Studies or similar general papers cannot be included.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA, Pearson Education Limited and CIE taken outside of New Zealand.

IELTS (Academic) Overall score of 6.5 and no bands below 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) Overall score of 90 and a written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL Overall score of 575 and an Essay (TWE) of 4.5; C1 Advanced (previously - Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; C2 Proficiency (previously - Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE)) Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP) Grade of B-; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 85.


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