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Biomedical Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Biomedical engineers create materials, devices and processes for better health outcomes.

Biomedical engineering bridges the gap between technology, medicine and biology. It integrates physical, chemical, mathematical and computational sciences and engineering principles with the ultimate aim of improving health care.

Biomedical engineers may be involved in the design, construction and development of health and monitoring devices and computers, implantable devices, diagnostic systems and therapeutic systems, cell and tissue engineering, and pharmaceuticals. You may also work with models of physiological function and prosthetics and implants.

Depending on your chosen specialisation, you may find employment with hospitals, biotechnology companies, medical equipment manufacturers, research institutes and government health departments.


To study this major, you'll have to choose an engineering specialisation first. The biomedical engineering major is available in the following specialisations:


2 in Australia for biomedical engineering

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023

78 in the world for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2024

Watch Careers in biomedical engineering: Hear from a UQ engineering graduate on YouTube.

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Biomedical engineer
  • Biomedical technician
  • Field service engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Mechanical engineer

Average annual salary range

Biomedical Engineer


How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops

What you'll study

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