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  • Learn to design, manufacture, install, monitor and maintain medical and surgical equipment.
  • Combines physical, chemical, mathematical and computer sciences with engineering principles to study human biology and the use of technology to improve health quality.
  • Study biofluids, biomaterials, human physiology, modelling and simulation, and instrumentation and control.
  • Opportunities for overseas study and work.
  • Graduate with an internationally recognised qualification.
QTAC course code412502
QUT course code EN40
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2014 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Science and Engineering Faculty
Course contact Enquire
CRICOS code056529D
  • Biomechanical Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer


Medical engineering involves working with doctors and medical scientists to design, manufacture and maintain medical equipment to improve health care and medical services. The discipline applies engineering and scientific methods to find solutions to problems in medicine and the life sciences. It may involve developing medical products and different types of equipment used to monitor and treat patients or designing and improving equipment for people with disabilities.

Medical engineering integrates engineering principles with human physiology to design, manufacture, install, monitor and maintain medical and surgical equipment.

Engineers in this discipline are responsible for the safe and effective operation of equipment such as monitoring, diagnostic and therapeutic medical equipment ranging from CT scanners to kidney dialysis machines.

Explore your options

Your engineering degree features a common first year that combines broad foundation principles with a wide range of specialisation choices, giving you flexibility and options before you choose your career specialisation.

Why choose this course?

As part of this degree you will undertake professional experience and other hands-on activities such as hospital and industry site visits and the possibility of industry-based projects and overseas study and work opportunities. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in groundbreaking research through the QUT Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, and the QUT Medical Engineering Research Facility.

Career outcomes

Graduates may find employment in hospitals as advisers to health and medical professionals; in firms concerned with the design, manufacture, supply and maintenance of medical, health and sporting equipment; occupational health agencies; and in research institutions. Biomedical engineers may be involved in the innovative use of technology in the design of new devices and the assessment of appropriate engineering solutions to medical problems. They may also manage biomedical engineering departments in hospitals and manufacturing companies and lead teams of engineers and technologists.

Professional recognition

This course has professional accreditation from Engineers Australia (EA). EA is a signatory to the Washington Accord, which permits graduates to work in various countries across the world. This course is recognised internationally in the engineering profession, giving QUT graduates more career opportunities overseas.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Engineering (Medical)

Work Integrated Learning unit

Bachelor of Engineering students are required to complete at least 60 days of industrial experience in an engineering environment approved by the course coordinator as part of the Work Integrated Learning unit.

Your course

Year 1

Common first-year units include the foundations of engineering mathematics, basic principles of sustainability, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics, engineering design and engineering materials. These units provide a strong, fundamental overview of the three engineering streams: civil, electrical and mechanical.

Year 2

You build your knowledge of engineering science in areas such as fundamentals of design, dynamics, computer technology, fluid mechanics and mathematics. You are introduced to human anatomy which is a specialist requirement for medical engineering. You gain practical experience in our laboratories and are introduced to computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Your communication skills are advanced with an introduction to engineering drawing and assignment report writing.

Year 3

You increase your knowledge and skills in professional areas including thermodynamics and stress analysis. You are exposed to specialist areas such as biomedical engineering design, biofluids, biomaterials and human physiology. Throughout this level you will continue to develop your communication skills by writing assignment reports and presenting seminars. You also gain further professional learning in ethics and legislation.

Year 4

In your final year you further your knowledge in specialised areas such as modelling and simulation, biomedical instrumentation, instrumentation and control, and engineering asset management. You undertake a major project which brings together all your previously mastered skills, and advance your communication skills in report writing and seminar presentation. You will also complete your work integrated learning.


For professional recognition you will undertake an applications minor which consists of a workplace intergrated learning unit, a project unit and two specialised engineering units.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirements

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Guide to entry cut-offs

OP 9

Rank 82

Subject pre-requisites

  • Maths B
  • English

You must have achieved this study at a level comparable to Australian Year 12 or in recognised post-secondary studies. Recommended study: Chemistry, Maths C and Physics.

Minimum English language requirements

Students must meet the English proficiency requirements.

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Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2014: $13,700 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Scholarships and financial support

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How to apply for Bachelor of Engineering (Medical)

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