Biomedical Engineering major (MJD-EBMEG)

Biomedical Engineering is the broad application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and the life sciences. It involves combining relevant foundation knowledge from traditional disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, chemical and materials engineering, for the design of biomedical devices and systems; typically towards improving health outcomes. Biomedical Engineering is one of the fastest growing disciplines in engineering and this is anticipated to continue. Biomedical Engineering at UWA prepares you to work in a diverse range of careers, including as a clinical or rehabilitation engineer in a hospital, as a product or design engineer in both established and emerging MedTech companies and/or as a researcher working on cutting-edge technologies. In addition, you will develop the relevant skills to work in health technology roles in a range of areas, including in regulatory agencies, patent attorneys and product development companies.

The Biomedical Engineering major covers the main areas of the discipline. The course has a strong focus on research and design, and emphasises the necessary skills and ways of thinking to lead future change in this exciting field. Furthermore, you will be exposed to several related disciplines that converge with Biomedical Engineering and will develop the necessary communication skills required to work effectively as a professional Biomedical Engineer either leading or embedded within interdisciplinary teams.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a strong foundation in biomedical engineering; (2) solve technical problems relevant to the broad field of biomedical engineering; (3) design medical devices that are safe to operate and comply with the regulatory framework in which biomedical engineering is practised; (4) demonstrate ethical and professional conduct and high level communication skills in their work and when dealing with others; and (5) extend personal and collective knowledge in biomedical engineering through research and innovation.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and shape your degree in line with your personal aspirations. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering are encouraged to take units or a minor from outside of engineering, to satisfy broadening. However, you may also select engineering units that are not listed in the unit sequence of your engineering major. Advice can be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Biomedical Engineering can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

Biomedical Engineering is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • eleven Level 1 units
  • eight Level 2 units
  • six Level 3 units
  • nine Level 2 complementary units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

The list below includes the Bachelor of Engineering foundation units as well as the Biomedical Engineering major units.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (60 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 ENSC1004 Engineering Materials
Prerequisites:
(Chemistry ATAR
or
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry) and (Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods) and (Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Bridging Physics),
or
equivalent
or
higher
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges
NS GENG1000 Engineering Practice 1
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 GENG1010 Introduction to Engineering
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC1003 Introduction to Professional Engineering
S2 GENG1101 Engineering Drawings
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 IMED1001 Form and Function
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Medical Sciences (MEDSC) major,
or
Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice (IMSCP) major,
or
Vision Science Major (VISSC),
or
the Engineering Science (Biomedical Engineering) (ENGSC) major
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Prerequisites:
( Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit ) and ( Mathematics Methods ATAR (
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods )
Co-requisites:
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
Incompatibility:
PHYS1100 Classical and Frontier Physics
Bridging units
Students can only take up to 12 points of bridging in the BE.

Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Specialist ATAR or equivalent are required to complete MATH1722. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Physics ATAR or equivalent are required to complete PHYS1030. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Chemistry ATAR or equivalent are required to complete CHEM1003.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or
equivalent
S1, S2 MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
Prerequisites:
( Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods )
or
( Mathematics Specialist ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50]
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR [with a scaled score of 50
or
greater]
or
Equivalent
or
higher
S1, S2 PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit
Prerequisites:
( Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods )
or
( Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
a scaled score greater than
or
equal to 50 per cent in Physics ATAR
or
equivalent
or
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
or
PHYS1002 Modern Physics

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (42 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
Prerequisites:
ATAR Subject(s) Mathematics Methods
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
or
equivalent
or
Enrolment in ( MJD-AGTDM Agricultural Science and Technology
or
MJD-IEMDM Integrated Earth and Marine Sciences
or
MJD-MARDM Marine Science MJD-AGTEC Agricultural Technology MJD-MARCP Marine and Coastal Processes and SCIE1500 Analytical Methods for Scientists )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
S1, S2 ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals
Prerequisites:
( Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Co-requisites:
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Incompatibility:
ELEC1303 Digital Systems and ENSC3020 Digital Embedded Systems
S1, S2 ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
Prerequisites:
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and (Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Bridging Physics)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ENSC2001 Motion
and
ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges
NS GENG2000 Engineering Practice 2
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 GENG2003 Fluid Mechanics
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics
S1 GENG2004 Solid Mechanics
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics (ID 7437)
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics
S1 MECH2002 Engineering Materials 2
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and ENSC1004 Engineering Materials
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (30 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A BMEG3001 Engineering and the Human Body
Prerequisites:
ENSC1004 Engineering Materials (ID 7435) and ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics (ID 7437) and PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells (ID 161) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3023 Biomedical Engineering (ID 6293)
N/A BMEG3002 Biomaterials
Prerequisites:
MECH2002 Engineering Materials 2 (ID 8063) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
BMEG4002 Biomaterials (ID 6298)
S2 ELEC3020 Embedded Systems
Prerequisites:
( CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java (ID 296)
or
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation (ID 343) ) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ELEC4403 Digital and Embedded Systems
S1 ELEC3021 Circuits and Electronics
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3021 Circuits and Electronics
GENG3000
N/A MECH3424 Measurement and Instrumentation
Prerequisites:
and CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation (ID 343) ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics (ID 7437) and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods (ID 6013) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MECH4424 Measurement and Noise (ID 2625)

Level 4

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (48 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 BMEG4001 Biomedical Instrumentation
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation
or
Electrical & Electronic Engineering specialisation
or
Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 BMEG4003 Cardiovascular Biomechanics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation
or
Chemical Engineering specialisation
or
Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 BMEG5001 Advanced Topics in Biomedical Engineering
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1 BMEG5551 Biomedical Engineering Design Project 1
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 points in the Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 BMEG5552 Biomedical Engineering Design Project 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation),
and
BMEG5551 Biomedical Engineering Design Project Part 1
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/A GENG4411 Engineering Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
Atleast Level 3 24 Points Unit(s) BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
N/A GENG4412 Engineering Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites:
GENG4511 Engineering Research Project Part 1 (ID 8024) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1, S2 GENG5010 Professional Engineering Portfolio
Prerequisites:
completion of at least 60 points towards the Master of Professional Engineering (MPE)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
GENG5000 Professional Practicum Report
S1, S2 GENG5505 Project Management and Engineering Practice
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering
or
the Master of Information Technology
or
the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
or
the Master of Data Science
or
the Master of Ocean Leadership
or
the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.

Choosing your degree-specific major

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Biomedical Engineering degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course.

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not allow you to choose a double major.