The Master of Engineering (Biomedical) is a 72-unit program offered by the College of Science and Engineering.
This course is accredited at the level of professional engineer. Professional engineering courses accredited by Engineers Australia are recognised internationally under the Washington Accord. Graduates meet the academic requirements for attaining chartered professional engineering status.
Students who have completed a relevant Washington Accord accredited Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) may receive up to 36 units of credit towards the Master of Engineering (Biomedical).
Applicants normally must hold:
- the Flinders University Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science (Major in Biomedical Engineering) or
- equivalent progress in the Master of Engineering Science (Biomedical) or
- a relevant Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering Technology, Bachelor of Engineering Science or
- an equivalent overseas qualification.
Students without such a qualification should apply for the Master of Engineering Science (Biomedical) or the Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science.
The Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
The course has been designed to provide graduates with:
- a strong foundation in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of biomedical engineering systems
- an awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of biomedical engineering
- an ability to critically analyse and evaluate information and solve problems
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them
- the ability to work and interact professionally as an individual and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams
- an ability to undertake research in engineering
- an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
- preparation for future management roles.
The course provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study or for a career in an engineering related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.
On completion of the award, students will be able to:
- competently use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex biomedical engineering systems
- demonstrate a deeper understanding of some areas of biomedical engineering
- apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner
- communicate effectively with other engineers and the wider global community using a wide range of communication technologies
- work professionally as an individual and in a team
- understand and describe the processes through which current knowledge has been developed
- develop engineering solutions appropriate to the social, political, international, economic and environmental contexts in which they are applied
- engage in the process of continuing learning needed to retain the necessary level of professional skills and knowledge in the area of biomedical engineering
- demonstrate knowledge of the research process, and be able to conduct research in engineering
- contribute successfully to project management
- plan and execute a research project, applying relevant methodologies and knowledge
- apply research skills appropriate to postgraduate research or advanced industrial investigation.
Program of study
To qualify for the Master of Engineering (Biomedical), a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.
Students who have completed 36 units of the Master of Engineering (Biomedical) will be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Biomedical).
Core - Year 1 topics
27 units comprising:
ENGR3750 Workplace Preparation** (0 units)
ENGR8732 Biomechanics GE (4.5 units)
ENGR8742 Biomedical Instrumentation GE (4.5 units)
ENGR9704 Engineering Management (4.5 units)
ENGR9721 Control Systems GE (4.5 units)
ENGR9741 Physiological Measurement GE (4.5 units)
ENGR9742 Systems Engineering (4.5 units)
ENGR8771 Electronic Circuits GE (4.5 units) AND
ENGR9821 Signal Processing GE (4.5 units)
ENGR8791 Mechanics and Structures GE (4.5 units)
Plus one of:
ENGR8801 Fluid Mechanics GE (4.5 units)
ENGR9811 Solid Mechanics GE (4.5 units)
Core - Year 2 topics
9 units comprising:
ENGR7781 Innovation in Medical Devices (4.5 units)
ENGR9405 Engineering Work Experience** (4.5 units)
ENGR9700A Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units) AND
ENGR9700B Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units) AND
ENGR9700C Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units) AND
ENGR9700D Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units)
Plus 9 units of option topics
ENGR9710A Masters Project (4.5/9 units) AND
ENGR9710B Masters Project (4.5/9 units)
Plus 18 units of option topics
Year 2 option topics
ENGR7701 Advanced Biomechanics (4.5 units)
ENGR7702 Biomaterials (4.5 units)
ENGR7707 Medical Physics (4.5 units)
ENGR7709 Real Time Systems (4.5 units)
ENGR7711 Advanced Control Systems (4.5 units)
ENGR7771 Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies (4.5 units)
ENGR7961 Finite Element Methods (4.5 units)
MMEDxxxx MMED topics with approval from the Course Coordinator (4.5 units)
** Students who can demonstrate equivalent work experience may apply for credit. If the completed work experience is recorded as 0 units students may be granted an exemption from ENGR9405 (4.5 units) but will be required to take an alternative topic. It is recommended that students undertake their placement between November and February after the completion of year 1.
*** The Masters Thesis can only be taken by students who have achieved a credit average. Students are advised to discuss thesis ideas with suitable supervisors before selecting this option. Note that students who wish to use their Masters qualification to satisfy entry into a Flinders University research higher degree program are required to have completed an 18 unit thesis.
Students who have already completed studies with considerable overlap with topics listed above should choose alternative topics in discussion with the Course Coordinator.