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Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry Route: Engineering (Common Entry) - LM116

Course code:
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr. David Newport
Email: Tel:
061 202 944
Tel: 00 353 61 202015

Modern medicine has given rise to the development of a wide range of novel engineering solutions to clinical problems. Examples of these developments vary from orthopaedic implants such as total hip replacements to cardiovascular implants such as coronary stents (small wire scaffolds inserted into the blood vessels around the heart). As a result of the increased collaboration between engineers and doctors, the new discipline of biomedical Engineering developed. Biomedical Engineering is the fastest growing area of Engineering.

Students who follow this programme can look forward to exciting and rewarding careers in the biomedical engineering industry, an industry that is undergoing major expansion internationally and in Ireland. The biomedical engineering industry in Ireland has factories from all the major multinational companies resulting in the need for highly skilled biomedical engineers.

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What you will study

Year 1

The programme has a common first year with academic programmes Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Design and Manufacturing Engineering. You will study modules in areas of Engineering, Mathematics, Engineering Mechanics, Chemistry for Engineers and Computing.

  Semester 1   Semester 2
MA4001 Engineering Maths 1 MA4002 Engineering Maths 2
ME4111 Engineering Mechanics 1 ME4112 Engineering Mechanics 2
CH4001 Chemistry for Engineers ME4412 Fluid Mechanics 1
ME4611 Engineering Computing MT4002 Materials 1
EE4001 Electrical Eng. 1   Elective
ME4001 Introduction to Engineering ME4031 Structural Engineering Design 1
    ME4042 Introduction to Design for Manufacture

Year 2

During year 2, you will study subjects including Introductory Anatomy and Physiology, Mechanics of Solids, Computer Aided Design, Materials, Thermodynamics and Physiological Fluid Mechanics 1. At the end of Year 2 you are placed in a company in the biomedical engineering industry both in Ireland and internationally for an 8 month Co-operative Education Period. Typical companies include Boston Scientific (Ireland & USA), Abbott (Ireland & USA) and Medtronic (Ireland and USA).

  Semester 3   Semester 4 Summer
MA4003 Engineering Mathematics 3 IE4214 Industrial Organisation Cooperative Education
ME4213 Mechanics of Solids 1 MA4004 Engineering Mathematics 4  
ME4523 Thermodymanics 1 ME4736 Physiological Fluid Mechanics 1  
ME4112 Engineering Mechanics 2 ME4114 Engineering Design and Communications  
LS003 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology ME4052 Cell and Tissue Behaviour for Engineers  

Year 3

In Year 3 (1 semester) you will undertake courses including Physiological Fluid Mechanics 2, Biocompatibility and Finite Element Analysis. The opportunity to study the Year 3 semester at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, exists for the top students in the class.

  Semester 5   Semester 6
CO4310 Cooperative Education 2 MA4006 Engineering Mathematics 5
    ME4306 Biocompatability
    ME4226 Mechanics of Solids 2
    MT4006 Tissue Engineering
    ME4746 Physiological Fluid Mechanics 2

Year 4

In Year 4 the Biomedical Engineering students take courses including Biomaterials, Medical Device Design, Microfluidics and Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Mechanobiology. You also undertake hospital visits to view operations and observe Biomedical Engineering devices in practice. In Year 4 you will complete a major project with a Biomedical Engineering theme.

  Semester 7   Semester 8
ME4017 Project 1 ME6008 Microfluidics
ME4427 Medical Device Design and Placement  ME4018 Project 2 
ME4438 Computational Fluid Dynamics ME4028 Project 3 
EP4007 Enterprise Management and Growth ME4008 Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
ME4307 Biomaterials 1 ME4308 Biomaterials 2


Entry requirements

CAO points history
Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Subject requirements

In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade H4 in Mathematics and grade O6/H7 in one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Technology, Design & Communication Graphics/ Technical Drawing, Biology, Agricultural Science, Applied Maths, Construction Studies.

Additional considerations

A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Application information for mature student applicants (PDF)

Non-EU Entry Requirements

How to apply

Where are you applying from? How to Apply
Ireland Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found here. 
The UK  Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website. 
The EU EU Students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.
Non-EU country If you are outside of the EU, you can apply for this degree here.


Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€16,373
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website


These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships available
Stryker Scholarship
Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards
€1,500 and a trophy
Women in Engineering Bursary Awards

These scholarships are available for all courses

Title Award Scholarships available
Johnson and Johnson WiSTEM2D Programme
Individual Award - a bursary to the value of €2000. Team Project Grant - €1750
1 of each
Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme
All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus
Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants
Financial Aid Fund
Elaine Fagan Scholarship
Stuart Mangan Scholarship
Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme
The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship
Various benefits equating to over €7,000 in value
Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship
UL Sports Scholarships
Varies depending on level of Scholarship
Cooperative Education Award
1 medal per faculty
UL 40 Entrance Scholarship

Your future career

Employability skills from this degree

  • Solving problems using logic, creative and innovative approaches
  • Planning, prioritising, working to deadlines and under pressure
  • Communicating effectively (verbally and written)
  • Working in multidisciplinary teams
  • Numeracy and IT skills, with excellent use of statistics
  • Project management
  • Awareness of cost/value
  • Awareness of social, cultural, environmental, health and safety, and wider professional responsibilities
  • Attention to detail
  • Good judgement and acceptance of responsibility

The year after graduating with this degree

The University of Limerick Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is a detailed review of the employment outcomes of UL graduates conducted annually by the University and supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The survey forms part of a nationwide review of the employment outcomes of Irish University Graduates. The table below illustrates a five-year trend for UL graduate employment levels and location the year after graduation.

Employed in Ireland Employed abroad Further study Not available Seeking employment No. of responses Total no. of graduates Year
46% 8% 38% 4% 4% 24 24 2014
47% 0% 53% 0% 0% 17 19 2015
63% 0% 31% 0% 6% 35 37 2016
76% 3% 18% 3% 0% 33 38 2017
84% 0% 8% 3% 5% 37 44 2018

Further Study Options

Job titles for graduates with this degree

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • Associate Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • Design Engineer
  • Graduate Manufacturing Engineer
  • Graduate Process Engineer
  • Graduate Programme
  • Graduate Trainee
  • Lab. Assistant
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Operations Graduate
  • Procurement & Commercial Analyst
  • Quality Engineer
  • R&D Engineer
  • Research Assistant
  • Risk Analyst
  • Technical Biomedical Engineer
  • Validation Engineer

Graduate Profile - Grace Kelly

I knew I wanted to study engineering because I wanted to know how stuff worked, from hairdryers to pacemakers, and I didn't fear mathematics.

I had heard good stories about the social life but I also heard about UL???s great reputation with employers. When I found that I could enter mechanical engineering and later branch into more specialized streams such as biomedical I was sold. Like any first year when I started out I didn't know what to expect but throughout my four years of studying I never regretted choosing this course. Engineering could never be accused of being boring - I learned so much more than how hairdryers work! CoOp in a medical device company confirmed my interest in the biomedical field; it introduced me to the working environment and proved the relevance of the modules I was studying.