Bioengineering is a quickly growing field in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world. Recent demographic and economic forecasts have indicated that increased mechanisation of health care will be required to cope with the longer life expectancy and increased rates of chronic disease due to sedentary lifestyles. Hence, clinicians and medical instrumentation companies are increasingly looking to engineers for solutions.
Bioengineering involves the application of biological and engineering principles to areas of medicine and healthcare. It encompasses Medical Engineering, Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Rehabilitation, Medical Modelling, Therapeutics, and Medical Informatics Technology. Engineering within the context of the human body requires knowledge across a wide spectrum of disciplines from basic science to concept design.
Some of the current Biomedical research areas are:
- Active insulin control and monitoring
- Mechanical ventilation modelling and optimisation
- Sedation-agitation sensor for intubated patients in the ICU
- Modelling and control of the sedation-agitation curve in ICU patients
- Physiological systems modelling
- Characterising human strength for the design of assistive devices
More information is available on the Mechanical Engineering Department's Postgraduate Research Project webpage.
Students intending to study at postgraduate level in Bioengineering will normally be expected to have a completed Bachelor of Engineering with Honours or relevant equivalent degree, although there are some postgraduate engineering qualifications with a lower entrance requirement level.
Competence in written and spoken English is expected, and if English is not your first language you will be required to meet UC's English Language Requirements.
Check the Entry Requirements for the particular postgraduate qualification you are interested in for more details.
The Master of Engineering (Bioengineering) provides a research-focused learning environment in which students can develop their independent problem solving skills through coursework and supervised research.
Students completing a PhD in Bioengineering will complete the ENBI 790 Bioengineering PhD thesis course.
Studying Bioengineering at postgraduate level develops your skills in communication, problem solving, and project management, and extends your knowledge in your chosen subject area. This means you are highly employable in a Research and Development role in a company that wants to find a new way of doing things or is looking for someone at the forefront of research in a particular area.
Postgraduate study can also lead to a research or teaching career in a Tertiary Institution.
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