Biomedical engineering has a huge impact on the world we live in today. There are now a variety of medical devices and machines that can both improve health and save lives, thanks to biomedical engineering. Biomedical engineering is the fusion of engineering expertise with the world of clinical medicine, developing technologies such as laser systems used in corrective eye surgery and systems for analysing blood.

What do Biomedical Engineers do?

Biomedical engineers play an exciting and critical role at the frontier of technological advances to improve healthcare. They apply engineering expertise and ingenuity to design systems to help prevent, diagnose and treat all types of diseases, injuries and disabilities. The biomedical engineer will work with healthcare professionals including physicians, doctors, nurses, therapists and technicians.'

Biomedical engineering offers a whole host of career opportunities working for the benefit of the health of all mankind.

As a biomedical engineer you can work for -

  • Industry: innovating and creating designs for new technologies or testing of new technologies for safety and performance.
  • Government: product testing and establishing safety standards for medical devices.
  • Hospitals: providing advice on the selection and application of medical equipment, as well as supervising its performance testing and maintenance, building customised devices for special health care or research needs.
  • Consultancy: providing technical advise for marketing departments of companies.
  • Research Centres: supervising laboratories and equipment, and participating in direct research activities in collaboration with other researchers with such backgrounds as medicine, physiology, and nursing.

Employers of biomedical engineering graduates include -

  • Boston Scientific
  • Medtronic
  • Stryker Orthopaedics