Major: Biomedical Engineering
Degree / Award Title: Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering
Offering Academic Unit: Department of Biomedical Engineering
Mode of Study: Full-time
Aims of Major
This major aims to pursue excellence in education, research, and innovation through the fusion of engineering with life sciences for the advancements of human health. The objectives of the major are to provide integrative educational opportunities that allow students to learn passionately how to think critically and independently, and innovate creatively so that they can be well prepared for the following:
Be able to apply their skills to a variety of challenges in their chosen field.
Be equipped with spirits of innovation, creativity, adaptability, and critical thinking to solve problems in the biomedical engineering related professions.
To function effectively in multidisciplinary team environments and communicate with a variety of audiences.
To demonstrate competency in their chosen fields, and make decisions that are socially and ethically responsible.
To build and expand upon their undergraduate foundations by engaging in learning opportunities throughout their careers.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)
Upon successful completion of this major, students should be able to acquire:
Ability to master required knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering and apply them appropriately to solve problems at the interface of engineering and life science.
Ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints, and to develop innovative technologies to serve healthcare-related needs of the society.
Ability to integrate problem-solving capability with interpersonal skills and effectively work in a team.
Ability to develop a broad technical and social outlook in a biomedical engineering discipline, and to develop the right working attitude and professional spirit.
Ability to engage in lifelong learning to stay abreast of contemporary issues, and to pursue and undertake continuous professional and career development.
For students with recognised Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent qualifications.
For Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates admitted as senior-year intake students.
This major has been granted provisional accreditation by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).
BEng Biomedical Engineering
Year of Entry: 2020
Mode of Funding: Government-funded
Admission Code: 1211 BEng Biomedical Engineering#
Mode of Study: Full-time
Indicative Intake Target (subject to change): direct application places
Local Students: 10 for the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Non-Local Students: Direct Application route for international and mainland Non-Gaokao students: around 250. NUEE route [全国普通高等学校统一招生计划（统招）] for mainland Gaokao students: around 225
Normal Duration of Programme: 4 years
Direct/ Non-JUPAS Application Deadline: 2 January 2020 (Local & Non-local)
# This major is hosted by the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), in conjunction with the Department of Biomedical Sciences (BMS), Chemistry (CHEM), Computer Science (CS), Electronics Engineering (EE), Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), and Mechanical Engineering (MNE).
Microrobots delivering cells to precise locations in the body
Department of Biomedical Engineering
The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) aims to provide world-class education and to conduct research in emerging fields of engineering. To achieve these aims, the Department adopts an interdisciplinary approach and includes subject areas that ensure our graduates are equipped to meet Hong Kong's current and future needs. The Department was established in 2018, following the reorganisation of the former Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering.
The Department currently offers a major in Biomedical Engineering. The Department’s faculty members have interdisciplinary backgrounds with academic strengths in areas including (a) biomedical imaging and bio instrumentation; (b) cell/tissue engineering and biomechanics; (c) robotics and artificial intelligence for biomedical applications; and (d) biosensors and health informatics. Please refer to the Department's website for more information about the BME Department.
This major aims to pursue excellence in education, research and innovation through the fusion of engineering with life sciences for the advancement of human health. The objectives of the major are to provide integrative educational opportunities that allow students to learn passionately, think critically and independently and innovate creatively so that they are:
Able to apply their skills to a variety of challenges in their chosen field.
Equipped with the spirit of innovation, creativity, adaptability and critical thinking to solve problems in biomedical engineering-related professions.
Able to function effectively in multidisciplinary team environments and communicate with a variety of audiences.
Able to demonstrate competency in their chosen fields, and make decisions that are socially and ethically responsible.
Able to build and expand upon their undergraduate foundations by engaging in learning opportunities throughout their careers.
Why is Biomedical Engineering Needed?
Healthcare is one of the fastest-developing fields. Air and chemical pollution in a modern city, fast-spreading of infectious diseases, cancer, ageing-related obesity, diabetes, and Alzheimer disease, all impose enormous pressure threating our health and quality of life. However, because of many challenges ahead in this dynamic field, it requires a discipline which can integrate the knowledge of engineering and life sciences at the intersection for medical solutions and innovations.
Hong Kong government clearly identifies medical and testing/certification services being among the six industries which Hong Kong has clear advantages for further development. A considerable amount of job opportunities will be created locally and globally. Aligned with this, Biomedical Engineering will serve to educate future professionals, ultimately positioning Hong Kong to become a major centre in the following areas:
New biomedical devices for diseases diagnosis, monitoring, surveillance, and therapeutic treatment
Food safety and bio-security
New drug discovery
Careers in Biomedical Engineering
Upon graduation, you will find career opportunities in healthcare device manufacturing, public health consulting and services, government departments, laboratories and the commercial or educational sectors, or you can pursue postgraduate studies. After education from this major, you will possess expertise that will meet the needs from the increasing public concerns on food safety and quality, demands for advancement in pharmaceutical and health maintenance products, and medical diagnostics and therapeutic treatments, as well as the awareness for human health and wellness.
Entrance Requirements and Admission Arrangements
Direct/ non-JUPAS applicants considered for Advanced Standing admission are expected to have or to be close to having, Associate Degrees or Higher Diplomas with high grades (CGPA ≥3.0 or equivalent) or credit awards in Science- or Engineering-related disciplines. Preference will be given to applicants with Physics and Mathematics background.
Qualified applicants may be invited for interviews and considered for admission based on their performance in the following areas:
Leadership experience and potential
Admission Arrangements for Direct / Non-JUPAS Applicants
Applicants to this programme (admission code: 1211) will be considered for admission to first-year studies in the Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering.
Applicants seeking advanced standing entry can submit an application for the following programme:
BEng Biomedical Engineering (admission code: 1693A)
Entrance Requirements for Direct / Non-JUPAS Applicants
To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements. Applicants are also expected to have a science or engineering background.
^ Subject to sufficient enrollments.* Students should take PHY1201 and BCH1200 in the first year as a prerequisite for core courses to be taken in Year 2.
Remark: The above First-Year Curriculum is only applicable for students admitted into the four-year programme (JS1211).
What You Will Be Studying
Ther four main subject areas are:
Fundamentals of general engineering and science.
Biology (molecules and cells, genetics and proteomics, cell transport and signalling and microbiology).
Biotechnology (biomechanics, measurement, bio-instrumentation, bioinformatics, tissue engineering, micro/nanotechnology for biomedical engineering, bio-safety and security).
Medical engineering (medical imaging and signal processing, quantitative human physiology, health maintenance and wellness technology, technology for drug discovery and technology for regenerative medicine).
Industrial Training and International Exchange
The College of Engineering and the Department offer work placement opportunities through various internship schemes, which provide students with full-time job attachments not only in Hong Kong firms but also in those of the Pearl River Delta region and overseas. Through such placements, students will:
Gain solid experience in real-world work environments.
Develop problem-solving abilities and interpersonal skills.
Learn the right attitudes toward work and professionalism.
Broaden their experience and enhance their employability.
The Department, College and University offer a number of credit-bearing exchange programmes for students with various partner institutions around the world, including universities in Australia, Canada, Europe, the USA and the Asia-Pacific region. Through these, students can broaden their educational horizons, gain language experience and enhance their awareness of different cultures.
Did You Know?
Over 400 million, or 31% of China's population will be over 60 years old by 2050 (http://www.chinadaily.com.cn). In addition, air and chemical pollution, threats to bio-security, obesity and the rapid spread of infectious diseases will continue to impose enormous pressure on the provision of trained professionals in the field of biomedical engineering.
The Hong Kong government has clearly identified medical and testing/certification services as among the six industries with clear advantages for further development. The Biomedical Engineering major will serve to educate future professionals in these industries.