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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


4 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Auckland


Become part of a community that plays a role in improving our future – blend theory and practice to contribute to an increasingly technologically advanced, sustainable world.

This four-year programme, comprising a blend of theoretical and practical work, ensures that you’re career-ready upon graduation. You’ll pursue one of the nine specialisations available at our country’s leading Engineering faculty.

We are known also for our passionate, active community. With dedicated support services and student networks to help you with personal or academic issues, we’ll provide you with all the resources necessary for success.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering combines engineering, medicine and biology to improve the quality of our lives by resolving challenges in the healthcare industry.

As the role of technology becomes more crucial to the healthcare industry, biomedical engineers find themselves at the forefront of life-changing research. This multidisciplinary area involves the analysis of biological functions, their treatment and their repair.

Taught as an undergraduate specialisation within the Department of Engineering Science, Biomedical Engineering encompasses, for example, medical imaging, biochemical and mechanical measurements, electronics, high-performance computational engineering, and testing. The aim is to create and refine models, therapies and devices. Those topics – and many more – are applicable to a variety of pursuits, including:

analysing data for empirical diagnosis and treatment of diseases
modelling musculoskeletal systems for sports biomechanics and injury assessment
constructing new cardiac pacemakers in the medical device development industry
finding ways to improve our primary industry with animal bioengineering models.

Where can Biomedical Engineering take you?

Biomedical engineers tend to gain employment in the medical and healthcare sectors and biotechnology industries. They also take on roles in research or regulatory institutions. They are an asset in coordination and interfacing positions because they understand both engineering and medical science.

Much of the biomedical engineering landscape – especially within New Zealand – currently remains uncharted. Opportunities therefore exist for exploration and innovation. This extends to postgraduate research in Bioengineering at the University of Auckland or overseas.

Jobs related to this programme


Consultant engineer

Hardware and software developer

Project manager

Quantity surveyor

Research and design engineer

Systems engineer

Further study options

Master of Engineering

Master of Engineering Studies

Master of Disaster Management

Master of Energy

Doctor of Philosophy

Entry criteria

Secondary school qualifications

You need to have one of the following:

International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.

General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects.

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). You must have completed a minimum of three A-level subjects.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA and Pearson Education Limited taken outside of New Zealand.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands below 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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