The Master of Engineering (Biomedical) is a 72-unit program offered by the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, within The Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Admission requirements

Applicants normally must hold:

The Flinders University Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science (specialisation B1-B3), or a relevant Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering Technology, Bachelor of Engineering Science or equivalent overseas qualification.

Students without such a qualification should apply for the Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science.

The Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Students who have completed a relevant Bachelor of Engineering with honours may receive up to 36 units of credit towards the Masters degree.

Accreditation Note

This program is provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia at the level of professional engineer. Full accreditation is normally granted when the first cohort of students graduate from the program.

Professional engineering courses accredited by Engineers Australia are recognised internationally under the Washington Accord. Once fully accredited graduates will meet the academic requirements for attaining chartered professional engineering status.

Course aims

The course has been designed to provide graduates with:

  • a strong foundation in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of Biomedical Engineering systems
  • an awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of Biomedical Engineering
  • an ability to critically analyse and evaluate information and solve problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them
  • the ability to work and interact professionally as an individual and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to undertake research in engineering
  • an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
  • preparation for future management roles.

The course provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study or for a career in an engineering related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the award, students will be able to:

  • competently use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex Biomedical Engineering systems
  • demonstrate a deeper understanding of some areas of Biomedical Engineering
  • apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner
  • communicate effectively with other engineers and the wider global community using a wide range of communication technologies
  • work professionally as an individual and in a team
  • understand and describe the processes through which current knowledge was developed
  • develop engineering solutions appropriate to the social, political, international, economic and environmental contexts in which they are applied
  • engage in the process of continuing learning needed to retain the necessary level of professional skills and knowledge in the area of Biomedical Engineering
  • demonstrate knowledge of the research process, and be able to conduct research in Engineering
  • contribute successfully to project management
  • plan and execute a research project, applying relevant methodologies and knowledge
  • apply research skills appropriate to postgraduate research or advanced industrial investigation.

Program of study

To qualify for the Master of Engineering (Biomedical), a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Students who have completed 36 units of the Master of Engineering (Biomedical) will be deemed eligible to exit with the award of Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Biomedical)

Core - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENGR9742  Standards, Ethics and Compliance  (4.5 units)
 ENGR9721 Control Systems GE (4.5 units)
 ENGR8732  Biomechanics GE  (4.5 units)
 ENGR9741  Physiological Measurement GE  (4.5 units)
 ENGR8742  Biomedical Instrumentation GE  (4.5 units)
 STAT9702 Statistical Methods for Engineering and Science (4.5 units)

Plus either:

 ENGR8771 Electronic Circuits GE (4.5 units) AND 
 ENGR9821 Signal Processing GE (4.5 units)


 ENGR8791 Mechanics and Structures GE (4.5 units)

Plus one of:

 ENGR8801 Fluid Mechanics GE (4.5 units)
 ENGR9811 Solid Mechanics GE (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENGR7781  Innovation in Medical Devices  (4.5 units)


 ENGR9700A  Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units) AND  
 ENGR9700B  Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units) AND
 ENGR9700C  Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units) AND
 ENGR9700D  Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units)  

Plus 13.5 units of CSEM option topics*


 ENGR9403 Engineering Work Experience GE** (0 units)

*CSEM option topics must be selected from Table A, at least half of which must be chosen from those labelled as biomedical (Group B).

** Students who can demonstrate equivalent work experience may be exempted this topic. ENGR9403 may be taken any time after the student has completed 36 units of MEng study.

Students who have already completed studies with considerable overlap with topics listed above should choose alternative topics in discussion with the Director of Studies.