Biomedical Engineering


Like a machine, the human body consists of many systems that work together, but are susceptible to breaking down. Understanding how healthy biological systems function, why they sometimes fail and how they may be treated or repaired, is the focus of Biomedical Engineering.

Biomedical Engineering forges links between engineering, medicine and biology. An important goal in this field is to gain a deeper understanding of how the  human body functions in health and disease, and how it will respond to  treatment in order to facilitate better clinical outcomes.

Areas of study

Biomedical Engineering aims to fuse knowledge from maths, engineering, and biology to better understand how the body works and develop solutions to healthcare problems based on that understanding.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering specialises in the application of principles and techniques from the physical and engineering sciences to medical and biological problems.

The programme has an emphasis on continuum mechanics, mathematical modelling, computational techniques, and instrumentation.

You can study Biomedical Engineering in the following programmes:

What you will learn

By specialising in Biomedical Engineering you will learn to apply principles and techniques from engineering, mathematics and the physical sciences to address medical and biological problems.

You will develop a wide range of skills spanning mathematical modelling, bioinstrumentation design, biomedical imaging,  physiological experimental techniques, numerical methods, software development and high-performance computing.

Career opportunities

Biomedical engineers often gain employment in the medical and healthcare  sectors, biotechnology industries, research institutions or regulatory agencies.  They serve in coordinating or interfacing roles calling upon their training in both  the engineering and medical fields, or create innovative medical devices using  their indepth understanding of living systems and biotechnology.

Much of the biomedical engineering landscape remains uncharted. Many areas exist that are open for exploration and innovation. Many Biomedical Engineering graduates go on to do postgraduate research in the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, or at overseas universities. Postgraduate study can pave the way for careers working on the cutting edge of biomedical engineering research.

Biomedical engineers also develop new instrumentation to enable useful information about living bodies to be acquired, so that fundamental knowledge of healthy individuals and diagnosis of pathologies can be enhanced.

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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering