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Study biomedical engineering abroad

An in-depth guide to studying biomedical engineering as an international student.

Biomedical engineering degrees abroad

Biomedical engineering applies the principles of science, engineering and medicine to the development and advancement of a range of medical technologies.

As a biomedical engineering student, you’ll develop an academic and practical understanding of engineering systems, as well as studying human physiology and biology. You’ll work towards developing engineering solutions to help solve medical problems, like advanced prosthetics, robots for surgery, diagnostic equipment and artificial organs.

Studying biomedical engineering abroad could be the perfect option if you’re interested in engineering that interacts with the human body. Universities all over the world offer biomedical engineering, so you won’t be short of options when it comes to choosing where to study abroad.

Biomedical engineering program structure

You can study biomedical engineering at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At the undergraduate level, many universities offer a BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) program that usually lasts three years. Alternatively, you can choose an MEng (Master of Engineering) program, which combines a bachelor’s and master’s degree into one four year course.

If you choose to study in the US, you can earn a BSc in biomedical engineering by choosing it as your major concentration. This means you’ll gain a liberal arts education while dedicating a certain amount of credits to biomedical engineering modules over four years of study.

If you have a bachelor’s degree and want to continue your education, many universities offer MSc programs in biomedical engineering over one or two years. To be accepted into this type of program your bachelor’s degree will need to be in a related subject, and you may need to have achieved a certain grade. PhD programs are also offered at several universities, and usually take around five years to complete.

As a subject that combines practical and theoretical elements, most programs are taught through lectures, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory sessions. Some courses will give you the opportunity of working in the industry gaining real-world experience in professional laboratories.

Most biomedical engineering programs are made up of core modules and electives you can choose yourself. Each university will offer their own unique curriculum, but some of the most common modules you’ll study include:

  • Mathematics for engineering
  • Programming
  • Mechanical systems
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Biological medical science
  • Medical biophysics
  • Medical instrumentation
  • Mechatronics

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Biomedical engineering study abroad programs

Biomedical engineering undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in biomedical engineering

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    Biomedical Engineering - BSc Florida International University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,566 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,566 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Biomedical Engineering - BSc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,646 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,440 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Biomedical Engineering - BSc University of South Carolina, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,928 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,928 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Biomedical Engineering - BSc University of Utah, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,863 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,863 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Biomedical Engineering - BEng University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,273 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in biomedical engineering

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    Biomedical Engineering - AES Moraine Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,408 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,408 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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Certificate in biomedical engineering

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    Biomedical Engineering Technology - Cert Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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Biomedical engineering graduate programs

Master's in biomedical engineering

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    Bioengineering: Biomedical Engineering - MSc Wilkes University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,268 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,268 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Biomedical Engineering - MSc American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,710 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,710 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Biomedical Engineering - MSc Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,868 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Biomedical Engineering - MEng LeTourneau University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,650 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,650 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Biomedical Engineering - MSc Linköping University, Sweden

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,000 USD

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in biomedical engineering

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    Biomedical Engineering - PhD American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,710 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,710 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Biomedical Engineering - PhD Florida A&M University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,868 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in biomedical engineering

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    Biomedical Engineering - MSc/PGDip Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's/Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    29,052 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,669 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Future biomedical engineering careers

As a biomedical engineering graduate you’ll have developed the skills needed to enter the rapidly expanding manufacturing and health care sector. Some of the careers you might consider include:

  • Biomedical engineer
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Medical research scientist
  • Prosthetic design engineer
  • Medical device specialist
  • Clinical engineer
  • Rehabilitation engineer

To help you achieve your career goals, make use of your university’s careers services. They can help you work out what path you’ll need to take to get the job you want, and can put you in contact with relevant employers when you’re ready to start applying.