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Study medical engineering abroad

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

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Medical engineering degrees abroad

Medical engineering examines how engineering principles and practices can be used to assess and improve human health. It’s a relatively new area of study that combines elements of biology, medicine, engineering, mechanics, mathematics, and design.

You’ll develop a detailed understanding of both engineering processes and the human body. You’ll learn about the vital role engineering plays in medicine and track the contributions made by medical engineers over time. You’ll also assist with pioneering research and development in the field.

By earning your degree overseas, you’ll see first-hand how engineering is helping to solve medical problems all over the world. You’ll network with international professionals, boost your employability, and make memories to last a lifetime.

Medical engineering program structure

There are plenty of options to choose from when studying medical engineering. At the undergraduate level, universities offer a three-year bachelor of engineering degree (BEng). Most universities will also encourage students to complete an additional year-long industrial placement to gain hands-on experience in the field.

If you’re looking to advance your employability by achieving a postgraduate qualification, you can opt to study a four-year integrated master’s course (MEng). These programs cover mostly the same content as the BEng in the first two years, before delving into more specialist medical engineering topics in the final half of the program.

If you’re still eager to learn more after finishing your MEng, then you can enroll in a research-based PhD program. Doctorate degrees take an average of five years to finish.

Medical engineering degrees provide students with a sound theoretical and practical understanding of the field. As such, you’ll be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory sessions. Some universities will also organize guest presentations from industry professionals and field trips to medical engineering sites.

The exact content of medical engineering programs will depend on your university and country of study. However, most courses will cover these core areas:

  • Medical engineering in action
  • Medical science
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electrical engineering
  • Engineering materials
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomaterials

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Medical engineering study abroad programs

Medical engineering undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in medical engineering

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    Mechanical and Medical Engineering - BEng University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,454 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

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    Medical Engineering - BMedEng University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,936 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,210 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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Medical engineering graduate programs

Master's in medical engineering

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    Medical Engineering - MSc University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Austria

    Program type
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    1,726 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 1,454 EUR

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    Medical Engineering Design - MSc Keele University, UK

    Program type
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    27,514 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,800 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Future medical engineering careers

Medical engineering is a fast-growing field that offers vast and varied employment opportunities for graduates. Your skills in analysis, problem-solving, and design will be highly valued by employers in roles across a range of clinical, research, and manufacturing sectors, including:

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

If you’re unsure about which career path you should follow, have a chat with your university’s career service. They’ll help you identify your interests and narrow down your options.