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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

About this course

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Biomedical) and Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) combined degree will develop your engineering expertise alongside the critical insights and research skills offered by the sciences.

It will emphasise the strong scientific foundations of engineering and expand your career options by giving you two qualifications with just one extra year of study.

In the Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Biomedical), you will learn from and collaborate with leading researchers across many engineering disciplines as well as in medicine, biology and molecular biology.

The degree covers all aspects of biomedical engineering, and you could contribute to innovative discoveries within the fields of:

  • biomedical technology
  • biology
  • biomechanics
  • biomaterials
  • orthopaedic engineering
  • tissue engineering
  • medical regulation
  • bioelectronics
  • medical instrumentation
  • the computational simulation of biomedical systems.

As part of your engineering degree you will undertake the award-winning Professional Engagement Program enabling you to change your approach to learning through self-reflection and extra-curricular activities throughout your degree.

Complementing your engineering studies, the Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) provides an essential foundation in the structure and function of the human body, from molecules through to whole systems. Core units will ensure you develop a breadth of knowledge across fields such as anatomy, cellular and molecular biochemistry, human physiology, immunobiology, infectious diseases, pharmacology and microbiology, and you will have the opportunity to specialise in senior units.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

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How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website Separate Scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Closing dates

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year.
Semester 2 - 25 June of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

To complete the combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Biomedical) and Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) you must undertake 240 credit points (cp) worth of units (ie, subjects), which will take 5 years of full-time study.

A typical unit of study has a value of 6cp. Full-time students normally enrol in 48 cp worth of units each year.

During the degree you will study:

  • 18 cp of foundational units in Maths and Computing
  • 30 cp of engineering project units, including a thesis in the final year
  • 66 cp of core units in Biomedical Engineering
  • 6 cp of Biomedical Industry/Enterprise units
  • 36 cp of Biomedical Engineering electives, which may include a specialisation
  • 72 cp of Medical Science stream units
  • 12 cp of units from the Open Learning Environment

All engineering streams include mandatory completion of the Professional Engagement Program (PEP) - see Work Component section.

Units of Study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 200 hours.

The work component must be completed as part of the award requirements and is undertaken as part of the Professional Engagement Program (PEP).

Professional Engagement Program (PEP)

The program requires completion of 600 hours of professional engagement experiences integrated continuously throughout the degree. It is designed to allow students to contextualise their learning, enhance their own professional development, and build the foundations of a strong professional engineering career. The professional engagement activities are spread over 3 flexible stages. This involves

  • a minimum of 70 hours of non-engineering focused activities (casual or part-time work, volunteering, employment skills, mentoring and/or development of transferable skills) and
  • a minimum of 200 hours of engineering focused activities (industry projects, site visits, guest lectures, interviews, seminars, conferences and/or research)
  • a minimum of 200 hours of engineering work experience in industry in stage 3 (typically final year).


Sample study plan

Year Sem  Unit of study 
The Professional Engagement Program (PEP) is embedded throughout each semester of the degree.
1 1 Mathematics Biomedical Engineering 1A Chemistry 1A Human Biology
  2 Mathematics Biomedical Engineering 1B Introduction to Engineering Computing From Molecules to Ecosystems
2 1 Introduction to Bioelectronics Biomedical Physics Biomedical Engineering 2 OLE
  2 Engineering Mechanics Materials 1 Computational Analysis for Biomedical Signals OLE
3 1 Biomanufacturing Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Key Concepts in Pharmacology Key Concepts in Physiology
  2 Biomaterials Multidisciplinary Engineering Microbes, Infection and Immunity Human Anatomy and Histology
4 1 Tissue Engineering Interdisciplinary Engineering Medical Science elective Medical Science elective
  2 Biomedical Design and Technology Biomedical Industry/Enterprise unit Medical Science elective Medical Science Interdisciplinary Project
5 1 Thesis A Biomedical elective Biomedical elective Biomedical elective
  2 Thesis B Biomedical elective Biomedical elective Biomedical elective

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1, Chemistry and Biology. If you attempt engineering without this prior level of knowledge of Mathematics you may experience difficulty, so you are strongly advised to undertake an appropriate bridging course. 

Other assumed knowledge depends on the science programs or areas studied.

Applying for honours

This course has an integrated Honours program, with all students undertaking an Engineering research thesis in the final year.

Admission criteria

Admission this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.


This course has a mathematics course prerequisite. For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science both offer one-year exchange programs with partner universities in Europe, Asia and North America.

In addition to your Professional Engagement Program (PEP) commitments, there are opportunities to join a diverse range of engineering student societies and engage in outreach activities, industry placements and competitions throughout your degree.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by Engineers Australia and by other major professional engineering institutions. Our graduates are also recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance.

Depending upon the major or majors undertaken within the Bachelor of Science (Medical Science), the degree offers professional recognition by a range of government and non-government organisations. See the information on each of the majors available for further details.

Career pathways & prospects

Career pathways

  • Medical researcher
  • Prosthetist
  • Doctor (with further study)
  • Dentist (with further study)
  • Medical device designer
  • Microbiologist
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical device designer
  • Corporate health
  • Disability and ageing management
  • Global health research and policy analyst
  • Hospital management
  • Information services management
  • Mental health and safety
  • Software engineer
  • Web development and management 
  • Medical software developer
  • Health promotion
  • Policy making
  • Business development
  • Medicinal chemists
  • Humanitarian aid and disaster relief
  • Consulting
Future study options

The Faculty of Engineering offers a welcoming and supportive environment in which to undertake challenging coursework programs and research in a range of different engineering and computer science disciplines.

The faculty's postgraduate coursework and research are focused on industrial applications supported by strong fundamental research programs run by internationally recognised academics.

Following completion of the Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) eligible candidates may proceed to enrol in the Bachelor of Advanced Studies to complete an honours year, or to the Graduate Diploma in Science in some areas of study. Both serve as pathways to higher degrees by research in the sciences at the University of Sydney.

The Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) also provides for admission to a range of Sydney postgraduate and graduate entry coursework programs.

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