BME Programme in NUS

In resonance with the NUS Mission, the aim of the Biomedical Engineering undergraduate degree programme is to produce engineers with a strong foundation in the relevant engineering, sciences and technology, who are able to contribute to the Biomedical Sciences through innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Our educational programme in Biomedical Engineering provides an excellent foundation for a range of careers such as research and development, product design and manufacturing in the Biomedical engineering industries or for further graduate education. It is characterised by a strong emphasis on scientific and engineering fundamentals and a high degree of flexibility which can provide a wide diversity of educational experiences.

By providing graduates with a combination of broad based fundamentals and specialised knowledge, the Biomedical Engineering programme strives to graduate versatile engineers who would be best positioned to lead and be an integral part of the Biomedical Engineering industries in the future. In 2008, the degree programme for Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) is accredited by Engineering Accreditation Board, The Institution of Engineers, Singapore.

At the undergraduate level, the Department of Biomedical Engineering offers a four-year engineering curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Biomedical Engineering. Design based and research based projects are an integral part of the curriculum. They help to develop the spirit of innovation and inquiry, integrative skills, and critical thinking skills in the students. A portion of the curriculum is also set aside for non engineering modules in areas such as engineering professionalism and human relations. These are intended to equip our graduates with the knowledge to function effectively in tomorrow’s workplace.

Our Students

Our students are fully at home at the interface of engineering, biology and medicine. Understandably so, with our Biomedical Engineering faculty members who are highly respected internationally and enjoy affiliations with the School of Medicine, Faculty of Science, and Research Institutes and Centres.

Beyond engineering, our student are imbued with state-of-the-art knowledge in biology, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and physics. In addition, their knowledge are polished with design- and research-based projects. A significant part of the curriculum is set aside for non-engineering modules in areas such as management, organisation, intellectual properties, and regulatory affairs. This will equip our graduates with a broad-based knowledge and readiness to excel in tomorrow’s workplace.

Career Prospects

Biomedical engineering is a growing field around the world, and Singapore is deeply committed to establishing this industry here. With the launch of many R&D hubs (e.g Biopolis) in Singapore, many more well-known foreign companies are setting up bases here.

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in diverse organizations, with some being recruited by MNCs, biotechnology start-up companies, and numerous government agencies. Some have chosen to embark on academia and pursue their Masters or PhD degrees.

In general, biomedical engineering graduates can look at opportunities in the following industries:

  • Healthcare (secondary and tertiary care hospitals)
  • Medical Technology
  • Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology
  • Startups