Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Science/Life Science?

The focus of Life Sciences is on the understanding and discovery of fundamentals in biological and biomedical sciences. In contrast, the focus of Biomedical Engineering is in providing solutions to problems related to human health. As a result, biomedical engineer relies on not only biology and medicine, but also engineering, physics, computer science, and other disciplines to develop, deliver, and innovate new tools, methods, devices, or treatments that advance human health.

Can you tell me more about the NUS Biomedical Engineering Department?

The Biomedical Engineering Department of the Faculty of Engineering, NUS, was founded in 2001, with a mission to contribute to manpower development in the Biomedical Sciences through the establishment of a world-class educational and research programme. Our department offers a major and a minor programme to students interested in combining biomedicine-based research with cutting-edge engineering technology, entrepreneurial activities, or clinical applications.

What do students learn in Biomedical Engineering?

A Biomedical Engineering education aims to train engineers who can analyze problems from an engineering and biomedical sciences perspectives, with a key focus on delivering solutions that address the needs of the stake holders, and that are practical and effective. Our curriculum therefore seeks to educate students with fundamentals and methodologies from electrical, mechanical, chemical, and materials engineering, as applicable to biomedical problems. The study of Biomedical Engineering gives students a solid foundation and the versatility to solve complex problems related to human health.

What kind of jobs are available for Biomedical Engineering graduates?

Our graduates have been well-placed in many organizations, from R&D positions in biotechnology, biomedical device, pharmaceutical companies, to business and management positions in MNCs or start-ups, to hospitals or government agencies, and academic research positions in research institutes and universities. Our biomedical engineering graduates have also entered graduate program in medicine such as at Duke-NUS.