School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

biomedical engineering
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View our video on our BEng and MEng in Biomedical Engineering here: 

This degree has been designed in consultation with the healthcare industry and medical community, ensuring you’ll receive an education that’s up to speed with current developments. Traditionally, medical device companies have recruited from fields like mechanical and electronic engineering, and then provided additional training in bioengineering, but DCU’s Biomedical Engineering integrates the necessary aspects of biology and medicine with the technical engineering aspects required to engineer medical devices.


The range and sophistication of medical devices needed to apply treatment and fight disease is growing in response to rapidly evolving disease treatments. From cameras that explore blood vessels to scanners that analyse the entire human body, biomedical engineering expertise is in greater demand than ever before.

Completing the course in four years earns you a Bachelor’s, or an optional Year Five could fast-track you to a Master’s in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Biomedical Major).

Here in DCU a lot of work is team based and this really set you up for real-world employment. From everything I've learned on this course, I know when I go out to the working world, my knowledge will help discover new things.

In Year One of this course, you’ll cover the fundamentals of mathematics, physics, engineering and computing. A major group project involves the design and building of a radio-controlled device.


The design-related modules are continued from Year One and further developed in Year Two, as they’re of primary importance in linking the disciplines of engineering and healthcare. In your second year, you’ll cover a combination of mechanical engineering, biological and bioengineering subjects.


Year Three will see you learning to develop products in accordance with the relevant regulatory requirements of the medical device industry and join other DCU mechanical engineering students in a design competition. This is then followed by your six-month INTRA placement, generally in a medical device company. This period of industrial training will provide you with an insight into the structure and functioning of healthcare companies, and will be invaluable in your future career.


In Year Four, you’ll learn about advanced technologies in the fields of rehabilitation engineering, biomaterials, computer vision and surgical device technology, and how to apply sophisticated computer modelling software in the design process. Your fourth-year project will allow you to work on a substantial design or research project in an area related to biomedical engineering.


You may opt to leave the course after Year Four with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Degree.

If you chose to continue to Year Five you’ll expand your design skills, and learn how to conduct advanced research and apply it towards a major research project in a biomedical technology field.

Great employment prospects upon graduation
Ireland is home to 15 of the world's top 20 Medical Technologies companies
The chance to make a big improvement in people's quality of life
Small class sizes and lots of hands-on project work
A varied curriculum covering a wide range of science and technologies
Option to complete a 5th year and obtain a Master’s degree
Accredited engineering programme
View the current course structure

Life on Campus

We have three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 


Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.


Campus life

Among the student facilities in DCU are a sports complex with a 25 metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

In 2018, a purpose-built state-of-the-art new student centre - The U - was opened. This centre serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500 and is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

DCU Students' Union and the Office of Student Life are also based in the U. The centre is a space for students where they can meet, with lots of charging points and isolation booths. Clubs and socs avail of meeting rooms here and it's also home to DCUFM. NuBar, Londis and the Venue are also located here.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year.


Student Supports

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre: Offers a wide range of supports and services to students

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning: facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.


Killian Cheller, Biomedical Engineering.

Here in DCU a lot of work is team based and this really set you up for real-world employment. From everything I've learned on this course, I know when I go out to the working world, my knowledge will help discover new things.

Career Areas
Healthcare Industry
Medical Device Companies

Given the robust condition of the Irish industrial sector and taking into account DCU’s active synchronization with the medical sector, Biomedical Engineering students can feel confident about their job prospects. The increasing harmonisation of European standards and US regulations also ensures that graduates will be employable worldwide.


Alumni hold positions as:

Career Tags
Clinical Engineer
Product Development Engineer
Project Engineer
Quality Engineer
Research and Development


Leaving Cert

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of H4 Mathematics or H4 Applied Mathematics with H5 Mathematics

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

GCE A Level C Mathematics

FET Level 5

For details of QQI requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

EU Transfer Applications

The engineering schools consider transfer requests based on the performance of the candidate. The overall

set of guidelines which is in use for equivalent qualifications is as follows:

Qualification Possible Point of Entry

Relevant Higher Certificate/National Certificate

First year (Distinction)
Relevant Higher Certificate/National Certificate  First year (Merit plus Experience)

Relevant Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National Diploma

Second year

(Merit or Better)

Relevant Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree/National Diploma Third year (Distinction plus a possible interview)

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.


Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee
€15,000 per annum

Next Steps

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

Applicants presenting EU school Leaving Examinations

Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

EU Transfer Applicants

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at