[JS6925] BEng in Biomedical Engineering
(jointly offered by Faculty of Engineering and LKS Faculty of Medicine)
What is Biomedical Engineering?
The BEng(BME) (6925) degree is offered by the Faculty of Engineering in conjunction with LKS Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. The goal of this programme is to cultivate the next generation of engineers who will play an integral role in improving health and quality of life through engineering designs/principles and technological innovations. Built upon a strong interdisciplinary foundation across basic sciences, mathematics, engineering and life sciences, this programme covers a wide scope of modern BME disciplines and a variety of BME-related experiential learning opportunities. Such inclusive training allows students to learn how to apply engineering principles to advance biomedical practices and research; and to establish professional, ethical and social responsibilities on health-related issues.
FOCUS of the programme
Students may organise their study of disciplinary elective courses to specialize in one of the following focuses:
- Advanced biomedical signals and systems
Biomaterials and tissue engineering
- Global or local biotechnology/medical technology related companies
- Public sector
- Further studies (Master or PhD degrees) in Hong Kong or overseas
Messages from Current Students and Alumni
Class of 2019
Current PhD Student in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, HKU
The MedE programme provides insight to students in different regions including biomechanics, biomedical imaging, medical signal processing, biomaterials and tissue engineering. Through exploring in various areas, students are able to cultivate their interest and plan for their future career pathway. Also, the 4-year curriculum enables students to gain practical laboratory experiences as well as diverse research opportunities. Such experiences help me a lot when conducting medical experiments as a student research assistant and when having internship in research institute.
Class of 2011
Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), HKUST
(Bio)Medica l Engineering (MedE) is an interdisciplinary programme. MedE students have a unique opportunity to explore various fields and search for their own interests. I found mine – biomedical imaging. One of the most unforgettable academic experiences was meeting my final year project (FYP) supervisor, Dr. Kevin Tsia. After the fun time I had during my FYP, I decided to start my research journey (M.Phil.) under his tutelage. The solid training I experienced has a far-reaching influence, including the time I was studying my Ph.D. at the Washington University in St. Louis, and even now as an Assistant Professor in HKUST. Although Dr. Tsia and I are now at different universities, we are working together to create more and better opportunities for students to learn biomedical imaging in Hong Kong.
The Medical Engineering curriculum provided me with the opportunity to familiarize myself with different segments of the BME industry through an exploratory journey among its diversified maze of courses ranging from biochemistry to economics, marketing and finance for engineers. The two-month summer research under Dr. Tsia’s supervision in HKU enabled me to gain hands-on experience in cell sample preparation, and learn more about the biophysical and biomechanical markers that can be used for cancer diagnosis in the future; insight that provided a direction in pursuing my interest in tissue engineering to fulfil my future ambitions.
Class of 2014
Assistant Electronics Engineer, Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, the HKSAR Government
During my study in the BEng (MedE) programme, I had the opportunity to learn not only in the Faculty
of Engineering but also in the Faculty of Medicine, where we had lectures and laboratory sessions in the medical campus. The broad range of knowledge I gained in BME enables me to be proficient in my career to serve the public healthcare sector in Hong Kong. I am honored to be selected as the Best Engineering Graduate in 2016. My Final Year Project covered a wide range of subjects, including photonics, tissue engineering and microfluidics. The problem solving skills I acquired in my project benefit me in working on projects with new ideas. The mobile app for visually impaired people I developed has won the HKIE Innovation Awards for Young Members in 2017.
Class of 2018
Current PhD Student, Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore
The BEng (MedE) programme provides students with a strong technical foundation, as well as many
opportunities to explore their interests beyond the regular classroom setting. While pursuing my
undergraduate studies, I entered a biomedical device design competition, during which I received mentorship and good training from my professors— a reflection of the programme’s guidance and support to its students. The curriculum also features an internship, which I did at an overseas research
institution. My experience in MedE equipped me with valuable engineering and research skills, all of which have proven most useful now that I am pursuing a postgraduate degree.
Class of 2017
Current MPhil Student in Mechanical Engineering, HKU
Two of the most inspiring experiences I have had as an HKU MedE student were the internship that I did in NUS, and the Final Year Project I did with the Microfluidics and Soft Matter Group, which reaffirmed my enthusiasm in research and prompted me to pursue an MPhil in Mechanical Engineering. In addition, the multidisciplinary nature of the double degree BEng/BBA programme not only allowed me to see the world from a different perspective, but also made me realize the importance of doing holistic research by emphasizing entrepreneurship as a way of bridging innovative research and the market.
Class of 2018
Trainee Clinical Scientist, UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London
Part-time MSc Student (Clinical Engineering), King’s College London
The MedE Programme at HKU allows students to delve into a diverse array of fields and disciplines that constitute Biomedical Engineering. The dedicated MedE laboratory course, allowed me to gain transferrable lab skills and learn how contributions from various interdisciplinary fields in engineering were making a real difference in healthcare. A hands-on integrated project, where we had to design a health monitoring device as a group, gave me the confidence to work with electronics and medical devices. Finally, the flexibility and support offered by the programme for the FYP encouraged me to pursue a project that aimed to solve a challenge being faced by surgeons in collaboration with industry and clinicians. The journey with MedE was truly insightful and as I now start to train as a Clinical Scientist with the NHS in London, UK, I realize how well the MedE programme has prepared us to contribute to the healthcare sector.