This double degree course in engineering and biomedical science can lead to a rewarding career designing medical technology to improve human lives. Advances in biological sciences and demand for technological solutions are creating new opportunities for engineers. In the next 25 years, engineering will be transformed as it fuses with developments in biomedical science.
Monash University has pioneered this emerging field. Some examples include the Monash Vision Group's work on the bionic eye and our new 4D lung-imaging method. Join our scientists and engineers in developing the latest biomedical innovations and improving lives.
You can personalise your study by combining one of five engineering disciplines with aspects of anatomy, biochemistry, clinical medicine, epidemiology and preventative medicine, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology and psychology. This will give you the skills you need to help solve challenging medical problems.
You will showcase your biomedical and engineering knowledge in a final project and can then choose from an abundance of rewarding and exciting career options.
NOTE: For learning outcomes and other relevant information of this double degree, refer to the single degree entries:
The requirements below detail what you must study in order to complete this double degree course and receive the awards.
The course progression mapcourse progression map (https://www.monash.edu/engineering/current-students/enrolment-and-re-enrolment/course-information/course-maps) provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
Units are 6 points unless otherwise specified. You must complete 240 points:
1. 144 points must be completed in Parts A, B, C, D and E (Level 1 only) as described below in Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) component, of which:
Refer to E3001 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) single degree entry for the details of mandatory professional recognition requirements.
2. 96 points must be completed in Parts A, B, C, D and E as described below in Bachelor of Biomedical Science component.
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is a specialist course that develops through four themes that combine to underpin engineering practice: fundamentals and foundational skills, design, knowledge and applications, and professional practice.
Part A. Engineering fundamentals and foundational skills (12, 18 or 24 points)
These will develop your understanding of natural and physical sciences, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences that underpin all engineering disciplines.
If you have not completed the equivalent of VCE Physics and/or VCE Specialist mathematics then you must complete foundation units in physics and/or mathematics respectively:
Note: If you need to take both foundation units you will need to overload in year 1 or 2 and increase the total credit points needed for the double degree by 6 points.
You must complete:
Part B. Engineering design (18 points)
This will develop the engineering techniques, tools and resources for the conduct, design and management of engineering design processes and projects, both in the industrial setting and in the development of research experiments.
You must complete:
- ENG1001 Engineering design: Lighter, faster, stronger
- ENG1002 Engineering design: Cleaner, safer smarter
- ENG1003 Engineering mobile apps
Part E. Level 1 elective study (6, 12 or 18 points, depending upon the number of units you need to complete for Part A)
At least 12 points at level 1 must be used in fulfilling the requirements of the partner course. Therefore, if you are required to take 12 points of engineering foundation units you will need to overload by 6 points. Please refer to the course progression mapcourse progression map (https://www.monash.edu/engineering/current-students/enrolment-and-re-enrolment/course-information/course-maps) for the relevant double degree.
You must complete at least one of the following available on your campus of enrolment:
- CHE1010 Grand challenges in chemical engineering: Delivering sustainable food, water and energy
- CHM1011 Chemistry I or CHM1051 Chemistry I advanced
- ENE1621 Environmental engineering
- ENG1021 Spatial communication in engineering
- ENG1051 Materials for energy and sustainability
- PHS1002 Physics for engineering
- MAT1830 Discrete mathematics for computer science
- RSE1010 Natural resources engineering
- ECE2041Not offered in 2019 Telecommunications
- ECE2072 Digital systems
- FIT2085 Introduction to computer science for engineers
- MAE2405 Aircraft performance
- MEC2404 Mechanics of fluids
- TRC2001 Introduction to systems engineering
Part C. Engineering knowledge and application and Part D. Professional practice (108 points)
Part C will provide in-depth knowledge of the specific engineering methods of a branch of engineering and will integrate the specific engineering methods and discipline knowledge into practice. You will develop skills to identify and apply knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. Additionally, your studies will focus on your understanding and application of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in your discipline.
Part D will develop your skills in readiness for the engineering workplace. You will develop skills in effective team membership and team leadership, the use and management of commercially relevant data, and the legal responsibilities of engineers. This study will integrate the theme 'Engineering knowledge and application' with your specialist field of engineering.
You must complete Part C and Part D in one of the following specialisations:
Biomedical science component
The biomedical science component of this double degree course develops through themes covering: Part A. Molecular and cellular biology, Part B. Body systems, Part C. Infection and immunity, Part D. Disease and society, and Part E. Diagnostic and research tools. These themes are interwoven in units throughout the course.
You must complete the following units (96 points):
- BMS1011 Biomedical chemistry
- BMS1021 Cells, tissues and organisms
- BMS1031 Medical biophysics
- BMS1042 Public health and preventive medicine
- BMS1052 Human neurobiology
- BMS1062 Molecular biology
- BMS2011 Structure of the human body: An evolutionary and functional perspective
- BMS2021 Human molecular cell biology
- BMS2031 Body systems
- BMS2042 Human genetics
- BMS2052 Microbes in health and disease
- BMS2062 Introduction to bioinformatics
- BMS3031 Molecular mechanisms of disease (12 points)
- BMS3052 Biomedical basis and epidemiology of human disease (12 points)
You may be eligible to exit the double degree program and graduate with either a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) named degree or a Bachelor of Biomedical Science after four or three years respectively, depending on the units studied.
If you wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering degree prior to the completion of the double degree you must have completed at least 192 points of studies, including all of the requirements in Part A, B, C and D for the particular engineering specialisation.
If you wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science prior to the completion of the double degree you must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the requirements in Part A, B, C, D and E for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree.
You may be eligible to apply for a one-year honours course once you have successfully completed this double degree, or have completed all of the requirements for one of the single degrees including a total of 144 points. The following honours course applies:
- M3702 Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours)
You are usually eligible to apply for honours if you achieve a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant discipline units at level 3. This sometimes also means you need to have completed specific units.