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Programme Aims and Features
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.
The programme features are as follows:
- Interdisciplinary and inclusive BME training
It offers foundation courses in electrical/mechanical engineering, biochemistry and life sciences. It also provides inclusive BME training that covers quantitative and design-oriented analysis to tackle biomedical diagnostic/therapeutic problems; hands-on learning (research/internship opportunities); and the exposure to a wide variety of advanced BME topics, ranging from tissue engineering, biomaterial and biotransport, bioinformatics, to biomedical imaging technologies/applications.
- An articulation pathway to MBBS programme
The programme allows high-caliber students to opt for the MBBS Programme (offered by LKS Faculty of Medicine), subject to holistic assessment based on academic and interview performance. Upon completion of the BEng(BME) degree, the selected BME students can be given advanced standing with exemption of at most 2 years.
- Diverse graduation pathways
The programme prepares the BME graduates with a broad career pathways in the biomedical/biotechnology industry in research and development (including co-founding biotechnology-related start-ups), practicing as biomedical engineers in hospital and other public sectors, and further education in graduate (Master or Ph.D. degrees) in Hong Kong or overseas.
The BENG (BME) programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. Graduates can, with proper professional training and working experience, obtain the status of Registered Professional Engineer in Hong Kong, which is important for their career in the engineering profession. This professional status is recognised through the Washington Accord by the signatories of engineering organisations in the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Biomedical engineers are trained to work on technological developments and inventions in the medical profession. Major investment is being injected into biomedical-engineering research and development by governments and industry worldwide. Graduates can work as scientists and engineers in hospitals and research institutions, as marketing or sales engineers specialising in medical, healthcare or sports equipment, or in other roles in the biomedical-engineering field such as medical-device regulators and patent lawyers. They can also opt for further studies in biomedical engineering or related areas, both locally and overseas. Graduates are normally able to achieve professional engineer status within a few years. For those who opt to minor in Business, Economics or Finance, the curriculum encompasses subjects such as management and communication, diversifying graduates' choice of careers. The programme's graduates have pursued successful careers in areas such as banking.