Bachelor of Engineering in
Bioengineering (BEngBIE)
工學士 (生物工程)

JUPAS code: JS1207 MBE (BEngBIE, BEngM.E.) – Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering (options: BEng Bioengineering, BEng Mechanical Engineering)


Bioengineering leads the way in cross-disciplinary research and education at the intersection of engineering and life sciences. Through the fusion of engineering and life sciences, bioengineering is expected to address many emerging challenges facing us in engineering, biological science, and human health.

WHY IS BIOENGINEERING NEEDED?

China is under the economic transition from a manufacturing base to a more integrated economy with a wider variety of value-added capabilities. Healthcare will be one of the fastest-developing fields and thus thousands of job opportunities will be created in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Hong Kong is well positioned to become a major centre of independent third party to bring far reaching impacts on Hong Kong and Mainland China in the following areas:

  • New biomedical devices for diseases diagnosis, monitoring, surveillance, and therapeutic treatment
  • Food safety and bio-security
  • New drug discovery

By 2050, there will be 31% or more than 400 million people over 60 years old in China (http://www.chinadaily.com.cn). In addition to aging, air and chemical pollution, threats to bio-security, obesity, and fast spreading of infectious diseases, all impose enormous pressure on the provision of trained professionals in the field of bioengineering.

Hong Kong government clearly identifies medical and testing/certification services being among the six industries which Hong Kong has clear advantages for further development. The Bioengineering Major will serve to educate the future professions in these industries.


OBJECTIVES OF THE MAJOR

This major aims to pursue excellence in education, research, and innovation through the fusion of engineering with life sciences for the advancements of human health. The objectives of the major are to provide integrative educational opportunities that allow students to learn passionately how to think critically and independently, and innovate creatively so that they can be well prepared for the following:

  • Professional employment in areas such as the medical device industry, medical diagnostics and treatment technique, public health consulting, drug discovery, food safety and bio-security testing, and advancement of various biotechnologies.
  • Contribution to community and professional groups using the unique competencies provided by the bioengineering educational experiences.

CAREERS IN BIOENGINEERING

Upon graduation, you will find career opportunities in engineering services, public health consulting, government departments, laboratories and the commercial, educational sectors, or you can pursue postgraduate studies. After education from this major, you will possess expertise that will meet the needs from the increasing public concerns on food safety and quality, and bio-security, demands for advancements in pharmaceutical and health maintenance products, and medical diagnostics and therapeutic treatments, as well as the awareness for human health and wellness.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS AND ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS

HKDSE Route

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the University’s General Entrance Requirements, with at least one elective subject in Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Combined Science for HKDSE applicants.

JUPAS HKDSE students will apply for admission to the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering (JS1207). They will enter a major after the first year of study. During their first year, students will study a broad range of Gateway Education (GE) and College core courses. The top 40% of students [based on (i) cumulative grade point average (CGPA) at the end of Semester B; (ii) no failed grades in any courses in Semesters A and B; and (iii) completion of at least 30 credit units in Semesters A and B, including the number of credit units specified by the College of Science and Engineering / respective Home Academic Unit for its required courses] will have free choice of the majors offered by the Department. The other 60% of students will be allocated a major of their choice, subject to the availability of places and the selection criteria set by the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering.

Please refer to the Admissions Office’s website for the calculation of the admission score at http://www.admo.cityu.edu.hk/jupas_hkdse/assessment/bd/


Alternative Routes

Direct/non-JUPAS applicants considered for Advanced Standing admission are expected to have, or to be close to having, Associate Degrees or Higher Diplomas with high grades (CGPA ≥3.0 or equivalent) or credit awards, in Science- or Engineering-related disciplines. Preference will be given to applicants with Physics and Mathematics background.

Qualified applicants may be invited for interviews and considered for admission based on their performance in the following areas:

  • Academic performance
  • Leadership experience and potential
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Community/school services
  • Communication skills
  • Recommendation

Scholarship is available to outstanding students admitted to the major by the non-JUPAS route.


CURRICULUM

The curriculum has been categorized into four main areas:

Technical Foundation courses
Electrical and Electronic Principles, Thermo and Fluid Dynamics, Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Electromagnetics, Electronic Circuits, Engineering Principles and Design, Microbiology, Database Systems, Data Warehousing and Data Mining

Medical Devices and Systems
Bioengineering Measurement, Medical Imaging and Signal Processing, Micro and Nanotechnology for Bioengineering, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Biomedical Instrumentation, Biosensors and Devices, Biomedical Systems and Control

Cell and Molecular Engineering
Molecules and Cell, Genetics and Proteomics for Bioengineering, Tissue Engineering, Cell Transport and Signalling, Technology for Regenerative Medicine

Health and Wellness Technology
Human Quantitative Physiology, Health Maintenance and Wellness Technology, Bio-safety and Security, Technology for Drug Discovery, Radiotherapy Physics


Integrated courses
Bioengineering Design Project, Professional Engineering Practice, Quality Engineering, Project Management

The major requires a total of 120 credit units. Applicants with Associate Degree, Higher Diploma or equivalent qualifications may be admitted with Advanced Standing I or II.


PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

This major has been granted provisional accreditation by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), a signatory member of the Washington Accord under which all members agree to recognise each other’s accredited Engineering degree programmes.


TUITION FEES

Government Funded Programmes

Latest information on tuition fees is available at the website of the Academic Regulations and Records Office.

Inquiry: 3442-8419 (Ms. May Kan)


MAJOR LEADER

Dr. SHI, Peng


Major Structure/Major Requirement (Links to University Undergraduate Catalogue)

Overview
Normative 4-year Degree

Advanced Standing I (ASI)
Advanced Standing II (ASII)


MODEL STUDY PATH (PDF)

BENGU4 BIE 2015/2016 Cohort
BENGU3 BIE 2016/2017 Cohort (ASI)

BENG4 BIE 2014/2015 Cohort
BENG3 BIE 2015/2016 Cohort (ASI)

BENG4 BIE 2013/14 Cohort
BENG3 BIE 2014/15 Cohort (ASI)
BENG2 BIE 2014/15 Cohort (ASII)


STUDENT HANDBOOK (PDF)

2016/17 · 2015/16 · 2014/15
(Note: The handbooks are updated as at the beginning of the corresponding academic years.)


This major is jointly run by the Departments of Biology and Chemistry (BCH), Computer Science (CS), Electronic Engineering (EE), Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering (MBE), and Physics and Materials Sciences (AP).


Last modified on 16 May, 2017