MSc Biomedical Engineering

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Local & Non-local : 31 Mar 2023

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required


Class Schedule

Weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons (plus weekday daytime session if necessary)

Normal Study Period

Full-time: 1 year;
Part-time/Combined mode*: 2 years

Maximum Study Period

Full-time: 2.5 years;
Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years

Mode of Processing

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Leader
Dr King LAI
+852 3442 9099
+852 3442 0172
General Enquiries
+852 3442 8420
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Programme Aims and Objectives

Biomedical Engineering focuses on using engineering principles, techniques and design concepts for healthcare purposes. There is an increasing demand for education and development in the field to improve healthcare and quality of life. The demand has driven the need for developing professionals who will advance the evolution of modern healthcare system, treatment and technology. The Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (MSBME) Programme aims to offer education and training opportunity to engineers to pursue higher-level study in biomedical field to promote engineering to future healthcare applications.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs):

  1. EXPLORE appropriate scientific and technological development in healthcare related industry that is of benefit to the society;
  2. ADDRESS the issues and challenges related to the development of biomedical instruments, systems and devices;
  3. APPLY state-of-the-art technologies to generate creative solutions to improve healthcare products by using biomedical approach;
  4. APPLY knowledge of designing, implementing, manufacturing and evaluating equipment that can advance biomedical engineering practice.
Entrance Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University's general entrance requirements and the following programme entrance requirements.

  • Hold a degree in engineering, science, or equivalent; or
  • Be qualified for graduate membership of a professional institution; or
  • Other degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis by a committee of experts.

Note: Priority will be given to those applicants who have biomedical engineering/science or bioengineering related academic background.

English Proficiency Requirement

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is NOT English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • a score of 59 (revised paper-delivered test)^ or 79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)@#; or
  • an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS)@; or
  • a score of 450 in the Chinese mainland’s College English Test Band 6 (CET-6); or
  • other equivalent qualifications.

^ Effective from 11 April 2021, the TOEFL revised paper-delivered test is no longer offered.

@ TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years. Applicants are required to provide their English test results obtained within the two years preceding the start of the University's application period.

# Applicants are required to arrange with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send their TOEFL results directly to the University. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.

In view of the recent development of COVID-19, ‘TOEFL iBT Home Edition’ and ‘IELTS Indicator’, as indicated below, are accepted as equivalent qualifications for the fulfillment of the University’s minimum English proficiency requirement for admission to TPg programmes until further notice:

  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition: a score of 79; or
  • IELTS Indicator: an overall band score of 6.5

Please refer to the updated admissions website for information.

Fellowships Scheme

Fellowship awards are available for local students admitted to this programme under the Fellowships Scheme supported by the HKSAR Government. This programme in the priority area of “STEM” is one of the targeted programmes listed under the Fellowships Scheme with 3 fellowship awards. Local students admitted to the programme in full-time, part-time or combined study mode may be invited to submit applications for the fellowships.

Course Description

Programme Structure and Contents Δ


15 credit units of Core Courses + 15 credit units of Elective Courses (30 credit units).


Students may obtain the MSc degree either by completing:

  • 5 core courses (15 CUs) + 5 elective taught courses (15 CUs)
    (to broaden knowledge in biomedical engineering and healthcare)


  • 5 core courses (15 CUs) + dissertation (9 CUs) + 2 elective taught courses (6 CUs)
    (to gain in-depth learning in biomedical engineering and healthcare)


Core Course (15 credit units)

  • Micro Systems Technology
  • Manufacturing of Biomedical Devices
  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Engineering Design ᵅ
  • Biomedical Safety and Risk Assessment ᵇ

ᵅ Recommended for students who do not have biomedical engineering/science or bioengineering background. Students who have not taken it to fulfill the core course requirement can take the course to fulfill the elective requirement.

ᵇ Recommended for students who have biomedical engineering/science or bioengineering background. Students who have not taken it to fulfill the core course requirement can take the course to fulfill the elective requirement.


Elective Course (15 credit units)

  • Human Machine Interface
  • Biomedical Engineering Design ^
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Dissertation @#
  • Project Development Study @
  • Industrial Case Study
  • Advanced Control Systems
  • Biorobotics
  • Biomedical Safety and Risk Assessment ^
  • Biomedical Imaging and Biophotonics
  • Physiological Modeling
  • Flexible Bioelectronics for Medical Applications
  • Engineering Principles for Drug Delivery
  • Advanced Biomaterials for Healthcare and Biomedical Applications
  • Robotics in Minimally Invasive Healthcare
  • AI in Medical Imaging

@ If student takes both BME6022 Project Development Study and BME6008 Dissertation, the student may further pursue the case topic explored in the former course by substantially enhancing the study with new and advanced research work towards achieving the project objectives.


# Full-time students who want to complete BME6008 Dissertation within one semester only must obtain prior approval from the Supervisor and Programme Leader, and must have attained a CGPA of 3.5 or above.


^ Students who have not taken it to fulfil the core course requirement can take the course to fulfil the elective requirement.


Δ Subject to changes.

Bonus Features
  • The programme utilizes a variety of learning modes and methods, including the followings:
    • Lectures and Tutorials
    • Co-operative Learning
    • Seminars, Interactive Workshops and Panel Discussions offered by external; as well as by international experts, and active professionals working in the industry
  • Students can bring their problems from work to class for team discussions and further analysis, and earn course credits upon obtaining satisfactory results.
* If student opts for taking dissertation to complete the programme study, the normal duration for graduation will be 1.5 years.
† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.