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CR 075

Key Info

  • Course CodeCR 075
  • Field of StudyBiomedical Engineering
  • Type of CourseDegree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Engineering
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing Date
  • Duration3 Years (6 Semesters)
  • Level7
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus
  • CAO 1st RoundEntry 2019: 358
  • CAO Cut offEntry 2019 Round 2: 350

Annual Cork Mechanical, Manufacturing & Biomedical Engineering Exhibition
23rd April 2020
CIT Bishopstown Campus, Bishopstown, Cork
For Exhibition information, please click here.  


For information on Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here


Biomedical Engineering combines engineering with an appreciation of the functioning of the human body, whether healthy, injured or diseased. In the clinical context, biomedical engineers play a key role in designing, sourcing and maintaining equipment, facilities and services within hospitals. Products include prosthetic devices to provide the disabled with tools to improve their quality of life, disposable plastic and wound care products, and precision metal implants including pacemakers, microelectronic devices, orthopaedic implants, diagnostics, contact lenses and stents.


About the Course

This programme is designed to provide Biomedical Engineering Technologists for the hospital and medical device manufacturing environments.


The course is delivered through formal lectures, tutorials, practical and project work. There are a number of dedicated Biomedical Engineering laboratories containing leading edge technology. These facilitate teaching and research both at undergraduate and postgraduate level and include:

  • Gait Analysis Lab
  • Biomaterial Lab
  • Hurley Helmet Testing Rig
  • Instron Dynamic Testing Machine
  • Non-Contact 3D Light Scanner
  • Rapid Prototyping Machine


Projects are carried out in conjunction with industry, with medical practitioners and with the Biomedical Engineering Unit of Cork University Hospital.


Further Studies

Subject to availability of places, suitably qualified graduates may apply to Year 3 of
►  Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering

or the one year add-on
►  Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Advanced Manufacturing Technology


Question Time

What does a Biomedical Engineer produce?
Medical devices, instrumentation, or processes in a clinical or manufacturing environment.


What is the difference between Biomedical Science and Biomedical Engineering?
Biomedical Engineering combines engineering principles with an appreciation of the functioning of the human body, whether healthy, injured or diseased in order to design and manufacture products or provide technical support. Biomedical engineers can work in hospitals, in manufacturing plants and in research and development environment.


Biomedical scientists investigate into samples of tissue and body fluids in order to diagnose disease and monitor the treatment of patients therefore, it is largely laboratory based.


Has the course professional accreditation?
This course in Biomedical Engineering is fully accredited by Engineers Ireland for Associate Engineer eligibility.


Is it possible to obtain a Higher Certificate award after two years?
Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and do not wish to progress to Year 3 will receive the Higher Certificate in Engineering in Biomedical Engineering.


Are there any events I should attend to learn more about Biomedical Engineering?CIT Bishopstown Campus hosts the Cork Mechanical, Manufacturing & Biomedical Engineering Annual Exhibition which will take place at the CIT Bishopstown Campus on 23rd April 2020.


Please click here for information about International and National Student Engineering and Innovation Awards achieved by our students over the years. 


Graduate Profile

Emma O'Leary
Senior Materials Engineer

“I initially completed a BEng in Biomedical Engineering (Level 7), followed by a BSc (Honours) in Advanced Manufacturing Technology (Level 8). After successfully completing my studies I was accepted into the Johnson & Johnson University Hire Programme. This is a 2 year rotational programme where I rotated every 6 months into different areas of the DePuy Synthes Business.


I am now a Senior Materials Engineer within the Materials & Surface Technology department in DePuy Synthes, leading a team in introducing new technologies to support a new innovative manufacturing process.”


Denise Cronnelly
Quality Engineer

Denise undertook a MEng in Biomedical Engineering before commencing employment as a Quality Engineer with Boston Scientific in Clonmel where it manufactures implantable pacemakers and defibrillators.


Denise’s role as a Quality Engineer is varied and encompasses elements such as process optimisation, equipment validation, and aspects of regulatory compliance.



For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements


Leaving Certificate in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.


Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only: Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.


For information of Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here


Graduates will be qualified to work as biomedical engineering technologists within the healthcare, medical device industries, in research and development facilities, and also in clinical/hospital environments. The types of product include:

  • New prosthetic devices to provide the disabled with tools to improve their quality of life
  • Disposable medical devices such as needles, and implant drug delivery systems
  • Non-invasive diagnostic imaging procedures
  • Laser and micro-surgical techniques
  • Computer assisted surgery
  • Joint replacement
  • ‘Spare parts’ surgery to provide cardiac assist devices, such as artificial heart valves and blood vessels.

Graduates will find opportunities at technician engineer level in:

  • Commissioning and maintenance of medical equipment
  • Planning and operation of automated biomedical manufacturing systems
  • Implementation, operation and maintenance of clean room technology
  • Research & Development
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Validation/Verification
  • Production/Process Engineering
  • Sales
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Quality Control
  • Engineering management within the Biomedical sector.

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:

Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering CR075

Higher Certificate in Engineering in Biomedical Engineering

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