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CR 520

Key Info

  • Course CodeCR 520
  • Field of StudyBiomedical Engineering
  • Type of CourseHonours Degree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Engineering (Honours)
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing Date
  • Start Date
  • Duration4 Years (8 semesters)
  • Level8
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus
  • CAO 1st RoundEntry 2019: 434

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


Biomedical Engineering combines engineering with an appreciation of the functioning of the human body, whether healthy, injured or diseased. The medical device sector in Ireland is very strong; there are 250 medical technology companies in Ireland, exporting €7.2b worth of product annually and employing 25,000 people (figures from the Irish Medical Device Association). Products include prosthetic devices to provide the disabled with tools to improve their quality of life, disposable plastic and wound care products, and precision implants including pacemakers, microelectronic devices, orthopaedic implants, diagnostics, contact lenses and stents. In the clinical context, biomedical engineers play a key role in designing, sourcing and maintaining equipment, facilities and services within hospitals.


The course covers topics from the design and development of artificial joints, to equipment for medical diagnosis and treatment, to the implanting of biomaterials or biomedical devices in the human body. Biomedical Engineers are therefore required at all stages from product design, to product manufacture, to technical support and interfacing with medical users in clinical environments. It uses engineering principles to understand and control biological systems and therefore also requires a working knowledge of physiology, anatomy, and biological science.


This course integrates the study of biological systems, biomedical devices and clinical engineering with traditional mechanical, electrical and manufacturing engineering. Projects are carried out in conjunction with industry, with medical practitioners, and with the Biomedical Engineering unit of Cork University Hospital.



The BEng (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering is fully accredited by Engineers Ireland at the Bachelor (Honours) Level 8 educational standard. Further learning is required to meet the educational standard for Chartered Engineer.


Engineers Ireland represents all engineering disciplines in Ireland and is a member of Federation Europeene d’Associations Nationales d’Ingenieurs (FEANI) through which Irish engineers are recognised in Europe. Engineers Ireland is a signatory to the Washington Accord through which Irish engineers are recognised in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Africa, and UK.


further Studies

At the end of Year 3, high achieving students may be afforded the opportunity to directly enter the (5 year) integrated MEng in Biomedical Engineering, which will entail a further 2 years of study.


Suitably qualified Level 8 graduates are eligible to progress to the taught Masters’ programmes or to research at either Master’s or PhD level. CIT has also set up the Medical Engineering Design and Innovation Centre (MEDIC) as a vehicle for Biomedical Device research.


Please click here for information on biomedical research

Suitably qualified Level 8 graduates from cognate areas may apply to undertake a research programme leading to the award of Master of Engineering or Master of Science. Financial support may be available to suitably qualified candidates from Enterprise Ireland, Industry or the CIT Postgraduate Award Scheme.

Current research programmes, supported by both Enterprise Ireland and Industry, include

  • Bone Cutting Tool and Materials Analysis
  • Inspection of Miniature Platinum Coils using Diffraction of Laser Light
  • Development of orthopaedic and rehabilitation devices for medical use
  • Investigation of contamination of Surgical Bone Cement
  • Investigation of Dynamic Bone Properties.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Suitably qualified graduates with good honours degrees may proceed to a research programme leading to a PhD Degree.


Question Time

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.


What does a Biomedical Engineer produce?
Solutions to problems! Design of devices, instrumentation or processes in a clinical, manufacturing or research environment.

Is there a scholarship available for the course?
Yes. The CIT-DePuy Synthes scholarship was launched in 2012 and is worth €3,000 per year for the successful candidate. DePuy Synthes (a Johnson & Johnson company) is a major multinational employer in the Cork region, manufacturing artificial joints in Ringaskiddy in Cork. The support of DePuy Synthes for the scholarship is a major endorsement of the relevance of the course to the Biomedical Engineering industry.

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

Lucy O'Sullivan
Biomedical Engineer

“After graduation, I spent six months on a graduate internship with Teleflex (a worldwide biomedical company) in both Athlone and Malaysia, three months each in the Quality department and in R&D.

When I returned, I was employed by DePuy Ireland in its manufacturing plant in Ringaskiddy, Cork. I work on the quality aspects of products being transferred into the Cork plant from DePuy plants in other countries.”

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

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


Leaving Certificate examination in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. A grade H4 is required in Mathematics which may also be satisfied by H4 in Applied Mathematics plus H6 in Mathematics.


NB: The H4 grade in Mathematics can also be used to satisfy one of the H5 entry requirements.


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 can look forward to careers in the medical device industry, in the design and manufacture of medical devices, in research roles within industry or in academic research. Graduates can also enter the hospital or clinical environment to work as clinical engineers.

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Biomedical Device Design and Manufacture
  • Research & Development
  • Engineering Support within Clinical Environments
  • Regulated Industries e.g. Healthcare/Food

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

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering CR520

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