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A career at the forefront of biomedical engineering

It is clear that demand for biomedical engineers is steadily increasing. As new technologies emerge, you will find there are more and more career directions for you to choose.

What type of career will you be able to follow?

The age demographic in industrialised nations is increasing, necessitating research in medical technologies and healthcare. A few examples of the sectors within which biomedical engineers can develop careers are:

Industrial careers

bme prostheticBiomedical engineers provide solutions to a range of healthcare problems. Careers are varied and can include researching, developing medical products, managing the use of clinical equipment in hospitals or designing and modifying equipment for clients with special needs in a rehabilitation setting. Examples of major companies in the healthcare area include Philips, Toshiba, GE Healthcare and Siemens Healthcare. The skills our graduates will gain allow them to also follow a more traditional engineering role within companies such as Sony, Microchip and Thales, should they prefer this path.


Academic careers

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The Biomedical Engineering degree (particularly the MEng) will also provide the ideal academic grounding for graduates to undertake a PhD in the field.

We expect that quite a few students will continue studies at the graduate level to specialise more in the field.

Government agencies

heartGraduates of our degrees might prefer a career in policy proposal and implementation. Biomedical engineers with a good understanding of their field can act as consultants for government agencies that rely heavily on expert advice to develop legislative and financial agendas. This is a very rewarding career path that requires long term investment in building up the knowledge, skills and renown within biomedical engineering.


Find out more about your career

Visit the University's Career Centre for more information.

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