Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering principles to healthcare. In this minor, we will demonstrate how engineering can be used to understand how the human body works and how engineering can be used to diagnose, treat and manage a range of illnesses and conditions. It will cover a range of topics including:

• how control theory can be used to explain how the body maintains its core environment
• the physical principles behind the major senses of sight and hearing
• pressure, volume and flow in blood vessels and the brain
• how devices can be designed and build to measure indicators of the body’s physiology
• how engineering can be used to ease conditions arising from old age or injury
• biomaterials and biomechanics
• tissue engineering
• biomedical engineering design

The engineering will be applied to real-life problems and there will be a hospital visit.


Specific skills which students will learn include:

• being able to apply a variety of engineering principles to the human body.
• describing how the body works using engineering analogies.
• analysing and solving problems using realistic approximations and assumptions.

Information for Current Students

For current module breakdown and syllabus, please have a look at the Minor page on the IEP Central Moodle (current students ONLY, login required).


This minor cannot be chosen by those on the Biomedical Engineering Programme.

Lead Academic

Dr Terence Leung
Dept Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering
Email: ku.ca1558648408.lcu@1558648408gnuel1558648408.t1558648408

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