University Of Cape Town Biomedical Engineering

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University Of Cape Town Biomedical Engineering

University Of Cape Town Biomedical Engineering

Welcome to the web pages of the Division of Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town. The Division is home to the Medical Imaging Research Unit, the South African Research Chair in Brain Imaging, the South African Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering & Innovation, and a number of research groupings.

They invite you to discover our research and post-graduate programs in Biomedical Engineering, Health Innovation, and Healthcare Technology Management. Meet our enthusiastic staff members and students who make up the division. Explore opportunities to join us at the medical school at UCT, ranked 61st in the world for clinical, pre-clinical, and health (THE World University Rankings 2016-2017).

Interests in the Division of Biomedical Engineering cover a wide range including medical imaging, medical devices, musculoskeletal biomechanics, cell and tissue mechanobiology, biomechatronics, signal processing, rehabilitation engineering, healthcare technology management, and health innovation.
Our focus is on biomedical engineering that addresses health in Africa, yet is globally relevant.

Master of Science (MSc) in Biomedical Engineering

Requirements: A four-year degree in Engineering or an Honours degree in Mathematical, Physical, or Computer Sciences.
Format: The MSc is offered on a full-time basis only. Completion of the degree typically takes two years. Two streams are offered: Stream 1 – Degree on the basis of a dissertation (code: MM054HUB05), and Stream 2 – Degree based on coursework and minor dissertation (code: MM055HUB05). For Stream 1, coursework to be taken during the first year is regarded as preparation for the dissertation. For Stream 2, more extensive coursework is required during the first year and contributes to the overall mark.
The topic for the dissertation is chosen by the student, in consultation with a supervisor. The student will be required to provide regular written progress reports and oral presentations. Certain dissertation topics may be offered as a full dissertation only (Stream 1).

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Engineering

Requirements: Candidates for the Ph.D. (code: MD001HUB05) must satisfy the general requirements of the Faculty of Health Sciences as given in the Faculty of Health Sciences Postgraduate Handbook.
Format: The primary commitment is a thesis based on original research. The Ph.D. is offered on a full-time basis only.

Courses Offered

The courses listed below are offered as part of the Biomedical Engineering program. Certain courses may not be offered if student numbers are too low, and some courses are not offered every year. Course descriptions and rules for degrees are given in the Faculty of Health Sciences Postgraduate Handbook.

MSc Stream 1 (dissertation only): Students are required to complete the following pre-requisite courses in the first year, in preparation for the dissertation, and in order to be allowed to register for the second year: HUB2022F, HUB2025H, HUB4075W, and chosen by the student in conjunction with their supervisor and the academic coordinator two of the following: HUB4007F, HUB4045F, HUB5031F, and HUB6009F. Students may however not receive credit for both HUB5031F and HUB6009F. Additional courses may be taken beyond the minimum requirements. Credit may be granted for equivalent courses completed elsewhere.

MSc Stream 2 (coursework and minor dissertation): Students are required to pass the following courses in the first year in order to be allowed to register for the second year: HUB2022F, HUB2025H, HUB4007F, HUB4045F, HUB4075W, HUB5028W, HUB6009F, and HUB6010S. Students may be required by their supervisor and the program convener to take additional courses offered in the Faculties of Health Sciences or Engineering, in preparation for their dissertation. Students may also, if they wish, register for other courses in the Department or in the institution, or participate in Honours modules in anatomy or physiology, in consultation with the program coordinator and with the approval of the Head of Department.
Ph.D.: Students may be asked to complete one or more courses as a foundation for their research work.

Code Title
HUB2022F Anatomy for Biomedical Engineering
HUB2025H Physiology for Biomedical Engineers
HUB4007F Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System
HUB4045F Introduction to Medical Imaging and Image Processing
HUB4075W Biomedical Engineering Overview
HUB5031F Health Innovation and Design
HUB6009F Medical Device Design Part I
HUB6010S Medical Device Design Part II











University Of Cape Town Biomedical Program

The Division of Biomedical Engineering offers a number of postgraduate programs which include:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Innovation
  • Healthcare Technology Management
  • Mechanobiology
  • Neuroscience

The side menu provides access to the program information. At the undergraduate level, there are no programs available. For additional information on the programs, please refer to the FAQs page.


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