What is BME?

Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary study in which biomedical and engineering sciences are applied innovatively to solve health and medical problems for the benefit of mankind. There is a growing worldwide recognition that biomedical engineering will have an enormous impact on the upcoming improvement of health services and the emergence of new industries of biomedical-related products. Biomedical engineers will play key roles in designing innovative medical instruments and sensors, deploying the emerging infrastructure for health informatics, creating new biomaterials, and developing new medical biotechnologies.

What is the difference between BME and related programmes (Bioengineering, Biomedical Sciences)?

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Programme highlights

  • Our BEng (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering programme is jointly supported by the CUHK Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Medicine. It is coherently organized under the CUHK Department of Biomedical Engineering to support student learning on campus, in hospital, and with our partners local and overseas.
  • Our programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), and prepares our students well for industrial and academic placements. On the industrial side, since 2012, our graduates have been well received by our medical device industries. On the academic side, around 25% of our graduates pursue further studies in various engineering and medical disciplines (some all the way to PhD).
  • CUHK BME students will have opportunities to learn on-site how technology can enhance clinical services and patient benefits. Besides having the Prince of Wales Hospital as our teaching hospital, CUHK will also have our own private hospital to be launched in 2019-20.
  • Our students enjoy support for overseas exchanges, research and industrial internships, and global competitions.
  • Our top students with interest and track record in research are eligible for potential enrollment in the CUHK MBChB program in an accelerated track.

  • FAQ

    - How many students we are admitting each year?
    - What qualities do we look for in the applicants?
    - What is the JUPAS code for this programme?
    - Any details about the weighting for JUPAS of this programme?

    - How is the admission priority score computed for JUPAS applications?
    - What is Broad-based admission? What is the difference between "JS4401 - Bachelor of Engineering" and "JS4460 - BEng in Biomedical Engineering" in admission?
      甚麼是「大類招生」? 收生方面,工程學學士(JS4401)與生物醫學工程學(JS4460)有甚麼不同?

    - How about non-JUPAS applicants with other academic qualifications?
    - Do I need Biology to apply to this programme?
    - What would you be studying?
    - Any other BME experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom?
    - What are the career prospects for BME graduates?
    - How about scholarships?
    - Any Student stories?
    - How to arrange a School Talk?
    - How to apply for admission to BME?

    How many students we are admitting each year?

    Around 50.

    What qualities do you look for in the applicants?

    We look for students who like science subjects, love to EXPLORE, INNOVATE and CARE, passionate for learning in breadth as well as in depth, ready to acquire new knowledge across disciplines, and eager to apply their learning to solve real-life problems in the medical and healthcare industries.

    What is the JUPAS code for this programme?

    JUPAS Catalogue No.(聯招編號): JS4460
    BEng in Biomedical Engineering 生物醫學工程學

    For details, please click this Link

    Any details about the weighting for JUPAS of this programme?

    生物醫學工程學 於2018/19學年獨立收生 (聯招編號:JS4460),有興趣的學生毋須經工程學院的大類收生報讀。該學系系主任期望報讀學生對研究有一定興趣,收生時會看重英文、數學及科學學科成績。

    (一)沒有修讀延伸數學的考生:Best 5 最佳 5 科及比重:
    理科選修 (物理,化學,生物學,綜合科學) X1.5
    其他選修科 X 1.0

    (二)修讀延伸數學(一)或(二)的考生:Best 5 最佳 5 科及比重:
    理科選修(物理,化學,生物學,綜合科學) X1.5
    其他選修科 X 1.0

    Remarks: The Best Mathematics subject (either the core Mathematics or the M1/ M2 Extended Module) will have 1.5 weighing 數學必修部分/M1/M2:最好的一科, 有x1.5 比重.

    How is the admission priority score computed for JUPAS applications?

    Students are expected to have completed at least two elective subjects plus the four core subjects. One of the electives should be Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Combined Science, or Mathematics Extended Module M1/M2. Priority scores are computed based on the Best 5. A higher weighting of 1.5 will be given to English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Combined Science, and one of the Mathematics subjects (either the core Mathematics or the M1/ M2 Extended Module).

    What is Broad-based admission? What is the difference between “JS4401 - Bachelor of Engineering” and “JS4460 - BEng in Biomedical Engineering” in admission?
    甚麼是「大類招生」? 收生方面,工程學學士(JS4401)與生物醫學工程學(JS4460)有甚麼不同?

    Since 2012, all admissions to CUHK Engineering were under broad-based admission (JS4401) to the Faculty of Engineering first. Students would be asked to select their majors (i.e. Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Information Engineering, etc.) after Year-1 study.

    Starting from 2018 entry, we are glad that our department will be able to admit applicants directly to BME programme (JS4460). We believe that with direct programme admission, we can admit applicants with background more appropriate for BME programme. Students interested in biomedical engineering are encouraged to apply via JS4460 directly.

    Is it possible to transfer to BME programme after JS4401 admission?

    It is not impossible for JS4401 admitted students to transfer to BME after their admission. The process requires a formal process of application and approval.

    How about non-JUPAS applicants with other academic qualifications?

    Local and non-local students with other qualifications can also apply through the non-JUPAS admission scheme. These qualifications include GCE, IB, SAT/AP and other overseas qualifications for university admission. Preferences are given to applicants with good grades in at least two of the following subjects - Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or Mathematics. More detailed information are available at Link.

    A non-JUPAS applicant may apply for "Admission with Advanced Standing" if he/she meets specific requirements (including GCE-AL, IB-HL, etc.). For students admitted with Advanced Standing, the minimum number of units for graduation may be reduced by up to 24. Applicants should indicate in the application form whether they would like to be considered for "Admission with Advanced Standing".

    For Mainland JEE applicants, please go to: Link.

    Do I need Biology to apply to this programme?

    All science subjects are equally weighted with a factor of 1.5. Some students in our programme missed some science subjects (including Biology) in their secondary school and can still do well in our programme. Our flexible articulation allows our students to take some remedial subjects for better underpinning if needed.

    - What would you be studying?

    what would you be studying?

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    Any other BME opportunities outside the classroom?

    • Hospital Training
      Two-week training at the Prince of Wales Hospital. Students can learn the daily operation, information flow and logistics in a hospital.
    • Overseas Exchange
      Many BME students participate in overseas exchange programmes around the world.
    • On-Campus Research Internships
      Many BME students participate in research internships in our laboratories in the summer as well during regular terms.
    • Overseas Summer Research Internships
      Many BME students gain overseas research experiences in the summer. Examples include Columbia University, University of California at Irvine, Imperial College London, Korea University of Science & Technology, National University of Singapore, etc.
    • Work-Study Programme
      One year full-time experience as an employee in BME industries
    • Final year projects supervision by Professors in Engineering and in Medicine
    • Collaboration with Faculties of Science and Medicine in International Research Competitions e.g. iGEM, EMedic Global

    How about scholarships?

    Ample scholarships are available through multiple sources - the Office of Admission and Financial Aids, Colleges, as well as Faculty of Engineering. Department of Biomedical Engineering also provides subsidies to encourage students to participate in international competitions and conferences. For example, the following admission scholarships are available to admittees in 2017-18.
    Link: http://www3.erg.cuhk.edu.hk/erg/AdmissionScholarshipsForNewStudents
    Link: Admission Scholarship Schemes for JUPAS 2018-19 (NEW!)

    What are the career prospects for BME graduates?

    Career prospects for BME graduates

    Our graduates pursue various BME related careers in engineering and product support, marketing and technical sale, laboratory and research, etc. They are hired in private industries including local and international companies, as well as public organizations like hospitals, government departments (e.g. EMSD), and other government-funded institutions. Our graduates are also sought by non-BME related companies, likely due to their interdisciplinary preparation and generic competence. A relative large percentage of our graduates pursue further studies both local and overseas. Most of them go deeper in a specific biomedical engineering area or some other related areas in engineering or science. Some go for other complementary study, including business administration, medicine, and law.

    -Global BME career perspectives

    Any Student Stories?

    Our current student / recent graduate sharing on what makes the learning experience at CUHK Engineering special, what are the reasons to study Engineering programme, and what have been gained, etc.

    SIN, Ka Man, Carmen
    2017 BEng (Biomedical Engineering) graduate

    Biomedical Engineering Graduate, Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, HKSAR Government "In this day and age, there is an increased awareness of the safety, efficacy, and quality of medical devices in Hong Kong’s market. This in turn has given rise to a need for new legislation concerning medical devices, and therefore more opportunities for the likes of me and others studying BME. The BME programme educates students on a variety of theories concerning engineering, biology and medical science. This, coupled with the practical skills gained in courses such as Global Regulatory Affairs and exposure to a clinical environment, has led me to a career as a biomedical engineer, acting as a middle man between both medical and engineering experts."

    Au, Chun Ki Franklin
    Year of study: Year 3

    “I am honour to be part of BME family of CUHK. BME, as an inter-disciplinary subject, offers us abounding scientific research opportunities and a wonderful learning platform. We not only benefit from receiving forefront knowledges in the engineering and medical world through the undergraduate study, but also broaden our horizon on the cutting-edge world biomedical technology. Biomedical Engineering of CUHK has also enlightened my creativity on various medical devices and technologies since I met those passionate professors. With their unreserved assistance, I invented my first medical device on the area of stroke rehabilitation recently. Such device also leads me to win the Golden Technopreneur Award 2017 of Hong Kong Science & Technology Park Corporation (HKSTPC). Biomedical engineering of CUHK prepares me to be a highly-qualified professional in this booming sector and I look forward to contributing myself into this challenging industry in the future.”

    How to arrange a School Talk?

    Ms. CHAN, Hoi Ki, Heidi
    Email: info@bme.cuhk.edu.hk
    Phone Number: +852 3943-8261

    How to apply for admission to BME?

    CUHK OAFA Website: