We drive research and education in medical technologies, health informatics and healthcare delivery. Combining the expertise of engineers, biomedical researchers, clinical practitioners and industry partners, we create innovative medical solutions that have societal and economic impact.
Biomaterials and tissue engineering
Interdisciplinary research into biomaterials synthesis, fabrication and characterisation, stem cell culture, tissue regeneration and medical device design.
Biomechanics and mechanobiology
Employs the principles of mechanics to investigate the effects of energy and forces in biological systems. Our research specialisations focus on musculoskeletal modelling, injury, orthopaedics, cell biomechanics and biomaterials.
Bionics, biomedical imaging and neuroengineering
Using scientific methods to understand and model the nervous system, and applying this knowledge to engineer systems that interact with, augment, or mimic nervous system functionality.
Systems and synthetic biology
An interdisciplinary team of researchers developing computational approaches to understanding human health and disease.
Industry and healthcare engagement
Working with government and industry is a pivotal part of what we do. Our industry partners provide platforms for translational research, they inform our teaching and they provide employment pathways for our students.
- Our industry engagement
Our advisory group and industrial and clinical partners that we have worked with ensure that our teaching and research is relevant to the needs of industry and the healthcare sector.Find out more
- Equipment and services
We offer a wide range of sophisticated analytical equipment and instrumentation; as well as analytical services; that can be accessed by external users.Find out more
- Student projects and internships
Host a student within your organisation, to assist with a specific project or to preview potential future graduate employees.Find out more
Study biomedical engineering
Our undergraduate major is offered with either the Bachelor of Biomedicine or the Bachelor of Science. The Bioengineering Systems major provides a pathway to the Master of Engineering.
The Master of Engineering (Biomedical) and the Master of Engineering (Biomedical with Business) can be studied by graduates of any degree with suitable maths and science. Both courses provide professional accreditation as an engineer.
Our graduate research programs — the MPhil and the PhD — are built on world-leading projects and are led by staff with international recognition for their research contributions.
Melbourne University Biomedical Engineering Society
A student club that aims to connect students with alumni, faculty, industry, and each other.
Graduates can expect to work in the biotechnology, biomedical or pharmaceutical industries, in research and innovation, in the health services or in government and consulting. Graduates may work for companies such as Cochlear, Aventis, Cell Therapies or GlaxoSmithKline, or for research organisations such as CSIRO or Bio21.
Study guide for current students
Summer Research Experience Program
A 10–12 week summer research program offered to current students who will be commencing the final year of their Bachelor or Masters degree.
Head of Department
Prof Peter Lee
Deputy Head of Department, Research
Assoc Prof David Ackland
Deputy Head of Department, Teaching
News and events
Thursday 12:00pm - 1:00pmBiomaterials: From blood compatibility to stem cell expansionPublic Lecture
Wednesday 12:00pm - 1:00pmNavigating Tech Innovation: Some Success StoriesPublic Lecture
Dr Vini Gautam's work combines neuroscience, engineering and technology to solve some of the most persistent and perplexing problems in health and medicine, such as vision loss and Alzheimer’s disease.Health technologies
Watch a panel discussion on finding solutions for the COVID-19 recovery plan held on 11 June 2020. Co-hosted with Engineers Australia.Panel discussion
Biotech entrepreneur Elise Sutherland has been named on the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2020 List; an achievement that has its roots, she says, in the BioDesign Innovation course at the University of Melbourne.Graduate stories
Mobile and wearable devices are finding applications across many fields of medicine and epilepsy management is no exception. We tested whether Seer App could be used to track people’s chance of having a seizure.News
3D printing is proving ideal for designing and prototyping medical personal protective equipment during COVID-19 pandemic say University of Melbourne experts.Feature
On International Women's Day, University of Melbourne research develops new technology that can help predict your risk of developing a musculoskeletal conditionFeature
As he nears the end of his PhD, Daniel Payne is now a published author investigating the disease that impacted the very start of his tertiary education.Feature
These prestigious prizes are for a scientific discovery or technological innovation, or a series of such achievements that significantly advances knowledge. This a fantastic honour and recognises Professor Tony Burkitt’s outstanding research over many years.Feature
Congratulations to all the Biomedical Engineering students who participated in the 2019 Exhibition. See our award winners.Feature
What do earthquakes, financial market crashes, wars and epileptic seizures all have in common?Feature
Tissue engineering can restore damaged or lost tissue; University of Melbourne research is working to scale up the technology to regenerate human organs.Feature
Join our alumni community
We encourage our graduates to join the University’s alumni community to take advantage of the services and networking opportunities we offer.
This group provides an opportunity for graduates and staff from the Department of Biomedical Engineering to stay informed and in contact with each other.
Contribute to our curriculum
We invite our graduates to contribute to the ongoing refinement of our curriculum; through hosting student internships, or contributing projects for students to work on.