What is Medical Engineering?
- It is also known as biomedical engineering or bioengineering.
- MedE programme aims at educating students to employ engineering principles and methods to develop medical instrumentation, biomaterials, diagnostic and therapeutic devices, and other technologies needed in biology and medicine, and also to discover new principles governing the functioning and structure of living systems.
- It is multidisciplinary in nature.
BEng in Medical Engineering (MedE)
Medical engineering (MedE), also known as biomedical engineering or more broadly, bioengineering, is a discipline that advances knowledge in engineering, biology and medicine, and improves human health through multidisciplinary activities.
Biomedical Engineering is one of the 21 strategic research themes of the University of Hong Kong. It applies principles and methods from engineering and physical sciences to the life sciences and medical sciences to understand, define, and solve problems in biology and medicine. With the lengthening of life expectancy together with advances in new medical technologies and new drugs, medical engineering is a strategic area for rapid expansion in developed as well as developing countries. Medical engineers have sufficient knowledge of human biology to understand the problems of people suffering from accidents and illnesses, and the engineering skills in designing hardware and software to overcome some of these problems. They fully understand the operating principles and limits of medical instruments and devices and assist doctors in diagnosing and curing medical problems caused by trauma and ill health.
The Bachelor of Engineering in Medical Engineering (MedE) was established in 2002. It is a three-year degree course offered by the Faculty of Engineering in collaboration with LKS Faculty of Medicine. In this course, students will learn the engineering and biological principles needed to understand the design and operation of a wide range of advanced Medical Engineering systems. HKU Medical Engineering programme combines a hands-on educational experience and an interdisciplinary research environment that prepares graduates to be leaders in integrating engineering and biology to detect and treat human illnesses. In collaboration with employers, summer intern is offered so that students gain practical experience. Through group and individual projects in the curriculum, they will participate in some of the state-of-the-art research projects in this discipline.