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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- How many students we are admitting each year?
- What qualities of the applicants do we look for?
- What is the JUPAS code for this programme?
- What is Broad-based admission? What is the difference between "JS4401 - Bachelor of Engineering" and "JS4460 - BEng in Biomedical Engineering" in admission?
- How is the admission priority score computed for JUPAS applications?
- Do I need Biology to apply to this programme?
- Any details about the weighting of this programme for JUPAS applicants?
- Any admission statistics of JUPAS Applicants of BME programme (2020 entry)?
- How about non-JUPAS applicants with other academic qualifications?
- How to apply for admission to BME?
- What would you be studying?
- Any other BME experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom?
- Any scholarships?
- What are the career prospects for BME graduates?
- Any Student stories?
- How to arrange a School Talk?
How many students we are admitting each year?
What qualities of the applicants do we look for?
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
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What is Broad-based admission? What is the difference between “JS4401 - Bachelor of Engineering” and “JS4460 - BEng in Biomedical Engineering” in admission?
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.
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).
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.
Any details about the weighting of this programme for JUPAS applicants?
Based on Best 5 HKDSE subject results with subject weighting:
To give due recognition to JUPAS applicants with outstanding academic performance in specific HKDSE subjects, the University will has introduced a preferential HKDSE score conversion scale applicable to admission score calculation of all undergraduate programmes (except Medicine, and Medicine – Global Physician Stream). The conversion applies to Level 5 or above.
Note: for Category A - core and elective subjects (including M1/M2)
*** Useful information for JUPAS applicants ***
Important Information for JUPAS Applicants:
CUHK JUPAS Admission Requirements
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CUHK Admission Scores Calculation
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDk6DXWdOd4 (English Version)
Any Admission Statistics of JUPAS Applicants of BME programme (2021 entry)?
Admission score (BEST 5)
Preferential HKDSE score conversion scale^
- Median: 28, Lower Quartile: 26
^ To give due recognition to JUPAS applicants with outstanding academic performance in specific HKDSE subjects, the University has introduced a preferential HKDSE score conversion scale applicable to admission score calculation of all undergraduate programmes (except Medicine, and Medicine – Global Physician Stream). The conversion applies to Level 5 or above.
(level 5** = 8.5, level 5* = 7, level 5 = 5.5, level 4 = 4, level 3 = 3, level 2 = 2, level 1 = 1 for Category A subjects)
Total Reference Score#
- Median: 25, Lower Quartile: 25
# The Total Reference Score is the total score of the applicant calculated based on the programme selection principle (where level 5** = 7, level 5* = 6, level 5 = 5, level 4 = 4, level 3 = 3, level 2 = 2, level 1 = 1 for Category A subjects. For Category C: Other Language subjects, Grade A = 5, Grade B = 4, Grade C = 3, Grade D = 2, Grade E = 1).
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:
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".
Mainland students, who are current Gao Kao candidates, should apply through the National Colleges and Universities Enrollment System. More detailed information are available at: Link
How to apply for admission to BME?
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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
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.
In 2021, over 25% of our newly admitted students have received Admission Scholarship (in one-off or renewable offer). The highest admission scholarship received is up to HK$145,000 per academic year.
What are the 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.
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.
Shum Ka Yu, Sam
2017 BEng (Biomedical Engineering) graduate
Assistant Engineer, Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, HKSAR Government
Population expansion and the prevalence of aging have accelerated the growth of healthcare services. To support the delivery of medical and clinical services, BME engineers play a significant role in the discipline of medical devices by bringing constant improvements in safety, efficacy, and quality. CUHK BME has equipped graduates with a solid foundation in engineering and medical sciences. Examples of which include electronic design, hands-on practice in circuitry, in-depth understanding of physio- and medical phenomena. Topics related to regulatory affairs have ensured that students are well aware of the importance of market requirements concerning quality and risk management. The exposure to clinical environment and making contact with industry professionals also help students explore their potential and career prospects in various fields of BME.
Au, Chun Ki Franklin
2018 BEng (Biomedical Engineering) graduate
Student,2020 MPhil in Imaging and Interventional Radiology, CUHK graduate
“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.”
Lau Fong Yung, Yolanda
2021 BEng (Biomedical Engineering) graduate
Postgraduate Study – Medicine, University of Nottingham
“I’ve always been passionate about biomedicine, and seeing a surgical robot in an operating theatre stemmed my curiosity about the use of biomedical technologies, which is how my journey in engineering began.
What inspires me most about engineering is its high applicability in other disciplines and the way it intersects with other fields. This is especially the case for biomedical engineering, and CUHK provides dynamic opportunities to explore sub-specialities like biomechanics, nanomedicine, tissue engineering etc. We get a lot of hands-on exposure on top of lectures, such as through laboratory work and hospital training, where I especially enjoyed learning from biomedical engineers at work in a hospital setting.
To me, being a good engineer means being creative and flexible in the face of challenges because solving problems is our pivotal role. The CUHK BME programme has equipped us with a broad knowledge base spanning across topics like anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, physics and math, as well as programming and laboratory skills. I also had the opportunity to do a summer research project on Nanomedicine in my freshmen year. Having these tools and experiences helps us translate technology into real-world solutions
I’m not alone in having multiple passions across disciplines, and we shouldn’t have to narrow ourselves down to one specific field. Meeting like-minded individuals at CUHK has been really refreshing. To this day, the people I’ve met and the experiences I’ve had still inspire my work today. I am excited to use all the tools at my disposal to tackle the upcoming problems I’m passionate about.”
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