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Biomedical engineering


Would you like to know more about what it’s like to have a career in biomedical engineering? Watch this video with Dr Kawal Rhode, a biomedical engineer, to discover what it’s like to work in this area.

What is biomedical engineering?

Biomedical engineering is the application of classical engineering to solve healthcare problems. This involves using engineering techniques to develop new technologies to help with patient recovery and create specific treatments for individuals.

Some of the fascinating technologies developed by biomedical engineers include advances in robotics which can be used in the rehabilitation of patients with motor defects, including conditions such as stroke and cerebral palsy.

Exoskeletons, similar to those used in recent movies like Elysium, are used to provide patients with the additional power they need to carry out daily activities, such as walking, contributing to their rehabilitation process.

These and other new technologies are helping patients to build their strength on the road to recovery, as well as providing medical professionals with the equipment they need to deliver effective and efficient care.

Seeing how the technology we develop has an impact on patients’ lives and reaches out to millions of people is highly rewarding.'

Dr Kawal Rhode, Biomedical Engineer


After studying science subjects at school, you will need to study an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering. If you want to become a researcher or university lecturer, you should then go on to studying a master’s degree and PhD in Biomedical Engineering or a related area.

To work as a Biomedical Engineer you should be passionate about new technologies as well as hardworking and keen to make a difference in healthcare.

Career opportunities

There are many career opportunities for Biomedical Engineering graduates. Many stay on for further research and study PhDs, going on to become academic researchers or working in universities to teach various subject areas within Biomedical Engineering.

Others go directly into healthcare technology companies such as Siemens, Philips or GE, where they contribute to developing new healthcare solutions.

Top tip

Try to get some work experience or an internship in a healthcare technology company such as Siemens, Philips or GE to find out more about how new technologies are used in healthcare environments.

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