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Field of Study


Master of Engineering

Solve bio-related challenges facing our society by producing chemical building blocks, therapeutical drugs (biopharmaceuticals), tissue engineered organs, new medical imaging technology and diagnostic devices.

New discoveries and modern technologies used in biology and medicine have led to the rapid change and growth of biomedical research and industry transitioning to sustainable operations. Rapid developments in the field of synthetic biology and its associated methods, including more widely available gene editing techniques, have substantially increased our capabilities for bioengineering.

As our ability to modify and control biological systems increases, biological processes are replacing chemical and mechanical processes due to their inherent advantages of renewable resources, mild operation conditions and minimal waste problem. Bioengineering creates the opportunity to solve health and environmental problems.


You will work at the interface of biomedicine and engineering. Examples of bioengineering applications include:

  • Cell engineered to produce chemical building blocks
  • Therapeutical drugs (biopharmaceuticals)
  • Tissue engineered organs
  • New medical imaging technology
  • Diagnostic devices


1 in Australia for biotechnology

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021

85 in the world for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2021

Graduate salary

Engineering (postgraduate)


How you'll learn

In 2022, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Research experience
  • Fieldwork

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Professional Engineering and the Business Environment: Global Practice
  • Advanced Medical Device Engineering
  • Biomolecular Engineering
  • Engineering Innovation and Leadership

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