Biomedical Engineer



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What is a Biomedical Engineer? 

Biomedical Engineers are employed in the medical industry.

They will need good research skills and a thorough knowledge of:

  • Biology
  • Medicine
  • Electrical/electronics
  • Technology
  • Mechanical engineering etc

Biomedical Engineers design and develop a great variety:

  • X-ray machines and other medical machines
  • Joint replacements
  • Prosthetics (false arms, legs etc)
  • Artificial organs
  • Safety equipment
  • Medical instruments
  • Products (wheelchairs, braces etc)

What does a Biomedical Engineer do?

  • does intense research
  • liaises with doctors and other medical staff
  • analyses research
  • makes calculations and designs new equipment or products
  • draws up plans
  • makes prototype and tests it
  • makes adjustments and improvements
  • makes sure all safety requirements are followed

Are you . . . ?

  • intelligent?
  • a creative thinker?
  • good and maths and science?
  • analytical?
  • dedicated?
  • a team player?
  • mechanically minded?
  • interested in medical careers?
  • inquisitive?
  • a problem solver?

How do I become a Biomedical Engineer?


Bachelor of Engineering Science in Biomedical Engineering

  • University of the Witwatersrand
  • This qualification does not qualify for professional registration. You will still require a degree in medicine or electrical engineering or Honours in physics.


Bachelor of Electrical Engineering at most universities

Master of Science (Med) Biomedical Engineering


Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery

  • University of Cape Town
  • University of KZN
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • University of the Free State
  • University of the Witwatersrand
  • Walter Sisulu University


Honours degree in Mathematical Science, Science (Med), Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering or Biomedical Science

Master of Science (Med) Biomedical Engineering

  • University of Cape Town



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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Biokineticist or Life Scientist

Is becoming a Biomedical Engineer the right career choice for me?