Why PolyU BME?

PolyU Biomedical Engineering (BME) Programme (since 2005) was evolved from the Prosthetics & Orthotics (P&O) Programme (1995-1999) and Health Technology Programme (2000-2004). It is the 1st BME programme in Hong Kong and has been integrated with strong rehabilitation engineering and P&O elements. It is also the 1st accredited BME programme by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). The P&O concentration of our BME programme has also been accredited by the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics as Category I Professional Training Programme.

The Unique Features of PolyU BME programme:

  • Students have an opportunity to select P&O concentration if they prefer a more clinical-based career.
  • BME curriculum provides a solid training for students in bioinstrumentation and sensors (from medical needs, principles, applications, regulatory, to hand-on practices).
  • PolyU-BME has established strong industrial links for student internship and technology transfer.
  • BME Division has a team of colleagues dedicated for BME programme with backgrounds in electronics, instrumentation, signal/image processing, computing, biomechanics, mechatronics, biomaterials, prosthetics and orthotics, rehabilitation engineering, and assistive technology.
  • Being the 1st BME programme in Hong Kong, we have a very active BME Alumni Association.


 Programme Educational Objectives

This growing field requires professionals who understand the health issues that motivate these technologies and apply engineering solutions. Individuals are equipped with a solid foundation in both health sciences and engineering knowledge. Our BSc (Hons) programme in BME prepares students for such a challenging career. They have opportunities to take subjects in both health sciences and engineering, and to integrate these concepts into interdisciplinary applications to improve human health.

  • Graduates will possess a solid foundation in both health/medical sciences and engineering technologies.
  • Graduates will understand the health/medical issues that motivate the technologies and engineering solutions that they offer.
  • Graduates will be able to develop and apply engineering technologies in areas such as clinical engineering, medical instrumentation and sensors, and prosthetics and orthotics for the purposes of health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment, monitoring, and rehabilitation so as to improve the community health status.
  • Graduates will become leaders in the biomedical engineering profession who are self-motivated inquirers, critical thinkers, innovative problem solvers, effective communicators and team players, lifelong learners, and ethical practitioners.


Admission Routes & Credit Transfer


Attachment & Internship

In additional to traditional teaching and learning activities on campus, BME students will obtain a minimum of 8 weeks of practical learning through clinical / industrial internships within / outside Hong Kong. These internships offer a good opportunity for students to put what they have learned into practice and accumulate work experiences for their future career.


Exchange Programmes

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) has established student exchange programmes with a number of world renowned universities, including:


Job Opportunity

According to recent statistics, most of our BME graduates are working in BME-related fields:

  • Marketing and Sales, Administration and Management
  • Engineering, Research & Development, Laboratory & Science Support
  • Health Services
  • Further Study


Subject List

BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering (HKDSE, 4-year Programme)

Subject CodeSubject
BME11108Biomedical Engineering in Society
BME21111Biomedical Engineering Research & Design Studies I
BME21119Fundamentals of Biomechanics
BME21120Fundamentals of Biomedical Instrumentation I
BME31103Applied Electrophysiology
BME31110Biomedical Engineering Laboratories
BME31112Biomedical Engineering Research & Design Studies II
BME31114Biomedical Instrumentation and Sensors
BME31116Biosignal Processing
BME31121Fundamentals of Biomedical Instrumentation II
BME31134Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology
BME31206Biomedical Engineering Clinical Attachment I
BME31210Biomedical Engineering Industrial Internship
BME32102Applied Clinical Engineering
BME32104Below-Knee Prosthetics
BME32105Biomaterials Science and Engineering
BME32115Biosensors: Theories and Biomedical Applications
BME32127Medical Technology Management
BME32128Micro and Nano Technologies for Biomedicine and Biotechnology
BME32131Pedorthics, Foot and Ankle-Foot Orthotics
BME32136Upper Limb Orthotics
BME32138Cellular Engineering
BME41118Capstone Project
BME41126Medical Devices Regulatory and Risk Management
BME41207Biomedical Engineering Clinical Attachment II
BME42101Above-Knee Prosthetics
BME42113Biomedical Imaging
BME42124Knee and Above-Knee Orthotics
BME42135Spinal Orthotics
BME42137Upper Limb Prosthetics

Subjects offered by other departments

Subject CodeSubject
ABCT1700Introduction to Chemistry
ABCT1741General Chemistry I
ABCT2331Human Biology for Biomedical Engineering I
ABCT2332Human Biology for Biomedical Engineering II
AMA1110Basic Mathematics I – Calculus, Probability, and Statistics
AMA1120Basic Mathematics II – Calculus and Linear Algebra
AMA2511Applied Mathematics I
AMA2512Applied Mathematics II
AP10001Introduction to Physics
AP10005Physics I
AP10006Physics II
CBS3241PProfessional Communication in Chinese
ELC3523Scientific Writing for BME Students
ENG1003Freshman Seminar for Engineering
ENG2002Computer Programming
IC2135Material Processing & Technical Communication

CAR and Service Learning subjects

Subject CodeSubject
BME1D01Bionic Human and the Future of Being Human
BME1D02Wearable Healthcare and Fitness Devices for Everyone
BME2S03Reducing the Scientific Divide in Secondary Students through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Projects
BME2S03SReducing the Scientific Divide in Secondary Students through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Projects
BME3S02Assistive Technologies: Service learning towards the elderly and Disable

Subjects offered to other departments

Subject CodeSubject
BME11101Bionic Human and the Future of Being Human


Academic Advising

Aims of the Academic Advising System

Academic advising at PolyU aims to help students to make informed and intelligent academic decisions/choices about their study at PolyU that suit their intellectual, professional and personal goals. It is instrumental to promoting student success, and plays a vital role in enhancing students’ overall learning experience at PolyU.


(a) Arrangement

Every undergraduate student admitted to our 4-year BME programme will be assigned to one academic staff who will act as his/her Academic Advisor throughout his/her course of study at PolyU. The Division will introduce the Academic Advising System and the academic advisors to new students during the induction meetings.

(b) Duties of Academic Advisor

The duties of an Academic Advisor would include the following:

  1. To arrange at least one face-to-face meeting with his students in a semester;
  2. To be accessible and available to students, and responding to their questions and concerns which are related to their studies;
  3. To give students advices on their intellectual, professional and personal goal;
  4. To facilitate students to develop an appropriate study plan, and assist in their selection of appropriate BME concentration, subjects and WIE training to achieve their identified goals;
  5. To remind students to follow academic regulations and requirements;
  6. To build rapport with students, serving as a bridge that connects them to the Division and to the Student Affairs Office;
  7. To identify students with special learning needs or early signs of learning problems, follow up with them and refer/encourage them to seek help or support; and
  8. To give advices to students in applications for jobs, scholarships or further studies.

Responsibilities of Students in Academic Advising

Effective academic advising requires an active participation of students in the processes. It is important that students understand it is their responsibilities to:

  1. Understand the academic regulations and requirements of their chosen Major/programme/concentration as well as the GUR requirements;
  2. Actively obtain information and seek out advisors and resources on a regular basis and as needed; and
  3. Take the final responsibility for making decisions and choices regarding their academic study based on the information and advice given.