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College of Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Type Undergraduate
Credit Hours 136 Hours
Duration 4 Years
Language English
Study mode Full Time
Intake Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Delivery mode Day
Campuses Abu Dhabi


Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes within the healthcare industry.

A recent study projects the UAE healthcare market to grow 12.7% to AED71.56 billion and the number of hospital beds to increase to 13,881 by 2020. Biomedical Engineers are needed to sustain such growth by maintaining and improving the quality of healthcare services in the country and reducing their cost through the use of smart technologies. The program supports five of the nine pillars that will form the architecture of Abu Dhabi’s social, political, and economic future in the healthcare sector.

Through this program, designed to meet international ABET standards, you will study courses in biomedical instrumentation, biosensors and transducers, medical imaging, medical device design, AI in medicine, physiological modelling, mobile medical applications, and magnetic resonance imaging. You will learn how to apply biomedical engineering knowledge and skills to solve problems, design biomedical experiments, and use, maintain and create medical devices and equipment. You will design biosystems or processes taking social, economic, and environmental concerns into account and gain a thorough understanding of the ethical and professional responsibilities of this field. You will also have the opportunity to hone your research skills – the cornerstone of a knowledge-based economy.

Developed in collaboration with the Bioengineering Department of the University of Louisville in Kentucky, USA, the program benefits from an international research laboratory dedicated to applying machine learning and artificial intelligence to create computer-aided diagnosis systems to support medical doctors in fighting diseases, improving the quality of life, and shaping the future of smart healthcare. The program is the first in the UAE to focus on the roles of AI, wearables, mobile applications, and the Internet of Things in healthcare.

The professors here nurture your passion and talent for biology, medicine, and engineering and push you to excel.

My experience in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department has been incredible. I have very much enjoyed and learned a lot from my biomedical courses. I now work on designing machine learning algorithms to detect diabetic retinopathy using optical coherence tomography scans. I feel that I am making a real difference. 

All the labs are equipped with cutting-edge equipment to ensure the best practical experience for students. The Bioimaging Research Lab is affiliated with the University of Louisville’s Bioimaging Lab, which makes it one-of-a-kind in the UAE. The professors’ doors are always open. They make you love the courses and they are supportive of working students.  ADU also provide many scholarship opportunities.

Marah Talal from Syria, Student of MSc Electrical and Computer Engineering

Program educational objectives and student outcomes

Career opportunities

You will have many diverse career opportunities in the following fields:

  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Healthcare government entities
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Medical equipment companies
  • Training and technical support for medical equipment
  • Healthcare support services
  • Sales of medical equipment and supplies


Within these fields, you will be fully equipped to undertake the following:

  • Design biomedical equipment and devices including artificial organs, smart body parts, and computer-aided medical diagnosis systems.
  • Install, configure, maintain, and technically support biomedical devices and equipment.
  • Assess the safety and effectiveness of biomedical devices and equipment.
  • Train doctors and other healthcare professionals on the proper use of biomedical devices and equipment.
  • Solve problems through the investigation of the biological systems of humans and animals with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists.


Entry requirements

High School Curriculum
Minimum Grade*
Language Proficiency
MOE Advance 80% Academic IELTS 5.0
or EMSAT English 1000
or ITP (taken at Amideast) 500
or Internet- based TOEFL (iBT) 61
MOE General
Math & Physics grade of 90%
Required to take Remedial Physics offered by ADU
Level 3 in Maths & Physics
UAE Literary Streams High School (Before 2017) Not applicable
UAE Science Streams High School (Before 2017) 80%
**American / Canadian
(subjects are more Science & Math Oriented)
**British Curriculum or IGCSE / GCE
(Completed Year 13/Grade 12 of High School)
**Indian/Pakistani/Bangladesh 50%
**International Baccalaureate 24 points

Course outline

General Education
27 credit hours
Degree Requirements
30 credit hours
Major Requirements
67 credit hours
Major Electives
9 credit hours
Open Electives
3 credit hours