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Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering is a discipline in which engineering and quantitative sciences are applied to the solution of medical and biological problems. Common examples include the development of sophisticated x-ray imaging systems, artificial organs and other medical devices.

Duration: 3 years

Study mode: Full-time

Programme overview

The three - year undergraduate  Bachelor of Engineering Science in Biomedical Engineering BEngSc (BME) combines subjects in science, engineering, medicine and biology, as well as specific biomedical engineering courses.

It is a pre-professional qualification, thus, the graduate is not eligible for any professional registration based on this degree alone. Graduates of this qualification have various routes they can pursue to obtain a professional qualification, such as: Medicine (MBBCh) and BSc(Eng) in Electrical Engineering (or the Information option), or a BSc(Hons) in Physics.

Graduates of this degree can apply for admission into the third year of BSc(Eng) in Electrical/Information Engineering. However, the entry requirements for MBBCh and BSc(Hons) in Physics are competitive and may vary. The Biomedical programme, combined with one of the professional qualifications described, will produce a range of graduates with professional skills well suited to the highly technical health care environment of today.

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Career Opportunities

The BEngSc(BME) is intended to be followed by a professional degree.  However, if you do want to enter the job market with only the BEngSc(BME) degree, you may try to find employment in the following:

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies on the marketing and sales side
  • Project management.
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Entry Requirements

Engineering and the Built Environment
Programme Minimum Admission Requirements  Selection procedures
APS Subjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Science in Engineering BSc (Eng) 
(4 years) 
  English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Physical Science - 5
Note: Due to the limited number of places available, admission is not guaranteed. Selection will be based on final NSC and school leaving results.

Generally students who achieve 70% in Maths, Physical Science and English stand a greater chance of being accepted.  
• Aeronautical 40
• Chemical 42
• Civil 36
• Electrical 36
• Industrial 40
• Mechanical 40
• Metallurgy 42
• Mining 40
Bachelor of Engineering Science in the field of Digital Arts
(3 years)
42 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Physical Science - 5
Applicants are considered on matriculation performance and may be required to complete a questionnaire or attend an interview. It is unlikely that places will be offered to applicants with a Wits APS less than 42.
Bachelor of Engineering Science in Biomedical Engineering
BEngSc (BME)
(3 years)
42 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Physical Science - 5
Applicants are considered on matriculation performance and may be required to complete a questionnaire or attend an interview. It is unlikely that places will be offered to applicants with a Wits APS less than 42.
Bachelor of Architectural Studies BAS
(3 years)
34 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 4
Mathematics - 4
Acceptance is dependent on departmental selection procedures. Applicants are required to complete a written and graphic exercise and may be required to attend an interview. Applicants with a Wits APS of 34 and above may be accepted on this basis. Applicants with a Wits APS of between 29 and 33 may only be considered on the basis of exceptional exercise scores. The selection process for the BAS is conducted by a panel of senior academics from the School of Architecture and Planning, monitored by the Assistant Dean. Selection is based predominantly on performance against the selection exercise, interview and academic performance, although demographic balance is taken into consideration where a choice needs to be made between applicants scoring within the same range.
Bachelor of Science in Construction Studies 
BSc (CS)
(3 years) 

Bachelor of Science in Property Studies BSc (PS)
(4 years)
36 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Provided that Maths and English pass at NSC Scale of Achievement Level 5.
Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning BSc (URP)
(3 years)
36 and above English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Provided that Maths and English pass at NSC Scale of Achievement Level 5.
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Application Process

Your application

  • You may apply for three programmes (degrees).
  • Applications to Wits must enclose a non-refundable application fee of R100 (for international applicants, R700).

Documentation / Checklist

  • Submit your Grade 11 report which must be signed and stamped by your school principal.
  • If you have already matriculated, attach a copy of your matric certificate.

Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.

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Closing Dates

30 June 2017
Faculty of Health Sciences (All programmes)
Bachelor of Architecture
BA in Speech and Hearing Therapy

30 September 2017
All other University programmes
Residence applications 

Online applications
  • Complete an online application to study at Wits
  • Complete an online application for financial aid or residential accommodation
  • Download an application
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Course Costs

The average course costs range from R38728 to R48550, depending on the course and the number of years of study.
Tuition fees are payable for each course for which a student is registered. 

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