Bioengineering is a postgraduate degree programme and also the name of a research group. The personnel of this research group are responsible for the degree programme in bioengineering (sometimes called biomedical engineering).
The group performs research in bioengineering, with a primary focus on cochlear implants for the deaf.
Research topics include
cochlear stimulation electrodes, electrical fields and nerve activation,
The degree programme consists of an honours degree (four fulltime postgraduate modules), a masters degree (fulltime), and a PhD (fulltime). The last two are research-based degrees. Information on these degree programmes may be found on the Opportunities page and in the Information for prospective students brochure below.
Postgraduate studies typically commences with a 1 year fulltime B.Eng.(Hons) degree, which entails coursework consisting of four 32-credit modules.
The postgraduate modules (Honours level) presented by Bioengineering are
Students that have already completed an Honours degree, and/or come from disciplines other that Electronic Engineering or Computer Engineering, please see Note 1 below.
Note that these Honours modules are specifically intended for fulltime postgraduate students working towards a Masters, and are therefore tightly integrated with and presented as part of the Masters degree curriculum. The honours modules are specifically intended to support a Masters in Bioengineering, i.e. to build the necessary foundation for research in this area. The idea is that the curriculum incorporates a large part of the background and preparatory work required for a Masters and therefore allows students to focus on research during the Masters.
NOTE: Before being allowed to register for
any postgraduate studies in Bioengineering, prospective students are required to discuss their plans with the Group Head. Postgraduate students can only enrol for Bioengineering with permission from the Group Head and with a supervisor for the Masters degree research having been identified.
Note 1. It is possible to enter into Bioengineering (at Masters and PhD level) from other disciplines, including various engineering disciplines as well as audiology, medicine, mathematics, physics, anatomy and physiology. There may be others as well. Please discuss with the Group Head, prof. J.J. Hanekom.