Masters in Biological Engineering

What is Biological Engineering

Biological Engineering is the application of biology along with the principles of engineering to create economically feasible products. It is used in the design of medical devices, biocompatible materials, ecological engineering, diagnostic equipment, renewable bioenergy, and other areas to make better living standards.

In general, Biological Engineers strive or aim to either imitate the biological systems to create products or modify and control biological systems so that they can replace, enlarge, sustain, or anticipate chemical and mechanical processes.

Requirements to Study Biological Engineering

Most of the universities in the USA, Canada require you to give the GRE. Few universities from Germany require GRE scores. However, GRE is not required for admission to Australian universities. IELTS or TOEFL is compulsory for acquiring student visa and as a proof of English proficiency.

Core Subjects in Biological Engineering

In biological engineering, students try to mimic biological systems to control and improve chemical and mechanical processes. Biocatalysis, bioprocess engineering, genetic modification of plants and animals are some of the other areas of application. Some subjects include:

  • Mechanisms of Drug Actions
  • Neurotechnology in Action
  • Cell-Matrix Mechanics
  • Topics in Biophysics and Physical Biology
  • Analysis of Biological Networks
  • Biomaterials-Tissue Interactions
  • Molecular and Cellular Pathophysiology
  • Biomedical Information Technology

Specialisations in Biological Engineering

Specialization Topics include:

  • Biosensors and Nanotechnology
  • Cell and Tissue Physiology
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Food and Bioprocess Engineering
  • Packaging Science
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Post-Harvest Operations
  • Process Microbiology

Cost of Studying Biological Engineering

Although the fees vary from university to university, the average tuition cost for master’s studies in Biological engineering in the US are $40, 000/year. Average living costs vary upto $8900/year. They are almost the same in Canada. In Australia, average tuition costs are A$28,200 / year and the average living costs are A$8,500/year.

Job Prospects after Masters in Biological Engineering

2019 Top Universities for Masters in Biological Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cornell University
Purdue University West Lafayette
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Carnegie Mellon University
Texas A&M University, College Station
Pennsylvania State University
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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