The National University of Singapore (NUS) Master of Science (Biomedical Engineering), also known as MSc (Biomedical Engineering), is offered by the NUS College of Design and Engineering.

The MSc (Biomedical Engineering) programme aims to nurture holistic engineers in healthcare technology development and healthcare.

With the growing demand for healthcare innovation in recent years as well as the projected long-term prominence of healthcare issues in our aging society, biomedical engineers play crucial roles in the expanding healthcare sector. For example, in times of a pandemic, biomedical engineers contribute to all aspects of tackling the disease, including detection, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, monitoring and surveillance.

Biomedical Engineering integrates the principles of engineering disciplines with biomedical sciences to foster new knowledge and create new innovations in technologies and applications to enhance the quality of healthcare. Biomedical engineers develop new medical technology and biotechnology through cutting-edge research to advance medical care and scientific discovery in the biomedical sciences.

Through discoveries and knowledge creation, the NUS MSc (Biomedical Engineering) programme provides an integrated education where future engineers are equipped with the ability to analyse and address challenges in healthcare with both engineering and biomedical perspectives.

Why this Programme?

  • Develop systems and design thinking skills, as well as an array of soft skills needed to work effectively with management, clinicians, healthcare workers, regulatory bodies and other engineers in multidisciplinary environments.

  • Build and apply technical knowledge in Biomedical Engineering, learning from faculty who are award-winning educators, innovators and researchers.

  • Make an impact in the industry through a programme whose faculty and alumni have established more than 15 start-ups in the biomedical-engineering-related space.


Application Period
An Academic Year (AY) at NUS consists of two semesters and a special term (which occurs during the Semester 2 Vacation, and is divided into two parts of six weeks duration each):

  • Semester 1: Aug–Dec
  • Semester 2: Jan–May
  • Special Term (Part 1): May–Jun
  • Special Term (Part 2): Jun–Jul

For the MSc (Biomedical Engineering) programme, there are two application periods for each AY:

Programme Intake Application Dates
MSc (Biomedical Engineering) Semester 1
(Aug Intake)
Oct to Mar of the intake year
MSc (Biomedical Engineering) Semester 2
(Jan Intake)
Jul to Aug of the year preceding the intake year


Admission to the NUS MSc (Biomedical Engineering) programme is granted on a competitive basis as places in the programme are limited. Applicants should possess the following minimum requirements:


Bachelor’s Degree with 2nd Class Honours or equivalent in relevant field of study

Note:  Alternatively, candidates with other qualifications may be evaluated based on significant contributions and demonstrable professional accomplishments in biomedical-engineering-related fields, and on a case-by-case basis.


Not applicable

English Language
Applicants whose native tongue and medium of university instruction is not completely in English:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 85 (Internet-based), or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum Academic score 6.0

Note: TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date and should not have expired at point of application. Expired scores will not be considered for the application.


Not applicable

Note: Applications must be completed on the NUS Graduate Admission System (GDA2). Please see application information here.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that application information and all supporting documents are truthful and correct. NUS reserves the right to verify information provided as part of an application. False or misleading information in an application (including but not limited to test scores, resumes, certificates, transcripts, etc.) is grounds for admission rejection, revocation and/or dismissal from the University.


The NUS MSc (Biomedical Engineering) programme is offered on the following basis (with estimated time to complete the programme indicated below):

 Full-time  12–24 months 
 Part-time  24–48 months

Note: International applicants must be accepted into an approved full-time course in Singapore to apply for a Student’s Pass. For more information, refer to the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website.


The MSc (Biomedical Engineering) is a 40-Unit coursework-based Master’s Degree programme comprising: 

  • Core/essential courses (8 Units), and
  • Elective courses (32 Units).

Note: Candidates who have completed NUS undergraduate degree programmes may request credit transfers of up to 10 Units, subject to approval.

Core/Essential Courses

The core curriculum comprises two compulsory courses (totalling 8 Units).

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Course Code Course Title Units
BN5101 Biomedical Engineering Systems 4
Clinical Instrumentation
Elective Courses

Students must complete 32 Units of electives, which may be fulfilled by courses from the following list.

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Course Code Course Title Units
BN5104 Quantitative Physiology Principles in Bioengineering 4
BN5201 Advanced Biomaterials 4
BN5202 Advanced Tissue Biomechanics 4
BN5203 Advanced Tissue Engineering  
BN5205 Computational Biomechanics 4
BN5207 Medical Imaging Systems 4
BN5208 Biomedical Quality and Regulatory Systems 4
BN5209 Neurosensors and Signal Processing 4
BN5210 Biosensors and Biochips 4
BN5501 Biodesign process 4
BN5001 Independent Study 4
BN6202 Advanced Human Motion Biomechanics 4
BN6209 Neurotechnology 4
BN6401 Advanced Quantitative Fluorescence Microscopy 4
BN6402 Advanced Electrophysiology 4

Note: For more information about the courses listed above (as well as other courses offered in the current academic year), please visit NUSMODS


To graduate from the NUS MSc (Biomedical Engineering) programme, students must meet the following requirements:

Programme and/or Specialisation

Read and pass a total of 40 Units, comprising:

  • 8 Units of core/essential courses and
  • 32 Units of elective courses
Course and/or Qualification

Not Applicable

Grade Point Average (GPA) 

Minimum 3.0 (out of maximum 5.0)

Please see also the University’s minimum standards for Continuation and Graduation Requirements specific programmes may implement stricter or additional requirements.


Not applicable


Kindly note that all fees for the NUS MSc (Biomedical Engineering) programme quoted on this page are exclusive of prevailing GST, unless otherwise stated (GST rate will be increased from 8% to 9% with effect from 1 Jan 2024). The University reserves all rights to review fees as necessary and adjust accordingly without prior notice.


S$41,200.00 (excluding GST) /
S$44,908.00 (including 9% GST)

Financial Assistance

Starting AY2023/2024, tuition fee rebates will be provided for this programme as an NUS Master's Degree by Coursework programme not subsidised by the government:
• All Singaporeans and Singapore PRs (non-NUS alumni) will receive a 10% tuition fee rebate
• All NUS alumni will receive a 15% tuition fee rebate


S$60.00 (including 8% GST, with effect from 1 Jan 2023)

  • Non-refundable and non-transferable

S$2,160.00 (including 8% GST, with effect from 1 Jan 2023);
S$2,180.00 (including 9% GST, with effect from 1 Jan 2024)

  • Payable upon acceptance of offer
  • Non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Will be credited towards tuition fees
Miscellaneous Student Fees

As published by NUS Registrar’s Office

  • Payable every regular semester

Programme at a Glance*

Upcoming Event(s):

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Next Intake:

Application Period:
1 Oct 2023–31 Mar 2024

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31 August 2023