Biomedical Engineering at UofG

Have you applied for Biomedical Engineering but want to know more? Watch our very own Prof Liz Tanner and Biomedical Engineering student Mhairi MacLean talk about why they love Biomedical Engineering.

Why Choose Biomedical Engineering at UofG

World changers welcome

Projects and extra-curricular activities

Find out what some of our students are doing both in and out of the lecture theatre:

Glasgow University Biomedical Engineering Society

The Glasgow University Biomedical Engineering Society, GUBMES, is for students at the University of Glasgow who are interested in Biomedical Engineering. Be it prosthetics, cell engineering, medical devices, diagnostic devices, biomaterials or organ transplantation etc.

The society is open to those studying the Biomedical Engineering course or anyone else who is interested in the subject.

The society is run by students for students to help integrate them into university life. They aim to have regular social events as well as educational events such as seminars and trips to Biomedical Engineering companies to give them a taste of what Biomedical Engineering is and how it affects everyone’s daily lives.

Through the society, the students across the year groups have a chance to get to know each other so that when questions do arise regarding coursework or even personal matters, they know that they always have someone to ask for guidance.

For more information or details about how to get involved:


Facebook: Glasgow University Biomedical Engineering Society

Royal Academy Leadership award winner Ronan O’Connell

The Engineering Leadership Award Scheme was created by The Royal Academy of Engineering to help undergraduate engineering students, the engineers of tomorrow, realise their potential and achieve their goals.

Each year the scheme enrolls around 40 students, the awardees not only benefit from a £5000 bursary but also from professional development courses. Ronan O’Connell is the first of our Biomedical Engineers to win this award and here, he speaks about what winning his award has meant to him:

‘In early December I received an email that applications had opened for the 2014/2015 round of the Advanced Leadership Award. Although I knew that an award of this caliber would look great on a CV, I was completely unaware of the impact it would have on my attitude towards engineering and the way I viewed the term ‘engineering leader’.

The application form was made up of a number of sections that focused on leadership experiences, outside interests and career aspirations. Each question required me to consider why I chose to study engineering, where I want to end up and how I can go about getting there. The final part of the application focused on how I could best use this opportunity to develop as a professional. Three months after submitting my application form I was invited to the Royal Academy of Engineering in London to take part in an applicants’ day. The afternoon consisted of a 30-minute interview followed by group activities. Meeting industry leaders, previous award winners and other motivated students was an incredible experience that really helped me appreciate what I can accomplish with this award.

At the moment, my plan is to use the award to improve my technical Spanish language skills, with the aim of completing my six-month industrial placement in South America. Over the next three years I also hope to use this award to improve my understanding of the applications of my degree. One of the most exciting aspects of biomedical engineering is that it is growing and developing at a rapid rate. I plan to attend conferences and seminars to explore areas of biomedical engineering that I have never before considered.

Although I have just started on this programme, I have already learned an incredible amount about the importance of leadership and responsibility in professional life. Throughout the application process I was asked to reflect upon what motivates me to become a biomedical engineer and consider the inextricable link between engineering and society. The application process alone has helped me add depth and clarity to my definition of what it means to be a leader. With the help of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the School of Engineering staff at the University of Glasgow, I hope to further refine this concept and set myself up to become an engineering leader.’

Did you know?

90% of our Biomedical Engineering graduates go on to work or further study six months after graduating. Furthermore 93% of those students are in a professional or managerial job.

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