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Biomedical Engineer

In a nutshell, biomedical engineers use the principles and problem-solving techniques of engineering in the fields of biology and medicine. Biomedical engineers have been responsible for the development of things like stem cell engineering, implantable medical devices, pacemakers, prosthetic limbs, hip replacements, dental implants and so much more! 

This is a career where your work and discoveries could enhance, improve and change the lives of thousands of people worldwide! In this field, various aspects of engineering (like mechanical, electrical, chemical engineering and computer science) are applied to the medical field combined with human biology in their quest to improve human health. 

How to become qualified in this field (learning path)

You’ll need your NCS or NC(v) certificates to qualify for entry for a degree in Bachelor of Engineering Science. Postgraduate studies (Honours, Masters and Doctorate) are available and encouraged at the institutions too. 

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

All the tertiary institutions offering this qualification have varying entry requirements, but in general, you will need your NCS or NC(v) certificates with high marks in:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Sciences

Duration of study

 4 Years +


Biomedical Engineers are employed in the following places: 

  • Hospitals
  • Medical research institutes
  • Universities that species in this field
  • The medical electronics industry

Some biomedical engineers are self-employed if they have the necessary experience to set up a business to design and manufacture devices. They can also set up a consultancy business. 

Further Information

Engineering Council of South Africa

Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) 

Educational Institutions offering this qualification

University of Cape Town:


University of Pretoria:

University of Stellenbosch:

Tshwane University of Technology:

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