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Engineering - Biomedical

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Date of Review Apr 27, 2012 Go Back
Year of Study 4th
Student Type Traditional
From Kerry Ireland
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Are you happy with your choice of course?

Yes

Why?

I was naturally curious about biology and how our bodies work. I never did biology for the leaving cert, so it wasn't really a CAO choice until I went to the Open days in UL. It is a really interesting course, but it's also very broad, so you won't be too specialized for other courses or jobs if you want out! The medical device manufacturing industry isn't a bad place to be at the moment, there's loads of multi-national companies manufacturing here in Ireland, so it is a good course from a job perspective. Also if you are inclined to do a post-grad study, there are loads of research projects going on in UL, and all the other universities with a Biomedical or Bioengineering course.

Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?

On

Is your course weighted more on

End of year exams

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?

Yes

If you studied abroad, is there any advice you would give someone looking to study abroad?

I didn't study abroad, but the course is linked in with Georgia Tech in the US. If you do have an interest in doing this, it'd be a good idea to talk to the course director when your in 2nd year, I wouldn't be considering it any earlier than that, until you have a feel for the course.

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

The highlights of the course have been learning to design models on the computer screen, visiting medical device companies, having a visit to see an orthopaedic surgery, designing our own concept for a medical device/ instrument to manufacture. But most importantly was the work experience, 8 months in a company, Boston Scientific, and I also got a job for the following summer with them. Its a course that gives you options.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

Be aware it's very much maths orientated, particular y calculus (Integration & Differentiation, so if this isn't your strong point, you will have to put a lot of work in to get up to speed, because it's a big step-up from leaving Cert Maths. And it is also very theory based, with a big emphasis on the final exam at the end of a semester rather than continuous assessment, and this can be difficult as a whole semester of work depends on how you perform on just one day.

Was your course what you expected?

No

What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

The theory part, there was far too much for my liking, its more proving theories than anything.

Most biomedical engineers in the industry start out as mechanical engineers and then do a Masters or PhD in Biomedical.

Helpful leaving cert (or equivalent) subjects?

Honours Maths & Applied Maths are more helpful than Biology.

Other useful courses to have done: Technical Drawing, Engineering studies, Business & Biology

Library facilities

The library is great, it has an online facility were you can view papers from home rather than have to look through a 100 journals. It's quite, loads of desks to work from, and a massive computer room, so you shouldn't be stuck.

Is there a good social life on your course?

Yes

Please describe

There's about 12,000 people in UL, and they range from group to group. There's a really friendly atmosphere around the campus due to the on-campus accommodation, which I would highly for any 1st year coming in, great way to meet people. Then there's loads of clubs and societies, from; archery to kaykaing to mountain biking to any sporting club you can think of, and loads of societies like the debating, political parties, etc. Plus the University is close to Limerick City, it has 4 pubs on-campus and a nightclub only 10 minutes walk away, so you won't be stuck for a night out!

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Extremely Difficult

Please rate your course in terms of workload

Much more than other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?

Yes

What society are you a member of?

The Medical Society, but again thats cause I'm a Biomed so i'm naturally interested. They do have some interesting talks, like Dr. Marie Cassidy, the state pathologist, i.e.(the woman you see that has to go the every crime scene....very CSI!!)

Why do you enjoy being a member of this society? why should a prospective student think of joining this society?

Only join if you've an interest, do not join because the person your living with is involved in the society.

Are you a member of any sports clubs?

Yes

Please choose your sport(s) club

Kayaking, Rowing, karate & Tae-Kwon-doe

Are your training facilities easily accessible?

Yes

Are your training facilities at a good standard?

Yes

Do you feel that you are playing at a standard that matches your ability?

Yes

Would you recommend getting involved in college sport?

Yes

Why?

Again, if you don't many people when you first come to UL, after joining a few clubs, you'l soon know loads of people. Often the clubs meet in the sports bar after a training session, and you'l find that 80% of the people there are 1st Years just like yourself.

Weekly living expenses?

€80-100

Do you or have you lived away from home during college?

Yes

How much does your rent cost per month?

€250-350

As a first year did you live in college halls?

Yes

Would you recommend living in college halls?

Yes, definitely, it's the place were I met the majority of my friends. And it's a good time, most people only go to college once, so its a great way to enoy the year, cause the majority of people there are first years anyway.

Where would you recommend students live?

Kilmury and Plassey for 1st year, as the other campuses have more 4th years, and therefore stricter rules about parties. Although all the campuses have security so parties won't get too out of control.

If yes, where and why?

See comment above!

How would you recommend this college to a friend?

Yes!

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