Bachelor of Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering (BMBE)

The BMBE academic programme is composed of two parts; Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering. Mechatronics reflects the integration of mechanical, electrical, electronics and automation. The inclusion of biomedical engineering brings about a unique integration of mechanical, electrical, electronics, physical sciences and Information and Communication Technology (ICT), biological and life sciences with a wide employment opportunity for the graduates.

In modern industry and the health sector, there is a high demand for human resource to manage multi-disciplinary automated systems. As a result, programmes in mechatronics and biomedical engineering will go a long way in addressing some of the challenges encountered in the production industry and the medical field. The production and health service industry need personnel equipped with knowledge and skills in mechanical and electrical engineering, who can design, build, control, and maintain a wide range of engineering processes, products and medical systems.

In response to these needs, Kyambogo University in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) is jointly running a Diploma programme in biomedical engineering. The diploma programme cannot address all the high-level needs in industry and healthcare systems in Uganda. However, the BMBE programme offers the opportunity for the diploma graduates and training of more target groups to build the requisite capacity. Hence in order to build more capacities to manage and maintain existing industrial systems and medical equipment, the BMBE programme enhances the existing initiatives to address the persistent challenges in the industry and health sector in the region.

Program in brief

The four-year programme in BMBE combines courses from five fields of study i.e. Engineering Sciences and Mathematics (76%), humanities and Social Science (5%), Life Sciences (10%) and Biomedical Engineering (9%).

In your four years of study, you will be able to cover infection control and hospital waste management, functional anatomy and physiology, medical physics and electronics, biomechanics and biomaterials. You will also cover bioinstrumentation, design of medical systems, medical imaging and sensing, nuclear medicine and other modules.

You will go through hospital training/industrial training during the recess terms at the end of the first, second and third year. You will participate in a group project in the third year and you will carry out an individual project in your last year of study.

This programme targets holders of:

(a) Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) or equivalent.

(b) Diploma in Engineering.

(c) Diploma in Science/ Technology fields.

(d) Degree in Physical Sciences

Admission to the Bachelor of Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering is done in accordance with the general regulations of Kyambogo University and special regulation of the Faculty of Engineering. In addition, an applicant for this programme should meet at least one of the following minimum requirements.

Direct Entry Requirement

Holders of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE),

Holders of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) should have at least two principal passes in both Physics and Mathematics at the same sitting and at least a credit pass in Chemistry at the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) or the equivalent.

The weight of subjects for UACE holders shall be as follows:

  • Essential Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics
  • Relevant Technical Drawing
  • Desirable General paper, and Subsidiary Mathematics,

Diploma Entry Requirement

Category 1: First Year Entry

To make an entry in the First year, the applicant should be a holder of;

  1. At last a pass in an Ordinary Diploma in Biomedical Engineering
  2. At last a pass in an Ordinary Diploma in Electrical or Computer or Telecommunication Engineering.
  3. At least a Diploma or Ordinary Diploma Mechanical Engineering or Ordinary Diploma Science Technology (Physics option) from a recognized institution.
  4. Other Diplomas approved by the University to be equivalent to any of those states in part (a) and (b) above.

Category 2: Second Year Entry

With the multi-disciplinary nature of the Programme, there will be exceptions in the implementation of second-year entry. Exemptions will be given appropriately according to the recognition of prior learning.

To make an entry in the Second year he/she should be a holder of;

  • At least a Credit Diploma in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering or the Equivalents.
  • At least a Pass Higher Diploma or the equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical, Telecommunications Engineering, Computer Engineering and Diploma in Physical Sciences or the Equivalents.

Category 3: Third Year Entry

To make an entry in the Third year he/she should be a holder of at least a Credit in Higher Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical, Telecommunications Engineering, and Computer Engineering or their equivalents will also be given exceptions appropriately according to the recognition of prior learning.

Category 4: Other Entry Requirements

For Degree Holders of Physical Sciences or Other relevant Degrees shall make an entry in the Second year with exemptions given based on the recognition of prior learning.

Mechatronics and biomedical engineering students have a variety of career goals. Some students with mechatronics options can work in the production and service industry as engineers immediately following graduation in areas such as automotive manufacturing, tunnelling and drilling, consumer packaging, food and beverage production, urban transit, power generation, and industrial equipment production, and maintenance service provision. For students considering biomedical engineering option, the curriculum is designed to train engineers for work in a variety of biomedical environments such as research hospitals, biomedical industries, and regulatory agencies, biomedical device and sensor design and development, medical imaging, bioinformatics, and maintenance services. Others can choose to utilize their quantitative and problem-solving skills in areas such as consulting, entrepreneurship or finance. Some students will continue their studies to postgraduate level in separate fields of mechatronics and biomedical engineering.

Recent Employers

Some recent employers of our diploma in Biomedical Engineering graduates include:

  • Mulago National Referral Hospital
  • National Drug Authority
  • Ministry of Health
  • Joint Medical Stores
  • Private Hospitals such as Mengo Hospital, Lubaga Hospital, Nsambya Hospital, Paragon Hospital and International Hospital Kampala
  • Dash Technologies Incorporation Ltd
  • Rima East Africa Ltd
  • Achelis & Sohne GmbH
  • Government Health Center IVs
  • Several Non-Governmental Organizations involved in healthcare services

Work experience opportunities

All our students undertake hospital /industrial training during the recess period at the end of year one.

Further studies

A number of our diploma in Biomedical Engineering graduates go on to study degrees related to biomedical engineering such as Bachelor of Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering, either remaining at Kyambogo University or going to another institution of their choice.

Tuition Fees for 2019/2020 are UGX 1,500,000 (Home/EAC Students) and UGX 2,250,000 (International Students). The University reviews tuition fees on a regular basis.

There are other functional fees and other costs that you might incur while studying. These include costs for internship, research, medical fees and other expenses that you might include such as photocopying, printing, buying specialized equipment and tools.

We have put together some useful information to help you understand these costs. Please see our study costs page for full details.