Diploma in Biomedical Engineering (DBE)

The diploma in Biomedical Engineering at Kyambogo University provides the knowledge and skills in biomedical electronics, instrumentation, mechanics, engineering mathematics, programming, anatomy and physiology required for the service and maintenance of healthcare equipment. It is a two years evening programme. 

Programme in brief

Students study all the essential elements of biomedical engineering.

In year one, you will cover essential mathematics, mechanics, electrical engineering for biomedical engineers, biomedical electronics, biofluid mechanics, bioinstrumentation, workshop practice and hospital environment.

In year two you will concentrate on biomedical equipment, biomedical measurement and instrumentation, microprocessor technologies and assistive technologies. In many of the modules, you will have hands on in laboratories and workshops learning through experience. In the final year, you will have an opportunity to participate in a group engineering project.

You will go through hospital training during the recess terms at the end of first and second years.

Admission to the Diploma in Biomedical Engineering (DBE) shall be done in accordance with Kyambogo University procedures and regulations. In addition, a person qualifies for admission on meeting any one of the following minimum requirements.

Direct Entry Requirement

Holders of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE), should have two principal passes one of which must be in either Physics or Mathematics, two subsidiary passes in either Chemistry or Biology obtained at the same sitting and at least a credit in Mathematics at UCE.

Diploma Entry Requirement

For Diploma entry he/she should be a holder of;

  1. i) Diploma in Engineering.
  2. ii) A Diploma in a relevant Medical Technology (Radiography, Laboratory Technology, Orthopedic Technology, ENT clinical or the equivalent).

Other Entry Requirements

For other Entry requirements, he/she should be a holder of;

  1. i) A Certificate in relevant Medical Technology.
  2. ii) A Technician certificate in Radio, Television and Electronics Part II (RTET part II) or Electrical Installation part C.

A relevant degree in the Physical or Biological Sciences.

After completing the diploma in Biomedical Engineering, you will be able to select from a number of careers at your disposal. The Biomedical Engineering Technicians are responsible for installation, maintenance and training the users on biomedical equipment in hospitals and health centers.

Through partnership with the AmaltheaTust Foundation, a UK based charity organization, we ensure that you are well trained on the latest medical equipment and technologies. Apart from achieving a diploma qualification, you will graduate as an industry ready technician with both practical, hands on experience and highly desirable skills in the biomedical engineering field.

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.

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 2018/2019 are UGX 600,000 (Home/EAC Students) and UGX 900,000 (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 pagefor full details. 

Programme Activities