NYU Abu Dhabi Launches new Undergraduate Major in Bioengineering

Undergraduates will study how to apply engineering principles to medical science, helping to unlock new breakthroughs in the health field

Press Release

NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has launched a new Bioengineering major within its Engineering Division, now  available to undergraduate students studying at the University. The new major focuses on the application of engineering principles to the fields of biology and medical science. 

The new degree program will provide students with an ability to use a wide range of practices from the engineering field, including mechanical, chemical, computer, and electrical engineering. Students will learn to create solutions at the molecular and cellular level to large-scale problems, such as the development of prosthetic and medical devices. Students pursuing the major will engage with disciplines including physics, chemistry, biology, and material sciences.


"The field of Bioengineering is a major driver for improving health by faster disease diagnosis and more effective treatment.  The UAE has rightly included it as a priority in its National Innovation Strategy.  By launching our new major in Bioengineering this year, coinciding with NYUAD's tenth anniversary, we are demonstrating the University's continued contribution to this strategy through both education and research."

NYUAD Dean of Engineering Samer Madanat

The development of healthcare systems has been recognized as a policy priority as part of Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, UAE Vision 2021, and the UAE National Innovation Strategy. The offering of this new major highlights NYUAD’s commitment and contribution to the achievement of the UAE’s national objectives, through supporting the development of new technologies and methodologies that enhance the UAE’s healthcare sector.

Bioengineering majors graduating from NYUAD will be equipped  to enter a range of industries related to the medical profession, including the development of healthcare devices, the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, or the study of genetic sciences. In addition, the program looks to train bio-entrepreneurs, who can begin their own businesses using bioengineering technology. 

Commenting on the launch, Program Head and Associate Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at NYUAD Rafael Song, said: “As a new interdisciplinary major, Bioengineering crosses traditional boundaries between engineering and biology. It will strongly support the mission of NYUAD of pushing forward the frontiers of knowledge and solving vital global and local challenges related to human health.”

startAD, the Abu Dhabi-based global accelerator anchored at NYUAD and powered by its partner Tamkeen, will work with graduates to help them grow their bio-entrepreneurial careers. Opportunities for further study in the field of bioengineering are also available through NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s MSc in Biomedical Engineering and other graduate programs across NYUAD’s global network.

NYUAD offers 25 undergraduate majors across the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, and Engineering, with a wide range of multidisciplinary minors and specializations. Within the Engineering division, the University offers five other majors: Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, General Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. 


About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and research campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly selective undergraduate curriculum across the disciplines with a world center for advanced research and scholarship. The university enables its students in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and arts to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from over 115 countries and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.