The history of biomedical engineering at the University of Cape Town  and Groote Schuur Hospital can be traced to the 1950s, when the first activity in the field was the work in nuclear medicine by Alan Cormack that eventually led to computer assisted tomography and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1979. Alan Cormack’s legacy was honoured in 2000 with the establishment of the MRC/UCT Medical Imaging Research Unit.


Postgraduate degree programmes and research activities in biomedical engineering at UCT are located in the Department of Human Biology in the Faculty of Health Sciences.


Our primary interests are in medical imaging and signal processing, medical devices, biomechanics, biomechatronics, healthcare technology management and rehabilitation engineering.


CME issue on biomedical engineering and medical imaging.

Article on biomedical engineering at UCT in SAMJ.