During the first two semesters (60 credits) each university teaches the students about basic biomedical engineering topics. These courses define the basic level of competence of students. With these basic courses the student can then follow every specialisation, offered in the third and fourth semester. Traineeships have to be followed in a hospital and/or industry.
In the third semester (30 credits) students move to another one of the participating universities to follow lectures on a specific specialisation. Lectures are based on key research lines of these universities, so students get state-of-the-art knowledge, preparing them optimally for future developments in BME:
Groningen: Biomaterials & Nanotechnology, Imaging Physics
Aachen: Tissue Engineering, Artificial Organs & Implants, Image-Guided Therapy & Molecular Imaging
Dublin: Tissue Biomechanics & Regenerative Medicine, Neural Engineering
Ghent & Brussels: Radiation physics & Medical imaging, Biophysics for Medical Applications
Prague: Medical Instrumentation, Modern Physical Methods in BME, Medical Imaging Instrumentation
The fourth semester encompasses the Master's dissertation to be performed within the context of the chosen specialisation at one of the six participating universities.
An individual master's dissertation will be performed by the student. This project can be a research and/or a design assignment. The project will be finalised with a written report and an oral presentation. During this master's dissertation the student will apply all acquired knowledge and skills:
–– to solve a problem by designing a device (in case of a design assignment);
–– to formulate answers to a scientific question by performing scientific research (in case of a research assignment).
Assessment will be based on the report and a presentation.
Students are trained to perform a research project and critically reflect on their work and are well prepared to function as a PhD-student at a university, perform research at a large industry R&D-department or to perform applied research (e.g. design of a second generation discus prosthesis, minimally invasive heart support devices ...).
The broad view on the various BME-fields, the capability in making judgements, integrating medical, cultural, social, ethical insights make them very well suited for functions in government/public health, consultancy in a wide spectrum of functions (from product design to safety regulations), notified bodies (screening new products for a CE-mark), health insurance, improving health care and controlling costs.