International Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering is a broad multidisciplinary area, involving many sub-specialisations, varying from regenerative medicine to implant design and from PET-scan imaging to biosensors. A consortium of 6 universities has joined their knowledge and expertise. At least two universities have to be chosen, allowing the student a maximum freedom to create a master's programme tailored to his/her interest.
The International Master course prepares students from Europe and beyond for a profession in Biomedical Engineering. The biomedical engineer generates knowledge from the molecular to the organ and system level. You will develop new materials, devices, tools, systems and methods for the early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease in order to improve and guarantee the health care and quality of life of the society. Biomedical Engineering (BME) is a broad multidisciplinary area, involving many sub-specialisations, varying from regenerative medicine to implant design and from PET-scan imaging to biosensors. It is, for a single university, difficult to have in depth knowledge of all sub-specialisations in Biomedical Engineering to teach their students on an adequate level. In addition a genuine European and international learning experience is difficult to gain when students stick to a single university. Therefore a consortium of six well reputed universities has merged their knowledge and specific expertise into a two-year European Master in Biomedical Engineering. The student follows the first and second year at two different universities but any combination is possible. In this way, the student has maximum freedom to create a master’s programme tailored to his/her interests and to choose the preferred specialisation.
The admission requirements vary. Depending on your preliminary training, you are either able to enrol directly, or there are additional requirements.
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 and prepare them for a subsequent specialisation. Traineeships have to be followed in a hospital and/or industry.
In the third semester (30 credits) students move to one of the other participating universities to follow lectures within a specific specialisation domain. 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
In the final semester students work, individually, on a master project and write a master dissertation. 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 project the student applies 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 do research and critically reflect on their work and they are well prepared to perform as a PhD-student at a university, do research in large industry R&D-departments or to perform applied research (e.g. design of a second generation discus prosthesis, minimally invasive heart support devices ...). Thanks to their broad and solid scientific training and international view these students are also well prepared for the task of product manager in an industry, leading an R&D-department of an industry, working as a project leader on applied research, medical physics engineer in a hospital. Their teamwork skills and knowledge of biomedical engineering make them suitable for hospital or clinical engineers who support and improve patient care by applying engineering and management skills to health care technology. They are involved in technical support of daily practice, training of health care professionals, introducing safety programmes, etc. 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.
At Ghent University, we strive to educate people who dare to think about the challenges of tomorrow. For that purpose, we provide education that is embedded in six strategic objectives: Think Broadly, Keep Researching, Cultivate Talent, Contribute, Extend Horizons, Opt for Quality.
Ghent University continuously focuses on quality assurance and quality culture. The Ghent University's quality assurance system offers information on each study programme’s unique selling points, and on its strengths and weaknesses with regard to quality assurance.
Ghent University's Education Objectives
Unique Selling Points
- Biomedical Engineering (BME) is an attractive discipline that forms a bridge between technology-driven engineering and medical/biomedical sciences. It is also a fast-evolving discipline; developments in medical technology spur on and support evolutions in healthcare and will provide solutions for the socio-economic impact of demographic ageing.
- Recent reforms have resulted in an attractive and updated BSc/MSc curriculum with a solid BME foundation in the various sub-disciplines of the broad discipline, while allowing students to define their own Master's curriculum for a total of 60 credits.
- The BSc/MSc in BME stimulates a problem-solving and solution-oriented entrepreneurial attitude by means of projects throughout the entire BSc/MSc study track (a total of 60 credits, of which 41 in the Master's programme).
- The “BME ecosystem” is open and diverse, and involves all the relevant stakeholders: students (through their student association BEAM) academia, hospitals, industry and other stakeholders. Ours is an ecosystem that supports and encourages students and teachers in their personal development and in their professional career.
- Strong research teams feed the curriculum and provide excellent opportunities for Master's dissertations and advanced doctoral research.
- The involvement of Ghent University’s and Vrije Universiteit Brussel’s (VUB) Faculties of Medicine in our study programme is quite strong. Our study programme is truly interdisciplinary with students carrying out a project in a hospital setting.
- We have a diverse student population with a truly international atmosphere among our Master's students.
- Offering a interuniversity programme comes with a number of enduring practical challenges caused by two parallel administrations, separate e-learning platforms, the physical distance between the campuses and the challenging commute between Ghent and Brussels.
- It remains difficult to estimate the level and background of incoming international students. This can threaten the exit level and disrupt the intended mix of local and international students.
This study programme is accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (Dutch: NVAO). Accreditation was extended following the positive outcome of the institutional review in 2022. Programme quality was validated by a quality review, i.e. a screening of the Education Monitor by the Education Quality Board. The Quality Assurance Resolution (in Dutch) can be found here.
This information was last updated on 14/02/2023.
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