The study programme consists of:
120 credits spread over four semesters of twelve weeks each.
66 credits compulsory courses in established and new emerging biomedical engineering disciplines.
41 credits project work spread over years 1 and 2.
30 credits elective courses to shape your individual track with option to specialize in mechanics and materials, radiation physics, neuro-engineering or sensors and devices.
participation to the National Day on Biomedical Engineering, a Biomedical Industry Day and company and field trips.
possibility to choose a track that leads to the recognition of ‘Expert in Medical Radiation Physics’.
The Master’s dissertation is the tailpiece of the programme. The dissertation consists of a substantial original task of a high scientific level, to be elaborated individually by the student (surrounded and supported, however, by a research team), and thus with a high degree of independence. It is via this independent work and the written and oral dissertation report that the student demonstrates his or her capability to get familiar with a relevant biomedical engineering problem, study the problem on a high scientific level, and to report on the subject in diverse manners (master’s dissertation, poster, oral public presentation).
The basic biomedical engineering courses are, in principle, offered in parallel at both universities, while the more specialist courses are either taught at UGent, VUB or in collaboration between both, with attention for an optimal student and teaching staff mobility. For the elective courses and the master’s dissertation, students are free to choose between UGent, VUB or a (international) partner institute with which UGent or VUB has a bilateral agreement. Obviously, students also have the opportunity to study part of their curriculum abroad within the Erasmus+ framework. The student mobility window is in the second master, where students can opt for studying one semester or the complete second year abroad.
The interuniversitary programme board overlooks the programme of each individual student and might impose (a limited number) of courses, depending on their formerly acquired credits and competences. As educational tracks are assessed on an individual basis, it is important that students apply in time so individual track records can be studied with care to ensure an optimal selection of courses.