The study programme consists of:
120 ECTS-credits spread over four twelve-week terms.
66 ECTS-credits worth of mandatory course units on established and newly emerging biomedical engineering disciplines.
41 ECTS-credits worth of project work staggered over the two years.
30 ECTS-credits worth of elective course units to give shape to your individual curriculum with options to specialize in Mechanics and Materials, Radiation Physics, Neuro-engineering or Sensors and Devices.
participation in the National Day on Biomedical Engineering, a Biomedical Industry Day and in company and field trips.
possibility to choose a track that results in the recognition of ‘Expert in Medical Radiation Physics’.
The Master’s dissertation is the grand finale of the programme. It consists of substantial, original and high-level of academic research that is to be elaborated individually by the student and thus with a high degree of independence. All the while, however, the student is surrounded and supported by a research team. This independently conducted research, together with the written report and oral presentation is the students' ultimate demonstration of their capacity to familiarize themselves with a relevant biomedical engineering problem, study the problem on a high scientific level, and to report on the subject in various ways (Master’s dissertation, poster, oral public presentation).
The basic biomedical engineering course units are, in principle, offered in parallel at both universities, while the more specialist course units are either taught at Ghent University, Vrije Universiteit Brussel or together. We take into consideration optimal student and teaching staff mobility. For the elective course units and the Master’s dissertation, students are free to choose between Ghent University, Vrije Universiteit Brussel or one of the (international) partner institutions with which either university has a bilateral agreement. Erasmus+ gives students the opportunity to study abroad as well, using the mobility window that is part of the second year. Students can choose to spend either one term, or the full academic year abroad.
Our interuniversity programme board overlooks each student's individual curriculum and might impose (a limited number) of course units, depending on their previously acquired credits and competences. As each student's trajectory is assessed on an individual basis, it is important to apply in a timely fashion. This ensures a careful study of individual track records and an optimal selection of course units.