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Biomedical Engineering

Course Description

About the programme

The Engineering faculties of the Universiteit Gent and Vrije Universiteit Brussel organize the interuniversitary Master of Biomedical Engineering and this in a close collaboration with the Medical faculties of both universities. As a result of recent evolutions towards internationalization, we also offer a complete English master program in biomedical engineering. Both the Dutch and English masters are two-year programs and lead to a joint degree from UGent and VUB. Students study either in Ghent or in Brussels upon their own choice.

Tackle complex problems in biology, medicine and health sciences

Biomedical Engineering is a branch of Engineering where students acquire knowledge and skills which can be applied to tackle complex problems in biology, medicine and health sciences. The biomedical engineer herein strives towards a solution in balance with technological, economical and ethical constraints.

Learning outcomes

Graduated students master the fundamentals of current biomedical engineering and have a thorough knowledge of the basic concepts and an overview of the main applications in various fields of biomedical engineering (medical imaging, medical signal processing, medical physics, medical device technology, tissue engineering, biomaterials...). The graduated student has acquired the necessary research skills which allow him or her to independently analyze and solve a problem, and recognizes the importance of permanent learning in a continuously evolving domain.

Work in multidsciplinary teams:
The biomedical engineer is trained to work in multidisciplinary teams (influx of students with different bachelor backgrounds, lecturers from various faculties and scientific domains, multi-disciplinary projects) and has the required communication skills.

Awareness of ethical and socio-medical aspects:
The biomedical engineer is aware of the ethical and socio-economic aspects of biomedical engineering and healthcare, and of the social responsibility of a master in engineering.

Career possibilities:
In this master's course, knowledge and skills in all fields in biomedical engineering will be given, so when you finished the Master's programme, you can be employed as generalist, and you will also be specialised in one particular field of biomedical engineering.

As a student, you are able to select any field within biomedical engineering. You will be trained to work in interdisciplinary project teams, composed of engineers and medical specialists. To prepare further for interdisciplinary teams, students and scholars are treated as equals. To train for working in a European setting, you will get knowledge in the health care situation in several countries in Europe, and you will be trained in cultural differences between European countries.

In summary, the goal of this course is to acquire the ability to:
- work in interdisciplinary (engineering – medical) teams
- work in international and thus intercultural (European) teams
- communicate effectively with experts in (bio)medicine and technology
- perform fundamental research in Biomedical Engineering.
- design innovative devices to improve diagnostics and treatment of patients
- follow a post-Master’s training in Biomedical Engineering
- perform a PhD study
- train continuously (life-long-learning)


Available on http://www.vub.ac.be/en/study/biomedical-engineering/programme

The programme consists of 120 credits, evenly distributed over 4 semesters of each 12 weeks. The specific part of the master involves six basic courses for a total of 30 credits (Quantitative cell biology, Modelling of Physiological Systems, From Genome to Organism, Biomechanics, Bio-electronics and Biomaterials) and 42 credits dedicated to specialist courses in biomedical engineering (Biomedical Imaging, Neuromodulation and Imaging, Medical Physics, Medical Equipment, Biomedical Product Development, Artificial Organs: Technology and Design, Health Care Organization and Informatics, Human and Environment, Safety and Regulations* and Seminars: Innovations in Biomedical Engineering). The programme is further complemented with a master thesis (24 credits) and elective courses for a total of 24 credits.

Internships and Project Work

Students are encouraged to do an internship with a company or hospital in Belgium or abroad during the summer holiday period. Internships can be valorised in the curriculum, with an internship of 4 weeks accounting for an elective course of 3 credits, and an internship of minimally 6 weeks accounting for 6 credits. A maximum of 6 credits is allowed. In addition, students can opt for the elective 3 credit course “Multidisciplinary Biomedical Project” during which they can work on an assignment or a project.

Visit the Biomedical Engineering page on the Vrije Universiteit Brussel website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Charlotte Borremans

2847.png I started my education for civil engineering at the University of Brussels in 2005 where I obtained my bachelor degree in Electronics. I then decided to move to Ghent for a master in biomedical engineering at VUB/Ghent University. In my second master I worked on my thesis on neurostimulation design in collaboration with the Imec Research Center in Leuven. After graduation in 2010 I immediately started working in a company developing hardware and software for Sleep Labs in hospitals. As of September 2014 I am working for St Jude Medical, a medical device company who sells highly invasive devices in the cardiology and neuromodulation sector.


Belgian Technical Cooperation Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Belgian Technical Cooperation Agency (BTC) grants scholarships to nationals from its 18 partner countries (see for full list http://www.btcctb.org/en/countries-and-themes).
Duration: from 1 to 2 academic years
The scholarships includes:
- a tuition fee waiver
- insurance
- one return flight
- family supplement
- accommodation allowance,
- indirect travel costs,
- installation allowance,
- didactic allowance,
- mailing allowance.

Value of Scholarship(s)

~10,000 EUR/year


Nationals of:
Algeria Mozambique Belgium Niger Benin Palestine Bolivia Peru Bolivia (ES) Perú (ES) Burundi Rwanda DR Congo Senegal Ecuador South Africa Ecuador (ES) Tanzania Mali Uganda Morocco Vietnam

Application Procedure

The BTC has a delegation in each of its partner countries. This delegation, usually based at the Belgian Embassy, handles the application and selection procedure. The application procedure and overall requirements vary per country. For further information, please contact the delegation in your country:http://www.btcctb.org or diplomatie.belgium.be

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Students with an academic Bachelor (or Master) diploma in engineering (university level) can enter the program without any prerequisites (except for students with a Bachelor or Master degree in architecture). In addition to the admission criteria, international students will have to demonstrate English language proficiency.

Course Fees

EEA students: 890 EUR/year____Non EEA students 890 EUR/year

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