The role of technology in contemporary medicine has evolved considerably over the past decades. Computers and other high-tech devices are essential in hospitals, rehabilitation centres and private medical practices. Moreover, fundamental insights into the functioning of the human body have increased through the application of engineering in understanding tissue generation and regeneration, physiological processes and locomotion.
The Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering provides students with a state-of-the-art overview of all areas in biomedical engineering:
o Biomechanics o Biomaterials o Medical sensors and signal processing o Medical imaging o Tissue engineering
The teaching curriculum builds upon the top-class research conducted by the staff, most of whom are members of the Leuven Medical Technology Centre. This network facilitates industrial fellowships for our students and enables students to complete design projects and Master's theses in collaboration with industry leaders and internationally recognised research labs.
Biomedical engineers are educated to integrate engineering and basic medical knowledge. This competence is honed through coursework, practical exercises, interactive sessions, a design project and a Master's thesis project. Upon graduating, biomedical engineers are employed in the medical device industry, in hospitals, and in research centres. The broad technological education also makes biomedical engineers attractive to various classical industrial sectors.
This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.
The programme aims to educate engineers that are specialized in current design and production activities in biomedical technology.
At the end of the programme, the student will command: - a medical basic knowledge in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry and a general basic knowledge of biomedical information technology and biomechanics; - a skill to convert this knowledge into designing and producing biomedical equipment and prostheses; - advanced knowledge of designing methods; - wide analytical, synthetical problem-solving thinking capacities; - sufficient scientific education in order to participate in scientific research; - leading and controlling capacities based on skills in knowledge transition, social capacities and insight in the ethical, social and economic frame; special attention goes to the skill to translate propositions to clicians and non-technical people; - the skill to independently process new insights, methods and results within the discipline and to apply these in research or in a professional context; - critically following up the skill and social role of the engineer
Career paths Biomedical engineering is a rapidly growing sector, evidenced by an increase in the number of jobs and businesses. The Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering was created to respond to increased needs for healthcare in our society. These needs stem from an ageing population and the systemic challenge to provide more and better care with less manpower and in a cost-effective way. Industry, government, hospitals and social insurance companies require engineers with specialised training in the multidisciplinary domain of biomedical engineering.
As a biomedical engineer, you'll play a role in the design and production of state-of-the-art biomedical devices and/or medical information technology processes and procedures. You will be able to understand medical needs and translate them into engineering requirements. Conversely, you will be able to design medical devices and procedures that can effectively solve problems through their integration in clinical practice. For that purpose, you'll complete the programme with knowledge of anatomy, physiology and human biotechnology and mastery of biomedical technology in areas such as biomechanics, biomaterials, tissue engineering, bio-instrumentation and medical information systems. The programme will help strengthen your creativity, prepare you for life-long learning, and train you how to formalise your knowledge for efficient re-use. Careers await you in the medical device industry R&D engineering, or as a production or certification specialist. Perhaps you'll end up with a hospital career (technical department), or one in government. The broad technological background that is essential in biomedical engineering also makes you attractive to conventional industrial sectors. Or you can continue your education by pursuing a PhD in biomedical engineering; each year, several places are available thanks to the rapid innovation taking place in biomedical engineering and the increasing portfolio of approved research projects in universities worldwide.