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Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
19 September 2023
Application deadline: NON-EEA: before 31 March; EEA: before 31 August

About this program

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

In this programme, you’ll acquire knowledge and skills from all fields of biomedical engineering in order to become an expert all-rounder, so once you finish the programme, you can work as a generalist or specialist in one particular field. You’ll be trained in the fundamentals of current biomedical engineering and gain a thorough knowledge of the basic concepts, along with an overview of the main applications used in various fields of biomedical engineering: medical imaging, medical signal processing, medical physics, medical device technology, tissue engineering, biomaterials and more. Alongside this knowledge, you’ll acquire the necessary research skills that will allow you to independently analyse and solve problems, with an all-important emphasis on permanent learning in this ever-changing domain.

You can choose between five specialisations:

  • Radiation physics
  • Biomechanics and biomaterials
  • Sensors and medical devices
  • Neuro-engineering
  • Generic programme.
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Admission requirements

  • Academic requirements:

If you have an academic Bachelor's (or Master's) degree in engineering (university level) you can directly enter the programme, unless this is a Bachelor or Master in Architectural Engineering. You are also welcome with a Master's degree in bioengineering. If you have a Master's degree in industrial sciences you may enter the programme via a dedicated bridging programme of 120 ECTS credits. All other students must follow an admission programme, accounting for approximately 15/18 to maximum 90 ECTS credits, depending on their diploma.

  • Language requirements:

Proof of English proficiency is compulsory and can be documented by the following certificates (provided by the institution):

  1. having successfully completed secondary or higher education with English as the sole language of instruction;
  2. having successfully completed Belgian secondary education;
  3. A language test: TOEFL IBT (min. 79), IELTS (min. 6.5), ITACE (min. B2) or Cambridge English (min. scale score 170) are accepted.

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Program content

Compulsory Fundamental Courses

  • Bio-electronics
  • Modelling of Physiological Systems
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomaterials
  • From Genome to Organism
  • Quantitative Cell Biology
  • Biomedical Imaging

Compulsory Specialised Courses 1st year of the standard learning track

  • Medical Physics
  • Biomedical Product Development
  • Medical Equipment
  • Technology in Clinical Neuroscience
  • Human and Environment, Safety and Regulations

Compulsory Specialised Courses 2nd year of the standard learning track

  • Technology and Design of Artificial Organs
  • Health Information and Decision Support
  • Leadership in Health Care
  • Hospital project
  • Clinical Study Design and Biostatistics

Elective Courses

Engineering (Physics) in Oncology – year 1

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology
  • Measurement Techniques in Nuclear Science
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Radiation Protection and Regulations

Engineering (Physics) in Oncology – year 2

  • Medical Dosimetry
  • Radiologic Techniques
  • Technology of Radiotherapy
  • Radiochemistry
  • Radiobiology and Radiopathology
  • Nuclear Reactors and Cyclotrons
  • Advanced Image and Signal Processing
  • Contrast Agents and Biomarkers for Imaging and Therapy

Advanced Design Methods in Biomedical Engineering

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Fluid-structure Interaction
  • Computational Biomechanics
  • From Medical Image to Computational Model

Micro and Nano Devices

  • Sensors and Microsystem Electronics
  • Microphotonics
  • Micro- and Nanobiotechnology
  • Biophotonics
  • Technology of Integrated Circuits and Microsystems
  • Embedded Bioelectronics Systems
  • Architecture and Fabrication of Biomedical Microsystems
  • Biomedical Devices: Sensors, Stimulators and Drug Delivery Systems

Assistive Technologies

  • Biomedical Robotics
  • Virtual Reality

Personalized Medicine

  • Physics and Chemistry of Nanostructured Materials
  • Polymers for Bio-related Applications


  • Advanced Image and Signal Processing
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology
  • Neurophysiological signal processing and network analysis
  • Auditory Computation, Modelling and Technology
  • Translational Neuroscience
  • Neural interfaces, neuromodulation and minimally invasive neurotechnology

Other recommended masterspecif electives

  • Biophotonics
  • Micro- and Nanobiotechnology
  • Bioelectromagnetism
  • Internship Biomedical Engineering
  • Biostatistics
  • Modeling in Medicine and Biomedical Engineering: Case Studies
  • Biomedical Acoustics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Contrast Agents and Biomarkers for Imaging and Therapy
  • Electrochemistry
  • Microphotonics
  • Surface treatment: Processing and Analysis
  • Project: Multifunctional Materials
  • Sensors and Microsystem Electronics

Master Thesis

  • Master Thesis in Biomedical Engineering


EEA students: 1,092 Euro per year.

Non-EEA students: 2,500 Euro per year.

Career paths

With a Master of Biomedical Engineering, the student has ample possibilities of finding a job in Flanders, Belgium, Europe or around the world inindustry, hospitals, health care, universities and research institutes, in government positions and many more.

The biomedical engineer is versatile, multi-disciplinary, and thus employable in a variety of positions:

  • PhD-student at a university or at a large industry R&D-department.
  • Product manager or project leader in an (R&D-) industry.
  • Medical physics engineer in a hospital.
  • Government/public health.
  • Consultancy in a wide range of functions, from product design to safety regulations.
  • Notified bodies, Regulatory Affairs Managers, screening new products for a CE-mark, patent offices...
  • Health Insurance, improving health care and controlling costs.
  • Any job requiring the traditional analytical and organizational skills of the academically trained engineer (general consultancy jobs, top functions in administration, banking sector..

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel

VUB is a public and modern university located in Brussels, the heart of Europe. Ranked as one of the world’s top universities, it offers a full range of bachelor’s and master’s programmes taught in English. The University counts over 21,500...

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When moving about in Brussels, you hear a lot of different languages. That’s no coincidence, because the city is a melting pot of cultures. With 35% of the population of foreign origin, you can expect a rich cultural environment. Brussels is home to the EU Institutions and several affiliates, NATO HQ, diplomatic representation offices, headquarters for many international companies, NGOs, trade associations, one of the world’s largest press corps, as well as a whole host of international and European schools.

It goes without saying that Brussels offers unique career opportunities. As the home to more than 2,000 international organisations and companies, it offers a wide range of internship possibilities and future career options. Flagship areas include ICT and communication, life tech, finance and law consulting, communications and media agencies, and creative industries.

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Being a medium-sized university has its advantages. First of all, it allows frequent personal contact between students, professors and teaching assistants. This is part of a real direct contact culture that is well embedded within the university. Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to interact with each other through group assignments within the curriculum and through the various extracurricular activities.

Choice and flexibility

VUB offers a full range of programmes taught in English where the key concept is flexibility. A system of majors and minors enables students to plan and personalise their curriculum in a way that best meets their interests.

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It is important to VUB to help students familiarise themselves with university life and to provide good guidance. Educational counsellors and study advisers provide students with personalised study guidance on a range of topics. The International Relations office provides students with information on university life and facilitates their integration by organising cultural, social and sports activities with student associations. They also provide information on administrative aspects regarding living in Belgium.

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Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels

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