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Biomedical Engineering Abschluss: Master

Biomedical Engineering is a rapidly emerging discipline that applies engineering tools and methods to medical diagnostics and treatment. The students pursuing our program can specialize in a broad range of subdisciplines, including implants and regenerative technologies, image acquisition and therapies, computer assisted surgeries, or on diagnostic and therapeutic technologies. Such interdisciplinary education on medical devices for diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, positions our students in a privileged position develop a career in a thriving academic and industrial environment.

Biomedical Engineering

This Joint Degree Master in Biomedical Engineering is offered by the School of Life Sciences of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) and the Medical Faculty of the University of Basel. The program takes place on site at the School of Life Sciences in Muttenz and at the University Campuses in Allschwil and Basel.

The contents of the first semester of this program strongly depends on the students’ individual background. Thus, students with a medical background undergo a deep dive into basic engineering courses. Inversely, students with an engineering/natural science backgrounds are exposed to the fundamentals of human medicine. In parallel to this tailored education, early fundamentals of biomedical engineering are introduced.

The second semester of this program deepens the general biomedical engineering skills and knowledge up to the master’s level and sets a focus to one of two study tracks: either Medical System Engineering or Biomaterial Science and Engineering. This is accompanied by a wide range of elective modules of biomedical engineering.

During the third semester, the tracks progress towards our specialization foci, including Computer Assisted Surgery, Image Acquisition and Analysis, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologies, and Implants and Regenerative Technologies. All specializations are complemented with a wide range of elective courses. The third semester culminates with hands-on training in the form of a semester thesis, lab sessions and practical training. As a result, our students acquire the required skillset to move forward towards the Master’s Thesis in the last semester.

Thus, the fourth semester is devoted to the Master’s Thesis, whereby the students work independently on a scientific project of their choice, supervised by our Professors. The Thesis culminates with a public defense.

Students graduating within this program will obtain a joint degree as «Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering».

Course structure

The Master of Science degree is a postgraduate degree that requires a successfully completed Bachelor’s program. The Specialized Master’s degree program Biomedical Engineering awards 120 credit points of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and is a so called “mono-course” consisting of only one core subject.

Master of Science (120 KP)
Biomedical Engineering

Combination of subjects

There is no possibility to combine this Master with other Master programs.

Career opportunities

The Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering is an excellent preparation for a scientific career (doctoral program) in Biomedical Engineering, for example at the Medical Faculty of the University of Basel, or for other professions in the growing medical technology industry. Graduates are able to support medical experts in a clinical environment and in health care institutions.

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