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University of Basel

Biomedical Engineering Degree: Master

Biomedical Engineering is a rapidly emerging discipline that applies engineering tools and methods to medical diagnostics and treatment. Students can choose among courses in image-guided therapy or biomaterials & nanotechnology to learn the basics of a broad spectra of medical devices used for diagnostics, surgery and treatment. Biomedical engineers are engaging for example in digitization, automation, optimization and development of novel medical diagnostic and treatment devices in academia and industry.

Biomedical Engineering

In the first semester, students with a medical background attend courses in mathematics and computational techniques, whereas students with an engineering or a natural science background participate courses in human anatomy and physiology. In addition, all students will learn the principles of biomedical engineering including biomaterials science, nanotechnology, medical imaging as well as signal and image processing. In the second semester, students follow complementary courses dependent on the chosen major (Biomaterials Science and Nanotechnology or Image-Guided Therapy). The program is completed with a Master’s thesis in the third semester.

Focal area of teaching and research

The students have a choice between two majors:

Biomaterials Science and Nanotechnology: This module focuses on the bulk and surface properties of medical implants as well as on the characterization of tissues. Special attention is given to the tools to design and characterize materials down to the atomic level and to identify the associations between the nanostructure and function. Regenerative medicine will be foster and stimulate interdisciplinary scientific discoveries and the development of advanced therapeutic strategies. Topics include: biomaterial-based control of stem cell function, engineering technologies for tissue manufacturing, and translational challenges towards industrial exploitation and clinical implementation. Courses include:

  • Materials in Medicine
  • Digital Dentistry
  • Cells and Technologies in Regenerative Medicine

Image-Guided Therapy: This module is about the development and application of medical imaging techniques and image analysis. Biomedical imaging complemented with optical or magnetic stereotactic tracking devices guide surgeons during surgery. Research in this field aims to improve the treatment outcome by better diagnostics, reducing complications, morbidity, and surgery time.

Students, who major in Image-Guided Therapy, gain a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals required to operate complex imaging techniques, such as magnetic resonance or ultrasound and methods behind the navigation system used during patient treatment, in a medical environment. In addition, students gain practical experience in developing future imaging, image analysis, and image-guided therapy solutions. Courses include:

  • Computer-Assisted Surgery
  • Medical Image Analysis
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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 90 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 (90 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 medical technology industry. Graduates are able to support medical experts in a clinical environment and in health care institutions.

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