Biomedical Engineering

120 credits (MSc, 2 years)

With a growing need for improvement in the quality of life, and global average life expectancy rapidly rising, there is an increasing demand for efficient health care systems. Combining the design and problem-solving skills of engineering with medical and biological science, biomedical engineering improves health care delivery and medical practice by closing the gap between engineering and medicine. Together with advancements within IT, a new world of possibilities in how health care can be improved and delivered is evolving.

Programme aim

The overall aim of the programme is to provide an internationally competitive education and to prepare you for a professional career, by providing in-depth knowledge in biomedical engineering. The programme prepares you for using engineering skills to improve health care delivery and medical practice. Even if the focus is on biomedical engineering, you will also acquire a good platform for working in related engineering disciplines.

The future of health care will simply require technical expertise. Examples of research areas and applications where biomedical engineering is needed are for example stroke detection and brain monitoring in neurointensive care using microwave technology. Another example is microwave tomography for 3D breast tumour detection and visualization and microwave hypothermia for treating head and neck cancer. Furthermore, clothing incorporated textile-based sensors are used to record electrical activity from the heart, brain, or muscles, for monitoring in homecare and other distance settings. An area also in need of biomedical engineers is Health Informatics, where health care practice is supported by electronic processes and communication.

Location: Campus Johanneberg

Programme description

The compulsory part of the programme provides a common platform within biomedical engineering. Through internationally recognized researchers, projects, guest lectures and a tight collaboration with industry, you will be part of a highly prominent research environment. For you to gain the required proficiency and depth in the area for a Master's degree, a number of elective courses are offered.

Specialization tracks

Depending on how you select and combine your courses, you can pursue a specialization of your interest and tailor your education towards a certain application area. To guide you through the selection of courses, the programme offers six suggested specialization tracks within: Image, Health Informatics, Signals and control, Automotive, Biomaterial, and Biotechnical Physics. You can find an overview of the programme and the specialization tracks further down on this page.

Educational methods

In general, the educational methods have a specific emphasis on building and refining problem-solving skills, teamwork, and presentation skills. In the programme, you also get the opportunity to interact with health care representatives via guest lectures and study visits. The Master’s thesis gives you training in individual research, project planning, documentation and presentation.

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Career opportunities

Biomedical engineers can be employed by manufacturers of medical equipment, health care providers, biomedical engineering divisions at hospitals, research departments and laboratories, consultant companies, and other industrial sectors, for consumer products where biomedical aspects are of importance. Examples of possible employers are: Dentsply, Elekta, Getinge, Mölnlycke Health Care, Surgical Science, Nobel Biocare, Integrum, St. Jude Medical, Cochlear, Ortivus, Oticon Medical, Micropos, Monivent, Medfield, Qbtech, Volvo, Autoliv, Osstell, Oticon, Ray Search, and RTI Group.

As a student, you will gain general engineering skills at a level that is competitive within virtually any branch of industry. In addition, the programme also qualifies you for postgraduate studies. If you are interested in a future within research and development, you have the possibility of completing an extended Master’s thesis project of 60 ECTS credits.

Research connections

Chalmers has a history of long lasting collaboration between national and international hospitals and the biomedical industry, making Chalmers a perfect choice if you want to pursue this rapidly evolving field of interdisciplinary science. Offering a potent research environment, Chalmers is also part of MedTech West, which is run in collaboration with Region Västra Götaland and Sahlgrenska University hospital, amongst others.

The department of Electrical Engineering hosts researchers who are internationally recognized within their respective fields. For example, Chalmers is world leading in developing bone anchored hearing aids and has highly prominent research in e.g. neural signal control of prosthetics, microwave tomography and hyperthermia treatment of cancer. Furthermore, the world's first osseo-integrated and thought-controlled robotic arm was developed at Chalmers.

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STUDENT INTERVIEW
I want to develop something that can help patients”​
Ivana Pepic, Serbia, Biomedical Engineering

Why did you choose this programme?
–I studied Biomedical Engineering for my bachelors and knew that I wanted to learn more about image analysis. Chalmers had exactly the courses that I was looking for and I also liked the tracks in this programme. We get to choose where we want to go next since this is such a wide field with a lot of exciting possibilities.

What have you been working on?
–In our first course, we got to make our own ECG (Electrocardiogram), which is something every hospital uses for making a diagnosis. Previously I only knew how it worked, but never attempted to make it myself. It was very fun and interesting to get to work in such a practical way. That was just one of the many projects we had.

What do you like the most about your programme?
–I love that this is an interdisciplinary field. We have medical courses, engineering courses and programming courses. A lot of different things I enjoy in the same programme. And with a clear purpose too! You can see the future use of all this clearly, in hospitals, companies and research. You can go on to work on developing artificial organs, robotic hands or work with image analysis for MRI and X-ray to help doctors make a quicker and safer diagnosis. There is also a lot of opportunities in the automotive field. 

What do you want to do in the future?
–I want to work with image analysis or diagnostic imaging in the field of MRI/CT-scanners. The dream is to develop something that will help the doctors and the patients at the same time.

Published: Mon 15 Nov 2010. Modified: Wed 16 Oct 2019