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.
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 neuro intensive care using microwave technology. Another example is microwave tomography for 3D breast tumor 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.
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.
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,
eHealth, 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.
Download the broschure of the Biomedical Engineering Master's programme (pdf)
In general, the educational methods have specific emphasis on building and refining problem-solving skills, team work, 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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Entry requirements (academic year 2018/19)
General entry requirements
To be eligible an applicant must either be a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Science/Engineering/Technology/Architecture or be enrolled in his/her last year of studies leading to such a degree. General entry requirements in detail
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Chalmers Bachelor’s degree
Are you enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree programme at Chalmers now or do you already have a Bachelor’s degree from Chalmers? If so, different application dates and application instructions apply.
Specific entry requirements
Bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in: Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, Engineering Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Engineering Mathematics or Automation and Mechatronics Engineering.
Prerequisites: Mathematics (including Multivariable analysis, Linear algebra and Numerical analysis), Electric circuit theory and Basic programming
Preferable course experience: Transforms and Signal analysis
English Language Proficiency
The most common and important scores that are accepted are
- IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
- TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
- TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)
Citizens of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)
Chalmers cannot admit applicants with citizenship only of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea due to the European Council Regulation U2017/01157/UH concerning restrictive measures against DPRK. Applicants with double citizenships of which one is of Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the other of another country, the citizenship of the other country has precedence in this respect.Useful links
Master of Science (MSc)Credits:
Second CycleRate of study:
DaytimeLanguage of instruction:
140 000 SEK/academic year*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees.Application Code:
Please note that the above schematic view corresponds to the academic year starting in autumn 2017. Minor changes may occur.
Programme content in detail
You will find the programme content in detail, including syllabus and description of the courses for the current year in the Student Portal, the intranet for enrolled students at Chalmers.
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.
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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