Biomedical Engineering

120 credits (MSc, 2 years)

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. Chalmers is world leading in developing bone anchored hearing aids and has highly prominent research in e.g. non-invasive epileptic source localization, microwave tomography and hyperthermia treatment of cancer.

Programme description

With a growing need for improvement in the quality of life and worldwide life expectancy on the rise, there is an increased demand for efficient health care systems in the medical and hospital sector. Together with advancements within IT, a new world of possibilities in how health care can be delivered is evolving.
At Chalmers we are experts in engineering materials, devises and systems that interact with biological systems and in using engineering technologies for advancing human health.

For almost 20 years, Chalmers has been world leading in research and development of bone conduction hearing aids, a technology that has provided hearing for more than 100 000 people. Currently we are also developing the world's first osseo integrated and thought controlled robotic arm.
Other fields of research and product development:

  • Stroke detection and brain monitoring in neuro intensive care using microwave technology, microwave tomography for 3D breast tumor detection and visualization and microwave hypothermia for treating head and neck cancer.
  • In collaboration with Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Chalmers is developing a software tool for fast and non-invasive epileptic source localization using EEG, saving the patient of a surgical implantation of intracranial electrodes.
  • Clothing incorporated textile based sensors that record electrical activity from the heart, brain, or muscles for distance monitoring in homecare settings and eHealth, where healthcare practice is supported by electronic processes and communication.

The future of healthcare will simply require technical expertise, through faculty, projects, guest lectures and a tight collaboration with industry, students at the Master's programme in Biomedical Engineering will be part of a highly prominent research environment.

Educational methods

The overall aim of the programme is to prepare students for a professional career by providing in-depth knowledge in biomedical engineering.

During the first year, the programme provides students with a general interdisciplinary base of medical and biomedical qualified engineering skills. The general skills are then extended in the application oriented specializations in the second year.

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Specialisation tracks

Courses in grey boxes are compulsory, courses in pink boxes are semi elective. Choose elective courses in white boxes depending on interest. Other combinations of elective courses are also possible.
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, incl. syllabus and description of the courses for the current year in the Student Portal, the intranet for enrolled students at Chalmers. 

Career opportunities

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

Care has been taken to ensure that students gain general engineering skills at a level that is competitive within virtually any branch of industry. In addition, the programme qualifies students for postgraduate studies. Students interested in research have the possibility of completing a 60 ECTS master’s thesis.


Research connections

Chalmers has a history of long lasting collaboration between national and international hospitals and the biomedical industry, making Chalmers a perfect choice for students wanting 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 MSc in Biomedical engineering is also included under one of the five profiles within Life Science, A Chalmers Area of Advance, where there are several examples of research that has resulted in patents or spin- off companies.

Department of Signals and Systems

International collaboration

Master’s thesis projects will be available at international universities/companies – preliminary Boston, USA; Edmonton, Canada; Innsbruck, Austria; more to come.

Published: Mon 15 Nov 2010. Modified: Tue 16 Jan 2018