Master of Science in Biomedical engineering

Master of Science in 
BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.


The two-year Master’s degree programme in Biomedical engineering at the University of Aarhus is offered in collaboration with the Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby. It targets students who have completed a graduate engineer or Bachelor’s degree in Denmark or abroad. The degree programme leads to the title of graduate engineer (cand.polyt.) or MSc (cand.scient.med.) – depending on your background. The graduate engineer degree programme bridges the gap between the technical world and the health sector. In addition to engineering skills, you acquire medical insight and become qualified to work in interdisciplinary collaboration on developing medico-technical methodologies and instruments for monitoring, diagnosing and treating patients.

This degree programme is thus both application-oriented and research-oriented at the same time, and is aimed at the business community, research institutions and the hospital sector.

The teaching involved in this degree programme is greatly influenced by the research conducted here, as the teachers are active researchers. As a Master’s degree student, you have excellent opportunities for working with researchers in the laboratory and you can also complete a project in collaboration with a hospital. A number of dynamic teaching and research environments are available at the University of Aarhus and the Aarhus University Hospital.

In addition to expertise within the relevant fields of study, the University has a number of special laboratories at its disposal, such as the Biomedical Engineering Lab., the Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics Lab. and the Medical Ultrasound Lab. The Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, is the newest and most modern advanced technology hospital in Denmark. It has a number of department-based research units, including the Department of Cardiology B research and the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery T research, where the interdisciplinary groups consist of doctors, physicists, chemists and engineers.

The Master’s thesis written during the last year of the degree programme carries considerable weight and, in this context, you benefit from the down-to-earth, informal atmosphere between staff and students. When you write your thesis, you have excellent opportunities for being associated with a group of researchers. In this way, you can participate in the group’s research projects, academic discussions and articles.

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Admission requirements

The following Bachelor’s degrees qualify students for admission to the Master of Science in Engineering degree programme in Biomedical Engineering:

  • A degree of graduate engineer in the areas Electronics, Information Technology, Healthcare Technology or Machine Technique if mathematical competences equal to the courses Applied Linear Algebra (5 ECTS) and Stochastic Modelling and Processing (5 ECTS) can be documented.
  • Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.

In connection with possible admission, further requirements can be stipulated regarding the composition of the degree programme.

The following Bachelor’s degrees qualify students for admission to the Master’s degree programme in Biomedical Engineering:

A Bachelor degree in the areas Medicin, Sport Science, Molecular Medicine or Odontology if mathematical competences equal to the courses Calculus 1 (5 ECTS) and Calculus 2 (5 ECTS) and competences equal to the course Introductory Statistics (5 ECTS) can be documented.

Certain Professional bachelor's degrees, e.g. medical laboratory technicians, physiotherapist, radiographer and perfusionists, if mathematical competences equal to the courses Calculus 1 (5 ECTS) and Calculus 2 (5 ECTS) and competences equal to the course Introductory Statistics (5 ECTS) can be documented.

Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.

In connection with possible admission, further requirements can be stipulated regarding the composition of the degree programme.

Read more about admission requirements and procedures.

Programme structure

The Master’s degree in biomedical engineering counts as 120 ECTS credits and consists of both subjects within health such as anatomy and physiology and subjects of more scientific and engineering character such as biophysics, microbiology and signal processing.

You specialise by participating in course activities and case studies and by writing a thesis. During your very first week, you structure your own individual study programme with the help of a teacher from the institute by choosing courses from the course catalogue. Your programme is based on your academic qualifications and interests and the subjects you studied for your Bachelor’s degree. The plan must be approved by the Board of Studies before you can enrol for examinations.

PhD programme

If you have the necessary skills and interest, you have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme. You can apply when you have completed your Bachelor’s degree. In the PhD programme, you start working on a research project and are gradually trained through courses and personal guidance to become a researcher.

Forms of teaching


At the University of Aarhus and at the Engineering College of Aarhus, you are in close contact with researchers in a way that you rarely experience at other universities. The door to the professor’s office is always open if you need clarification of the study material, and you are encouraged to ask questions at lectures and during exercises. We make heavy demands on your academic skills and independence. In return, you gain considerable benefits in the form of academic challenges and scientific knowledge, in addition to broad competences.

The form of teaching at the university is focused on independence, critical thinking and cooperation. A part of the teaching constitutes the lectures where the subjects are presented in a new approach compared to the textbooks. The theoretical and practical exercises are conducted in small teams where the issues of the subjects are worked through. Most of the students at Biomedical Engineering spend a considerable proportion of their time on working in the lab as well as project work. Besides, clinical traineeship at the university hospital of Aarhus is also included.

You will become a part of an interdisciplinary society where you are taught to cooperate on research and development of technical methods of medical character and instruments for surveillance, diagnosing and treatments of patients – both within the healthcare system and within the medical technical industry.

The varied forms of teaching, collaboration in groups and the opportunity for close scientific dialogue with the researchers provide you with general competences that are in great demand in the global job market. These competences include abstract, critical and independent thinking, analytical skills, strategic planning and the ability to solve problems. You can use these skills in many contexts – even in jobs you didn’t know you were qualified for.

Compulsory Courses


Autumn:

 

Biofysik 10 ECTS
Biostatistik 5 ECTS 


Spring (Biomedicinsk teknik)

Biomedicinsk virtuel instrumentering - 5 ECTS
Elektrofysik - 5 ECTS
Innovation og entreprenørskab - 5 ECTS

Spring (Biomedicinsk teknologi)

Fysiologi - 10 ECTS
Innovation og entreprenørskab - 5 ECTS 

Specialised study packages


Autumn:

 

Telemedicin

Telemedicinske systemer - 10 ECTS
Ambient Assisted Living - 5 ECTS


Neuro science
Neuroanatomy, neaurotransmission and brain diseases - 10 ECTS
Statistisk analyse af data fra hjerneskanninger - 5 ECTS


Biomechanical engineering
Biomekanik - 10 ECTS
Tissue Engineering - 5 ECTS



Spring:

Medicinsk billeddannelse

Magnetisk resonans billeddannelse og digital billedbehandling - 10 ECTS
Billeddannelse med røntgen, nuklearmedicin og ultralyd - 5 ECTS


Electrophysiology

Advanced Electrophysiology - 10 ECTS
Elektrofysiologi og instrumentering - 5 ECTS


Elective courses:

  • Klinisk projekt 1
  • Klinisk projekt 2
  • Klinisk projekt 3
  • Medicinsk forskning og præsentationsteknik
  • Medicinsk fysik i strålebehandling
  • Medicinske grundbegreber og radiobiologi
  • Patologi



Academic regulations


Study Programme diagram

 

 

 

 

Student life

Forms of Teaching

At the University of Aarhus you are in close contact with researchers in a way that you rarely experience at other universities. The door to the professor’s and associate professor’s office is always open if you need clarification of the study material, and you are encouraged to ask questions at lectures and during exercises. We make heavy demands on your academic skills and independence. In return, you gain considerable benefits in the form of academic challenges and scientific knowledge, in addition to broad competences.

Part of the teaching is in the form of lectures that introduce new angles to the material compared with the textbooks and give you a general overview of the subject. The theoretical and practical exercises take place in small groups where you study relevant issues in depth.

The varied forms of teaching, collaboration in groups and the opportunity for close scientific dialogue with the researchers, as well as the strong relationship with the industrial sector, provide you with general competences that are in great demand in the global job market. These competences include abstract, critical and independent thinking, analytical skills and strategic planning. You can use these skills in many contexts – even in jobs you didn’t know you were qualified for.

Student Life

Student life is hard work, attending lectures and carrying out assignments. However, it also involves contact with other students, relaxing together and social events. At the Engineering College of Aarhus, much of your work is in project groups, and you often build up a close relationship with your fellow students, both academically and socially. 

In addition, a number of student organisations arrange academic activities, excursions, celebrations and social functions. The different student associations at the university and the college consist of students who meet to discuss issues relating to the degree programme. These organisations influence the academic content of the degree programmes, from department and centre level to the top management levels at the university and the college. The student council – commonly called DSR (De studerendes råd) – is the focal point for social events and activities for students. DSR has different sub-committees, including the fitness club, music club and mountain bike club.

There is a club for staff and students at the engineering college. This club provides a break at the end of a busy week, where you can knock off with a beer, play electronic darts and backgammon, listen to live music, take part in weeks with a different theme, etc. The university also has a number of popular Friday bars, and the Tågekammeret (the Cloud Chamber) association organises celebrations and social events for all science students. 

Campus – a unique place

The University of Aarhus is unique, especially because the buildings are grouped in one campus area close to the Aarhus city centre. The campus has many green areas and a beautiful park surrounding a small lake. Here you also find student accommodation and an underground system of corridors, which means that you don’t have to get your feet wet going from the canteen to your study area. There are also lecture theatres and a host of activities ranging from sports days to the regatta on the lake, interesting lectures, a film club, libraries and university celebrations. The campus ensures that you have easy access to the canteen, student counsellors, teachers, the bookshop, the State and University Library and the Friday bar.

Aarhus as a Study Centre

The university is not all Aarhus has to offer. As the second-largest city in Denmark, Aarhus has numerous different cultural activities. Every year the well-known Aarhus Festival is celebrated for a week at the beginning of September and the streets really come to life. During the rest of the year, you can visit different music venues and concert halls in the city or find entertainment at one of the many theatres in Aarhus. The city’s many museums include ARoS – the major international art museum, which is a spectacular place for visual experiences. If you have had enough of cultural activities, you can ride your bike to the beach in no time or go for walks in the Risskov woods or in the beautiful woods around Marselisborg. The forty thousand young students in Aarhus make up 17.5% of the population, which leaves its mark on city life. Aarhus is a young, dynamic city with plenty of opportunities.

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Career

Competence profile

With a Master’s degree in biomedical engineering, you have the following competences:

  • You have general knowledge of biomedical engineering and detailed knowledge of key disciplines, methodologies, theories and concepts within biomedical engineering.
  • You can independently plan, manage and implement projects and apply the results in scientifically relevant decision processes.
  • You can assess the applicability and appropriateness of theoretical, experimental and practical methodologies for the analysis and solution of scientific questions and issues.
  • You can structure your own competence development independently and critically.
  • You are able to systematically and critically familiarise yourself with new subject areas.
  • You can communicate academic questions and issues to both a scientific and a general audience.
  • You can collaborate constructively on a health science basis to solve subject-related issues.

Job profile

In collaboration with the Engineering College of Aarhus and the Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, the University of Aarhus educates graduate engineers in biomedical engineering for the regional, national and international job markets. Graduates find work in an extremely wide range of fields and institutions.

Jobs within the health services and health science institutes include:

  • Research and development of medico-technical methodologies and instruments for monitoring, diagnosing and treating patients.
  • Collaboration with the medico-technical industry regarding the utilisation of research results for developing new instruments.
  • Specialist medico-technical consultancy regarding the purchase of new equipment.

Within the business community, you can work with:

  • Developing and building advanced technology medico-technical instruments.
  • Sales and marketing of advanced technology medico-technical instruments.
  • Customer consultancy regarding the purchase of the most appropriate instruments for solving specified tasks.
  • Clinical trials of new products in collaboration with doctors.

There is considerable need for the interdisciplinary knowledge you acquire throughout your degree programme. Denmark is the country in the world that manufactures most medico-technical equipment per capita. Such products range from ostomy bags, implants and interventional catheters to advanced blood gas analysers, X-ray equipment and ultrasound scanners, which demands a considerable range of medico-technical skills in both industrial R&D departments and the health services.

I am specialized within equipment for endoscopy and coronary heart and lung operations. Half of the time I am working at the project section under the Central Denmark Region, where I advise hospitals and hospital departments in medico-technical equipment within my area. Among other things, I help with requirement specifications as well as service agreements and consultancy about patient and personal safety in the use of medico-technical equipment. The remaining time, I use in the research and development section as a PhD student.

Cand.scient.med. Steven Brantlov, Medico-Technical Advisor at Purchase and Medico-Technician in the Central Denmark Region.