Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

MSc in Biomedical Engineering: Overall Structure

The program consists of 120 credits, evenly distributed over 4 semesters of each 12 weeks. With the compulsory part (72 credits), we provides you with the basis in life sciences and the broad domain of biomedical engineering, and an initial specialization in medical device design and technology and in health care: 

  • 15 credits on basic life science courses (Quantitative Cell Biology, Modelling of Physiological Systems, From Genome to Organism)
  • 21 credits on general biomedical engineering topics (Biomedical Imaging, Bio-electronics, Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Medical Physics)
  • 24 credits on courses relating to medical device design and technology (Biomedical Product Development, Medical Equipment, Technology and Design of Artificial Organs, Human and Environment, Safety and Regulations))
  • 12 credits on courses relating to health care in the broader sense (Health Care and Informatics, Neuromodulation and Imaging, Seminars).

Further in-depth knowledge and specialization is acquired in the remaining 48 credits through

  • elective courses to be taken from one or more of our specialization tracks in medical device design and technology or health care (24 credits) 

two main tracks: Medical Devices” and Health Care


  • The master thesis (24 credits)

This approach on the one hand guarantees a broad training in biomedical engineering, while providing the opportunity to specialize in a particular subdomain of biomedical engineering, and offering you the flexibility to design a personalized study track, matching your interests and career perspectives.  

Structure of the MSc in Biomedical Engineering 

Expert in Medical Radiation Physics

Specific for the UGent-VUB biomedical engineering program is the possibility to opt for a study program which can lead to the recognition of “expert in medical radiation physics" (deskundige in de medische stralingsfysica).

This specific program involves 8 elective courses from the Engineering (Physics) in Oncology track for a total of 24 credits, jointly taught by UGent and VUB academic staff (Nuclear Physics, Radiochemie*, Nuclear Measuring Techniques, Radiobiology and Radiopathology, Medical Dosimetry, Radiological Techniques, Stralingsbescherming en Wetgeving*, and Technology of Radiotherapie).

* Courses in Dutch

When students choose for this program and wish to apply for the expert recognition, the topic of the master thesis has to be within the (research) domain of medical radiation physics. Note that, in order to get the formal recognition as expert in radiation physics by the Belgian Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC), students have to do a mandatory clinical training of at least 1 year in the domain for which recognition is asked (i.e. Radiotherapy, Radiology or Nuclear medicine in vivo).

For an additional 2nd or 3rd recognition, the candidate will have to follow an additional clinical training of either 1 year (for the Radiotherapy domain), either 6 months (for the domains Radiology and Nuclear medicine in vivo).