An international take on biomedical engineering

Are you intrigued by the boundaries of what’s possible when different areas of science intersect? Want to tackle complex problems that go hand in hand with technological innovations?

Every day, biomedical technology saves lives by allowing us to locate lesions and tumours inside a person’s body. This ever-evolving technology has become essential in the medical world, and the interuniversity collaboration between Vrije Universiteit Brussel and UGent offers a study programme that can train experts in medical radiation physics. This multidisciplinary programme does not only train students to find technological answers to technical questions, but calls for biomedically engineered solutions in balance with economical and ethical considerations.

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How does it work?

Do you already have a bachelor’s degree in (bio)engineering and do you want to tackle the complex problems that arise at the boundary of biology, medicine and the health sciences? Then the master’s in Biomedical Engineering is the programme you’re looking for! This multidisciplinary programme does not exclusively train students to find ‘merely technological’ answers to technical questions, but calls for biomedically engineered solutions that are in balance with economical and ethical considerations, as well.

Study credits

ECTS (European Credit Transfer System): 1 credit represents 25-30 hours of study activity

Micro- and nano devices

Advances in electronic and optical manufacturing technologies (at a micro- and nanoscale) have sharply reduced the cost of many medical devices. You will get know-how in the physical principles of a broad range of medical devices and you will get trained in the design and manufacturing of innovative, affordable, miniaturized medical devices and instruments to bring medical technologies from the laboratory to society.

Radiation physics and medical imaging

Through the electives associated with the field of Radiation Physics and Medical Imaging, you gain in-depth know-how and expertise in radiation physics, medical doses which are used for patient diagnosis and therapeutic treatment, especially in the field of oncology. You will be introduced to the legislation in the field. You will become more than familiar with advanced medical imaging technologies, which is applicable to all fields of medicine. Also important, especially to molecular imaging, are the biomarkers. You will study how they improve the imaging of anatomical structures and biological (dys-)functioning.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes describe the intended knowledge and understanding, skills and attitudes that you must master after completing your studies. Do you want to know more about the specific learning outcomes of this programme? Click here for more information.

First steps on the job market

With a Master of Biomedical Engineering, the student has ample possibilities of finding a job in Flanders, Belgium, Europe or around the world inindustry, hospitals, health care, universities and research institutes, in government positions and many more.

The biomedical engineer is versatile, multi-disciplinary, and thus employable in a variety of positions:

  • PhD-student at a university or at a large industry R&D-department.
  • Product manager or project leader in an (R&D-) industry.
  • Medical physics engineer in a hospital.
  • Government/public health.
  • Consultancy in a wide range of functions, from product design to safety regulations.
  • Notified bodies, Regulatory Affairs Managers, screening new products for a CE-mark, patent offices...
  • Health Insurance, improving health care and controlling costs.
  • Any job requiring the traditional analytical and organizational skills of the academically trained engineer (general consultancy jobs, top functions in administration, banking sector..


The VUB helps you to make your first step in the job market with workshops, networking events, job fairs, tips ‘n tricks for job interviews. All an ambitious student needs!

First step on the market


If you want to continue your academic career, you can apply for a PhD position at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. All you need is a promoter, research subject and sufficient funding. Are you up for this challenge?

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Working as a biomedical engineer

The biomedical engineer: All-round expertise
In the VUB’s master’s course, you’ll acquire knowledge and skills from all fields of biomedical engineering, so that when you finish the programme, you can work as a generalist or specialist in one particular field. Graduated students are trained in the fundamentals of current biomedical engineering and have a thorough knowledge of the basic concepts, along with an overview of the main applications used in various fields of biomedical engineering: medical imaging, medical signal processing, medical physics, medical device technology, tissue engineering, biomaterials and more.  Alongside this knowledge, you’ll acquire the necessary research skills that will allow you to independently analyse and solve problems, with an emphasis on permanent learning in this continuously evolving domain.

Putting theory into practice
Why wait until you graduate for a glimpse of the industrial and social environment you’re being trained to work in? If you opt for an internship, you’ll spend around 40 days in a company or hospital locally or internationally. You’ll be able to apply the knowledge you’ve acquired throughout your education while learning different aspects of the environment that might have escaped traditional education methods. The ultimate goal of this internship is to encourage critical reflection on your studies.  Internships last six weeks, and represent six credits.

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Language requirements

Prospective students can provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English as language of instruction by meeting one of the following criteria:

1. Having successfully completed one of the following language proficiency tests:

  • TOEFL iBT with minimum level: 79; 
  • IELTS with minimum level: academic module 6.5; 
  • ITACE with minimum level: B2;
  • Cambridge English Qualification Scale with the following minimal level: 170;

Certificates and other proof of language tests may not pre-date the first enrolment by more than five years.

2. Having successfully completed at least one year of secondary education with English as language of instruction, or having successfully completed secondary school in a Belgian institution;

3. Having successfully completed programme units in higher education with a minimum of 54 ECTS-credits where English was the language of instruction.

Enrolling in this programme

Students with an academic Bachelor (or Master) degree in engineering (university level) can enter the programme without any prerequisites, except for students with a Bachelor or Master degree in Architectural Engineering.This is also the case for students with a Master degree in bio-engineering.

Students with a Master degree in Industrial Sciences may enter the master programme via a dedicated bridging programme of 120 ECTS credits. All other students must follow an admission programme, accounting for approximately 15/18 to maximally 90 ECTS credits depending on their diploma.

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Application deadline

Prospective students are advised to apply as soon as possible, even if they have not yet obtained their degree. Applications can only be submitted through our website www.vub.be/apply

  • Students who require a visa (non-EU/EEA nationals) need to submit their pre-application before March 24th
  • Students who do not require a visa must submit their pre-application before before September 12th
  • Note: if the proof of English proficiency or APS certificate is not ready before the deadline, you can always submit it later instead of missing the deadline

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Tuition fees

All Flemish universities in Belgium are subsidised by the government, which results in relatively low tuition fees. The general tuition fee for our master programmes is €890/year. Some master programmes have an increased tuition fee for students with a non EU/EEA nationality. A detailed overview of the tuition fees can be found on: www.vub.be/en/tuition-fees.