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Master of Engineering Science in Biomedical Engineering – Structured

Starting in 2022 (subject to final approval)

The Master of Engineering Science in Biomedical Engineering programme comprises postgraduate modules and a research project. All the modules, except Project (Biomedical Engineering) 886, will use contact sessions in the form of lectures as delivery mode, and some modules will also use tutorials and laboratory practicals. 

The lectures will give the students the broader context of each subject area. The tutorials develop students’ skills in applying the knowledge gained to solving problems related to the particular subject. Laboratory practicals will develop students’ practical skills and consolidate the practical application of theory. Substantial independent work is expected of postgraduate students in the modules, hence the relatively low contact time, to develop students’ abilities to master independently new knowledge and skills. 

Further, the assessments and assignments students will be given in all modules, but in particular in Project (Biomedical Engineering) 886, will develop students’ high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence, as well their ability to relate knowledge to complex problems. 

Project (Biomedical Engineering) 886 will require completion of a small individual research project aimed at solving a complex biomedical engineering problem. The research project will entail formulating objectives, planning the project, surveying the relevant literature and applying what was learned in the modules, as well as from the literature review and own research, to a biomedical engineering research project. 

Critical evaluation of the research results will also be required. The research project will be guided by a supervisor, through regular (typically weekly or bi-weekly) meetings of the student with the supervisor. Detailed feedback by the supervisor on drafts of the assignment produced in the project will play an important formative role. 

Masters programmes in biomedical engineering are offered by many leading universities internationally, e.g. KU Leuven (Belgium), University of Surrey (UK), John Hopkins University (USA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA) and University of Sydney (Australia). 

The structure of the programme proposed here is aligned with that of KU Leuven to also create the platform for a future joint masters programme. The main difference between the KU Leuven programme and the one proposed here is that the Leuven programme requires four semesters of work (in SAQA terms 240 credits), while this program requireds 180 credits. Both programmes require a 60 research project and coursework for the remaining credits. 

For more information on the rules and procedures, including selection criteria, that apply to the postgraduate programmes hosted by the IBE please click here to consult the Biomedical Engineering Programmes Guide for 2021.