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The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2019-02-19 by Dean of Education and is valid for students starting the programme the academic year 2020/2021

Entry requirements:

General entry requirements:

Basic eligibility for advanced level


Specific entry requirements:


English proficiency:

An applicant to a programme or course with English as language of instruction must prove a sufficient level of English language proficiency. The requirement is the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6 or B, or equivalent. For information on other ways of fulfilling the English language requirement please visit Chalmers web site.


Undergraduate profile:

Major in Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, Engineering Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Engineering Mathematics or Automation and Mechatronics Engineering.



Mathematics (at least 30 cr. including Multivariable Analysis, Linear Algebra and Numerical Analysis), Electric Circuit Theory, Signals and Systems Theory (including Linear Systems and Transforms) and Basic Programming
Preferable course experience: Programming in Matlab

General organization:


The aim of the programme is to prepare the students for a professional career by providing a broad biomedical engineering base with profiles towards application areas such as Imaging, eHealth, Automotive, Biomaterial, and Biotechnical physics. It is also an aim with this programme to offer an extension of the systems engineering skills in Signal & Control engineering that can be used in many other engineering fields as well.


Learning outcome:

The master's programme in Biomedical engineering shall provide the student with enhanced skills for analysis and development of complex biomedical instrumentation, products and systems.

The main learning outcomes after passing the Programme are:

Knowledge and understanding

  • The students should be able to:show knowledge and understanding about key technologies in biomedical engineering including an overview of the area as well as deeper knowledge on how sensors and measurement systems can be used to monitor physiological functions of the human body, and how these data can be used to improve and support decisions by health care personnel, and insight in the ongoing research and development work;
  • Show deepened knowledge about methods of image analysis and signal processing;

Skills and abilities

After the practical training offered by the programme the students should be able to:

  • integrate and analyze, judge and handle complex phenomena, inquires and situations in biomedical engineering, even with limited information;
  • independently identify and formulate inquiries and to plan, and with adequate methods, carry out qualified analysis and design of biomedical products and systems, within given time constraints;
  • in oral presentations and written documentation, describe and motivate biomedical systems in English, to technical as well as non-technical specialists;
  • solve complex engineering tasks within a project team;
  • demonstrate such skills which are demanded in order to participate in research and development work within the area, with a major focus on usage and development of digital tools;
  • seek and acquire information, and to conduct independent studies in order to advance the personal knowledge within the area;

Formulation of judgments and attitudes

The students should be able to:

  • discuss possibilities and limitations of biomedical engineering methods, to reflect on its impact on humans and on society as a whole, and to demonstrate awareness of the responsibilities of the engineer in this context;
  • describe and understand how to design new products or evaluate existing products with respect to limitations to promote a sustainable environment;
  • discuss and describe the ethical considerations on research, design and impelmentation of biomedical devices and methods;
  • show the ability to identify the need for further knowledge and take responsibility for developing his/her knowledge;

Specific Learning outcomes after fulfilling courses in these tracks:

  • use selected methods for analysis and design of imaging systems, and to be able to use computer tools for this purpose;

  • describe a biomedical remote surveillance system, from sensors to user interface, and to be able to implement such a system on a small scale;

  • understand and describe a driver assistive system for safer driving based on biomedical sensors or imaging systems;

  • understand the demands on a biomedical implant system from biocompatibility and patient safety aspects and describe the essential parts of the development process for such a system;

Biotechnical physics
  • understand and describe the demands on a biomedical analysis system at the sensor level; and

Signal and control
  • understand and describe several more general signal processing and control methods applicable to a wide range of engineering problems.


Extent: 120.0 c



The master's thesis work (30 credits) should deal with a clearly defined topic within the Biomedical Engineering area. It can be carried out at Chalmers, in industry, in research institute or at other universities. Although, the examiner has always to be a teacher at Chalmers. To start the thesis work the student must have passed 45 credits of courses from the programme. Students pursuing the five-year Master of Science in Engineering training must have passed at least 225 credits before beginning work on a thesis.

There is a possibility to carry out an extended master's thesis project (60 credits) with a clear research orientation. There will only be a limited number of such theses available (applied for in competition with your fellow students), and the requirements of the students are higher than for a normal thesis. A goal of a 60 credit thesis is to produce research results good enough to be presented at international conferences or journals. For further information please refer to the course syllabus or contact the master program coordinator.
More information is found in the Student Portal.


Courses valid the academic year 2020/2021:

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Accredited to the following programmes the accademic year 2020/2021:

Degree of Master of Science in Engineering



Already the compulsory part of the programme contributes to the learning outcomes as described above, but that is not sufficient to give the required proficiency and depth in the area for a Master's Degree. Therefore, a number of elective courses are offered within the programme. In order to guide the students in the selection of courses, six tracks are offered. It also possible for a student to design an individual track. In summary, the following options are thus available:

The Image track has a central role in the programme covered by two courses already in the compulsory part. This is mainly because the importance of imaging systems have grown rapidly in the biomedical field as well as in many other application areas during recent years. The additional elective courses are related to Image processing (how to improve the quality of an image) and Technical bioimaging.

In the eHealth track elective courses are offered covering databases and design of the interaction between terminals/instrumentation and the users (patients, doctors etc.). Also a course regarding the media and method for data transmission is included.

Biomedical engineering aspects have become more important in the design of modern vehicles. In the Automotive track some relevant courses from the Safety track of the Masters programme in Automotive engineering has been selected. More information about these courses can be found under that Master's programme.

Modern techniques for rehabilitation of handicapped or injured patients often use implantable materials and devices. In the Biomaterial track a set of relevant courses are selected to cover some of this area. These courses are intended for those with a molecular biology and cell biology background. They are also a track in the Master's programme in Biotechnology where more information about these courses can be found.

For students with a background in physics some biomedical courses related to that area are collected in the Biotechnical physics track. These courses are also a part of a track in the Masters programme in Applied Physics. For more information about these courses, see that Masters programme.

In the Signals & Control track the students will get deeper skills in the general systems engineering field. This track is essentially intended for students that either want to specialize in biomedical signal processing or are satisfied with the compulsory biomedical courses and want to have more general system engineering skills to open up for employment in many other industrial areas.

The courses belonging to each track is marked in the study programme.

 Degree requirements:
  Degree of master of science (120 credits):
Passed courses comprising 120 credits
Passed advanced level courses (including degree project) comprising at least 90 credits
Degree project 30 credits
Advanced level courses passed at Chalmers comprising at least 45 credits
Courses (including degree project) within a major main subject 60 credits
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme
The prior award of a Bachelors degree, Bachelors degree in fine arts, professional or vocational qualification of at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.

See also the Local Qualifications Framework - first and second cycle qualifications

Title of degree:

Master of Science (120 credits). The name of the Master's programme and the major subject Bioengineering or Electrical Engineering are stated in the degree certificate. Specializations and tracks are not stated.


Major subject:

Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering

Other information:

Bio Engineering as a Major subject
Students that are planning for a Degree of Master in the Major Subject Bio Engineering will need to make a well-informed choice of courses.

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