• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Technology in contemporary medicine has evolved to where computers and other high-tech devices are essential in hospitals, rehabilitation centres and private medical practices. The Master in Biomedical Engineering was created to respond to the increased technological needs in healthcare and to provide more and better care with less people and to obtain cost-effectiveness in our healthcare systems.


The Master in Biomedical Engineering provides you with a comprehensive overview of all areas in biomedical engineering, and prepares you for an active role in biomechanics, biomaterials, medical sensors, biosignal processing, medical imaging and tissue engineering.


  • The programme responds to the increased technological needs in healthcare. These needs result, among others, from the ageing population, the challenge to provide more and better care with less people and the challenge to obtain cost-effectiveness in our healthcare system.
  • It aims to deliver interdisciplinary-trained biomedical engineers that can act as integrator between medical and technological specialists by understanding the medical needs and by translating them into engineering requirements. Conversely, these biomedical engineers are able to design and produce medical devices and procedures that can effectively solve problems through their integration in clinical practice.
  • The curriculum builds on cutting-edge research conducted by an internationally renowned teaching staff spread across several departments and leading strong research groups in the field of biomedical engineering. Their strong ties with the nearby university hospital UZ Leuven and the biomedical engineering sector are a major asset to the master’s programme.
  • At the Faculty of Engineering Science, students are given the opportunity to complete one or two semesters of their degree within the Erasmus+ programme at a European university, or a university outside Europe. Students are also encouraged to carry out industrial and research internships abroad under the supervision of the departmental Internship Coordinator.
Career perspectives

Careers await you in the medical device industry, R&D engineering, or as a production or certification specialist. In addition, the broad technological background you’ll acquire as a Biomedical Engineer will make you an attractive candidate for employment in conventional industrial sectors. Many alumni find employment within three months of graduation.

Thanks to the rapid innovation taking place in biomedical engineering, KU Leuven offers several PhD places each year, opening the opportunity to continue your education.

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Programme Structure

  • The three clusters of the common core provides you with basic medical knowledge covering human cell biology, anatomy and system physiology. A comprehensive view of biomedical engineering, covering contemporary practices and project based learning including  a design project in medical technology and  a master’s thesis
  • The elective courses have been grouped in five clusters: biomechanics, tissue engineering, bio-electronics, biomedical data analytics and bio-informatics. These clusters allow the students to deepen their knowledge in one particular area of biomedical engineering by selecting courses from one cluster, while at the same time allowing other students to obtain a broad overview on the field of biomedical engineering by selecting courses from multiple clusters.
  • The programme is rounded off with a selection of general interest courses, designed to equip you with transferable skills.
  • Students can opt for an internship

Detailed Programme Facts

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General Requirements

Direct admission can be granted, based upon evaluation of a complete application file, to students from: 

  • Bachelor of Engineering: Biomedical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering: Electrical Engineering (or equivalent diploma)
  • Bachelor of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering (or equivalent diploma)
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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