Biomedical engineering


Engineers are capable of deploying analytical tools to interpret complex datasets, modeling interconnected systems capturing multiscale behaviors, and inventing new technologies improving their environment. Over the last decades, the field of biomedical engineering progressively emerged next to more traditional segments of engineering. Biomedical engineers implement their analytical, modeling, and inventiveness skills to projects involving living systems, like humans. They can develop tools to interpret large medical image datasets. They can also build up models capturing complex human behaviors and simulating pathologies. They can further design advanced technologies to better treat cancers and to provide robot-assisted neuro rehabilitation. In short, they contribute to providing better diagnosis and treatment tools for improving the quality of life of a large panel of patients.

At UCL, the Master in biomedical engineering is accessible to students holding a bachelor degree in engineering, if possible with a minor (or equivalent) in biomedical engineering. Building upon this mixed education in mathematics, physics, chemistry, informatics and life sciences (biology, physiology and anatomy), the Master offers both a panel of entry-level classes in all the main fields of biomedical engineering, and the possibility to specialize in an elected field. Degree holders are thus both “generalists”, in the sense that they master the fundamental concepts of all biomedical engineering disciplines, and “specialists” in the field they have elected. The classes being compulsory for all students cover bioinformatics, bioinstrumentation, biomaterials, biomechanics, medical imaging, and the modelling of biological systems. The elective tracks correspond to fields for which our university developed a strong research expertise over the past years, namely clinical engineering, biomedical data analysis and bioinformatics, biomaterials, biomechanics and medical robotics, medical physics and medical imaging.

Moreover, our Master students take part to several projects during their academic track. Early in the Master, they carry out an industrial project covering all the non-technical aspects facing a biomedical engineer in an industrial context: management of intellectual property, medical certification, negotiation with the social security system to obtain financial support, etc. During the second year of their Master, students perform a Master thesis bringing them in a research lab to work on a project related to their elected track. Last but not least, students can complete their program with “Louvain-specific” transversal classes e.g. in management and creation of SMEs, student mentoring, innovation, etc. or with an internship in a biomedical company or in the clinical engineering department of a hospital.