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Biomedical Engineering, Spezialisierter Master

Master UH

Universität Basel UNIBAS > Medizinische Fakultät

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Allschwil (BL)




Universitäre Hochschulen UH

Zeitliche Beanspruchung



Natur, Naturwissenschaften


Biomedizinische Wissenschaften und Technologie



Aktualisiert 12.07.2021


Beschreibung der Fachrichtung

Biomedical Engineering is a rapidly emerging discipline that applies engineering tools and methods to medical diagnostics and treatment. Students can choose among courses in image-guided therapy or biomaterials & nanotechnology to learn the basics of a broad spectra of medical devices used for diagnostics, surgery and treatment. Biomedical engineers are engaging for example in digitization, automation, optimization and development of novel medical diagnostic and treatment devices in academia and industry.

Beschreibung des Angebots

Focal area of teaching and research

In the first semester, students with a medical background attend courses in mathematics and computational techniques, whereas students with an engineering or a natural science background participate courses in human anatomy and physiology. In addition, all students will learn the principles of biomedical engineering including biomaterials science, nanotechnology, medical imaging as well as signal and image processing. In the second semester, students follow complementary courses dependent on the chosen major (Biomaterials Science and Nanotechnology or Image-Guided Therapy). The program is completed with a Master’s thesis in the third semester.

The students have a choice between two majors:

Biomaterials Science and Nanotechnology: This module focuses on the bulk and surface properties of medical implants as well as on the characterization of tissues. Special attention is given to the tools to design and characterize materials down to the atomic level and to identify the associations between the nanostructure and function. Regenerative medicine will foster and stimulate interdisciplinary scientific discoveries and the development of advanced therapeutic strategies. Topics include: biomaterial-based control of stem cell function, engineering technologies for tissue manufacturing, and translational challenges towards industrial exploitation and clinical implementation. Courses include:

  • Materials in Medicine
  • Digital Dentistry
  • Cells and Technologies in Regenerative Medicine

Image-Guided Therapy: This module is about the development and application of medical imaging techniques and image analysis. Biomedical imaging complemented with optical or magnetic stereotactic tracking devices guide surgeons during surgery. Research in this field aims to improve the treatment outcome by better diagnostics, reducing complications, morbidity, and surgery time.

Students, who major in Image-Guided Therapy, gain a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals required to operate complex imaging techniques, such as magnetic resonance or ultrasound and methods behind the navigation system used during patient treatment, in a medical environment. In addition, students gain practical experience in developing future imaging, image analysis, and image-guided therapy solutions. Courses include:

  • Computer-Assisted Surgery
  • Medical Image Analysis
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging


Master studies

The Master of Science degree is a postgraduate degree that requires a successfully completed Bachelor’s program. The Specialized Master’s degree program Biomedical Engineering awards 90 credit points of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and is a so called “mono-course” consisting of only one core subject.

Aufbau der Ausbildung

One ECTS credit point corresponds to 30 working hours for an average student.

Curriculum ECTS
Biomedical Engineering
Basics in Human Medicine (1) 15
Mathematics (2) 15
Biomedical Engineering 15
Biomaterials Science and Nanotechnology (3) 28
Image-Guided Therapy (3)
Master‘s thesis 25
Master’s examination 5
Free Electives 2
Total 90

(1) for students without medical background

(2) for students with medical background

(3) dependent on the chosen major


Link zum Aufbau der Ausbildung


There is no possibility to combine this Master with other Master programs.



The following Bachelor of Science (BSc) degrees of a Swiss University allow for direct admission to the Master's degree program Biomedical Engineering: Medicine, Dentistry, Human Movement and Sport Sciences, Computer Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Microengineering, Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Computational Sciences.

Students with a BSc in a different branch will be assessed individually. For students with a relevant BSc degree but partially accepted by the University of Basel, the student can alternatively pass the GRE test in the area of «Quantitative Reasoning» or «Mathematics» provided the result is in the top 20 % (GRE = Graduate Record Examinations®).

Good written and oral English language skills are needed.

Binding information under: http://www.unibas.ch/admission

Link zur Zulassung


Application under http://www.unibas.ch/application; the application fee amounts to CHF 100.-. Application deadline for the fall semester is April 30. Students of the University of Basel see: https://www.unibas.ch/de/Studium/Im-Studium/Rueckmelden/Masterstudium.html. Application dead­line is published there.


Universität Basel UNIBAS > Medizinische Fakultät


Die Anmeldegebühr von CHF 100.- wird nicht rückerstattet, falls das Studium nicht aufgenommen wird.
Begründete verspätete Anmeldungen erfordern eine Zusatzgebühr von CHF 150.-


Pro Semester (auch für Prüfungssemester) ist eine Pauschale von CHF 850.- (+ CHF 10.- freiwilliger Beitrag für die Studierendenschaft skuba) einzuzahlen.
Hinzu kommen je nach Fachrichtung noch Auslagen für Studienliteratur sowie Lebenshaltungskosten.


  • Master Universitäre Hochschule UH


A Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering prepares students for a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering but this is not a prerequisite. The doctoral studies last approximately three years. The acceptance of a doctoral thesis is followed by an oral examination covering the postgraduate studies in the doctoral subject.

Praktische Hinweise

Ort / Adresse

  • Allschwil (BL)

Department of Biomedical Engineering
Gewerbestrasse 14, 4123 Allschwil, T +41 (0)61 207 54 05

Zeitlicher Ablauf


The program begins in the fall semester.


The full-time Master’s program generally takes three semesters, which requires 90 ECTS credit points. There are no restrictions on the duration of study. Part-time enrollment increases the duration of the program accordingly.

Zeitliche Beanspruchung

  • Vollzeit


  • Englisch

The courses are generally taught in English. The Master’s thesis is to be written in English.


Guidelines and regulations see www.msc.dbe.unibas.ch

Universität Basel UNIBAS > Medizinische Fakultät

Tag der offenen Tür

Im Januar findet ein Infotag für Schulklassen statt.
Jeweils im September stellen sich die einzelnen Fächer an den Informationsabenden für Maturand/innen ("Live aus der Uni Basel") vor.
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Auskünfte / Kontakt

Questions regarding the study of Biomedical Engineering can be discussed personally at the Student Administration Office of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (registration via e-mail or phone): www.dbe.unibas.ch, e-mail: master-dbe@unibas.ch

Universität Basel UNIBAS > Medizinische Fakultät

Studienberatung Basel

Steinengraben 5, 4051 Basel
T +41 61 207 29 29/30


Studiensekretariat der Universität

(Anmeldung und Zulassung)
Petersplatz 1, 4001 Basel
Anfragen über www.unibas.ch/studseksupport (Kontaktformular)