Biomedical Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The role of technology in contemporary medicine has evolved considerably over the past decades. Computers and other high-tech devices are essential in hospitals, rehabilitation centres and private medical practices. The Biomedical Engineering program is delivered by KU Leuven.


The Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering at KU Leuven provides students with a state-of-the-art overview of all areas in biomedical engineering:

  • Biomechanics
  • Biomaterials
  • Medical sensors and signal processing
  • Medical imaging
  • Tissue engineering

The teaching curriculum builds upon the top-class research conducted by the staff, most of whom are members of the Leuven Medical Technology Centre. This network facilitates industrial fellowships for our students and enables students to complete design projects and Master’s theses in collaboration with industry leaders and internationally recognized research labs.

Biomedical engineers are educated to integrate engineering and basic medical knowledge. This competence is obtained through coursework, practical exercises, interactive sessions, a design project and a Master’s thesis project.

Career perspectives

Biomedical engineering is a rapidly growing sector, evidenced by an increase in the number of jobs and businesses. The Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering was created to respond to increased needs for healthcare in our society. These needs stem from an ageing population and the systemic challenge to provide more and better care with less manpower and in a cost-effective way. Industry, government, hospitals and social insurance companies require engineers with specialised training in the multidisciplinary domain of biomedical engineering.

As a biomedical engineer, you'll play a role in the design and production of state-of-the-art biomedical devices and/or medical information technology processes and procedures. You will be able to understand medical needs and translate them into engineering requirements. In addition, you will be able to design medical devices and procedures that can effectively solve problems through their integration in clinical practice. For that purpose, you'll complete the programme with knowledge of anatomy, physiology and human biotechnology and mastery of biomedical technology in areas such as biomechanics, biomaterials, tissue engineering, bio-instrumentation and medical information systems. The programme will help strengthen your creativity, prepare you for life-long learning, and train you how to formalise your knowledge for efficient re-use.

Programme Structure

All courses are compulsory.

  • Biomedical Measurements and Stimulation
  • Biomedical Data Processing
  • Biomaterials
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
  • Medical Imaging and Analysis
  • Biofluid Mechanics
  • Medical Equipment and Regulatory Affairs

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic 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) 

      Tuition Fee

      • International Applies to you

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

        906 EUR/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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      Living costs for Leuven

      • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
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