Medical Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #98 (QS) ,
Medical Engineering is a field with excellent career prospects and KTH is a leading technical university promoting state-of-the-art education in this area. Students can expect to receive a solid foundation in advanced, modern applications, as well as relevant research collaborations with the globally recognised medical environment of Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset.


Medical Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

The Master’s programme teaches the advantages and limitations of the current technology behind clinical applications. Students are given the knowledge base that is necessary to improve and develop the medical technology of the future.

One important field is imaging techniques, such as ultrasound and MRI. Another main area is simulation analysis – the development of software to create virtual environments in order to analyse processes in, for example, healthcare. A third major field is biomedical implants, dealing with the construction of artificial body parts.

Patient safety is an essential part of the education and the safety perspective is present in every course of the programme. Since the field of Medical Engineering is so wide, students will choose one out of five tracks based on what technical background they are interested in. Each track contains mandatory, conditionally elective and elective courses. 

In the final term, each student will complete a degree project. The degree project is a stepping stone to either an academic career or to working in industry, and can be completed at an industrial company, a hospital or at an academic institution in Sweden or abroad. There are also good opportunities to study for a term or to complete the master’s thesis project abroad.


The master's progamme in Medical Engineering offers competence to produce and develop medical technology as part of a project group, in private companies or healthcare. A broad professional role makes it possible to work in functional areas such as technical development, sales or administrative project management, depending on competence and personal interest.

Healthcare is becoming increasingly technologically advanced; an ageing population requires technical aids and the first generation of medical engineers has reached retirement age. Economic and demographic changes are requiring structural reforms in society and healthcare. This generates the need for professionals with an understanding of both technology and medicine, of which there is currently a lack.

The labour market largely consists of small enterprises, specialised in specific products, and the expanding field also offers good possibilities to start one’s own business.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Medical Information and Communication Systems
  • Medical Engineering, Basic Course
  • Implants and Biomaterials
  • Technology in Surgery, Anaesthesia, and Intensive Care
  • Ergonomics, Human Factors and Patient Safety
  • Neuroscience
  • Image Analysis and Computer Vision
  • Microsystem Technology
  • Radiation Physics and Biology
  • Simulation Methods in Medical Engineering
  • Ultrasound
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Safe Medical Devices
  • Advanced Physiology, Smaller Course
  • Advanced Physiology
  • Ionising Radiation Imaging
  • Structural Biology and Cell Biology
  • 3D Image Reconstruction and Analysis in Medicine
  • Biomedical Signal Processing
  • Medical Engineering, Project Course
  • Clinical Innovation and Design
  • Biomechanics and Neuronics
  • Introduction to Biomechanics
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • Protein Physics
  • Physics of Biomedical Microscopy, Extended Course
  • Cellular Biophysics I, II
  • Experimental Methods in Molecular Biophysics
  • Fluorescence Spectroscopy for Biomolecular Studies

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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    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

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    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

To be considered eligible for the programme you must fulfil both the general and specific admission requirements. The general admission requirements are the same for all programmes at KTH while the programme specific requirements vary between the programmes.

Programme specific admission requirements

A Bachelor’s degree corresponding to 180 ECTS within Engineering Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics or equivalent. The degree must include courses in Mathematics, Physics, Computing and Electronics equivalent to at least 60 ECTS. The 60 ECTS must include at least 25 ECTS in Mathematics, 15 ECTS in Physics, 10 ECTS in Computing and 5 ECTS in Electronics.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16087.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32175 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: The full programme tuition fee is SEK 310 000
  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens


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