The Master's Programme in Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary programme taught in English. The curriculum includes studies in computer science, biomedicine and medical physics, and the student will select a specialty of his/her interest. The programme is research oriented to offer a strong basis for a research career.
The graduates will obtain a wider-ranging interdisciplinary knowledge in medical and health technologies from theoretical and practical perspective, which profiles their know-how to problem oriented thinking and resolving.
Two faculties at the University of Oulu, Faculty of Medicine (FMED) and Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) offer the programme jointly. There are two alternative master’s degrees with specific focus areas, from which the student has chosen one already when participating in the admissions process. The target degrees are as follows
(1) Master of Science (Technology) (MSc Tech) with focus on biomedical signal and image processing, machine learning, and measurement and analysis of biomedical data (home faculty - ITEE)
(2) Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) with focus on biomechanics, medical imaging and health technology applications (home faculty - FMed)
The degrees granted upon completion of the master´s programme are higher university degrees and based on the Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004.
The interdisciplinary programme structure and contents are based on the most recent international recommendations for BME education. The student has opportunity to modify personal study profile according to one’s own professional interests. After graduation, the students can apply their expertise in a wide variety of occupations available in the field of BME internationally.
After completing the master’s degree, the student is able to
* obtain and evaluate critically novel knowledge and special know-how in the field, and use and apply it independently and creatively in the biomedical engineering research and development (R&D),
* conduct research work independently and in teams by using scientific research methods,
* communicate orally and in writing clearly and analytically,
* produce new knowledge for the needs of industry and society,
* participate in industrial R&D and expert tasks in the field,
* implement methods for processing multimodal biomedical signals and images,
* design and implement biomedical measurements, data analysis methods and health applications,
* broaden and deepen one’s know-how independently, in view of life-long learning.
The extent of the master’s degree programme is 120 ECTS credits. Studies consist of
* compulsory advanced studies common for all BME students totaling 70-72 ECTS cr including master´s thesis (30 ECTS cr). Finnish students will complete 70 ECTS cr and international students with Survival Finnish Course - 72 ECTS cr.
* compulsory studies of selected specialization (25 ECTS cr). There are three compulsory specializations (Specialization Modules), one for the students with MSc (Tech) as the target degree (Signal and Image Processing) and two for the students with MHSc as the target degree (Biomechanics and Imaging; Health Technology).
* optional studies 23-25 ECTS cr according to a personal study plan (PSP). In the degree structure there is a list of recommended optional studies, which have been compiled to complement the chosen Specialization Module. However, the student can also choose other courses as optional from modules of intermediate and advanced studies that support the degree.
Possible need for Supplementary Studies (max 15 ECTS cr) will be determined in the beginning of studies when preparing the Personal Study Plan (PSP) depending on contents of earlier degree studies. ECTS credits of the Supplementary Studies will not be included in the total number of the ECTS credits of the degree (120 ECTS cr).
Course structure 2020-2021
In order to be awarded a master´s degree, a student must complete the required studies including master´s thesis and maturity test. The master's thesis (30 ECTS credits) is an important element of the degree, presenting the readiness for independent research and engineering work.
Thesis can be made in different research groups of the university or in industry or health care system. Master's thesis consists of a research project in the field of biomedical engineering including writing of the thesis. It is typically a solution to a relatively extensive technical assignment. The student applies skills acquired during the studies and complements them with new knowledge when necessary. The work also extends experience in scientific and technical documentation. The student writes the thesis independently with a support from the supervisor. Finally, the student writes a maturity essay demonstrating familiarity with the subject of the master’s thesis and language proficiency.
Graduates of the programme work typically in different expert tasks in education, research, industry and health care service. A graduate can become for example a designer, product developer, researcher, service producer, teacher or entrepreneur. Internationality is often big part of the job description.
Occupational profiles of the graduates:
- Research, teaching, and specialist duties in academia and research institutes
- Developing and testing products in the industry as well as marketing and post-marketing support and managerial tasks
- Consulting on the use and procurement of products, evaluation of performance, maintenance, customization of appliances to clinical and research needs in health care units
- Public official tasks related to the quality control, management, and establishment of safety standards
Graduate profiles: Product developer, Researcher, Product manager, Teacher
The hosting research units responsible for organizing the BME education are internationally well recognized with broad international collaboration networks.
Students of the BME programme have many opportunities for internationalization:
- studying in English in an international student environment
- participation in international research projects
- student exchange
- internship abroad
Co-operation with other parties
The hosting research units have a long history of fruitful cooperation with several clinical departments of the Oulu University Hospital and health technology companies, which offers interesting opportunities for practical training, research projects and thesis works.
The degree programme in BME is implemented in an internationally recognized high-quality research environment.
The research areas in the research unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology (MIPT) include biomechanics and multi-modal imaging of the musculoskeletal system in multiple hierarchical levels, risk factors of falls and fractures, and technological solutions for health promotion and healthy aging. More information http://www.mipt-oulu.fi/.
The Physiological Signal Analysis Team is focusing on research of medical data analysis technologies of the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, brain and autonomic nervous system. The medical data is often multi-modal including various physiological signals and medical images. More information at http://www.oulu.fi/cmvs/.
Innovations are created more and more often between traditional scientific disciplines. The Master’s programme in BME offers an excellent interdisciplinary ground for expert and development tasks as well as doctoral training.
Postgraduate study opportunities
The Master’s degree gives a qualification and good multidisciplinary background for doctoral studies, provided that other requirements for admission are satisfied.
For Students https://www.oulu.fi/forstudents/ including further links to different issues concerning studying, e.g. different resources (Moodle, Tuudo etc.)
Opiskelijalle https://www.oulu.fi/opiskelijalle/, josta linkkejä edelleen opiskelua koskeviin asioihin kuten esim. työkaluihin (Moodle, Tuudo jne.).