Biomedical Engineering

Do you already have a bachelor’s degree in (bio)engineering and do you want to tackle the complex problems that arise at the boundary of biology, medicine and the health sciences? Then the master’s in Biomedical Engineering is the programme you’re looking for! This multidisciplinary programme does not exclusively train students to find ‘merely technological’ answers to technical questions, but calls for biomedically engineered solutions that are in balance with economical and ethical considerations, as well.

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If you want to continue your academic career, you can apply for a PhD position at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. All you need is a promoter, research subject and sufficient funding. Are you up for this challenge?

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With the diploma of Master of Biomedical Engineering, the student has ample possibilities in finding a job in Flanders, Belgium, Europe or worldwide, and this in industry, hospitals, health care, universities and research institutes, in government positions… The biomedical engineer is versatile, per definition multidisciplinary and therefore employable in many different positions such as:

  • PhD-student at a university, performing fundamental research (e.g. unraveling
    the mechanism behind infection of implants, expanding the possibilities of tissue
    engineering, designing a prosthesis to restore sight…)
  • PhD-student at a large industry R&D-department, performing applied research (e.g.
    design of a second generation discus prosthesis, minimally invasive heart support
  • Product manager in an industry. Their education and training enables the student to
    lead a multinational and multicultural project team.
  • R&D-department of an industry, working as a project leader on applied resea ch (e.g. design, production and assessment of biomaterials for artificial organs, heart valves, pacemakers; design of imaging techniques, sensors and information technology for patient monitoring; acquisition, storage, analysis and simulation of bio-data…)
  • Medical physics engineer in a hospital supporting and improving patient care by
    applying engineering and management skills to health-care technology. They can be involved in technical support of daily practice, training of health care professionals, introducing safety programs, etc.
  • “Regulatory Affairs Manager” in medical industry, providing advice on the design and production of medical devices and technology and taking the necessary steps to allow commercialization and implementation of new products on the market. This involves meeting requirements imposed by CE-marking or the US Food and Drug Administation (FDA).
  • Government/public health, developing health care policy for the future.
  • Consultancy in a wide spectrum of functions, from product design to safety
  • Notified bodies, Regulatory Affairs Managers, screening new products for a CE-mark, patent offices…
  • Health Insurance, improving health care and controlling costs.
  • Any job requiring the traditional analytical and organizational skills of the academically trained engineer (general consultancy jobs, top functions in administration, banking sector...)

The VUB helps you to make your first step in the job market with workshops, networking events, job fairs, tips ‘n tricks for job interviews. All an ambitious student needs!

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