Master in Biomedical Engineering

The interdisciplinary and application-oriented Master of Science program "Biomedical Engineering" is assigned to the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bern. The program is offered by the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research in cooperation with the Bern University of Applied Sciences.

This focused and state-of-the-art educational program promotes scientific discovery and novel developments in the field of medical technology.

Engineering graduates, but also qualified graduates in natural sciences or medicine from both universities and universities of applied sciences join this international program in English. Successful students acquire a full-fledged university master's degree, which allows them to continue their education towards a PhD degree. Career prospects in both industrial and academic environments are excellent.

Master Biomedical Engineering
Basic information

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering, Universität Bern und Berner Fachhochschule, with special qualification in:

  • Biomechanical Systems
  • Electronic Implants
  • Image-Guided Therapy
Number of credits: 120 ECTS credits
Degree programs: Mono 120 ECTS credits; specialization from 2nd semester
Duration: 4 semesters
Language: English
Beginning of studies: Fall semester

Documents only in German available

Basic Modules

Students are required to take all three Basic Modules. Within each Module all the courses are mandatory. The courses of the three Basic Modules add up to 37 ECTS credits.

Major Modules

Students are required to select one Major Module (focus area). Each Major Module consists of a certain number of mandatory and a wide range of elective courses. The selection must equal 41-45 ECTS credits. Faculty will assist students in designing a cohesive plan of study.

Complementary Skills

Students are required to select all mandatory courses and 2-6 ECTS credits from the elective courses. 

Master's Thesis

In accordance with their supervisors students select a topic for their master's thesis. Usually the student will conduct thesis research and prepare the thesis during a time frame of up to six months (30 ECTS credits).

More information about the Modules

The Biomedical Engineering program is a specialized master course. It has no bachelor course of studies as a precursor. Admission is granted to applicants coming from various fields of study. Students will apply their previously acquired knowledge and abilities to fully integrate the highly interdisciplinary subject matter.

Detailed description of the program structure

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the specialized master’s degree program in Biomedical Engineering (mono):

Bachelor's degree from a Swiss university or a Swiss university of applied sciences in one of the following branches of studies:

  a Electrical Engineering
  b Computer Science
  c Mechanical Engineering
  d Microtechnology
  e Physics
  f Computational Science
  g A comparable field of study

Applications supported by a degree not listed under points a - e or with an international degree are also possible. In cases such as these, admission is based on individual achievement, taking into account your existing knowledge and achievements.

Additional attainments of up to 30 ECTS credits may be required which must be fulfilled in order to complete the master's degree program. The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.

If you are applying with an international degree, you must also take a GRE test.

The degree used for assessment purposes may not be more than five years old. Exceptions are possible where justified.

Language requirements

All courses are taught and assessed in English; therefore, a good knowledge of English is required.

No language proficiency certificates are required; language competence is your own responsibility.

For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office



Current UniBE students

Apply for a change to the mono M Sc in Biomedical Engineering by self-service as part of the re-registration for the next semester.
Renewal of semester registration → Self-service
Procedure and timing of the renewal of semester registration

Application with a Swiss degree

The bachelor degrees figuring on the lists below allow direct admission to the master’s degree program.

Biomedical Engineering - Universities
Biomedical Engineering - Universities of Applied Sciences

If your degree is not figuring on the lists in the sub-tab "Requirements" or older than 5 years:
Checklist with documents to accompany your application - Important information
Online application 
Steps from application to registration

For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office

Career prospects in both industrial and academic environments are excellent. All participating institutions are highly networked with the medical engineering profession and the University Hospital Bern (Inselspital). The successful completion of the program allows participants to continue their education towards a PhD degree.