Master in Medical Engineering

General

Programme Description

Medical Engineering is a field with excellent career prospects, and KTH is a leading technical university offering state-of-the-art education in the area. Students in the program can expect to receive a solid foundation in advanced and modern applications, as well as relevant research collaborations with the globally recognized medical environment of Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset.

Medical Engineering at KTH

This is a two-year program (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The program is given at KTH Campus and KTH Flemingsberg in Stockholm by the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology, and Health (at KTH). Students are strongly encouraged to spend at least a term at another university (in Sweden or abroad) through an exchange program.

The master’s program aims at training students’ understanding of the advantages and limitations of the technology currently used in clinical and preclinical applications. Students are also presented with the necessary knowledge needed in order for them to improve and develop the medical technology of the future.

Medical Engineering is a wide and interdisciplinary field. In order to help students to choose a coherent study plan that fits their background knowledge and their aspirations, the program has been divided into five tracks, each with a number of mandatory, conditionally elective and elective courses.

Mandatory courses are courses that the faculty involved in the program finds absolutely necessary to operate in the chosen field. Typically, in our program, those are applied courses in the area of specialization. Conditionally elective courses are all courses suggested by the faculty or by the students that are judged by the program director to be within the area of specialization of the chosen track. Elective courses are all engineering or engineering related courses that do not belong in any of the two above described categories for the chosen track.

Medical Imaging

The Medical Imaging track is suggested for students who are interested in learning how to create and analyse medical images. The track is designed for students with a vocation for Mathematics and Physics in mind.

Biomechanics

The biomechanics track focuses on the Mechanics and strength of materials and on analyzing human movement and creating a model of the human body that can be used for e.g. injury prevention and rehabilitation, as well as making prostheses and other assistive technology. Students with an interest in mechanics and in computer simulations should find this track of interest.

Medical Electronics

The Medical Electronics track looks at the various electrical signals that control the human body and at how they can be measured and analyzed, e.g. for diagnosing many kinds of diseases and constructing artificial implants. An interest in electronics and in signal processing is advisable for students choosing this track.

Medical Informatics

The Medical Informatics track is for students interested in computer science. It’s very broad and looks at all the different IT solutions (such as machine learning and wireless communication) that are needed for e.g. image analysis and creating VR systems for training surgeons.

Healthcare Logistics and Management

The Healthcare Logistics and Management track focuses less on technical aspects and more on the design of modern health care as a system, to make it more efficient and less expensive. Computer simulations, statistics, and qualitative research methods are tools typically employed in this area. Students with an interest in further developing their skills in those topics are encouraged to choose this track.

Degree project

In the final term, each student will complete a degree project. The degree project has a twofold scope. It is used to examine the program learning outcomes, ensuring that the student has acquired all the necessary knowledge to become a professional in Medical Engineering. The degree project should also be considered as the first step to either an academic career or to work in the industry, and can, therefore, be completed at an industrial company, a hospital or at an academic institution in Sweden or abroad. Faculty at the Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems department offers, on a regular basis, opportunities to carry on research projects at their laboratories.

Career

The master's program 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 aging 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, specialized in specific products, and the expanding field also offers good possibilities to start one’s own business. Graduates of the program have had as their first work in many different positions, everything from engineering consultants and programmers for companies in several technical fields, support engineers, quality control engineers, sale consultant for clinically related companies and doctoral students. Prominent research centres that hired our former students comprehend ETH, EPFL, UCL, CERN, KI, the list of large companies contains among others Siemens, Philips, GE, Elekta, Maquet, Johnsons & Johnsons, SAAB, Skandia, the list of small and medium companies could be very long but RaySearch, Episurf, HotSwap, Sectra, Tobii have been consistently hiring our newly graduates. Last but not least, hospitals and public organizations with an interest in Healthcare are also typical employers of our former students.

Students

Find out what students from the program think about their time at KTH.

Osheen Sharma, India: "Stockholm is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. It’s very calm, and I really love the Swedish culture and fika meetings. People are very helpful, and no one judges you. Also, it’s very well connected with the public transportation system."

Sustainable development

Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programs. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's program in Medical Engineering are:

  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

In the program, students will study and learn how the human body functions both under normal and abnormal conditions and what techniques are available for preventing, diagnosing and curing various diseases. The program offers courses that deal with economic and social aspects of technology, as well as ethical issues surrounding technology and healthcare. Courses are offered in anatomy/physiology, economics and entrepreneurship, ergonomics and sustainable development.

Students will receive training on how to communicate with medical staff, as well as in looking at technological solutions from their perspective. Specific courses in medical technology aim to develop technical solutions that focus on technical, medical, economic and social aspects.

During their degree project or during any of the strongly encouraged internship courses, students will typically work on developing healthcare technology where it is used or manufactured (for example hospitals or industry). Students can also choose to work on developing healthcare in developing countries and ensuring that care is organized in an economically and socially sustainable way.

Courses

The two-year master's program in Medical Engineering consists of three terms of courses and one final term dedicated to the master's degree project. Each term consists of approximately 30 ECTS credits. The courses presented on this page apply to studies starting in autumn 2020.

Year 1

The sum of mandatory and conditionally elective courses should be at least 60 credits, not counting the master´s thesis.

Mandatory courses

  • Medical Engineering, Basic Course (HL1007) 6.0 credits
  • Advanced Physiology, Smaller Course (HL2017) 6.0 credits
  • Ergonomics, Human Factors and Patient Safety (HN2013) 6.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Natural and Technological Science) (AK2036) 7.5 credits
  • Theory and Methodology of Science with Applications (Medical Ethics) (AK2050) 6.0 credits

Biomechanics track

Mandatory courses

  • Ergonomics, Human Factors and Patient Safety (HN2013) 6.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Simulation Methods in Medical Engineering (HL2008) 7.5 credits
  • FEM for Engineering Applications (SE1025) 6.0 credits
  • Introduction to Biomechanics (SE2121) 9.0 credits

Healthcare Logistics and Management track

Mandatory courses

  • Safe Medical Devices (HL2014) 7.5 credits
  • Technology in Surgery, Anaesthesia, and Intensive Care (HL2016) 6.0 credits
  • Ergonomics, Human Factors and Patient Safety (HN2013) 6.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Simulation Methods in Medical Engineering (HL2008) 7.5 credits
  • Healthcare Logistics-theory (HM102V) 7.5 credits
  • Business Model Innovation (ME2815) 7.5 credits

Medical Electronics track

Mandatory courses

  • Microsystem Technology (EK2350) 7.5 credits
  • Implants and Biomaterials (HL2005) 6.0 credits
  • Ergonomics, Human Factors and Patient Safety (HN2013) 6.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Simulation Methods in Medical Engineering (HL2008) 7.5 credits
  • Technology in Surgery, Anaesthesia, and Intensive Care (HL2016) 6.0 credits
  • Electronic Systems Design (IL2237) 7.5 credits
  • Fundamentals of Integrated Electronics (IL2238) 7.5 credits

Medical Imaging track

Mandatory courses

  • Ultrasound (HL2010) 6.0 credits
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (HL2011) 4.5 credits
  • Ionising Radiation Imaging (HL2019) 6.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Subatomic Physics (SH2103) 7.5 credits
  • Nuclear Physics (SH2302) 8.0 credits

Medical Informatics track

Mandatory courses

  • Medical Information and Communication Systems (HI2010) 6.0 credits
  • 3D Image Reconstruction and Analysis in Medicine (HL2027) 9.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Neuroscience (DD2401) 7.5 credits
  • Simulation Methods in Medical Engineering (HL2008) 7.5 credits

Year 2

Conditionally elective courses

  • Degree Project in Medical Engineering, Second Cycle (HL205X) 30.0 credits
  • Degree Project in Technology and Health, Second Cycle (HL207X) 30.0 credits

Biomechanics track

Mandatory courses

  • Implants and Biomaterials (HL2005) 6.0 credits
  • Biomechanics and Neuronics (HL2035) 7.5 credits
  • Degree Project in Medical Engineering, Second Cycle (HL205X) 30.0 credits
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement (SG2804) 7.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Technology in Surgery, Anaesthesia, and Intensive Care (HL2016) 6.0 credits
  • Material Mechanics (SE2126) 9.0 credits

Healthcare Logistics and Management track

Mandatory courses

  • Degree Project in Technology and Health, Second Cycle (HL207X) 30.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Implants and Biomaterials (HL2005) 6.0 credits
  • Finance (ME2029) 6.0 credits
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management (ME2053) 6.0 credits

Medical Electronics track

Mandatory courses

  • Degree Project in Medical Engineering, Second Cycle (HL205X) 30.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems (DD2425) 9.0 credits
  • Electronic Design, Project Course (HE2001) 9.0 credits
  • Medical Engineering, Project Course (HL2032) 9.0 credits

Medical Imaging track

Mandatory courses

  • Degree Project in Medical Engineering, Second Cycle (HL205X) 30.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Implants and Biomaterials (HL2005) 6.0 credits
  • Radiation Therapy (HL2013) 7.5 credits

Medical Informatics track

Mandatory courses

  • Image Analysis and Computer Vision (DD2423) 7.5 credits
  • Degree Project in Medical Engineering, Second Cycle (HL205X) 30.0 credits

Conditionally elective courses

  • Computational Photography (DD2429) 6.0 credits
  • Machine Learning, Advanced Course (DD2434) 7.5 credits

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the program, you must have been awarded a bachelor's degree, be proficient in English and meet the program-specific requirements.

Bachelor's degree

A bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree, or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university, is required. Students who are following longer technical programs, and have completed courses equivalent to a bachelor's degree, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English proficiency

English language proficiency equivalent to (the Swedish upper secondary school) English course B/6 is required. The requirement can be satisfied through a result equal to, or higher than, those stated in the following internationally recognized English tests:

  • TOEFL Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test, a total score of 575.
    TOEFL ITP is not accepted.
  • TOEFL iBT internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, a total score of 90
  • IELTS Academic: A minimum overall mark of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
  • Cambridge ESOL: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate in Advanced English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum score of 90
  • The University of Michigan, ECPE (Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • Pearson PTE Academic: Score of 62 (writing 61)

Specific requirements for the master's program in Medical Engineering

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.

Application documents

  1. Certificates and diplomas from previous university studies
  2. Transcript of completed courses and grades included in your degree
  3. Proof of English proficiency
  4. A copy of your passport including personal data and photograph, or other identification documents

Specific documents for the master's program in Medical Engineering

  • Personal letter with motivation for the choice of program and a short summary (max 1000 words) of your bachelor thesis. If you were awarded a bachelor's degree without defending a thesis, a summary of a chosen project should be submitted.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 2 letters of recommendation
Last updated Oct 2019

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