Vrije Uuniversiteit Brussel and UGent are partner in the Erasmus Mundus program in biomedical engineering (Common European Master Course in Biomedical Engineering or CEMACUBE), starting in September 2010. For this program, students studying in Belgium register at UGent.
Coordinator: University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
This program is somewhat different from the regular programs, especially for the second master year. Here, the first semester consists of a specialization track of 25 ECTS credits (Radiation Physics and Medical Imaging or Computational Methods for Medical Applications), followed by a master thesis accounting for 30 ECTS credits. The courses offered within the scope of the Erasmus Mundus program can also be chosen as elective courses in the regular master program (some of which only from 2011-2012 on).
Five leading research and educational institutions in Europe collaborate to offer a joint Erasmus Mundus Master Program in Biomedical Engineering, providing a top-quality eduction in all aspects of biomedical engineering. The master program has a duration of two years (120 ECTS points), with students spending a year in two different countries.
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:
Semester 1 & 2
During the first two semesters, in total 60 ECTS, each university gives course elements on basic BME-topics. The content of those two semesters, offered by each consortium university is comparable and will contain the following:
Medical course elements
General engineering course elements
Engineering course elements, focused on diagnostics
Engineering course elements, focused on therapy
These course elements define the basic level of competence of students. With these courses the student can follow every specialisation, offered in the third semester. When a student already followed a course element in the Bachelor´s training, (s)he will choose an elective course element, offered by the university.
In the third semester (30 ECTS) course elements on a specific topic will be given. Each university will offer several unique specialisations (table 1), based on keylines research, so students get state-of-the-art knowledge, preparing them optimally for future developments in BME.
During this 3rd semester a proposal is prepared (5 ECTS) for the Master´s project. First a topic is selected. All participating universities will offer Master´s project topics, focussed on their specialisations (see Semester 4). Then a literature search is performed to become familiar with the topic. This phase is finished by an extensive formulation of the study subject and strategy.
In the fourth and last semester (30 ECTS) an individual Master´s project will be performed. This project could be a research assignment or a design assignment. During this Master´s project all knowledge and skills learned in the first three semesters are applied:
Each student will have two supervisors, one from the institute where the study is performed and one from another consortium university. In the end the assesment will be done by a report and a presentation.
Each consortium university will offer individual Master's projects, in their own specialisation.