Universitat de Barcelona

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Engineering

Introduction

The University of Barcelona has created a new Master's Degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Engineering. This master's degree has been introduced in coordination with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT-Health), in the framework of the European Union, and as part of the Research and Innovation Programme (Horizon 2020). It forms part of the Master Technological Innovation in Health (MTiH) programme offered by EIT-Health.
The main aim of this master's degree is to train a new generation of technologists who can transform biomedical innovations into feasible business solutions. The master's degree helps students to develop in-depth knowledge of technologies used in the health sector; the capacity to understand clinical, social and economic aspects; and a broad understanding of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit in the medical technology sector. It is designed to foster technological innovation in the health sector, and to promote business initiatives.

The Master's Degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Engineering is directed at two main types of students, in line with study programmes in the European Higher Education Area: students with a Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Engineering; and students with other bachelor's degrees, preferably in technical or scientific fields.

The master's degree is taught jointly and entirely in English in the faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences, Economics and Business Studies, and Physics.

Learning objectives

The main aim of this master's degree is to train a new generation of technologists who will have in-depth knowledge of the technologies used in the health sector and the capacity to understand the clinical, social and economic implications of these technologies, as well as innovation and business spirit.
Graduates will be able to transform health problems into research challenges, and to generate innovative ideas and strategies with an entrepreneurial vision.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
 90
Number of places available:
 25
Approximate price:
 27,67 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2022-2023
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Physics
Master's degree course homepage:
  Master's degree course homepage

Recommended applicant profile

The master's degree is directed at two types of students, in line with study programmes in the European Higher Education Area, with the following two pathways:
  • Graduates in Biomedical Engineering (90 credits in three semesters of 30 credits each): one semester on economics and business, one on advanced health technologies, and one to prepare the final master's degree project (in hospitals, companies, business schools and research centres).
  • Students who hold other bachelor's degrees, preferably in technical or scientific areas (120 credits in four semesters of 30 credits each): one semester of bridging courses on biomedical engineering principles, adapted to the individual situation of each student, followed by three semesters as described in section a.


In order to ensure their success in the master's degree, applicants should have a suitable level of physics, chemistry and mathematics and a good command of English.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:
  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements

The Master's Degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Engineering is designed for two kinds of students: graduates in Biomedical Engineering; and graduates in other fields, preferably scientific or technical.
Graduates in other fields must take a first semester of bridging courses on biomedical engineering principles. The required bridging courses shall be determined according to the student's profile, and shall account for a maximum of 30 credits. Bridging courses may include subjects from other qualifications offered at the University of Barcelona, including Molecular and Cell Biology, Physiology, Biomedical Signals and Instrumentation and Biomaterials.
Students who take the master's degree must also have level B2 English.

Skills and competences

The knowledge provided in the Master's Degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Engineering could open up a wide range of opportunities in different areas. Some of the professional competences associated with this master's degree are activities related to innovation and the conception, design, manufacture, assessment, certification and marketing of health and social products and services.
Students are trained in technical and scientific, practical and technological, economic and business (innovation and entrepreneurship) areas, and gain an overview of biomedicine and health problems. The main professional areas in which these competences are relevant are industry, the health sector, and research, development and innovation.

Main competences:
  • Knowledge forming the basis of original thinking in the development or application of ideas, typically in a research context.
  • Capacity to identify the scientific and industrial situation at national and international level in relation to biomedical engineering and its technology and applications.
  • Abilities relating to research methods, innovation and management.
  • Capacity for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
  • Capacity to participate in innovation and entrepreneurship projects.
  • Capacity to determine the basic and technological subjects that enable the learning of new methods and technologies, and versatility to adapt to new situations.
  • Capacity to compare, analyse and use technological advances in biomedical engineering to resolve clinical needs and improve health management in all areas of prevention, monitoring and intervention.
  • Capacity to identify and provide solutions to current and future needs in the organisation of clinical engineering services in health centres.
  • Capacity to assess and address the needs for technology transfer and innovation, patents and entrepreneurial culture in the field of biomedical engineering.
  • Capacity to identify the main problems in the health sector and address them using economic and statistical tools.
  • Capacity to understand and analyse the different types of innovation in organisations and the relationship between innovation and competitiveness in companies, in relation to the development of medical technologies.
  • Capacity to assess the reasons for government intervention in the healthcare market and in medical products and services and the tools used to assess, improve or design health policies.

Pre-enrolment calendar

Until 5 September 2022.

Notes:
  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

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Selection criteria

The Coordination Committee shall be responsible for selecting pre-enrolled students, based on the following criteria, in order of priority:

  • Acceptance criteria are based on the individual profile of each applicant.
    The Coordination Committee considers each application on the basis of the following merits:
    a) Degree qualification and academic record (80%)
    b) Professional experience (20%). Particular merit shall be given to evidence of professional experience in research centres, hospital centres or industry in the area of biomedical engineering.

  • Bridging courses, with a study load of thirty credits, will be assigned on the basis of each student's specific academic profile and experience.

Notification

Candidates shall be told whether their application has been successful by email or by letter. The documents required for enrolment and the enrolment process will be described in the acceptance letter, with particular attention to international students.

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