University of Barcelona

Biomedical Engineering

Objectives and competences


The master's degree in Biomedical Engineering is designed to offer postgraduate training in a number of areas:

  • Design, manufacture, evaluation, marketing, installation and maintenance in relation to health services and products, and the operation of medical equipment.

  • Preparation for research in a particular field of biomedical engineering.

Experts in biomedical engineering must be able to respond to engineering problems that arise in the fields of biology and medicine. For this reason, this programme includes a technical-scientific component as well as a practical technology component, in addition to general training in the basic disciplines of medicine.


Basic competences

Upon completion of the course, successful students will be able to:

  • display an implicit capacity for original thinking in the development or application of ideas, in a research context;

  • apply the acquired knowledge to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts;

  • tackle the complexity of formulating judgements based on incomplete or limited information, taking due consideration of the associated social and ethical responsibilities;

  • communicate knowledge, theories and conclusions to specialists and non-specialists in a clear and unambiguous manner;

  • display a capacity for on-going self-directed and independent learning.

General competences

Students will also be able to:
  • communicate, present and write scientific papers in the field of biomedical engineering in Catalan, Spanish and English;
  • understand, anticipate and assume social, professional and ethical responsibility derived from applying knowledge and formulating judgements.

Specific competences

With regard to the specific applications of the curriculum, students will be able to:
  • display a capacity to manage the bibliographic resources, documentation, legislation, databases and software applications specific to biomedical engineering;
  • identify, understand and utilise the principles of sensors, conditioners and signal acquisition systems, monitoring, diagnosis and therapy;
  • compare, classify and understand the elements of microsystems, nanobioengineering, biomechanics and biomaterials;
  • prove experimentally the validity of theoretical models of appliances, devices, machines and systems specific to biomedical engineering;
  • analyse and interpret signals and images as required in the field of biomedicine;
  • identify, understand and use the principles relating to information and communication systems in healthcare;
  • identify requirements in the organization of medical engineering and safety services in hospitals and health centres;
  • analyse the biomedical engineering market;
  • assess and address the needs for technology transfer and innovation, patents and entrepreneurial culture in the field of biomedical engineering;
  • identify the technology and healthcare industries, healthcare centres and procedures required for carrying out research and development in the field of biomedical engineering;
  • identify, formulate and solve complex problems in biomedical engineering;
  • display the capacity for innovation and research in the development of new lines of action, products, processes and projects in the fields of industrial and biomedical engineering;
  • create mathematical models for complex systems and processes in the field of biomedical engineering.