Classes are taught in the morning and afternoon alike throughout the programme.
From September to June.
240 ECTS credits
Basic subjects: 64; compulsory subjects: 112; optional subjects: 40 (including up to 9 for external internship / up to 30 for international mobility); compulsory external internship: 6; bachelor's degree final project: 18
Catalan, Spanish and English (depending on the subject). Third and fourth-year subjects are taught in English.
Training in which scientific and engineering subjects are intertwined with a solid grounding in biology and physiology constitutes the programme's main characteristic and innovation. That approach makes it possible for students to acquire a combined knowledge of biological systems and their design principles.
The central role that the (computational) modelling of organisms and systems plays in the programme is a consequence of the goal and the necessity of producing professionals capable of combining different types of knowledge, analysing and interpreting experiment data, discovering new biological and physiological principles and mechanisms, and predicting the pathophysiological evolution of changes in a system's homeostasis or of changes arising from therapy.
UPF's bachelor's degree programme in Biomedical Engineering provides high quality training with a broad scope in areas such as technology, physicochemical sciences and biomedicine. The training in question will enable students not only to work as biomedical engineers in projects in which technical engineering principles are applied to the fields of medicine and biology, but also to lead such undertakings. The programme places a great deal of emphasis on computational, physiological and biological modelling, and thus features optional tracks that revolve around systems biology, neuroscience, the cardiovascular system and the musculoskeletal system.
Working as a biomedical engineer mainly involves the use of computing technologies with a view to understanding, diagnosing and treating human diseases, as well as the design and construction of medical products. Additionally, the training the programme offers provides a solid foundation for research and development in the field of synthetic biology and its biomedical and environmental applications, among others.
Upon completing the programme, graduates will have received interdisciplinary training that ought to enable them to join teams of professionals and to play a key role in stimulating the activity of groups of scientists or non-scientists with more traditional, unidisciplinary profiles. They would complement the members of such groups on the basis of their comprehensive outlook, a product of their sound knowledge of science and engineering (mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing, and biosystem and biosignal modelling and processing) and their solid grounding in biomedical areas (biochemistry, pharmacy, medicine, biology and systems physiology).
The programme's curriculum includes compulsory internships, which are to be undertaken from the third year of the course.
The ETIC formalizes, every course, around 200 agreements with enterprises, research groups and other organizations of the TIC field such as: Atos Spain, Deloitte, Everis, Keonn, Fundació ESADE, APFUTURA, Mobile Media Content, Telefónica I+D, Roche, etc.
The main motivations of the approximately 120 students who carry out internships every course are: acquiring new knowledge, knowing nearer their future job and being able to widen the possibilities of working insertion.
When it comes to selection criteria of the internships' centers the highlights are motivation towards the tasks to develop, interest towards the sector or enterprise field and the motivation towards the pre established competencies. It also appears the establishing of professional contacts and the getting to know an enterprise.
The aspects valued more positively are: acquisition of working experience, learning, economic remuneration, the rapidity and simpleness of the management and the variety of centers offered in the working stock market.
Biomedical engineers can work in universities, industry, hospitals, regulatory agencies or medical and research centres' research facilities, and also have the option of teaching. In many cases, their role consists of coordination or interconnection, and they use their experience in the scientific and technical field and the clinical and biomedical field alike.
Artificial organs (hearing aids, pacemakers, artificial hearts and kidneys, blood oxygenators, synthetic blood vessels, joints, arms and legs).
Automated monitoring (of patients during surgery or in intensive care, or of healthy people in unusual environments, such as astronauts in space or divers at extreme depths).
Blood chemistry sensors (potassium, sodium, O2, CO2 and pH).
State-of-the-art therapeutic and surgical devices (laser systems for eye surgery, automated insulin dosing, etc.).
Use of artificial intelligence and expert systems in clinical decision making (computer-based systems for diagnosing diseases).