We welcome you to the pages of our master on Computational Biomedical Engineering. This research master is offered by the Department of Information and Communication Technologies and the Department of Experimental and Health Science of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona. Visit the section Institutional context to learn more about theses institutions.

The academic coordinating team.

Interested on working a full-year on a biomedical engineering research project of your choice?

Biomedical engineering is an exciting and constantly evolving field trying to answer challenging questions in healthcare and support clinicians in their decision-making. To cope with this challenge requires progress in fields such as medicine, biology, engineering, physics, information technologies, applied mathematics, to name only a few. Biomedical engineering is the interface that integrates these fields to jointly solve a given problem, with most interesting tasks strongly involving research and innovation. 

The field of biomedical engineering offers a huge variety of interesting topics to work on, differently weighting technological, medical and biological concepts depending on the application. However, something in common in most interesting biomedical engineering projects nowadays is the relevant role of computational tools for data processing, interpretation, integration, modelling and visualization, to name a few. Examples of these computational tools include medical data analysis with classical image/signal processing or machine learning techniques, the different modelling phases involved in the development of medical devices, multi-scale computational models to simulate human organs and systems and for synthetic biology or advanced visualization techniques such as 3D printing and augmented/virtual reality interfaces, etc.; these can be used for biomarker extraction, improve diagnosis, guide minimally-invasive interventions, perform population-based statistics or give treatment recommendations in key clinical fields such as in neurology, cardiology or oncology, among others. 

This vast amount of possibilities defines the philosophy behind the CBEM MSc, empowering and giving flexibility to the student to choose and work on the research topic of her/his interest, with the academic team supporting and helping to find a student-tailored project to work during the whole year duration of the MSc.

Educational approach: learning (research) by practice (research)

One of the main educational goals of the CBEM MSc is for the enrolled students to learn best practices to perform excellent research in biomedical engineering projects. In consequence, the research project for the graduate master thesis is given a lot of weight (around half of the credits during the whole academic year) since we are convinced that the best way to learn research is by practicing research. To ensure the highest motivation of the student, required to cope with the challenges involved in a typical biomedical engineering research project, the topic will be chosen by the student, being tutored by the academics coordinating the MSc. They also individually assist the students to select the elective subjects in the MSc that best complements the chosen research project, among a large offer of own MSc electives and subjects from other undergraduate and MSc degrees at UPF (e.g. computer science, data science, biology). It is worthy to point out that there are only a few compulsory subjects covering transversal concepts required in any research project such as advanced data science and research communication. 

The language of our master is 100% English, including oral and writing communication in the subjects and the MSc thesis. The main goal of the MSc thesis is to write a scientific document summarizing the main points of the research project, with quality standards that would allow submitting it to an international conference or even to a scientific journal, which has been the case for several CBEM MSc students.

Who is behind our Master?

Barcelona, beyond being a vibrant, multi-cultural and cosmopolitan city, is the capital of one of the most thriving poles of biomedical research and innovation poles in the south of Europe. It includes worldwide well-known hospitals, research centres and academic teams on this field that, together with an increasing network of start-ups, offers an ideal environment for setting up interesting multi-disciplinary projects in biomedical engineering. 

We are a consortium of research groups at the Department of Information and Communication Technologies and the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the leading Spanish university in research according to most rankings. Our research groups are world renowned for their scientific contributions and are also at the vanguard of technology transfer. This excellence is reflected in outstanding quality of the content we are committed to offer to the master students. The extensive network of national and international scientific collaborations of our research groups would be available to the MSc students to jointly design interesting research projects for their thesis. In fact, research projects can be co-supervised by any investigator from institutions outside the UPF, including hospitals, companies, research centres or other universities, as it has happened in the past.

Who can enrol? (Almost) Anyone interested on biomedical engineering research

The CBEM MSc is focused on excellent research in biomedical engineering, which can easily be misinterpreted if not properly explained and discourage potential interested students. As a few clarifying points, the CBEM MSc:

  • is not only for biomedical engineering graduates: biomedical engineering graduates from any national and international university, including UPF, should find the CBEM MSc attractive if they are interested on learning advanced concepts on a given topic, putting them into practice in the research project for the MSc thesis; in parallel, other engineers and graduates from other scientific fields such as physics, mathematics or biology have successfully followed the CBEM MSc due to its flexibility and individualized projects, choosing elective courses to complement their current skills and are required for the selected research topic;

  • is not only for students interested on pursuing a PhD after the MSc: although half of the CBEM MSc alumni are currently pursuing PhDs in excellent national and international labs, including at UPF (PhD positions often offered after the MSc), the other half started their professional careers directly in industry, showing that the skills learned during the MSc were also useful and attractive to companies;

  • is not only for full-time students with own economical support: the MSc allows part-time schemes (two years) so that students can combine it with other activities such as work in companies (potentially related to the MSc project). Additionally, every year there are several fellowships available for our MSc students such as the Fundación Carolina to support some of our students. They can also be potentially hired as research assistants in on-going projects of the investigators.

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