Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

The degree of Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (MSc in BMED) is awarded for successfully completing the requirements of a program of study which includes taught courses as well as a thesis. The thesis is an independent investigation of specialized areas within the general field of Biomedical Engineering. The MSc in BMED gives candidates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the broad fields of BME (Biomedical Engineering) and contributes to the process of discovery and knowledge creation through the conduct of original research. Candidates for this degree are taught and supervised by experienced faculty and are expected to demonstrate initiative in their approach and innovation in their work. In addition to successfully completing the taught course component of the program, candidates prepare and present a thesis on their chosen area. Research may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering (MSc in BMED) of Khalifa University, will be equipped with solid engineering principles, in conjunction with know-hows in the frontiers of medical and biological sciences. As students, during their MSc in BMED studies were given opportunities to perform research in one of the core BME disciplines including Computational Bioengineering; Biomechanics; Regenerative Medicine; RNA Post-Transcriptional Modifications (Epitranscriptome), Molecular Medicine; Biomaterials; Biosignal Processing; Bioinformatics; Computational Neuroscience and Genomics. Hence, many career opportunities emerge. The latter include areas such as in telemedicine; sports medicine; bio-robotics; medical informatics; stem cell biology; system biology; artificial organ; drug delivery; and biosensors. The new graduates will lead in the design and development of advanced equipment, electronic devices, biomolecular systems, as well as software used in healthcare and medical devices. They will be research engineers, AI in health experts, application specialists and biopharmaceutics scientists in several emerging sectors of biomedical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, including medical instrumentations; clinical engineering; protein engineering; rehabilitation engineering; drug manufacturing and AI-based medical informatics. Furthermore, graduates go through rigorous training and research experience to help them pursue their studies at PhD level.

The educational goals (objectives) of the MSc Biomedical Engineering program are to produce graduates who:

  1. Are able to apply their training on the interface of engineering, medicine and science in an ethical, creative, and innovative manner to solve problems related to health and healthcare that are locally and globally relevant.
  2. Are recognized as leaders in their respective careers in biomedical engineering in industry, hospitals and clinical practice, government, and academia.
  3. Engage in life-long learning by continuing their education in graduate or professional schools or through career development and professional training.

A student graduating with the M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering will be able to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve advanced biomedical engineering and science problems and apply current engineering and science tools and techniques.
  2. Conduct interdisciplinary research; design and conduct experiments, manage, analyze, interpret data and disseminate research results.
  3. Function in team environments and communicate effectively with engineering, medical and science stakeholders and communities.
  4. Acquire knowledge of contemporary issues in the fields of biomedical engineering, science and medicine and develop an aptitude for innovation and entrepreneurship.
  5. Understand and apply professional and ethical standards in local and global frameworks.

Overall Structure 

The M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering (BMED) program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours. The required program credits are distributed as follows: 12 credits of Program Core courses, 12 credits of Program Elective courses, and 12 credits of BMED Master’s Thesis work. The table below presents a summary of the M.Sc. in BMED degree program structure and requirements. All the M.Sc. in BMED program courses, with the exception of the Seminar in Research Methods and the Master’s Thesis, have a credit rating of three credits each.

Summary of M.Sc. in BMED Degree Program Structure and Requirements

Category Credits Required
Program Core 12
Program Electives 12
BMED Master’s Thesis 12
Total 36

Program Requirements

Students seeking the degree of M.Sc. in BMED must successfully complete a minimum of 36 credited hours as specified in the categories detailed in this section, with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0.

  • Program Core

The M.Sc. in BMED degree program core requires a minimum of 12 credits, consisting of 4 core courses, and the research seminar course which has zero credit rating. The courses are specified below.

  • Program Core Courses (12 credits):

Students to complete the following listed courses:

  • BMED 600 Physiological Systems
  • BMED 601 Experimental Biochemistry
  • BMED602/ESMA 617 Innovation and Creativity in Technology Organizations
  • BMED 603 Multivariate Data Analysis
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods (0 credits)

Program Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of electives. The BMED program electives that students can select from are listed below. Students can also select up to two elective courses (6 credits) from other M.Sc. programs offered in the College of Engineering at KU subject to the approval of their research advisor.

  • BMED 631 Advanced Biosignal Processing
  • BMED 632 Physiological Control Systems
  • BMED 633 Advanced Rehabilitation Engineering
  • BMED 611 Clinical Pathology
  • BMED 612 Molecular Genetics & Genome Technologies
  • BMED 620 Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience
  • BMED634/COSC 620 Algorithms in Bioinformatics
  • BMED635/ESMA 673 Healthcare Information Systems
  • BMED 640 Biomaterials for Drug Delivery
  • ENGR 602 Engineering Numerical Methods
  • BMED Master’s Thesis

BMED 699 Master’s Thesis (minimum 12 credits)

A student must complete a master’s thesis that involves creative research-oriented work within the broad field of BMED, under the direct supervision of a main advisor, who must be a full-time faculty in the BMED Department, and at least one other full-time faculty who acts as co-advisor. The research findings must be documented in a formal thesis and defended successfully in a viva voce examination. Furthermore, the research should lead to publishable quality scholarly articles.

Study Plan

Typical study plans for full-time and part-time students enrolled in the M.Sc. in BMED program are shown below. Each student is expected to select the courses in consultation with her/his academic advisor.

Typical Study Plan for Full-Time Students
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • BMED Core course 1
  • BMED Core course 2
  • Elective Course 1
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • BMED Core course 3
  • BMED Core course 4
  • Elective course 2
  • BMED 699 Master’s Thesis
Year 2
  • Elective course 3
  • Elective course 4
  • BMED 699 Master’s Thesis
  • BMED 699 Master’s Thesis
Typical Study Plan for Part-Time Students
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • BMED Core course 1
  • BMED Core course 2
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • BMED Core course 3
  • BMED Core course 4
Year 2
  • Elective course 1
  • Elective course 2
  • BMED 699 Master’s Thesis
  • Elective course 3
  • BMED 699 Master’s Thesis
Year 3
  • Elective course 4
  • BMED 699 Master’s Thesis
  • BMED 699 Master’s Thesis