MSC and PhD Programs

Objectives of the Institute

Biomedical Engineering (BME) is concerned with the application of engineering technology and scientific methods to the analysis of biological, physiological and health care problems.

The Institute of Biomedical Engineering offers interdisciplinary graduate programs for the MS and PhD degrees in BME.

The Institute's objective is to provide specialized academic training and research opportunities infrastructure for graduate students in specific areas of Biomedical Engineering.

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE
 

Master of Science courses are designed with an interdisciplinary approach. Students graduated from engineering, science and medical disciplines are admitted to the program and MS course packages are tailored to each student’s individual needs. There are seven specific areas of concentration: Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Biomedical Instrumentation, Clinical Engineering, Medical Imaging, Neuroengineering, and Biophotonics. Each student will choose a specific BME Area of Concentration to focus his/her studies and must register for one of the compulsory courses. Besides, each student is required to take at least one Mathematics course (from the list of Mathematics for BME courses in Table.1) and one Life Sciences course (from the list of Life Sciences for BMEcourses in Table.1). Elective courses can be selected from other departments. Students will choose courses based on the template Table.1 to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours (60 ECTS). Proposed curriculum distributed over two semesters is given in Table.2. All students registered in the MS program are required to complete a Master's thesis. Students must also complete a 20 working-day of  clinical training in a healthcare organization.

 

Table.1 MS Degree Minimum Course Requirements

 

Course Packages Credits Hours ECTS
Mathematics for BME 3 7-9
Life Sciences for BME 3 7-9
BME Areas of Concentration* 12 28-36
Technical Electives** 6 14-18
Seminar 0 2+2
TOTAL (minimum) 24 60
Master’s Thesis 0 30+30=60
TOTAL (minimum) 24 120

*  Courses from other areas of concentration can be complemented.

** Elective courses can be taken from other departments or chosen from the Institute of BME courses according to the students' needs and background.

Table.2 MS Program Curriculum

First Semester

Cr.

ECTS

Second Semester

Cr.

ECTS

BM -- Mathematics for BME

3

7

BM -- BME Areas of Concentration

3

7

BM -- Life Science for BME

3

7

BM --

BME Areas of Concentration

3

7

BM -- BME Areas of Concentration

3

7

-- -- Technical Elective

3

7

BM --

BME Areas of Concentration

3

7

-- -- Technical Elective

3

7

BM 578 Graduate Seminar

0

2

BM 579 Graduate Seminar

0

2

 

At least one of the BME area of concentration courses must be the compulsory course for the respective area.

                                                      Cr.    ECTS
BM 690 Master's Thesis

0

60

Total: min. 24 Credit Hours + Thesis

ECTS: 120

 

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE

The course load requirement for the PhD degree is minimum 25 credit hours (min. 60 ECTS). Candidates holding an MS degree field other than Biomedical Engineering may be required to complete a remedial period of study. Each PhD candidate determines a curriculum of study with his/her appointed advisor. the courses will be based on the doctoral thesis topic and selected from BME Areas of Concentration (at least 2 BME Electives) and Technical Electives (at least 5 courses from the Institute and other departments). Enrollment to the Guided Research course is required prior to the PhD qualifier’s exam. Ph.D. students will complete a Doctoral Dissertation (120 ECTS). Seminar course is optional to satisfy the minimum ECTS requirement.
 

Table.3 PhD Degree Minimum Course Requirements

Course Packages Credits Hours ECTS
BME Electives (2) 6 14-18
Technical Electives*(5) 15 35-40
Guided Research 4 9
Seminar 0 2
TOTAL  (minimum) 25 60
Doctoral Dissertation 0 30+30+30+30=120
TOTAL (minimum) 25 180

* Technical Elective courses can be taken from other departments or can be chosen from the Institute of BME courses according to the students' needs and background.

Table.4 PhD Program Curriculum

First Semester

Cr.

ECTS

Second Semester

Cr.

ECTS

BM -- Elective

3

7

BM -- Elective

3

7

-- -- Technical Elective

3

7

-- --

Technical Elective

3

7

-- -- Technical Elective

3

7

-- -- Technical Elective

3

7

-- --

Technical Elective

3

7

BM 699 Guided Research

4

9

BM 679 Graduate Seminar (optional)

0

2

   

 

 

 

Minimum 60 ECTS from courses are required for graduation.

                                                      Cr.    ECTS
BM 790 Doctoral Dissertation

0

120

Total: min. 25 Credits + Thesis / 180 ECTS.

 

Table.5 MATHEMATICS FOR BME

Code    Course Title      Hours/Week Cr   ECTS
BM 503 Basic Mathematics for Biomedical Science 3+0+0 3 7
BM 504 Systems Theory for Biomedical Science 3+0+2 4 9
BM 531 Numerical Methods and C Programming 3+0+0 3 7
BM 533 Neural Networks 3+0+0 3 7
BM 554 Modelling of Biological Systems      3+0+0 3 7
BM 599 Sel. Top.: Introduction to Biostatistics 3+0+0 3 8

 

Table.6 LIFE SCIENCES FOR BME

 

Code         Course Title    Hours/Week Cr   ECTS
BM 501 Biology of Living Systems    3+0+0 3 7
BM 502 Human Physiology 3+0+2 4 9
BM 530 Fundamentals of Neuroscience   3+0+0  3 7
BM 595 Sel. Top.: Introduction to Neurochemistry        3+0+0  3 8
BM 632 Sensory Systems  3+0+0  3 7

 

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING ‘AREAS OF CONCENTRATION’

Biomaterials deal with biological materials, prosthetics, implants and artificial organs.

Code         Course Title  Hours/Week  Cr   ECTS
BM 519 Biosensors 3+0+0  3 7
BM 541 Biomaterials*     3+0+0  3 7
BM 544 Failure Analysis of Implants     3+0+0  3 7
BM 580 Spec. Stud.: Biomedical Chemistry  3+0+0  3 8
BM 583 Spec. Stud.: Tissue-Biomaterial Interactions   3+0+0  3 8
BM 589 Spec. Stud.: Biomedical Nanostructures  3+0+0  3 8
BM 591 Sel. Top.: Structures & Properties of Bone 3+0+0  3 8
BM 593 Sel. Top.: Laboratory Techniques for Biomedical Samples 3+0+0  3 8

* Compulsory course(s) of the area of concentration.

Biomechanics is the application of engineering mechanics to biological systems for solving medical problems by studying the structure and the function of living organisms.
 

Code        Course Title   Hours/Week  Cr    ECTS 
BM 520 Sel. Top. Fundamental Mechanics for Biomedical Engineers 3+0+0 3 7
BM 522 Spec. Stud. Skeletal Muscle Mechanics 3+0+0 3 7
BM 525 Tissue Biomechanics*     3+0+0 3 7
BM 526 Motion Biomechanics   3+0+0 3 7

* Compulsory course(s) of the area of concentration.             

 

Biomedical Instrumentation deals with design and development of new medical devices for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes.

Code         Course Title Hours/Week   Cr   ECTS
BM 518 Microprocessors in Medical Instrumentation    3+0+0  3 7
BM 519 Biosensors   3+0+0  3 7
BM 555 Design and Evaluation of Clinical Trials  3+0+0  3 7
BM 563 Medical Imaging  3+0+2 4 9
BM 564 Biomedical Instrumentation and Measurement*    3+0+0  3 7
BM 571 Biomedical Signal Processing 3+0+0  3 7
BM 616 Therapeutic Medical Devices 3+0+0  3 7

* Compulsory course(s) of the area of concentration.

 

Clinical Engineering is primarily concerned with the optimization of healthcare delivery through quality management of medical devices and systems.

Code   Course Title Hours/Week Cr    ECTS
BM 500 Hospital Clinical Engineering and Management* 3+0+0  3 7
BM 561 Quality Assurance in Diagnostic Radiology 3+0+0  3 7
BM 563 Medical Imaging   3+0+0  3 7
BM 564 Biomedical Instrumentation and Measurement     3+0+2  4 9
BM 601 Quality Assurance Principles for Biomedical Engineers 3+0+0  3 7
BM 616 Therapeutic Medical Devices   3+0+0  3 7
BM 671 Introduction to Medical Informatics 3+0+0  3 7
BM 694 Sel. Top.: Good Clinical Practices           3+0+0  3 8

* Compulsory course(s) of the area of concentration.

 

Medical Imaging studies various imaging modalities for diagnostic and research purposes.

Code   Course Title Hours/Week Cr ECTS
BM 563 Medical Imaging* 3+0+0 3 7
BM 571 Biomedical Signal Processing      3+0+0 3 7
BM 573 Cardiovascular Imaging 3+0+0 3 7
BM 584 Spec. Stud.:  Quantative Methods in   3+0+0 3 8
Nuclear Medicine Imaging 3+0+0 3 8
BM 588 Spec. Stud.:Principles of Neuroimaging 3+0+0 3 8
BM 594 Sel. Top.: Advanced Image Processing Techniques  3+0+0 3 7
BM 611 Nuclear Biomedical Instrumentation 3+0+0 3 7
BM 641 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Principles 3+0+0 3 7
BM 672 Picture Archiving and Communication    
Systems in Biomedical Imaging    
3+0+0 3 7
BM 688 Spec. Stud.: MRI: Advanced Topics 3+0+0 3 8

* Compulsory course(s) of the area of concentration.
 

Neuroengineering is a discipline that uses engineering techniques to understand, repair, replace, or enhance neural systems.

Code Course Title Hours/Week   Cr ECTS
BM 530 Fundamentals of Neuroscience*    3+0+0 3 7
BM 535 Computational Cell Biology    3+0+0 3 7
BM 536 Principles of Neuroimaging  3+0+0 3 7
BM 538 Computational Neuroscience  3+0+0 3 7
BM 554 Modeling of Biological Systems  3+0+0 3 7
BM 571 Biomedical Signal Processing      3+0+0 3 7
BM 595 Sel. Top.: Introduction to Neurochemistry          3+0+0 3 8
BM 632 Sensory Systems    3+0+0 3 7
BM 633 Dynamics of Neural Systems           3+0+0 3 7

* Compulsory course(s) of the area of concentration.

Biophotonics deals with the interaction between biological systems and photons. This area focuses on the medical applications of lasers and near infrared spectroscopy.

Code  Course Title Hours/Week  Cr  ECTS
BM 515 Laser-Tissue Interaction Mechanisms  3+0+0  3 7
BM 516 Biophotonics*     3+0+0  3 7
BM 517 Novel Applications in Biomedical Optics       3+0+0  3 7
BM 582 Spec. Stud.: Fundamentals of Photonics      3+0+0  3 8

* Compulsory course(s) of the area of concentration.