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Biomedical Sciences and Engineering – Biomedical Micro- and Nanodevices

Tampere University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Fall 2021
Tampere University

Program description

Biomedical Sciences and Engineering – Biomedical Micro- and Nanodevices

The biomedical engineering industry is an increasingly important, global high-tech sector. In Finland, the HealthTech industry is especially strong. With the emergence of numerous small enterprises, the fields of biomedical sciences and engineering are rapidly expanding and offer diverse career options. This program provides you with a solid understanding of the challenges related to biomedical and health sciences. You will become familar with advanced technologies at the interface between engineering and health sciences and have the ability to develop innovative solutions to solve these challenges. You will be able to demonstrate critical thinking and professionalism and pursue a career in industry, a hospital or continue your studies towards a doctoral degree. You may also be a natural-born entrepreneur and launch your own start-up.

We foster close collaboration between engineering professionals, life scientists and clinicians, and therefore provide optimal exposure for the students taking part in the degree program. Our excellent basic and translational (from laboratory to clinic) research is recognised worldwide. While applying to the program, you may choose one of the following options: Health Technology and Informatics, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, or Biomedical Micro- and Nanodevices.

Admission requirements

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree program at Tampere University, you must have

  1. Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree
    • which corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study
    • from relevant field for the Master’s degree program that you’re applying to
    • from an accredited institution of higher education
  2. AND a good command of the English language for academic purposes.

A Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.

Program-specific eligibility criteria

The previous degree should be from a field closely related to the Master's program you are applying to. In the Master’s program in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, Biomedical Micro- and Nanodevices (MSc tech) track, the previous degree has to be in one of the following (or highly related) fields:

  • Engineering/technology degree in biomedical engineering, microtechnology, electrical engineering, physics, mechatronics or other discipline related to the major. It would be beneficial (but not mandatory) for students with physics, electrical engineering, mechatronics or microtechnology background to have undertaken some studies in biological sciences/biomedical engineering during their bachelor's studies. All students must have proficiency in mathematics and physics and basic understanding of material sciences.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Compulsory courses

  • Master's Seminar
  • Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • Introduction to Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
  • Introduction to Quality and Regulation for Medical Product Development
  • Product Development of Biomedical Devices
  • Finland start

Major studies

  • Introduction to Microsystem Technology
  • Microactuators and Active Actuator Materials
  • Microsensors
  • Microfluidics
  • Radio Frequency Identification Technology
  • Research Project in Biomedical Engineering

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 12000 € per academic year.

You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:

  • an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.


Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a Master of Science (Technology) degree (120 ECTS).

Learning outcomes

After completing the study module:

  • Students are able to design, model, simulate, test and apply microsensors, microactuators, microfluidic and soft-robotic structures and understands their physical principles and the specifications of corresponding commercial products.
  • Students understand the basic principles of microfabrication, understand the potential and limitations of the different methods and can design simple fabrication processes.
  • Students have knowledge of the characterization methods of microscale components, ability to use basic device and concept of scaling effects in microtechnology.
  • Students have the ability to design, model, simulate, test and apply implantable and body-centric antennas and RFID-based wireless power transfer systems.
  • Students have the ability to combine microfabrication techniques with biomedical engineering for biomedical applications such as cell technologies and physiological measurements.

Career opportunities

Students graduating from the Master’s Degree program in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering will have versatile career opportunities in multidisciplinary tasks. The program will educate experts for the future with the ability of lifelong learning.

Graduates will find employment opportunities in the Finnish, European and global health tech companies. In general, the health tech industry is one of the most export-driven industries. Thus, there is also a need for international graduates. Alternatively, graduates can also embark on a career in academia and continue towards a PhD. The possibilities for PhD studies are not only applicable in Finland, but also worldwide, thanks to the extensive network of collaborators at the faculty. The health care service industry from university hospitals to private clinics is one significant employer. There is also an increasing need of new talented engineers and researchers to work in the public sector or in governmental institutions (Patent office, Regulations of medical devices, for example). Lastly, in the past decade a growing number of small companies and spin-offs have emerged, opening up ample opportunities to those interested in entrepreneurship.

The major in Biomedical Micro- and Nanodevices gives competitive skills to work in both academy and industry on biomedical and life science areas, but also on fields focused on micromanufacturing. This major provides a good background for postgraduate studies aiming at a doctoral degree, which is highly valued in technology industries nowadays.

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