Master's programme in Medical Engineering
Medical Engineering is a field with excellent career prospects, and KTH is a leading technical university promoting state-of-the-art education in this area. Prospective master’s students can expect to receive a solid foundation in advanced, modern applications, as well as relevant research collaborations with the globally recognised medical environment of Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset.
Medical Engineering at KTH
The master’s programme teaches the advantages and limitations of the current technology underlying clinical applications. Students are given the knowledge base that is necessary for them to improve and develop the medical technology of the future.
One important field that the programme tackles is imaging techniques, such as ultrasound and MRI. Another main area is simulation analysis – the development of software to create virtual environments in order to analyse processes in, for example, healthcare. A third major field is biomedical implants, dealing with the construction of artificial body parts. Patient safety is an essential part of the education, and the safety perspective is present in every course of the programme.
Since the field of Medical Engineering is so wide, students will choose one out of five track based on what technical background they are interested in. Each track contains mandatory, conditionally elective and elective courses. In the final term, each student will complete a degree project. The degree project is a stepping stone to either an academic career or to working in industry, and can be completed at an industrial company, a hospital or at an academic institution in Sweden or abroad. There are also good opportunities to study for a term or to complete the master’s thesis project abroad.
The master's progamme in Medical Engineering offers competence to produce and develop medical technology as part of a project group, in private companies or healthcare. A broad professional role makes it possible to work in functional areas such as technical development, sales or administrative project management, depending on competence and personal interest.
Healthcare is becoming increasingly technologically advanced; an ageing population requires technical aids and the first generation of medical engineers has reached retirement age. Economic and demographic changes are requiring structural reforms in society and healthcare. This generates the need for professionals with an understanding of both technology and medicine, of which there is currently a lack.
The labour market largely consists of small enterprises, specialised in specific products, and the expanding field also offers good possibilities to start one’s own business.
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Faculty and research
The research at the KTH School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health covers many different areas of biomedical engineering. Some examples are Medical Imaging, Neuronics, Healthcare Logistics, Structural Biotechnology and Environmental Physiology. In several of the ongoing research projects it’s possible for students to participate as interns or through the degree project course.