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.

Application dates for studies starting in Autumn 2019

16 October 2019: Application opens
15 January 2020: Application deadline
3 February 2020: Deadline for supporting academic documents (all applicants) and documentation of fee exempt status (if required) or receipt of application fee (if required)
3 April 2020: Notification of selection results
August 2020: Arrival and start of studies

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.

This is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given at KTH Campus and KTH Flemingsberg in Stockholm by the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (at KTH). 

Topics covered

Medical imaging and image analysis, implants and biomaterials, medical information systems, biomechanics, healthcare logistics, radiation therapy and patient safety.

Courses in the programme


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.

After graduation

Professional roles where the combined knowledge of technology and physiology is needed, for instance manufacturing technology used in healthcare, in research and development or as a project leader. Other roles include safety issues in the vehicle industry or sports technology or as consultants in healthcare organisation or at hospitals.



Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.

"KTH is one of the best technological universities providing great opportunities for students."

Parastu Rahgozar, Iran

Meet the students

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.

Read more about CBH's research


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