Master's programme in Medical Engineering
Medical Engineering is a field with excellent career prospects, and KTH is a leading technical university offering state-of-the-art education in the area. Students in the programme can expect to receive a solid foundation in advanced and modern applications, as well as relevant research collaborations with the globally recognised medical environment of Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset.
Medical Engineering at KTH
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). Students are strongly encouraged to spend at least a term at another university (in Sweden or abroad) through an exchange programme.
The master’s programme aims at training students’ understanding of the advantages and limitations of the technology currently used in clinical and preclinical applications. Students are also presented with the necessary knowledge needed in order for them to improve and develop the medical technology of the future.
Medical Engineering is a wide and interdisciplinary field. In order to help students to choose a coherent study plan that fits their background knowledge and their aspirations, the program has been divided in five tracks, each with a number of mandatory, conditionally elective and elective courses.
Mandatory courses are courses that the faculty involved in the programme finds absolutely necessary to operate in the chosen field. Typically, in our programme, those are applied courses in the area of specialisation. Conditionally elective courses are all courses suggested by the faculty or by the students that are judged by the programme director to be within the area of specialisation of the chosen track. Elective courses are all engineering or engineering related courses that do not belong in any of the two above described category for the chosen track.
The Medical Imaging track is suggested for students who are interested in learning how to create and analyze medical images. The track is designed for students with a vocation for Mathematics and Physics in mind.
The biomechanics track focuses on Mechanics and strength of materials and on analyzing human movement and creating model of the human body that can be used for e.g. injury prevention and rehabilitation, as well as making prostheses and other assistive technology. Students with an interest in mechanics and in computer simulations should find this track of interest.
The Medical Electronics track looks at the various electrical signals that control the human body and at how they can be measured and analyzed, e.g. for diagnosing many kinds of diseases and constructing artificial implants. An interest in electronics and in signal processing is advisable for students choosing this track.
The Medical Informatics track is for students interested in computer science. It’s very broad and looks at all the different IT solutions (such as machine learning and wireless communication) that are needed for e.g. image analysis and creating VR systems for training surgeons.
Healthcare Logistics and Management
The Healthcare Logistics and Management track focuses less on technical aspects and more on the design of modern health care as a system, to make it more efficient and less expensive. Computer simulations, statistics and qualitative research methods are tools typically employed in this area. Students with an interest in further developing their skills in those topics are encouraged to choose this track.
In the final term, each student will complete a degree project. The degree project has a twofold scope. It is used to examine the programme learning outcomes, ensuring that the student has acquired all necessary knowledge to become a professional in Medical Engineering. The degree project should also be considered as a first step to either an academic career or to working in industry, and can therefore be completed at an industrial company, a hospital or at an academic institution in Sweden or abroad. Faculty at the Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems department offers, on a regular basis, opportunities to carry on research projects at their laboratories.
The master's programme 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. Graduates of the programme have had as their first work in many different positions, everything from engineering consultants and programmers for companies in several technical fields, support engineers, quality control engineers, sale consultant for clinical related companies and doctoral students. Prominent research centres that hired our former students comprehend ETH, EPFL, UCL, CERN, KI, the list of large companies contains among others Siemens, Philips, GE, Elekta, Maquet, Johnsons & Johnson, SAAB, Skandia, the list of small and medium companies could be very long but RaySearch, Episurf, HotSwap, Sectra, Tobii have been consistently hiring our newly graduates. Last but not least, hospitals and public organisations with an interest in Healthcare are also typical employer of our former students.
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Graduates from KTH have the knowledge and tools for moving society in a more sustainable direction, as sustainable development is an integral part of all programmes. The three key sustainable development goals addressed by the master's programme in Medical Engineering are:
In the programme, students will study and learn how the human body functions both under normal and abnormal conditions and what techniques are available for preventing, diagnosing and curing various diseases. The programme offers courses that deal with economic and social aspects of technology, as well as ethical issues surrounding technology and healthcare. Courses are offered in anatomy/physiology, economics and entrepreneurship, ergonomics and sustainable development.
Students will receive training in how to communicate with medical staff, as well as in looking at technological solutions from their perspective. Specific courses in medical technology aim to develop technical solutions that focus on technical, medical, economic and social aspects.
During their degree project or during any of the strongly encouraged internship courses, students will typically work on developing healthcare technology where it is used or manufactured (for example hospitals or industry). Students can also choose to work on developing healthcare in developing countries and ensuring that care is organised in an economically and socially sustainable way.
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. Our masteräs programme graduates and PhD students have been hired by prestigious institutions as MIT, Stanford University, ETH, CERN, among others.