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About the programme

Programme structure

This programme is only offered in Danish.

The Master’s degree in biomedical engineering counts as 120 ECTS credits and consists of both subjects within health such as anatomy and physiology and subjects of more scientific and engineering character such as biophysics, microbiology and signal processing.

You specialise by participating in course activities and case studies and by writing a thesis. During your very first week, you structure your own individual study programme with the help of a teacher from the institute by choosing courses from the course catalogue. Your programme is based on your academic qualifications and interests and the subjects you studied for your Bachelor’s degree. The plan must be approved by the Board of Studies before you can enrol for examinations.

PhD programme

If you have the necessary skills and interest, you have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme. You can apply when you have completed your Bachelor’s degree. In the PhD programme, you start working on a research project and are gradually trained through courses and personal guidance to become a researcher.

Forms of teaching

At the University of Aarhus and at the Engineering College of Aarhus, you are in close contact with researchers in a way that you rarely experience at other universities. The door to the professor’s office is always open if you need clarification of the study material, and you are encouraged to ask questions at lectures and during exercises. We make heavy demands on your academic skills and independence. In return, you gain considerable benefits in the form of academic challenges and scientific knowledge, in addition to broad competences.

The form of teaching at the university is focused on independence, critical thinking and cooperation. A part of the teaching constitutes the lectures where the subjects are presented in a new approach compared to the textbooks. The theoretical and practical exercises are conducted in small teams where the issues of the subjects are worked through. Most of the students at Biomedical Engineering spend a considerable proportion of their time on working in the lab as well as project work. Besides, clinical traineeship at the university hospital of Aarhus is also included.

You will become a part of an interdisciplinary society where you are taught to cooperate on research and development of technical methods of medical character and instruments for surveillance, diagnosing and treatments of patients – both within the healthcare system and within the medical technical industry.

The varied forms of teaching, collaboration in groups and the opportunity for close scientific dialogue with the researchers provide you with general competences that are in great demand in the global job market. These competences include abstract, critical and independent thinking, analytical skills, strategic planning and the ability to solve problems. You can use these skills in many contexts – even in jobs you didn’t know you were qualified for.

Elective courses (credit module)

Course registration regarding compulsory courses and courses that are a part of specialised study packages must take place via the self-service facility at during the registration periods.

Registration for elective courses at Science and Technology:

  1. Please make sure that the courses in question are included in your study contract.
  2. The following elective courses are preapproved by the Study Board – course registration must be directly via the self-service facility at

All other elective courses from e.g. Computer Science, Bioscience, Chemistry, Geoscience, Sport Science, BSS, Summer school and ASE diploma courses requires prior approval and credit module enrollment. Please apply for prior approval in enrollment periods prior to the semester where you want to take courses.

  1. The course in question must be evident from your Study Contract.
  2. When your study contract has been approved by your  Head of Degree Programme, you must send an application via The Self-service Facility at (Please choose the form “Prior approval for courses within AU.") 

Please notice that the deadline regarding application for a prior approval is the same as the course registration period. You find the course registration deadlines here.

Please notice that course registration is binding after the registration period. And please notice that the courses may chance with respect to content, course name etc. Check the courses at the AU Course Catalogue.

Unusual circumstances - when you need to change your course registration:

A. Cancellation of a course or when courses are coinciding: Please contact your Degree Programme Coordinator as soon as possible/before the beginning of the semester.

B. Other instances: Send a reasoned application for an exemption to the Study Board via as soon as possible/before the beginning of the semester.

Two courses at Sport Science (Faculty of Health)

The courses Computational Biomechanics and Experimental Biomechanics are taught at The Faculty of Health. If you wish to register for the courses the Study Contract equals your preapproval.

Please notice that it is Faculty of Health that decides whether you are allowed to participate in the courses.

In order to apply for admission to the courses:

  1. The courses must be evident from your Study Contact and Peter Johansen must approve the Contract.
  2. Send an application at (Self-service facility) – the form: Prior approval for courses within AU. Choose “Sport Science” as “Enrolled in the degree programme” (not Biomedical Engineering). Attach a copy of the Study Contract to the application.

Competence profile and career

Competence profile

With a Master’s degree in biomedical engineering, you have the following competences:

  • You have general knowledge of biomedical engineering and detailed knowledge of key disciplines, methodologies, theories and concepts within biomedical engineering.
  • You can independently plan, manage and implement projects and apply the results in scientifically relevant decision processes.
  • You can assess the applicability and appropriateness of theoretical, experimental and practical methodologies for the analysis and solution of scientific questions and issues.
  • You can structure your own competence development independently and critically.
  • You are able to systematically and critically familiarise yourself with new subject areas.
  • You can communicate academic questions and issues to both a scientific and a general audience.
  • You can collaborate constructively on a health science basis to solve subject-related issues.

Job profile

In collaboration with the Engineering College of Aarhus and the Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, the University of Aarhus educates graduate engineers in biomedical engineering for the regional, national and international job markets. Graduates find work in an extremely wide range of fields and institutions.

Jobs within the health services and health science institutes include:

  • Research and development of medico-technical methodologies and instruments for monitoring, diagnosing and treating patients.
  • Collaboration with the medico-technical industry regarding the utilisation of research results for developing new instruments.
  • Specialist medico-technical consultancy regarding the purchase of new equipment.

Within the business community, you can work with:

  • Developing and building advanced technology medico-technical instruments.
  • Sales and marketing of advanced technology medico-technical instruments.
  • Customer consultancy regarding the purchase of the most appropriate instruments for solving specified tasks.
  • Clinical trials of new products in collaboration with doctors.

There is considerable need for the interdisciplinary knowledge you acquire throughout your degree programme. Denmark is the country in the world that manufactures most medico-technical equipment per capita. Such products range from ostomy bags, implants and interventional catheters to advanced blood gas analysers, X-ray equipment and ultrasound scanners, which demands a considerable range of medico-technical skills in both industrial R&D departments and the health services.


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