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Master in Biomedical Engineering

A3ES accreditation
The Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES), on the 22nd of November, 2016, and in agreement with the recomendation and fundamentation produced by the respective External Review Team, decided to accredit MEB, without conditions, for a period of 6 (six) years. More information can be found in the reports made available by A3ES.

The MEB master programme (2nd-cycle, 120 ECTS), created in 1996/97, comprises a training component, lasting an academic year, and a period focused on the development, presentation and discussion of the dissertation.

Admission requirements
This programme covers a vast range of subjects in the domain of Biomedical Engineering. It is designed to fulfil the needs of those who are looking for a specialized training (graduates in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry mainly), and who are interested in performing scientific and technical activities in health institutions or companies. The scientific committee of the programme may accept candidates who hold diplomas in other subjects, whose training is appropriate to this programme.
The admission prerequisites demand high level knowledge on the domains of Mathematics and Physics.

The MEB programme is accredited by the Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior (Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education - A3ES). This accreditation recognizes the high quality standards of the programme, as well as the fulfilling of the education requirements for higher education.

This is not a post working hours programme. Several curricular units of the plan are shared with other programmes, namely the Integrated Master In Bioengineering, and therefore will run in normal timetable schedules.

Numerus Clausus
The numerus clausus is 30 students. The minimum number of students required for the programme to be offered is 10.

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The proposed cycle of studies aims at providing an advanced integrated training in Biomedical Engineering, by promoting a systematic understanding in a particular area, along with a more comprehensive instruction in broader areas in this field of engineering.
Graduates are expected to be able to conceive, design, and maintain systems and services in specific fields of Biomedical Engineering. Students should also acquire knowledge in a limited number of research techniques in order to develop skills conducting to high quality scientific research, according to the internationally accepted quality parameters and ethical standards. 
The objectives of the curricular programme also include the development of skills such as team work, communication with their peers and the academic community, as well as presentation and discussion of results and achievements.

Fields of Specialization

Modeling and simulation of biomedical systems; Biophysics; Biomechanics; Orthesys and prothesys; Implantable devices; Reahabilitation systems; Diagnostics and therapy systems; Biomedical instrumentation; Sensors and actuators; Signal and image digital processing; Medical data management systems; Hospital medical technology management.

Professional Abilities

This training provides access to exerting a career in areas of activity related to: bioinformatics, biomaterials, biomechanics, biotechnology, medical robotics, biological signals processing, medical image processing, development and application of sensors, bioelectromechanical systems, diagnosis and therapeutic systems, biochemical systems, information systems, telemedicine, rehabilitation engineering, clinical engineering, and management of technology in health and sanitary surveillance.

Employment Prospects

The graduates on Biomedical Engineering acquire competences and technical knowledge that make them capable of assuming the responsibility for the development, production, maintenance and equipment management, products and technological processes for diagnosis, therapy, rehabilitation and research. In general, in the industry, R&D, hospital engineering, and other related to the practice of biomedical engineering, such as:
- Research and development in labs, private or of the State;
- Development of prosthesis and artificial organs;
- Conception of physiological data monitoring or diagnostics systems;
- Conception of electronic implants and actuators that support therapeutic processes;
- Development of software applications for health care provision and management;
- Education and training of human resources in the domain of technology applied to health;
- Elaboration, evaluation, verification of the adequacy and fulfilling of biomedical technology standards;
- Planning, organization, and verification of installations dedicated to the practice of medical acts;
- Advisory in the elaboration of requirements and procedures, for the acquisition and verification of biomedical technology goods and services.


Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto
José António Nogueira
Tel.: (+351) 225 081 819
Fax: (+351) 225 081 443
E-mail: meb@fe.up.pt


General information

Official Code: 9568
Director: José Machado Da Silva
Acronym: MEB
Academic Degree: Master
Type of course/cycle of study: Masters Degree
Start: 1996/1997
Duration: 2 Years

Study Plan


  • Master in Biomedical Engineering (120 ECTS credits)
  • Specialization in Biomedical Engineering (60 ECTS credits)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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