Integrated Master in Biomedical Engineering

Department of Physics

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Academic year


Study Plan in alteration process for 2018/2019.



Course Type

Integrated Study Cycle (1st and 2nd)

Qualification Awarded



10 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits



Integrated second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

João Carlos Lopes Carvalho (jcarlos@uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Maria Isabel Silva Ferreira Lopes (isabel@lipc.fis.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
The Integrated Master in Biomedical Engineering of the University of Coimbra is a five-year study programme, distributed over two study cycles, and aims to train professionals with high technical and scientific qualifications, as well as high standards of professional, social and ethical responsibility, able to apply the Engineering concepts and techniques to the analysis and solution of problems in the framework of Biology, Medicine and Healthcare. The training provided by Integrated Master in Biomedical Engineering enables its graduates to respond to the current needs and global challenges of Biomedical Engineering, with emphasis in the specialization areas of Image and Radiation, Biomedical Instrumentation, Biomaterials, Neuroscience and Clinical Informatics and Bioinformatics, and gives them the technical, interpersonal and social skills to intervene and lead in these areas of expertise.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
The general objective of the Integrated Master in Biomedical Engineering (MIEB) is the formation of qualified engineering professionals, able to follow and intervene at the level of scientific and technological innovation in the fields of Medicine and Biology, including in the context of scientific research. At the end, students must:
-Have a solid and integrated training in Basic and Biomedical Sciences and general training in Biomedical Engineering, complemented with specific training in one of the areas of specialization of the MIEB.
- Have skills that enable them to pursue continuous and autonomous learning, ensuring their update throughout their active life.
-Be able to intervene at the level of innovation in the Biomedical Engineering domains, solving problems in new situations, in broad and multidisciplinary contexts.
-Be able to work autonomously, assuming responsibilities in the planning and management of projects and structures in the area of Biomedical Engineering.
-Be capable of establishing and coordinating interdisciplinary teams in institutions in the area of Biological and Medical sciences.
The MIEB also has the objective of developing the generic competences defined in the Dublin descriptors for the 1st and 2nd cycles of studies, such as: Basic knowledge of the field of study; Capacity for analysis and synthesis; Ability to solve problems; Oral and written communication; Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams; Ability to apply knowledge to practical cases; Ability to learn independently; Ability to generate new ideas; Concern with quality. These objectives are accomplished by the curricular units of MIEB. The MIEB study plan includes 3 years of basic training, which reflect the need to acquire solid knowledge in Basic, Biomedical and Engineering sciences, followed by 2 years to acquire the knowledge and skills of advanced and specialized nature. It includes a strong theoretical-practical and practical component that allows to deepen knowledge and apply it to problem-solving. Self-learning, autonomy and integration into working groups are stimulated. The analysis of scientific articles and case studies is often used to encourage critical and argumentative analysis, as well as the integration of knowledge. Making reports and oral exposures promotes the written and oral communication skills. Knowledge application has maximum expression in the curricular unit of Project, which has integrative and research features, reflecting the specialized training. It can be developed in clinical, business or research context, always oriented around an innovative application, the demand for an improved solution to a problem or a scientific research theme. Here the students must express their autonomy and decision-making capacity, demonstrating innovation and professional competence.
Mode of Study
Full time attendance
Access to Further Studies
The course gives their graduates the right to apply to several PhD programs in the Sciences and Engineering areas.
Admission Requirements

Physics and Chemistry (07) and Mathematics A (19)

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Recognition of Prior Learning
There is no recognition of prior learning except when the student is admitted from another Bachelor or Master Course or already has a Bachelor or a Master degree.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no 74/2006, de 24 th March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no 107/2008, 25th June; ordinance no 782/2009, 23th July.
Professional Goals
Design, production and testing of hospital and medical instrumentation. Support the sale and use of clinical material. Consultancy on health. Quality control, calibration, and security analysis of hospital and medical instrumentation. Development of biomaterials. Support of the analysis of the diagnosis. Clinical engineering. Risk analysis and security. Research and development in Biomedical Engineering.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.
Graduation Requirements

Public defense of a dissertation

Study Programme
Common core
Areas of expertise
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2016-02-16 a 2022-02-15
R/A-Ef 1585/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-03-18