Postgraduate Programme in Biomedical Engineering

1. Principles of the curriculum and profile

This postgraduate programme will provide an advanced-level education in the area of biomedical engineering.

Beyond foundational courses in anatomy, human cell biology and physiology, the programme also provides cutting-edge offerings in tissue mechanics, orthopaedic implants, biofluid biomechanics, biomaterials, biomedical measurements and stimulation, biomedical data processing and medical imaging and analysis. The programme is completed with a design project providing hands-on practice in medical equipment design or a (predoctoral) research training in one of the biomedical research domains at KU Leuven. This postgraduate programme will provide an advanced-level education in the area of biomedical engineering. The curriculum and the courses are research-based and prepare the student for a career in the medical device industry, in health care institutions and government.


Students with the following diplomas are allowed to enter upon approval: Minimally a three or four-year bachelor degree or a Master in an engineering discipline related to mechanical, electrical, material science or computer science engineering is required before entering this postgraduate programme. Preferentially, the student entering this postgraduate programme also holds a master degree in engineering. Other students may be allowed to enter as well, but all diplomas are depending upon approval by the Permanent Education Committee of the Master of Engineering: Biomedical Engineering and the Faculty of Engineering at KU Leuven. Students must have at least an academic bachelor.

The curriculum and the courses are research-based and prepare the student for a career in the medical device industry, in health care institutions and government. The programme can be followed as part of a predoctoral examination.

2. Programme and courses

This postgraduate programme is organized by the Faculty of Engineering Science All information regarding the courses is available in the programme book: 
Postgraduate Programme in Biomedical Engineering (Leuven)

Truncus Communis (core education)
The student takes at least 10 credits from the Cluster Basic Medical Courses and at least 18 credits in total from the clusters “Biomechanics and Biomaterials” en “Biomedical Information Technology”.

Basic Medical Courses

Instructions: The student is required to take H03I4B 'Human System Physiology' in combination with either I0D34A 'Basic Concepts in Human Cell Biology' or H0H08A 'Inleiding in celbiologie en anatomie van de mens'.

  • H0H08A Inleiding in Celbiologie en Anatomie van de Mens       7 ECTS
  • I0D34A Basic concepts in Human Cell Biology                                 5 ECTS
  • H03I4B Human System Physiology                                                       5 ECTS

Biomechanics and Biomaterials

Instructions: The student chooses at least 6 credits from this cluster

  • H0H12A Weefselmechanica                                                                      5 ECTS
  • H09B9B Modellering van Weefselfysiologie                                       4 ECTS
  • H03U4A Biomaterials I                                                                                 3 ECTS
  • H03J2A Biofluid Mechanics                                                                       3 ECTS
  • L01N7A Research Topics in Human Movement Biomechanics  4 ECTS
  • H0N48A Orthopaedic Implants                                                                3 ECTS
  • H0T59A Host Response to Implanted Materials                               3 ECTS

Biomedical Information Technology

Instructions:  The student chooses at least 6 credits from this cluster

  • H03H7A Biomedical Measurements and Stimulation                   6 ECTS
  • H03I2A Biomedical Data Processing                                                     6 ECTS
  • H03H5A Medical Imaging and Analysis                                                6 ECTS

Elective courses

Instructions: The student chooses at least 6 extra credits from the above clusters 'Biomechanics and Biomaterials' or 'Biomedical Information Technology' or from the following list of additional core courses in medical technology.
Remark: other courses offered by the KU Leuven from the Group Science, Engineering and Technology, and the Group Biomedical Sciences can be elected but need approval of the programme director.

  • H02H6B Bioinformatics                                                                             4 ECTS
  • H0N44A Numerical Modelling in Biomedical Engineering         6 ECTS
  • H0N40A Medical Equipment                                                                    6 ECTS
  • H0N43A Regulatory Affairs                                                                       3 ECTS

Project Based Learning

Instructions: “Choose 1 course from the following list"

3. Duration and location

A fulltime programme takes 1 academic year, starting at the beginning of the Academic Year in September. It is also possible to follow this programme part time, spread over 2 years. The classes and exercise sessions take place during the day.

The location is KU Leuven Campus Arenberg in Heverlee and medical courses are also at UZ Leuven, campus Gasthuisberg. Courses are given on-campus.

4. Admission, registration procedure and tuition fee

Admission for students with a Flemish Degree

Admission requirements are in the programme book.

  • Procedure:

You have to send an email to POC BMT with your request. In this mail you mention the following information:

  • Name
  • Nationality
  • Preliminary training + year + university + scores (if possible with transcripts)
  • Motivation letter

This will be submitted to the commission which will decide if you are accepted or not for admission.

If approved, the next step is that you will receive an acceptance letter. After receiving this letter, you can register online (webinschrijving) or on location at the registation office of KU Leuven.

You can upload it or send the proof of acception to the registration office.

Deadline for 2024-2025: 15 September 2024. Registration for 2023-2024 have been closed.

Admission for international students/students not with a Flemish Degree (incl. Brussels)

Fill in the electronic admission form for international students at this website: Admissions

The required documents (legalized copies of diplomas, transcripts in duplicate, a certificate attesting English proficiency and a letter of motivation) should be added.

The strict deadlines applied by this postgraduate programme are:

  • 1 March for applications of non-EEA citizens
  • 1 June for applications of EEA citizens
  • 1 June for applications of non-EEA citizens living in Belgium with a valid residence permit

This is the only and official way to apply. Documents sent directly via e-mail will not be viewed, only by applying will you know if you are eligible or not.

A committee will decide if you will be accepted or not. 

Tuition fee

Academic Year 2024-2025

         EEA student: 840 euro (full-time registration) and 564 euro (part-time registration, per
                                    academic year)*
         non-EEA student: 4400 euro (full-time registration) and 2200 euro (part-time registration)


> registration fee increases slightly for full & part-time registration per academic year. If with a part-time registration, please keep in mind the 2nd year will increase to the new fee.
> the fee can differ slightly if taking more credits f.e. 41 credits instead of 40 credits. The fee will be adjusted accordingly f.e. extra fee for one study point added to the general registration fee.
> the minimum registration fee of the programme is always 564 euro.


Does this programme give a diploma (degree)?

Please note that the postgraduate programme does not give a diploma (degree).
You will get a certificate of the postgraduate programme.

Where can I find more information about the courses, timetables?

Detailed information about the courses can be found on this webpage:
Postgraduate Programme in Biomedical Engineering 

You can also look up each course by looking it up in the search function:

The new schedule and content will be published after 15 July for the following academic year.
The publicly available class schedules are also in the course description.
A step-by-step plan is available on: FAQ about timetables - Student (

When will the invoice be sent?

The invoice will be sent after the ISP's have been approved. You can expect the invoice to arrive between end of October - end of November.

When is the graduation ceremony?

Please look on the following webpage for the correct date: Beraadslagingen en bekendmaking resultaten

6. Contact

Coordination: Prof. Frederik Maes             
Practical information:
Ms. Valérie Karlshausen: (Dutch or English mail)