Erasmus Mundus Master´s Course CEMACUBE

In September 2010 an Erasmus Mundus Master’s course called CEMACUBE (Common European Master’s Course in Biomedical Engineering) started, when the grant application, submitted by University of Groningen and University Medical Centre Groningen, was accepted. The goal of this course is to prepare students from Europe and outside Europe for professions in biomedical engineering.

For a single university it is difficult to have enough knowledge of all sub-specialisations in biomedical engineering to teach their students on an adequate level. In addition, the required European scope is difficult to gain when students stick to a single university. Therefore, a consortium of 6 universities has joined their knowledge and specific expertise into a 2-year European Master’s in biomedical engineering.

During the first year (semester 1 and 2), a student will follow lectures on all biomedical engineering subjects at one of the six universities, in the 3rd semester (s)he will move to another participating university to follow lectures on a specific topic as medical imaging, tissue engineering or artificial organs. During the fourth and last semester, a Master’s project will be prepared by the student on this specialisation at one of the 6 participating universities:

  • Groningen (the Netherlands)
  • Aachen (Germany)
  • Dublin (Ireland)
  • Ghent and Brussels (Belgium)
  • Prague (Czech Republic).

Each student will receive a double degree.

Admission criteria are:  Bachelor degree in engineering and good knowledge of English (all tuition will be in English), a convincing motivation letter and letters of reference.

Students that followed this European Master’s course in biomedical engineering are trained with a European overview and experienced in intercultural and interdisciplinary teamwork. They will have a broad knowledge of the entire field of BME.


During the first two semesters, in total 60 ECTS, each university gives course elements on basic BME-topics. The content of those two semesters, offered by each consortium university, is comparable and will contain the following elements:

Medical course elements

  • Anatomy and Histology
  • (Patho)physiology
  • Ethics

General engineering course elements

  • Methodical Design
  • Project Management
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotransport
  • Working culture

Engineering course elements, focused on diagnostics

  • Imaging Techniques
  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Signal Analysis

Engineering course elements, focused on therapy

  • Cell Biology
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics


In the third semester (30 ECTS) course elements on a specific topic will be given. Faculty of biomedical engineering will offer 3 specialisations, based on keyline research, so students get state-of-the-art knowledge, preparing them optimally for future developments in BME.


In the fourth and last semester (30 ECTS) an individual Master’s project will be performed. This project could be a research assignment or a design assignment. During this Master’s project all knowledge and skills learned in the first three semesters are applied:

  • to solve a problem by designing a device (in case of a design assignment)
  • to provide answers to a scientific questions by carrying out scientific research (in case of a research assignment).

Each student will have two supervisors, one from the institute where the study is performed and one from another consortium university. In the end, the assessment will be done by a report and a presentation.

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