Master in Biomedical Engineering - Signal and Image Processing

University of Oulu

Program Description
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Master in Biomedical Engineering - Signal and Image Processing

University of Oulu

Master in Biomedical Engineering - Signal and Image Processing

University of Oulu has a long tradition in the education and research in Biomedical Engineering (BME). BME is a fast-evolving research theme under the Information Technology focus area of the University.

The International Master’s Programme in Biomedical Engineering: Signal and Image Processing (BME-SIP) is research oriented to offer a strong basis for research career. The contributing departments have received excellent grades from an international research assessment panel. The education is systematized with strongly interdisciplinary approach. Master’s theses are completed in participating research groups.

The programme structure and contents is based on the most recent international recommendations for BME education. University of Oulu has actively participated in several European level projects in BME education, including BIOMEDEA, EAMBES and TEMPUS project Curricula Reformation and Harmonization in Biomedical Engineering (CRH-BME, 2009-2011).

Students of our programme focus on biomedical signal processing, biomedical imaging and image processing, and biomedical instrumentation. BME courses are given by:

  • Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Biomedicine, Medical Technology
  • Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Biophysics
  • Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Laboratory

Programme Outline

Master's programme in Biomedical Engineering: Signal and Image Processing (BME-SIP) is a full-time two-year (120 ECTS) international Master's degree programme. It consists of advanced studies and the Master's thesis. A more detailed description of the content can be found from the course structure diagram 2016-2018 (updated 19.1.2016) below.

The student studies full-time, corresponding to 60 credits per year. This equals to 1600 hours of student workload per year. The full degree (120 credits) can be completed in two years, studying full-time.

Learning outcomes

After completing the Master’s degree the student is able to

  • take advantage of the basic methods of digital image and video processing, statistical pattern recognition, and machine vision to solve problems in medical image processing
  • put in practice mathematical modeling and analysis algorithms for processing physiological signals
  • plan a system to take advantage of measurement sensors for the measurements of biological phenomena

Occupational profiles of graduates

  • Research, teaching, and specialist duties.
  • Developing and testing products in the industry as well as marketing support and managerial tasks.
  • Consulting on the use and procurement of products, evaluation of performance, maintenance, customization of appliances to clinical and research needs in health care stations.
  • Public official tasks related to the quality control and establishment of safety standards.

Programme Admissions

Programme Specific Academic Requirements

Bachelor’s (or higher) degree in biomedical engineering, biophysics, physics, computer science, electrical engineering, control engineering, or other relevant fields.

  1. Those who will receive their degree after the deadline of the application, but before June 13 / July 29 2016 are eligible to apply.
  2. General admission requirements
  • very good or excellent grades in Basic studies in Mathematical Sciences (e.g. mathematics, physics) and
  • the applicant should have an university level Bachelor's degree, or equivalent university level degree, suitable for biomedical engineering studies, with very good or excellent grades.

Selection Process

An interview can be arranged to verify the most qualified applicants. There will be at most 10 students selected to the Master's programme. If two or more applicants score the same number of points, their order shall be determined on the basis of the relevance and the level of the applicant's overall study record in the Bachelor's degree.

Detailed Selection Criteria

The applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The level and the relevance of the applicant's overall study record in the Bachelor's degree and other studies
  • The quality of the applicant's Motivation Letter*
  • The quality of the applicant's Research Interest*
  • The quality of the CV
  • Reference letters

*Motivation Letter and Research Interest are included in the online application form.

University of Oulu International Master’s Scholarship Scheme 2017-2018

Connected with the renewal of university strategy, the increased importance of internationalization and the introduction of tuition fees for non-EU/EEA citizens, the University of Oulu has assigned a significant amount of money for tuition scholarships for 2017 entry. The scholarships will be granted in the form of a tuition fee waiver. The tuition fee waiver awarded covers 100 % of the full tuition fee. Applicants can apply for the tuition scholarship as part of the admissions process.

University of Oulu Scholarship Scheme in more detail

The University of Oulu International Master’s Scholarship Scheme (IM Scholarship) provides scholarships to academically talented international students. The scholarship is aimed at students studying for a Master’s degree in the University of Oulu two-year International Master’s programmes. The scholarship covers the full international tuition fee. University of Oulu IM Scholarships do not cover living costs.

In order to retain the scholarship in the following year of study, a student must have completed 55 ECTS by the end of the previous academic year. If a student does not achieve this requirement during the first year of studies, they will be liable to pay the full international tuition fee for the second year if they wish to complete their Master’s degree programme. An exception to this rule can be made if a student has been granted approved leave from studies (e.g. due to serious illness).

Eligibility Requirements to Apply for International Master’s Scholarship

Applicants are eligible to apply for a University of Oulu IM Scholarship 2017-18, if they are:

  • Non-EU/EEA* citizens who do not have a permanent residence permit in Finland.

(Applicants not eligible for the International Master’s Scholarship are: 1) non-EU/EEA citizens who have a permanent residence permit in Finland, 2) EU/EEA citizens or comparable persons, 3) University of Oulu students who have been accepted to study BEFORE the academic year 2017-18.)

  • Eligible to apply for a Master’s degree programme at the University of Oulu for academic year 2017 – 18.
    • The applicant has obtained their first academic degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) from a recognised institution of higher education.
    • The applicant proves a high level of proficiency in English language. Approved methods of demonstrating language proficiency.

Applicants who are in their last term/semester of studies for their first academic degree during the application period, can apply for the scholarship. Applicants who receive a conditional offer of study placement for a Master’s programme will receive a conditional scholarship offer.

The scholarship application will be processed in the selection procedure only if the applicant meets the admissions criteria.

*European Union / European Economic Area member states are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein Republic, Denmark, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom. With the EU legislation, Switzerland is also comparable for EU member states.

The nature of residence permit is indicated in the residence permit with a letter. A permanent residence permit bears the letter P or A and an EC residence permit for third-country nationals with long-term EC resident status bears the letters P-EY.

Application for International Master’s Scholarship 2017-18

There is no separate application system for the International Master’s Scholarship. All applicants for University of Oulu Master’s degree programmes need to complete the Student Application Form. Those applicants who are applying for the University of Oulu International Master’s Scholarship have to additionally complete the “Application for Scholarship,” section which can be found at the end of the Student Application Form. The International Master’s Scholarship application section cannot be completed and/or submitted without the Student Application Form.

The application period for the University of Oulu Master’s degree programmes and International Master’s Scholarships is 15.12.2016-25.1.2017

Selection criteria for University of Oulu IM Scholarship 2017-2018

Admissions and scholarships decisions will be taken at the same time. Those students successful in obtaining an International Master’s Scholarship will be notified at the same time as their offer of admission to their International Master’s programme is confirmed. The selection criteria for the University of Oulu IM Scholarship are based on previous academic performance and academic potential.

For questions concerning the University of Oulu IM Scholarship, please contact admissions.officer(a)

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Last updated October 21, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
2 years
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10,000 EUR
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(for non-EU/EEA students, see Scholarships and Fees)