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CEMACUBE EIT Innovation & Entrepreneur Master's

In September 2010 the Erasmus Mundus Master’s course CEMACUBE (Common European MAster’s CoUrse in Biomedical Engineering) was initiated under the Erasmus Mundus Programme 2009-2013 of the European Commission and is currently running as a CEMACUBE EIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Master's under EIT Health. EIT Health is a knowledge and Innovation Community established by the European Institite for Innovation & Technology (EIT), and independent EU body set up to promote innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe.    

The goal of CEMACUBE is to prepare students from Europe and outside Europe to improve health care by applying Biomedical Engineering. Therefore a consortium of 6 universities has joined their knowledge and specific expertise into a 2-year European Master’s in Biomedical Engineering. Biomedical Engineering is a broad multidisciplinary area, involving many sub-specializations, varying from regenerative medicine to implant design and from PET-scan imaging to biosensors. Only a consortium of various universities can teach all fields in BME.

Current-day medical practice relies increasingly on technology, such as microelectronics, information technology and mechanical and materials engineering. But technology can only improve health care when engineers and medical specialists work together. You will be trained to work in those interdisciplinary project teams. BME is the perfect mix of technology and health care.  

The CEMACUBE EIT Innovation & Entrepreneur Master’s in Biomedical Engineering (BME) provides students skills to realise a medical device to solve a medical problem. Students develop, in co-creation with the stakeholders (patients, medics, industry), prototypes of medical devices, test them in a real-life setting, create a business plan, prepare CE-certification and a patent application. Potentially, this will lead to the submission of EIT Health Proof-of-Concept or Head Start projects, or even an innovation by ideas of design project submission.



Programme structure


During the first two semesters, 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:

Innovation & Entrepreneurship (e.g. Design thinking, Entrepreneurship, Medical Device Regulations, CE, patenting)

Medical course elements (e.g. Anatomy and Histology, (Patho)physiology, Ethics);

General engineering course elements (e.g. including Project Management, Biochemistry, Bio transport, Working culture);

Engineering course elements, focused on diagnostics (e.g. Imaging Techniques, Biomedical Instrumentation, Signal Analysis);

Engineering course elements, focused on therapy (e.g. Cell Biology, Biomaterials, Biomechanics).


A traineeship has to be followed in a hospital or industry in the first year. All universities of the consortium have an extensive network of contacts in hospitals and industries.



In the second year, semester 1 the following specialisations can be chosen (given per university):

Aachen:  Artificial Organs & Implants, Tissue Engineering

Dublin: (Neural Engineering), Tissue Engineering

Ghent: Radiation physics & Medical Imaging, Computational methods for medical applications

Groningen: Diagnostic Imaging and Instrumentation,  Biomaterials Science and Engineering, Medical Device Design

Prague: Medical Instrumentation, Medical Imaging Instrumentation


Research and Design

In semester 2 of year 2 an individual Master’s project will be performed. This project is a research or a design assignment. During this Master’s project all knowledge and skills learnedduring the programme are applied:

To solve a problem by designing a device (in case of a design assignment)

To realise answers to a scientific question by performing scientific research (in case of a research assignment).





Mobility is one of the key aspects of the CEMACUBE programme. The mobility of this Master's course makes it possible to switch between up to three universities in a total of two years. The programme consists of four semesters. During the first year (semester 1 and 2), a student will follow lectures on all biomedical engineering subjects at one of the partner Universities of Groningen (The Netherlands), Aachen (Germany), Dublin (Ireland), Ghent and Brussels (Belgium) and Prague (Czech Republic). In the second year the student will move to another partner university to follow lectures on a specific topic (semester 1)  and will do a Master’s project (semester 2). The Master’s project can also be done at one of the associated universities: Aalborg University, (Denmark), University of Calabria (Italy), Université de Technologie Compiègne (France), University of Patras (Greece), University of Strathclyde (United Kingdom), and the Institute of Biocybernetics and BME, Warsaw (Poland), ETH Zurich (Switzerland).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 July 2018 17:43  

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