Academic Degree
Master's Degree
General Objectives
1 - The general objectives defined for the Master in Biomedical Engineering are:
a) To complement the training of graduates from various areas of basic sciences and engineering, so they can integrate knowledge to solve problems applying to life sciences and medicine;
b) To prepare students for research and/or development- and innovation-oriented jobs in Portuguese and foreign companies that involve the health value chain, hospitals and universities. Graduates with a master's degree will be able to undertake multidisciplinary scientific research and have the necessary skills to pursue their studies and research in a doctoral programme;
c) To give students the opportunity to increase their skill and specialisation levels, following up on their 1st cycle training obtained in degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering, and with a view to their employability.
2 - Regardless of their specialisation course, students will also be able:
a) To develop competences that allow them to relate knowledge in engineering with the life sciences, in order to evaluate and design projects with applications in Biomedical Engineering;
b) To acquire skills in the use of advanced equipment and techniques, in individual work or as part of multidisciplinary teams, in order to allow the creation and/or development of computational models, electronic instrumentation and software for Biomedical applications;
c) To acquire detailed, up-to-date technical and scientific training on the most advanced techniques in the fields of Engineering, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Genetics and Biomaterials for analysis, diagnosis and treatment in the health area;
d) To develop scientific research strategies adopting solutions to solve concrete problems, e.g. formulation of hypotheses, planning and execution of experimental protocols, critical analysis of results and their dissemination.

The course offers two branches or specialisations:
- Medical Instrumentation and Computerisation;
- Bioprocesses and Biomaterials.
CNAEF Classification
Chemical Process Technology
(524) Portaria n.º 256/2005 [PT]
Study Programme/Publication in the Portuguese Official Gazette
2 years
Career Opportunities
The activities of the Biomedical Engineer in research companies and institutions, and those providing Health services include:
- Specialisation in equipment for monitoring and processing brain, cardiac, pulmonary, temperature, foetal and neonatal signals;
- Specialisation in hospital information systems, telemedicine and e-health;
- Hygiene and Safety in Medical Equipment;
- Management of Risk and Quality in Hospitals;
- Specialisation in diagnostic equipment in cardiology, pulmonary function, neurophysiology, sleep study, audiometry, ophthalmology, muscle strength and clinical testing;
- Specialisation in medical imaging equipment, such as digital radiology, tomography, diagnosis by ultrasound, endoscopy and magnetic resonance imaging;
- Specialisation in therapeutic devices such as ventilators, defibrillators, anaesthetic equipment, haemodialysis, radiation therapy equipment, equipment for haemodynamics, and functional electrical stimulation in rehabilitation;
- Specialisation in implantable instrumentation (pacemakers, defibrillators, neuro prostheses, insulin pumps).
Graduate Profile
The aim of the Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering is:
- To give students the opportunity to be part of research groups dedicated to Biomedical applications, taking advantage of the synergies between the UTAD teachers, departments and schools, attracting students to research projects;
- To reaffirm UTAD as an active, competitive partner in the research, design, development and marketing of health-related devices, software and services in selected niche markets and technologies, targeting the most demanding and most important international markets from a perspective of recognition of excellence, of its technological level, and of its skills and capabilities in the field of innovation;
- To promote curricular, extracurricular and research activities amongst students, aimed at training young engineers with a vocation for innovation and technology transfer, and thus promote and encourage UTAD's cooperation with companies, laboratories, clinics, hospitals, and other Portuguese and foreign universities in the economic areas associated with health.
Entities to Practice
The existing collaboration between the Course in Biomedical Engineering and the Trás-os-Montes Hospital will be extended to the students of this Masters, allowing them to identify opportunities for innovation in the provision of health services.
They will also have the opportunity to take advantage of:
- Lectures given by key professionals in the area of​Biomedical Engineering;
- Study visits to companies;
- Internships in a Hospital environment or in Companies of the area.
Admission Requirements
- Holders of academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognised as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle;
- Holders of a foreign higher academic degree, resulting from a 1st cycle of studies organised according to the principles of the Bologna Process, in the areas of Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering and other bachelors degrees related;
- Holders of a foreign higher academic degree recognised as meeting the objectives of the bachelors degree;
- Holders of the bachelors degree or legal equivalent in the areas of Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering and other bachelors degrees related.
Selection And Ranking Criteria
- Classification of access qualification;
- Scientific curriculum;
- Professional curriculum;
- Candidates may be subjected to interview for selection and ranking.
Resolution Date
A3ES Deliberation
Registry Date
Accreditation Validity