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Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

College
College of Engineering
Department
Electrical Engineering
Level
Masters
Study System
Thesis and Courses
Total Credit Hours
33 Cr. Hrs
Duration
3-8 semesters (full-time) || 6-10 semesters (part-time)
Intake
Fall & Spring
Location
Sharjah Main Campus
Language
English
Study Mode
Full Time and Part Time

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Introduction

The MSBME program accepts students from different undergraduate disciplines to be admitted to this program. As such, in order to provide the best learning experience to the graduate students regardless of their undergraduate background, the program is designed to help the student bridge the gap between their background and the MSBME program.

As a first step, the program provides 2 remedial courses based on the admitted student's bachelor's background. The remedial courses are chosen such that all students are prepared for the graduate core courses offered by the program. The graduate student is required to take the remedial courses in the first semester such that by the second semester all graduate students have the core-based information and background that qualifies them to continue towards the graduate core courses offered by the program. An example for such case, a student with B.Sc. in Medicine, Dentistry, or Health Sciences has enough biological background to continue forward with some MSBME courses; however, they fall short in the mathematical background from an engineering point of view. Therefore, they are required to successfully finish two remedial courses, "Differential Equations for Engineers" and "Mathematics for Engineers". The opposite goes for students with engineering background, where they fall short in biological background. Hence, they are required two remedial courses, "Human Anatomy and Physiology", and "Cell Biology". The same goes for students with science or pharmaceutical background, the MSBME program specifies to students their required remedial courses. Once the remedial courses are taken, all students are allowed to register for the graduate core courses. It is advised that during the first year, students do not take any track electives till remedial and core courses are successfully passed.

Another issue that may raise a concern for graduate students from different bachelor's disciplines is the choice of elective courses from the 5 different tracks given in Fig. 5. The five tracks offered are: 1- Bioelectronics and Instrumentation, 2- Biomedical Systems and Feedback Control, 3- Applied Computational Bioengineering, 4- Biomedical Physics and Imaging, 5-Biomaterials, Cellular and Tissue Engineering. Each track has a list of corresponding electives that are offered. Students are advised to check the course description and if it has, any pre-requisite courses required. If an elective course has pre-requisite courses listed before taking the graduate elective course, students wishing to take the course must prove they have the pre-requisite course taken during their bachelor's degree, or an equivalent course that qualifies them for the graduate elective course.Before registering for an elective course, students are advised to talk to their supervisor, and the course instructor to check for any pre-requirement of the elective course. For example, a student interested in taking "Biomedical Image Processing" needs to check the pre-requisites which are "Signals and Systems", and "Programming I". Students from electrical and computer engineering background have taken the pre-requisites during their bachelor's, so they can directly register for the course "Biomedical Image Processing".

However, students from science, medicine, or others, most likely did not take either course during undergraduate. Therefore, they are requested to check with course instructor to check if any equivalent courses were taken during undergraduate studies, or if they are required to take one or both courses before registering the elective. For this, students are allowed to attend the undergraduate courses offered at the university with the recommendation of the course instructor, track co-coordinator and the program principle coordinator. On this note, the completion of the program will take more than 2 years considering the need for any remedial courses for chosen track/elective courses. The need for extra remedial courses will be faced by students desiring to divert from their bachelor's background, an engineer interested more in the biomaterial, cellular, and tissue engineering, or a pharmacist interested in the electronics behind biomedical research will require to build his knowledge in electronics and instrumentation before taking certain track electives.


Overall, the graduate students are highly advised to refer to their academic advisor and track coordinators before taking decisions on registering for elective courses for guidance.



Program Objectives
  • Program Goals

The M.Sc. in BME program is designed to achieve the following goals:

  1. Identify and analyze potential problems in biomedical engineering.
  2. Formulate structured solutions for biomedical engineering present and anticipated problems.
  3. Implement solutions effectively in various domains in biomedical engineering and/or interrelated areas of industry, research, and clinical practice.
  4. Promote advanced scientific research and scholarly activities that facilitate progression to higher academic degrees.
  5. Prepare qualified future leaders in biomedical engineering field

  • Program Learning outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the MSc. in Biomedical Engineering program the student will be able to:

  1. Apply advanced theories and methodologies in the field of Biomedical Engineering.
  2. Design and conduct experiments/simulations for biomedical research.
  3. Communicate effectively in oral and written form to present complex and diverse Biomedical Engineering problems and solutions to professional audiences.
  4. Value the principles of professional ethics issues and develop fair and valid judgments in contemporary contexts.
  5. Function on multidisciplinary teams with management and leadership capabilities.
  6. Propose advanced Biomedical Engineering solutions with sustainability factors in global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  7. Use advanced biomedical engineering tools to analyze and interpret data.


Admission Requirements
  • The student must hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized university with a CGPA of 3.00 out of 4.00. Students with a CGPA between 2.5 and 2.99 may be admitted conditionally.
  • The degree must be in a major that qualifies the student to study the master's program.
  • Students in programs taught in English must obtain 550 on the TOEFL (PBT) (should be taken inside the university), 79 on the TOEFL (IBT) (outside the university) or 6 on IELTS (Academic). For the Applied Sociology and Law programs, the student must obtain 450 on TOEFL (PBT) (should be taken inside the university), 45-46 on the TOEFL (IBT) (outside the university) or 4.5 on IELTS.
  • Attachment of ‘no objection certificate’ from the authorities responsible for national service for male Emirati students.
  • Attachment of a letter of study approval from Kuwait Embassy Cultural Office for Kuwaiti students only.
  • Attachment of People of Determination card (if applicable).
  • In case the student works in a certain place, please attach a letter from the employer stating that the student is working for this agency.


Program Structure & Requirements

Program Structure
Requirement
Credit Hours
Compulsory (Core) Courses 12
Elective Courses 12
Thesis 9
Total Credit Hours 33
 

Program Tracks
Bioelectronics and Instrumentation
Biomedical Systems and Feedback Control
Applied Computational Bioengineering
Biomedical Physics and Imaging
Biomaterials, Cellular, and Tissue Engineering
 
 

Study Plan: Course List
Compulsory (Core) Courses (12 credit hours)
# Course # Course Name Credit Hours College/Dept.
1.         1440515 Mathematical Methods for Bioengineering 3 Math
2.         0402580
Introduction to Biomedical Engineering 3 All
3.         0402501 Engineering Research Methodology 3 All
4.         0502500 Hospital Labs Rotation 2 Medicine
5.         0402582 Graduate Seminar 1 EE
 

Elective Courses (12 credit hours)

Table 3 summarizes the list of elective courses offered under each track. Students are free to choose the track most suitable to their interest, and with the guidance of their supervisor.

"R = Recommended" and "O = Optional"
Course Name Credit Hours Priority College/Dept.
Bioelectronics and Instrumentation      
Biomedical Sensors and Instrumentation 3 R EE
Implantable Biomedical Microsystems 3 O EE
Mixed Analog-Digital IC Design 3 R EE
Advanced Signal Processing for Biomedical Engineering 3 O EE
Biomedical Nanotechnology 3 O EE/ Chem
Biomedical Systems and Feedback Control      
Measurement and Instrumentation in Physiology and Medicine 3 R MD/HS
Advanced Signal Processing for Biomedical Engineering 3 R EE
Modelling in Physiology and Medicine 3 O MD/CS
Linear and Non-Linear Multivariable Control System 3 O EE/MD
Human-Machine Interaction 3 O MD
Robotics and Dynamics control in Biomedicine 3 O EE/MD
Neural Networks and Biomedical Applications 3 O EE/MD
Robust Feedback Control 3 O EE
Biomedical Image Processing 3 O EE/MD/HS
Applied Computational Bioengineering      
Statistics, Data Analysis and Algorithms in Genomic Biology 3 R CS/MD
Applied Parallel Programming for Bioengineering 3 O EE/CS/MD
Introduction to System Biology Modelling 3 O CS/MD
Bioinformatics Networks 3 O CS/MD
Machine Learning 3 O CS/MD
Data Mining 3 O CS/MD
Neural Networks and Biomedical Applications 3 O EE/ MD
Biomedical Physics and Imaging      
Medical Imaging and Instrumentation 3 R HS/Phy
Biomedical Image Processing 3 R EE/MD/HS
Molecular Imaging Application 3 O MD/HS
Modelling in Physiology and Medicine 3 O MD/CS/HS
Biomedical photonic 3 O MD/Phy/Pharm
Radiation Measurements and Instrumentation 3 O NE/HS/Phy
Advanced Radiobiology and Radiation Protection 3 (2+1) O HS/Phy/NE
Biophysics 3 O HS/MD
Principles of Tissue Engineering and Gene Therapy 3 O MD/Biotech
Biomaterials, Cellular, and Tissue Engineering      
Principles of Tissue Engineering and Gene Therapy 3 R MD/Biotech
Advanced Cell Biology 3 R Biotech
Bioinformatics Networks 3 O CS/MD/Biotech
Biomaterials for Medical Applications 3 O CH/ ME
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience 3 O MD
Novel Drug Delivery Systems 3 O Pharm
Stem Cell Biology and Engineering 3 O Biotech
General Electives      
Independent Studies in Biomedical Engineering 3 O ALL
Selected Topics in Biomedical Engineering 3 O ALL
Commercialization of Biomedical Innovation 3 O ALL
Healthcare Operation, Planning, and Risk Management 3 O ALL
 

Thesis (9 credit hours)
Students to enroll in the proposed program will have to prepare an extensive graduation report based on actual research work conducted at the research labs of faculty supervising the student or fieldwork under the supervision of a faculty members involved with the program. The report will account for (be equivalent to) nine credit hours of the program and will have to be enrolled in during the fourth semester of the study program.


Remedial Courses
As a first step, the program provides two remedial courses based on the admitted student's bachelor's background as shown in Table 6. The remedial courses are chosen such that all students are prepared for the graduate core courses offered by the program. It is advised that during the first year, students do not take any track electives till remedial and core courses are successfully passed.


Table 6: Remedial courses list for different undergraduate disciplines joining the M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering Program
Course No. Course Name Credit Hours (CH) College/Dept.
Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Science (except Biotechnology) ​ ​ ​
0901720
Human Anatomy and Physiology 2+1 Medicine
1450251 Cell Biology 3 Biotechnology
Bachelor's Degree in biotechnology ​ ​ ​
0901720
Human Anatomy and Physiology 2+1 Medicine
1440262 Mathematics for Engineers 3 Math
Bachelor's Degree in medicine, Dental Medicine, or Health Science ​ ​ ​
1440261 Differential Equations for Engineers
3 Math
1440262 Mathematics for Engineers 3 Math
Bachelor's Degree in pharmacy ​ ​ ​
1440262 Mathematics for Engineers 3 Math
1450251 Cell Biology 3 Biotechnology