MSc Biomedical Engineering

The MSc in Biomedical Engineering prepares graduates for applying the methods of engineering discipline to understand, modify or control biological systems and to apply this to improve health and quality of life.


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120 ECTS.


Language of instruction is English.

Length of study

Two years, full time.

Potential fields of focus may include:

  • Biomechanics
  • Neuroengineering
  • Bioelectronics
  • Biosignals
  • Imaging and Modeling

Students are expected to take courses within the Department of biomedical engineering, as well as in other departments within the School of Science and Engineering and other schools within RU. Students may expect to take courses and participate in research at other universities.


Research is conducted within research centres in cooperation with Landspitali University Hospital, industry, and other departments within RU.

Biomedical Research Centres at RU




The ambition of the Department of Biomedical Engineering is to improve human health through excellence in research and education integrating engineering with biology, neuroscience and medicine.

Graduate students from the programme are able to challenge the work market in different fields such as: prosthetics and artificial organs, biometrics systems, medical devices manufacture, clinical engineering, rehabilitation and sport science and tissue engineering.

Chartered engineer

The programme is designed to meet the curriculum requirements for the professional title of chartered engineer, as defined by the Ministry of Industry and the Association of Chartered Engineers in Iceland (Icelandic: verkfræðingur). 

After successful completion of the programme the student is awarded the degree Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering.



The MSc in Biomedical Engineering is a 2 year programme (120 ECTS). One semester of mandatory courses (33 ECTS), one or two semesters of electives forming a coherent line of study, and a thesis equivalent to one semester (30 ECTS). In exceptional cases the thesis work may cover two semesters (60 ECTS) and then with much more stringent requirements on the scientific aspects of the research project.

Although the programme is in three modules, the study and research work is expected to interlace to some extent. A major part of the electives must form a coherent line of study, based on the students interest and in preparation of the thesis work. Proposed study plans for each student need to be approved by the department faculty and thesis advisor.


  1 year  2 year 
  • T-860-NEUR Neuro-science and technology (6 ECTS)
  • T-860-BIOM Biomechanics and biomaterials (6 ECTS)
  • T-860-IMAG Medical imaging and modelling (6 ECTS)
  • T-801-RESM Research methods (4 ECTS)
  • Elective (6 ECTS) (3w)
Various possibilities:
  • Electives (30 ECTS) or
  • Exchange studies(30 ECTS)
  • Internship (14 ECTS)
  • Thesis (60 ECTS)
  • T-861-NEUR Neuro engineering (6 ECTS) 
  • T-861-TISS Tissue engineering (6 ECTS)
  • Elective (4 ECTS)
  • T-870-INT1 Integrated project I (8 ECTS)
  • T-870-INT2 Integrated project II (6 ECTS) (3v)


  • Thesis (30 ECTS / 60 ECTS)


Electives within the Department of Biomedical Engineering include:

  • Neuro electrophysiology

  • Tissue engineering

  • Mechanics of prosthetic devices and tissue

  • Electrical stimulation and neuromodulation

  • Neurodynamics and neurostimulation

  • Biomedical signal and image processing

  • Special topic in biomedical engineering

  • Research oriented project in biomedical engineering

For more information on what courses are offered each semester, please see the RU online Course Catalogue.
Course descriptions. 




  • A BSc degree in Engineering is required.
  • Applicants must also fulfil minimum requirements in applied sciences (i.e. mathematics, physics, and bio-sciences) and in basic subjects fundamental to Biomedical Engineering (i.e. physiology, bio-signals and clinical applications, or other core topics in biomedical engineering). Students admitted to the MSc-programme that do not fulfil these minimum requirements are required to take appropriate fundamental courses in biomedical engineering.
  • English language requirements (except native English speakers and Icelandic applicants)

    Applicants must provide proof of their proficiency in English. A minimum TOEFL test score of 550 is required (213 in the computer-based test, 79 in the internet based test) IELTS score of at least 6.0 (both general and academic accepted

  • Language requirement waiver:
    We will waiver the requirement of an English language certificate in the following circumstances: The applicants native/mother tongue language is English, the applicant is an Icelandic citizen and has completed the Icelandic general students exam, the applicant has studied towards a higher education degree and the language of instruction was English (minimum requirement 3 years full-time).  A certificate from the university will be required to confirm this.

  • Although the programme is designed for students who have completed a BSc in Biomedical Engineering, students with BSc degrees in other disciplines of Engineering will be considered, on the condition that they complete required courses that are fundamentals to biomedical engineering. For further information please see, admission requirements.


Contact us

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Office of the School of Science and Engineering: tvd(at)

Haraldur Auðunsson

Haraldur Auðunsson

Head of Biomedical Engineering

(+354) 599 6478
e-mail: haraldura(at)
Verity Louse Sharp

Verity Louise Sharp

International Admissions Officer

(+354) 599 6200
email: admissions(at)

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