A biomedical engineer can become a doctor

Major in Biomedical Sciences and Technology

The courses in the field of biomedical sciences and technology convey interdisciplinary knowledge from the basics of the human organism to the molecular level, taking into account the latest technological approaches. They are suitable for everyone who is interested in the human organism in terms of health and illness, but who does not want to become a bedside doctor.

Depending on the chosen study program, the focus is on human medicine, biological or engineering subjects. The Biomedical Sciences program includes events such as tumor biology, molecular biology of inflammation, systems biology of organ diseases or applied research methodology. In biomedical technology, there are events such as technical mechanics, material sciences and biomaterials, tissue biomechanics, programming of microcontrollers or technical product design.

D. S., Biomedical Engineering in the 4th semester Master at the University of Bern UNIBE.

"Here I can combine my interest in medicine with my technical knowledge from a degree in mechanical engineering."

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The interdisciplinary orientation of the courses requires a broad interest in natural sciences, medicine, mathematics, computer science and technology. Studying also requires a high degree of commitment, independence and discipline. The ability to network thinking, curiosity and an open view of the world are also required. Biomedical sciences are research and future-oriented. Anyone who chooses such a course should therefore enjoy working with new, complex technologies and have perseverance for research and the development of new concepts and products.

Strictly controlled animal testing

In addition to tests on cells and tissues and computer simulations, animal models still have to be used in biomedical research. The competent, respectful and responsible handling of laboratory animals is an important part of the training of young researchers. The animals are kept and used according to strict regulations.


Those aiming for a career in research usually complete their studies with a doctorate. This is often followed by post-doc studies abroad.

Research topics

The biomedical research areas are broad, the research groups interdisciplinary.
Biomedical research focuses on questions about the molecular organization of living organisms, the control mechanisms of cell processes and the general principles underlying complex biological systems. For example, researchers are studying the molecular processes that play an important role in the development of cancer, diabetes, and brain or inflammatory diseases. Or they try to understand how higher organisms with complex organs react to illness, stress and environmental influences. The results can provide the basis for new diagnostic methods and drugs and arouse hope for an individualized medicine.

Admission, registration and start of studies

Information on admission to the various universities as well as on registration and the start of studies can be found under Admission, Registration, Start of Studies.