The official regulations for the master's program in Biomedical Engineering can be found on the pages of the University's Faculty of Medicine (available only in German).
Duration of studies
The program's minimum duration is 4 semesters; it can be extended to 6 semesters without any specific reason. If there is an important reason, further extension is possible on request to the study coordination office.
It is possible to complete the studies parallel to a professional occupation. However, it is not advisable to take the master course while working full-time. We recommend that the part-time occupation does not exceed 40-50% if the master course should be completed within 4-6 semesters.
Compulsory courses take place (with rare exceptions) on only 3 days per week (course locations: Bern and Biel). Students who take the master's program while working part-time can apply for an extension of the maximum duration.
All courses offered by the Biomedical Engineering program are taught and assessed in English. Therefore, a good knowledge of English is necessary. In addition, basic German skills are recommended as the University of Bern is situated in a German-speaking environment. We do not require any language proficiency certificates. Language competence is the student's own responsibility.
2021 fall timetables
2021 fall semester course locations
2021 spring timetable
Due to organizational and administrative reasons, some BME classes will take place during the University of Bern's Easter break. Please see the weekly BME timetable for details.
Timetables are subject to alterations. Students are informed about changes on short notice.
Every course is graded and concluded with an assessment which typically consists of a written or oral exam, assignments, presentations, written reports or a combination of these. The assessment type for each course is described in the course pages.
Completion of the master's program
The program is completed successfully when all required mandatory and elective courses (adding up to at least 90 ECTS credits) have been concluded and the master's thesis (30 ECTS credits) has been finished.
Information on exams
Once students have completed their studies, have paid all the fees, and have handed in all required documents, they can request graduation by submitting the signed graduation form to the study coordination. In due course, they will receive the official confirmation of graduation by mail. The diploma and the diploma supplement, however, will be kept at the study coordination office and will be officially presented to the graduate at the solemn graduation ceremony of the Faculty of Medicine. The ceremony takes place once a year. The next date can be found in our Academic calendar.
If a graduate has a special reason why he/she needs the diploma before the ceremony, an exception can be made. The diploma can be picked up at the study coordination office. It has to be handed back to the office for the ceremony, however.
Official deregistration from studies ("Exmatrikulation")
Students are permitted to cancel their enrollment if
- they fulfill all requirements for graduation before week 8 (for the upcoming spring semester) or week 38 (fall semester) or
- they hand in their master's thesis document before week 8 or week 38, respectively, and have completed all required courses.
Please note: if you are prevented from handing in your thesis before these deadlines (e.g., because of sickness), you have to re-enroll for the upcoming semester within the deadlines set by the admissions office. Check the official page for more information on deregistration.
Please note: when you work on your master's thesis without being officially enrolled, the subsidiary accident insurance provided by the University of Bern will not be in force.
RMS Master Award
We are very pleased to announce that the RMS Foundation has established the RMS Master Award for students graduating from the Master in Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Bern. The annual award is bestowed in recognition of excellent academic achievements. It is presented to the student with the highest grade point average. The laureate will receive a record and an amount of 1000 CHF. It will be handed over each year in March at the graduation ceremony of the medical faculty of the University of Bern.