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Biomedical Micro- and Nanodevices, Biomedical Sciences and Engineering

Tampere University

Biomedical Sciences and Engineering combines engineering with life sciences

People's need for more tailored and cost-efficient implants, devices and health informatics solutions is growing.


Master's degree (University)

Degree earned

Master of Science (Technology)

Planned duration

2 years

Extent of studies

120 ECTS



Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens

12000 € per academic year

Link to scholarship programme

At the interface between engineering and health sciences

The biomedical engineering industry is an increasingly important, global high-tech sector. In Finland, the HealthTech industry is especially strong. With the emergence of numerous small enterprises, the fields of biomedical sciences and engineering are rapidly expanding and offer diverse career options. This programme provides you with a solid understanding of the challenges related to biomedical and health sciences. You will become familiar with advanced technologies at the interface between engineering and health sciences and can develop innovative solutions to solve these challenges. You will be able to demonstrate critical thinking and professionalism and pursue a career in industry, a hospital or continue your studies towards a doctoral degree. You may also be a natural-born entrepreneur and launch your own start-up.

Biomedical Micro- and Nanodevices

The specialization Biomedical Micro- and Nanodevices focuses on biomedical devices and systems with micro- and nanoscale components, including microsensors, microactuators, microrobots, microfluidics, micro-optics as well as wireless signal and power transfer technologies. If you want to work on e.g. portable devices, wearables, biosensors, or microfluidic chips, this is a good specialization for you. In this specialization, you will learn practical skills in cleanroom microfabrication, characterization of microsensors and actuators, microscopy, and theoretical background to understand physics at the microscale.

Miniaturisation has been one of the important technological megatrends in the past decades. Miniaturisation is a key approach to make devices and processes sustainable: by making devices and components smaller, we can make more measurements by using smaller amounts of reagents and samples, more computations with less energy, obtain more data in a shorter time, and make more devices from the same amount of raw materials.

Within Finland, this specialization is unique in its interdisciplinarity: you learn the fundamentals of microsystems technology but also its biomedical applications in one whole. This gives you a strong background for designing micro- and nanodevices, but also to understand how these devices can be used in biomedical applications to the benefit of the patient or the user.

Career opportunities

After you graduate with this specialization, your future job might be to develop a wearable sensor device for monitoring physiological signals, targeting either patient monitoring or wellness tracking applications. Or you might continue career in academia, researching organ-on-a-chip type of devices. Organ-on-a-chip devices are microfluidic cell culture chips, mimicking the activities of entire organs and thus providing a novel approach for developing new medicines, understanding disease mechanisms, and studying toxicological effects of chemical compounds in vitro. The job market prospects for microtechnologies in Europe remains strong. Recently, EU has launched the European Chips Act, which aims to invest €43 billion in the field, meaning there will be many job openings in related fields within the near future.


We foster close collaboration between engineering professionals, life scientists and clinicians, and therefore provide optimal exposure for the students taking part in the degree programme. Our excellent basic and translational (from laboratory to clinic) research is recognised worldwide. When applying to the Master's programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (MSc Tech), you may choose from the following options:

We collaborate closely with the Finnish-taught programme and the international life science programme in the field of biomedical sciences offered by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology, the Master’s programme in Biomedical Technology (MSc), which has three specialization options:

Study Biomedical Sciences and Engineering

In this video you find the information how to study in our Master's programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering from the view of students and staff. Just to inform you that the specializations have been changed recently.

I have an interest towards the business side of technological products and the commercialization phases. Tampere University and Finland in general have given a lot of opportunities when it comes to traineeships and working on start-ups.

During my tenure as a research assistant, I have gained experience towards the R&D sector of intelligent clothing and wireless communication of textile electronics. I also completed my master's thesis with the same group and throughout my working tenure I have enjoyed a lot because of everyday learning process and the opportunities provided by my supervisor in the said field.

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