A Specialization allows students to deepen their knowledge in a transdisciplinary domain at the interface between engineering, biology and medicine, and computer sciences.
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Students may validate a Specialization or a Minor, but not both. Specializations or Minors will be listed in the Diploma Supplement. Validation of a Specialization is optional and requires at least 30 ECTS credits with the same label (A, B, C, D, E, F, G) from “Core courses” and “Options”. However, a course can only be validated once, either in Group 1 “Core courses” or in Group 2 “Options”.

Course list for each Specialization (scroll to SV and see study plan)

You do not need to extend your studies to do a Minor. The Minor (30 ECTS) “eats” credits of optional courses (Group 2 “Options”). Specific Minor courses, including a semester project, can be taken instead of optional courses. The total of the Master remains 120 credits.

You can only do one Specialization or Minor (52 ECTS optional courses; Master cycle = 90 ECTS). You have until the end of the first semester (MA1) to choose a Specialization or a Minor and validate the Academic Registration Form (FRAC): http://is-academia.epfl.ch/page-6244-en.html.

You need to indicate your Specialization or Minor when you validate the academic registration form FRAC (before the start of the second semester).

Every course counts ONLY ONCE. You can take “Core courses” (group 1) to validate your “Options” (Group 2), but you cannot validate one course twice (e.g. Group 1 and Group 2). If you reach 16 credits in Group 1 “Core courses”, the additional credit won’t count in the Group 2 “Options”. You may exceed 52 credits in the “Options”. However, once you validated all Groups in the Master cycle (90 ECTS), you will be enrolled into the Master project (30 ECTS).

The Specialization Biomechanical Engineering combines mechanical engineering principles and biological knowledge in order to solve motor control problems and to transfer engineering findings into clinical applications.

This specialization covers disciplines such as musculoskeletal biomechanics, cardiovascular mechanics, movement sciences, biophysics, biomedical signal processing or robotics.

Responsible: Prof. Dominique Pioletti

The Specialization Biomedical Engineering includes topics at the interface between engineering, biology and medicine and focuses on the development of novel tools for diagnosis, prevention and treatment of human disease.

This Specialization covers disciplines such as, regenerative medicine, stem cell engineering, tissue engineering, biomaterials, medical instrumentation or image processing.

Students who choose this specialization are strongly advised to take Biomaterials (BIOENG-442), Stem cell biology and technology (BIO-447) and Tissue engineering (BIOENG-449)

Responsible: Prof. Matthias Lutolf

The Specialization Biophotonics and Bioimaging focuses on the development and application of state-of-the art imaging technologies for basic science and clinical applications.

This specialization covers disciplines such as optical nanobiosensors, lab-on-a-chip devices, single molecule imaging, biomedical optics, biomicroscopy, image processing or signal processing.

Students who choose this specialization are strongly advised to take Biomicroscopy I (MICRO-561), Biomedical optics (BIOENG-445), Fundamentals of biophotonics (BIO-443), Fundamentals of biomedical imaging (PHYS-438) and Biomedical signal processing (EE-512)

Responsible: Prof. Hatice Altug

The Specialization Cellular and Molecular Engineering focuses on important aspects of current biomedical research and applied engineering technologies in the field of molecular medicine.

This Specialization covers disciplines such as cancer biology, immunology, infection biology, neurosciences, single cell genomics, bioinformatics, drug discovery, regenerative medicine, stem cell biology, epigenetics or molecular endocrinology.

Responsible: Prof. Bart Deplancke

The Specialization Computational Biology includes topics at the interface between computer and life sciences. The broad goal of computational biology is to accelerate discoveries in both fundamental and applied life sciences, by applying computationally rooted approaches from various disciplines including computer science, applied mathematics, or physics. This Specialization covers topics such as bioinformatics, genomics, biophysical and biochemical modeling, computational neuroscience, systems biology, data mining and machine learning, quantitative biology.

Students who choose this Specialization are strongly advised to take Data analysis and model classification (EE-516), Genomics and bioinformatics (BIO-463), Understanding statistics and experimental design (BIO-449), Principles and applications of systems biology (ChE-411) and Applied biostatistics (MATH-474).

Contact person: Prof. Felix Naef

Nanoscale Bioengineering is at the interface between nanotechnology, biology and medicine, including development of novel technologies for drug screening or devices for bioelectronic implants.

This Specialization covers among others the disciplines BioMEMS, microfluidics, biophysics, biochips, bioelectronics, biosensors and nanomaterials.

Responsible: Prof. Georg Fantner

The Specialization Neuroscience and Neuroengineering covers disciplines such as experimental neuroscience, computational neuroscience and neurotechnology, aiming to understand the links between brain function and behavior as well as brain disorders, therapies and neuroprosthetics.

Students who choose this Specialization are strongly advised to take Neuroscience I (BIO-480), Neuroscience II (BIO-482), and Neuroscience III (BIO-483).

Responsible: Prof. Carl Petersen