Program

Master Program in
Biomedical Engineering

The BME PARIS master’s program is designed to provide a 2-year education program in the field of bioengineering, at the crossroad of biomedical and engineering science. It results from a partnership between Université Paris Descartes, Arts et Métiers ParisTech and Université PSL.
Based on this unique partnership, this master’s program is founded on an educational policy that favors interdisciplinarity and students’ initiative as well as international perspective. This policy is supported by the top-level and complementary expertise and know-how of the three partners: engineering science in the three engineering schools within PSL (Chimie ParisTech, ESPCI Paris and Mines ParisTech) and Arts et Métiers ParisTech, on the one hand, and biomedical and health science at Université Paris Descartes, on the other. 
Teaching faculty comes mostly from the partner institutions. Guest lecturers include hospital clinicians (APHP), and researchers from other schools and universities as well as from private companies (e.g. GE Healthcare, Philips Healthcare, Renault, Sanofi, Thalès, Materialise Medical, etc.).

BME Master Paris

Learning outcomes

The BME Paris Master proposes a program of excellence intended for students with a wide variety of backgrounds (biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering as well as medicine, pharmacy and other health science). The overarching goals of the Master are:

  • to provide students with the knowledge and tools required in a wide range of the biomedical engineering fields
  • to foster a fruitful collaborative spirit between engineering and medical students, that will eventually bridge the existing « culture gap » between the corresponding professions. 

While the second year (M2) offers five specialization tracks, the first year (M1) is devoted to strengthening and broadening students’ skills in specific engineering and biomedical subjects. Students are advised in their individual choices of teaching units, to bring them up to date on the fundamental science subjects they may not have acquired through their previous studies (eg physiology and anatomy for engineering students, or signal processing and mechanics for biology or medical students).

Become a part of the outstanding BME Paris community

50% of international students

Curriculum

In M1 (semesters 1 and 2), there is one single track, with individualized choices of courses according to students’ backgrounds.

The M2 (semesters 3 and 4) offers five tracks:

Career opportunities

  •  PhD in a field related to the M2 track followed by the student, in academia or jointly with a company (CIFRE PhDs)
  •  R&D positions in large companies or startups, in almost all activity biomedical and biotech sectors
  •  Continuing medical or pharmacy school, or accessing it (« passerelle »), in either 2nd or 3rd year
  • Business programs in biotech management (ESCP, EM Lyon / Centrale Supelec…)
  • PSL Institute of Technology and Innovation (PSL-ITI)
The program is linked to a wide network of research labs at the partner institutions and beyond:
  • Université Paris Descartes (e.g. Cognac-G, Centre de Neurophysique, Physiologie et Pathologie, Unité de Toxicologie, Pharmacologie et Signalisation Cellulaire, Centre de Psychiatrie et Neurosciences, …)
  • Columbia University, Department of Biomedical Engineering (New York)
  • Hangzhou Dianzi University (HDU, Chine)
  • ENS (e.g. Institut de Biologie de l’ENS, Laboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs, Laboratoire PASTEUR, …)
  • ESPCI Paris (e.g. Laboratoire Plasticité du Cerveau, …)
  • Institut Curie
  • Institut Pierre-Gilles de Gennes
  • Chimie ParisTech (e.g. Physico-chimie des Surfaces, Métallurgie Structurale, Chimie Organométallique et Catalyse de Polymérisation)
  • Mines ParisTech (e.g. Centre des Matériaux, Centre de Mise en Forme)
  • Arts et Métiers ParisTech (Institut de Biomécanique Humaine Georges Charpak)
  • Telecom ParisTech
  • Neurospin (Saclay)
  • EPFL (Lausanne)

Location

Almost all teachings take place in the center of Paris, mostly at Université Paris Descartes, Arts et Métiers ParisTech, ESPCI Paris and Chimie ParisTech. Most sites are within walking distance. PSL students may take optional courses in the PSL Life Science master’s program. In some tracks, students may also attend lectures and scientific meetings outside Paris. Two 2-month-long (or a single 4-month-long, if performed abroad) internships in M1 and one 5- to 6-month-long internship in M2 are a mandatory part of the program.

They are usually performed in academic labs of the partner institutions, but also in R&D departments of large companies, in biomedical startups and in hospitals.