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The M.Sc. program in Advanced Materials and Healthcare Engineering focuses on the design and fabrication of advanced materials for applications within the healthcare sector.
The study program of Advanced Materials and Healthcare Engineering has a focus on the design and fabrication of advanced materials for applications in the healthcare sector, especially materials for drug delivery, diagnostics, and healthcare products. Such advanced materials often consist of a material with a primary function (like carrying a drug or sensing a compound), which is decorated with specific biomolecules for increased functionality.
The healthcare sector is central to supporting a high quality of life for the individual. The healthcare sector has however a large demand for improvements in diagnostics and treatment at a cost that is sustainable for society. The study program aims to create candidates with high theoretical and practical competences to create products for these areas.
DTU has a growing and strong activity in research in materials for drug delivery, diagnostics, and healthcare products. Examples of competencies include advanced nanoparticles decorated with molecules or structures for homing to the right tissue and passage over barriers, engineered immune system responses, advanced in vitro models for replacing animal in drug testing, human and animal testing of advanced materials, and highly sensitive sensor systems for distributed molecular diagnostics. The students will be part of this growing field of research at DTU.
Study program focus
The study program will give candidates competencies to work in the healthcare engineering field. The program focuses are on:
The design of materials with specific functions for products used in the healthcare sector.
Analysis of, and finding solutions to, real-world industrial medical needs and products.
Methods of evaluating the impact and function of advanced materials on cells, tissue, and humans;
Choosing instrumentation and analytical techniques for characterizing medical and medicotechnical products.
Methods for product validation including usage of statistics and experimental design.
Combine work with studies
This study program is also available as an Industry study program where you can combine work and study over a 4-year period. Special rules apply.
Beyond the mandatory courses establishing the core profile of the study program, students can choose to pursue one of three specializations within the study program. The chosen specialization will be stated on the diploma. Each specialization includes a number of courses from which the student can choose a subset to match their particular interests. The three study lines are:
Drug delivery systems engineering
Healthcare materials engineering
Diagnostic technology engineering
It is not mandatory to pursue one of the three specializations. Thus, each student has every opportunity to design their own study program by choosing from the wide range of courses offered at DTU.
Because education has a focus on product development, candidates will be very attractive to the healthcare and medical industry sector. This sector is one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors in Denmark. The profile of the candidate will suit any international company with a focus of healthcare engineering.
Typical fields of work/career opportunities
The candidates will be able to translate a research result into relevant products. This is important for national and international high-tech companies within the medical-industrial sector, medicotechnical industries, hospitals, and regulatory organizations. Typical job functions will be within quality control, approvals, development, and research.
Pursue a Ph.D.
Once you have an MSc in engineering, you might get the opportunity to continue your studies and apply for admission to the three-year Ph.D. program, which at DTU is a research-based program ranking among the best in the world. You can do either a regular Ph.D. or an industrial Ph.D., the latter with concurrent employment in a company.
General admission requirements
Only applicants holding either a relevant Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor in Engineering, or a Bachelor of Natural Science degree can be admitted to a Master of Science in Engineering program. The bachelor's degree must be less than 10 years old.
The individual MSc Eng program states in detail which bachelor programs qualify and whether applicants have to complete supplementary educational activities.
Requirements for supplementary educational activities can equate to up to 30 ECTS credits and are specified in the form of a list of courses under the individual MSc Eng programs.
The specific requirements must be met before graduating from the bachelor program or in connection with conditional admission to a particular MSc Eng program. The courses must be passed prior to the commencement of studies within one year from the conditional admission.
Supplementary educational activities in connection with conditional admission to an MSc Eng program do not form part of the MSc Eng program, and partial tuition fees are charged. If the supplementary courses have not been passed within the deadlines specified, the conditional admission to the program is withdrawn.
The Master of Science in Engineering programs are offered in English. Therefore applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English (B-level, IELTS, TOEFL-, CAE, or Pearson test). From Spring 2020 the minimum grade of English B-level is 3.0 (on the Danish grading scale).
DTU offers Honours Programme as part of all MSc Eng. programs.
The MSc is a two-year graduate program with a workload of 120 ECTS credit points.
Structure of the MSc program
The structure of the program comprises four categories of courses:
General competences: 30 ECTS credits
Thesis: 30 ECTS credits
Technological specialization: 30 ECTS credits
Electives: 30 ECTS credits
The MSc program provides you with a profound understanding and knowledge about your chosen subject. You also learn about teamwork and collaboration, preparing you for the form of work you are likely to meet in your subsequent career.
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