Health for life engineering

A one-year european master programme leading to exciting career opportunities in biomedicine

Our vision

With the rapid advance of biomedical engineering, life sciences and physical sciences have converged to create a new discipline: biomedicine. this convergence is helping scientists to make important breakthroughs, such as nanoscale systems for disease detection and drug delivery, predictive computer models of disease progression and drug response, and increasingly affordable forms of biometric analysis for personalized medicine.

Addressing societal needs

Over the past 150 years, average life expectancy has increased by approximately 4 to 5 years per generation. the gap between the active and inactive has widened, and pressure on health and social care costs for society has increased. as chronic disease becomes more prevalent and populations continue to age, eu healthcare systems are striving to shift the burden of care from hospitals to the community and the individual. there is consequently a growing need for biomedical innovations to be more user-centred, empowering patients to manage their healthy living and active ageing.

An innovative programme opening exciting career paths in a fast-growing sector

Postgraduate recruits to the fast-growing sector of biomedical engineering will need to bring not only their expertise in a particular field, but also a thorough grounding in a range of technologies and the ability to apply their knowledge and skills to the design of new products and services.

Health4life addresses this need with a novel programme combining education and research. students investigate important questions at the interfaces of biomedical engineering, molecular and nanoscale biotechnology, computational mathematics and clinical research. they undertake individually mentored thesis research projects in laboratories at uga or in partner universities, affiliated spin-offs and teaching hospitals.

UGA and its partner institutions provide students with a broad but high-level programme of courses in core subjects which they choose in relation to their individual field of research. these are further enriched by a series of advanced courses in the fundamentals of engineering and biomedical science. students also acquire key transversal skills such as teamwork, management of complex processes, conceptual approaches, entrepreneurship and intercultural awareness.

Health4life leads on naturally to phd positions and/or r&d careers in world-leading industries, high-potential start-ups, teaching hospitals and universities, where students are able to utilise their skills in collaborative cutting-edge research and innovation projects, translating technologies into viable applications for the benefit of all.

Biohealth computing schools

Unique to health4life’s curriculum are the interdisciplinary and intensive biohealth computing schools (biohc), organised and hosted by the european scientific institute in archamps (greater geneva). as well as meeting and interacting with leading experts from academia, industry and international organisations, students are coached in the use of design thinking methodology to address unmet needs in human and environmental health, with the opportunity to pitch their innovation ideas to a panel of international experts. See ESI's webpage for more informations.

Collaborating with partner universities

Health4life is part of the eit health master on technological innovation on health, founded on long-standing partnerships with major european universities, such as Universitat de Barcelona, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Universidade de Lisboa, Universita de Torino. students are also recruited from world-class universities outside Europe, including Manipal, Soochow, Tongji, Hangzou and Sfax.

Building on fundamentals

Health4life is run jointly by four faculties: health, biology & chemistry, physics & engineering, and business and is built on four pillars:
1. Academic excellence in traditional disciplines,
2. A strong scientific, technical and quantitative orientation
3. Structured educational experiences in clinical, innovation and business settings
4. A focused interdisciplinary research project

The resulting combination is one of a solid multi-disciplinary grounding and individual high-level specialization.

All courses are delivered in english (a toefl 550 certification level is required). an introduction to local culture and language will also be offered to students in each semester. it is intended to constitute a student body of 50% europeans and 50 % overseas.

Contributing to an innovative regional ecosystem

Health4life is heavily research & innovation- oriented. the programme benefits from the region’s rich ecosystem offering a level of technological know-how unrivalled in europe, and a truly multidisciplinary approach to scientific research. grenoble is at the crossroads of three internationally recognised hubs of healthcare, micro-nanotechnology and it-iot. home to some of the world’s best research centres, grenoble has spurred the creation of a growing cohort of start-ups and has attracted leading sme’s (biomérieux) and multinationals (ge healthcare, becton dickinson, roche diagnostics, and covidien, four of the global industry’s “big ten”) seeking to carve out a position in the rapidly-growing medtech industry.

Health4life brings together these strengths in biomedical practice, research, innovation, and entrepreneurship and offers students attractive internships from affiliated teaching hospitals, research institutes (including the cea, europe’s largest independent research centre in nanoelectronics and technology), biotech and medical device companies. moreover, the programme collaborates with local and regional innovation service providers such as cicit, biopolis, linksium, eccami, medic@lps, tasda, minalogic and lyonbiopôle.

Join us if you can demonstrate:

  • Excellence in your bsc and the first year of an msc (240 ects),
  • Strong analytical, synthetical and interpretive capabilities,
  • A keen interest in scientific and technological issues,
  • A keen interest in cross-linking knowledge from different scientific disciplines to form a personal and independent opinion and to transmit it to others,
  • A clear sense of the societal relevance of technology and its implications upon society,
  • Willingness to learn autonomously, work hard and show perseverance, entrepreneurship and creativity.

Tuition fees & scholarships

Total fees are 3 978.10 € for the 2017-2018 academical year
  • €3 500 : tuition fees: including enrolment at uga, partners universities and biohealth computing schools.
  • €217 : subscription to the french healthcare system
  • €261.10 : administration fee. (those administrative costs are re-evaluated each year)
A number of scholarships / bursaries are available. The selection to the program does not include automaticaly a scholarship attribution.

Contact information
Philippe Sabatier (program coordinator)