To make the CEMACUBE EM operational the following bodies are established:

Coordinator: Prof. Bart Verkerke is appointed as coordinator.

Programme secretariat: Our programme manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., located at the University of Groningen, will handle all administrative tasks and is in charge of practical issues such as arrival of students, mobility arrangements, administrative tasks concerning study progress, collecting the marks of students, organisation of the selection procedure, organisation of meetings of the managing bodies, and communication. The manager works under the guidance of the coordinator.

Management Committee: The Management Committee consists of the local course coordinator or director and the student counsellor per university. The persons currently appointed can be found here: Contact.

International Course Advisory Committee: The International Course advisory Committee is an independent committee, formed to guide the quality of the course. The committee is composed of representatives from the world of Biomedical Engineering. Five members will take place with an educational, research, industrial, hospital and health insurance background. The committee will judge the quality of the EM, both on the organisational aspects as on the course content. The committee will read the evaluation report of the course, course elements and the non-academic activities and will instruct the Management Committee how to improve the course or non-academic activities.


Selection criteria

For admission you need to meet the following criteria:

  1. You need to have a BSc in Biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, electronical engineering, mechanical engineering, or applied physics.
  2. In detail the Bachelor programme must demonstrate that the following criteria are attained: 
  1. Basic knowledge or mathematics, physics, chemistry
  2. Applying, integrating knowledge and understanding of mathematics, physics, chemistry
  3. The capability to communicate effectively in English, both in written and in verbal form.
  4. An ability to conduct scientific research individually on a distinct, well described topic
  5. An ability to design products that can solve problems in a systematic way


If you fulfill these criteria, the following criteria/requirements also need to do/have the following:

  • The applicant needs to send in the original of the transcript of records (or certified copy) or degree certificate. Applicants in the final year of their Bachelor’s study may also apply. They should send in an updated version of their transcript of records. They will be accepted on the condition that they will have met with all requirements by the start of the CEMACUBE-course in September.
  • Degree certificates, originating from other than the consortium universities, will be judged by the consortium secretariat that use lists of universities with a sufficient level of quality. If degree is not in English we need a certified copy of the English version of the degree. 
  • An excellent command of the English language is a prerequisite for participation in the CEMACUBE programme (proof must be provided by test results). See English Proficiency test & GRE test for details on the requirements.
  • A GRE General test (see English Proficiency test & GRE test).
  • Academic excellence as is evident from the awarding institution of the first degree, the grades obtained and the content of two letters of reference.
  • Well-written and well-considered motivation letter to follow the CEMACUBE-course (Fore more information about the motivation letter, click Letter of Motivation)
  • Possible relevant work experience to follow the CEMACUBE-course successfully (curriculum vitae).
  • A completed application form received, which includes besides the above mentioned documents, a copy of the passport or photo ID (with full name and date of birth).

All other students should follow a repair programme prior to starting this Master's course at their home university.


Note: German Fachhoche Schule BSc degrees are not always accepted by the Admission Office of each partners universities (e.g. not by Ghent and Aachen).


Applicants interested in the CEMACUBE programme should be aware that the motivation letter plays an important role in the admission procedure. The motivation letter gives the Admission and Examination Committee relevant clues concerning the suitability of a candidate for the programme. Our experience from the past shows that candidates do often not realize that the motivation letter is one of the most important ingredients of the application package. We strongly advise candidates to avoid platitudes and to focus on their own personal motives and experience. Illustrating one's motivation by a concrete example ("I'm particularly intrigued by the following research question...") might be helpful in this respect. Candidates are advised to address at least the following points:

  • Why do you choose for Biomedical Engineering as the main subject of your Master's programme?
  • What does specifically interest you in this research area?
  • Why do you apply for the CEMACUBE programme specifically, rather than to other comparable programme(s)?
  • Why do you apply for a programme that is specifically oriented towards training in research and preparation for a subsequent PhD programme?
  • Why do you think that you are suited for such an ambitious programme?
  • How will you fit in a class of students from all over the world, all with different backgrounds but all belonging to thetop of their respective cohorts?
  • What are your future plans for the time after you have got your M.Sc.?

Length of motivation letter: Maximum of 750 words and should fit on 1 page.


English Proficiency test

The language requirements for the CEMACUBE programme as well as the involved universities include one of the following test results:

  1. IELTS (Academic) 6.5 – no less than 6.5 on each section (Note: used to be 6.0 on each section)
  2. TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) 95 – no less than 21 on each section, except writing no less than 24
  3. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) with a minimal score of 180 

 Note that a copy of a valid authentic test certificate must be produced (after 2 years the most tests are no longer valid so please check!), but there is no need to send the scores to the University, just add a copy of your test results to your Application package!

 => If your official test results are not available before the application deadline, you need to add proof that you have applied for a test to your Application package. E.g. proof of payment for the course, confirmation email of the Test Centre or a screen shot of the unofficial online results with your application package. This will do till you have the official results on paper, however we do need have the test results before 1 June otherwise you can not be enrolled at the university! Note that local CEMACUBE university admission rules regarding the English proficiency test results are very strict!

Exceptions: Only two groups of students do not need to prove proficiency in English:

  • Applicants that are a native English speaker and completed secondary education in any one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia
  • Applicants that have completed their bachelor education in any one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia


PLEASE NOTE: All students have to prove their proficiency in English if they do not meet either of the two requirements stated above. Without valid test results you will not be allowed to start the CEMACUBE programme in September or even register at any of the partner universities.

If your medium of instruction was English: In spite of the fact that the medium of instruction was English, we do require you to send proof of proficiency in English by means of sending us a test score report. We understand this may seem strange to you, but our experience tells us that English being the medium of instruction during a student’s previous education very often doesn’t guarantee a sufficient command of the English language. Besides that, it is not just for the purpose of the programme we are strict with the English test, but the Admission Office of the partner universities within the programme will also demand a proficiency test otherwise they are simply not allowed to register you.

However, if your university can provide you with a letter (signed, stamped and on official university paper) that states that the instruction and examination language of your degree was in English, we can accept that as proof of English Proficiency for the Application part of our programme (so only for the programme!). BUT still have to do one of the above mentioned tests with good result to be able to take part in the programme (Local CEMACUBE University admission requirements!).


Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test

CEMACUBE applicants have to successfully passed the GRE General test with 160 points for the Quantitative reasoning section.

The GRE General test has 3 sections:

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Analytical writing

The test results may not be older than 5 years. As for the language test, there is no need to send the test scores to the university, just add them to your Application package.

=> If your test results are not available before the Application deadline, you need to add proof to your Application package that you have applied for the test. The test results need to be emailed to CEMACUBE before 1 June.

NOTE: If you are selected for the programme but have no valid test results, you are not allowed to start the CEMACUBE programme in September!

For more information in the GRE General test, click here.



The consortium members have developed assessment procedures which are comparable and fully transparent. General exam regulations are set up. In these regulations will be included among other things:

  • Examinations passed at one institution are fully recognized by the partner institutions.
  • Resits and second-chance examinations are described.
  • Master’s thesis assessment is done jointly by supervisors of the two degree-awarding institutions.
  • After one year the progress of a student will be judged. If the first year is not finished by the end of the academic year, the student has to leave CEMACUBE. There is the possibility to remain at the university to follow the local Master’s in BME, however this does depend on the local rules of the university the student is registered at for year 1.
  • Marking will be done according the national scales (required to offer degrees) and grades obtained abroad will be ‘translated’ to local grading system.
  • All participating institutions of the consortium issue the Diploma Supplement in English, according to the Berlin Communiqué of 2003.

After following all course elements successfully you will receive a jointly awarded diploma: two MSc diploma's, one from each university attended.

Note that each university has local rules that need to be followed. For instance, within CEMACUBE an Internship (traineeship) in year 1 is compulsory, even though this is not always the case in the local programme! (see also Year 2)