Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Medical Imaging and Applications (MAIA)


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Program Description

The MaIA (MedicAl Imaging and Applications) master is a 2 years’ joint master degree (120 ECTS) coordinated by the University of Girona (UdG, Spain) and with the University of Bourgogne (uB, France)and the Università degli studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale (UNICLAM, Italy) as partners.

Medical Image Analysis and Computer-Aided Diagnosis (CAD) systems, in close development with novel imaging techniques, have revolutionized healthcare in recent years. Those developments have allowed doctors to achieve a much more accurate diagnosis, at an early stage, of the most important diseases. The technology behind the development of CAD systems stems from various research areas in computer science such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, pattern recognition, computer vision, image processing, and sensors and acquisition. There is a clear lack of MSc studies that cover the previously mentioned areas with a specific application to the analysis of medical images and the development of CAD systems within an integrated medical imaging background. Moreover, the medical technology industry has detected a growing need for expert graduates in this field.

Join MaIA to be part of this revolution and impact your career!


This master’s degree is the right degree not just for holders of a bachelor’s degree in Informatics Engineering but also in closely related fields in either Engineering (e.g., Electrical, Industrial and Telecommunications Engineering, etc.) or Science (e.g., Mathematics and Physics, etc.) who pursue a deeper knowledge of information technology and its applications.

mri, magnetic resonance imaging, diagnostics

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Course Structure

The MaIA Master is a two-year program of study divided into four semesters designed and developed to ensure a clear and structured educational progress in the field of medical image analysis, fully integrated among the three universities of the consortium:

Year 1

uB (first semester) UNICLAM (second semester)
  • Image Processing I (ECTS 6)
  • Digital Signal Processing (ECTS 6)
  • Software Engineering (ECTS 5)
  • Applied Mathematics (ECTS 6)
  • Sensors and Digitization (ECTS 5)
  • French Culture (ECTS 2)
  • Pattern Recognition (ECTS 6)
  • Introduction to Robotics (ECTS 5)
  • Parallel Processing Systems (ECTS 6)
  • Distributed Programming and Networking (ECTS 6)
  • Advanced Image Analysis (ECTS 5)
  • Italian Culture (ECTS 2)

Year 2

UdG (third semester) Research / Training (fourth semester)
  • Medical Image Registration and Applications (ECTS 6)
  • Medical Image Segmentation and Applications (ECTS 6)
  • Computer-Aided Surgery and Medical Robotics (ECTS 6)
  • Computer-Aided Diagnosis (ECTS 5)
  • eHealth (ECTS 5)
  • Local Culture (ECTS 2)
MSC Thesis in a company or any of the partners' institutions UdG, uB or UNICLAM (ECTS 30)

The overall objective is to start from science fundamentals, low-level image and signal processing, and acquisition. The second semester is devoted to more advanced image processing algorithms along with machine learning and pattern recognition. Special emphasis will be given to the fundamentals of medical robotics and algorithm optimization methods. The third semester will take advantage of the previous modules and will focus on developing frameworks of computer-aided detection and diagnosis systems with special emphasis on its clinical applicability and evaluation. In addition, advanced medical robotics will be covered taking into account computer-aided surgery and assisted intervention. In addition, a project on medical imaging will proposed which will put those topics into practice. The final semester will be fully devoted to the development of the master thesis in a topic proposed by the consortium, collaborating companies/research labs or by the motivation of the student within the context of medical image analysis.

An induction week is organized each year in September during which the enrolled students are informed about the program, the assessment, and the rules. The induction week also permits new students to meet second-year students or former MaIA students.


Scholars (visiting professors) is an added value of the MaIA master. Below is the list of visiting scholars.

Prof. Steven Jacques
Prof. Jacques, from Oregon Health and Science University, gave teaching in the module Sensors and Digitization. He performed a set of seminars explaining the utility of light tissue interactions for both diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Adrian Galdran
Dr. Galdran, from INESC TEC Porto, gave lectures in the module Advanced Image Processing. Practical exercises were interleaved with theoretical content related to advanced color image processing, including the retinex theory of color vision and the adversarial generation of retinal images.
Dr. Cristophe Doignon
Dr. Doignon, from the University of Strasbourg, gave teaching in the module Computer-Aided Surgery and Medical Robotics. His lectures relate to guiding the robot during robotic surgery and computer-assisted medical interventions. He complimented the teaching with specific labs.
Dr. Alícia Casals
Prof. Casals, from University Polytechnic of Barcelona (UPC), gave teaching in the module Computer-Aided Surgery and Medical Robotics. She performed a set of theoretical seminars about robotic assistance in rehabilitation and in surgery and lab sessions about medical robotics and haptic devices.
Dr. Jose Manjón
Dr. Jose Manjón, from University Polytechnic of Valencia (UPV), gave teaching in the module Medical Image Segmentation and Applications. He performed a set of seminars on the benefits of patch-based approaches for image processing and image segmentation.

Prof. Fabrice Meriaudeau
Prof. Meriaudeau, from Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), gave teaching in the modules Computer-Aided Diagnosis and Medical Image Segmentation and Applications. He introduced the students to the deep learning paradigm for medical image segmentation through both seminars and lab practices.
Mr. Josep Fernández Bayó
Mr. Fernández Bayó, from Corporació Sanitària Parc Taulí (Sabadell), gave teaching in the module eHealth. He performed a seminar about the digital hospital, how information is shared across all the hospitals, from acquisition devices to the final user passing through PACS databases.
Dr. Nicolás García Aracil
Dr. García Aracil, from University Miguel Hernández (UMH, Elx) gave teaching in the module Computer-Aided Surgery and Medical Robotics. His lectures were about rehabilitation robotics, human-robot interaction, and design and control of new robotic devices.

If you want to come

Scholars (visiting professors) are welcomed in the MaIA master. If you are interested, you can apply for scholarships to teach and give seminars in any of the semesters/universities of the consortium. The minimum stay is 2 weeks up to 3 months.

mri, magnetic resonance imaging, diagnostics

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Application Procedure

Application for Erasmus+ Grants deadline: Closed
Selection meeting dates: Mid-March, 2020
Grant acceptance notification: April 2nd, 2020
Application for self-funded students deadline: May 8th, 2020 (will open soon)
Self-funded students acceptance: Beginning of June 2020
Course Starting: Beginning of September 2020


The documentation required is as follows:

  • Letter of application outlining rationale for wanting to undertake the program (letter of motivation)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certified copy of the University Bachelor Degree or equivalent with records transcript (English translation)* – if you do not get your BSc by the application deadline, you must provide a certificate that proves you are registered in the last year of your BSc
  • Certificate issued by the home university that allows admission to postgraduate studies
  • Proof of level of competency in English (English language proficiency proved by official TOEFL (institutional tests are not accepted) with at least 95 points (internet-based test), TOEIC with at least 1345 points, APTIS C from British Council, PTE General Level 4, IELTS Academic at grade minimum 7 or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with minimum level C1.)
  • 2 names of referees and their addresses, preferably from the university or Institute that awarded the first degree. We will be requesting them to fill an evaluation form and send us a letter of recommendation
  • A copy of a valid ID document and/or passport
  • 1 current passport-size photograph.

*Note that, at the selection stage, certified copies are not compulsory (a copy without certification is sufficient). Likewise, translated documents are not necessary as long as the original documents are written in English, Spanish or Catalan.

** Once you are selected by the consortia:

  • you must access the pre-registration application form at UdG and fill in all the information requested. This step is mandatory for all students to be formally accepted into the master’s program.
  • You should ask for a document with the grade point average equivalence of your foreign marks into the Spanish System, from the “Ministerio de Educación Cultura y Deporte”.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. Read carefully the list of documents and make sure you attached everything to your application, including translations. No document may be sent by post or email at that stage.


Scholars (visiting professors) can apply for scholarships to teach and give seminars in the MaIA Master. The minimum stay is 2 weeks to 3 months. Application is by e-mail (do not use the online application), submit the following documentation to

  • Letter of application outlining rationale for wanting to be a visiting scholar in the program. The applicant should emphasize the field (research, teaching or both) he would like to be involved in and the activities he/she is planning to deliver.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of competency in English for teaching purposes
  • A copy of a valid ID document and passport

Tuition Fees

Program Countries EU Partner Countries Non-EU
4,500€/year per student
5,500€/year per student

Fees include:

  • Registration in the three host institutions, including academic resources and services of the three universities
  • Full insurance coverage
  • Issuance of the diploma (Joint Master Degree)
  • Administrative costs

Fees do not include:

  • Living expenses
  • Transportation costs
  • Sworn translations and other administrative procedures
  • Visa costs


Erasmus + Grants

The EMJMD scholarships are including student participation costs (including the tuition fees, full insurance coverage and any other mandatory costs related to student participation in the course), a contribution to student travel and installation cost and a subsistence allowance for the entire duration of the EMJMD study program.

Program Countries EU: 35,000€* Partner Countries Non-EU: 42,000€*

*This amount will vary depending on the country of origin of the student (if origin > 4.000 km from Girona)

Caution: Geographical balance is taking into account, i.e. no more than 3 candidates with the same nationality can be awarded an EMJMD scholarship during the same intake.

Contribution to subsistence costs must not be given to:

  • Program and Partner country students for the EMJMD periods (study, research, placement, thesis preparation) spent in their country of residence.
  • Partner country students for the EMJMD periods exceeding 3 months spent in any Partner country.

Consortium Grant

Grant, given by the consortium, waiving the fees at each of the 3 universities for an EU student (9000 Eur).

Self-funded Students

The program is also open to candidates who do not request financial support. Self-funded students are responsible for paying for their own fees and all costs derived from their participation in the master (e.g. accommodation, transportation, subsistence, etc.).

We recommend the applicants to search early on for any sponsoring or external funding source in their home country to be able to carry their mobility project.

Partner or Program Students

*Partner Country = Students who don’t have the nationality of one of the member states of the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey Serbia or North Macedonia), are considered as students from Partner countries.

Partner Country students who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last 5 years in any Programme Country are considered as Partner Country students. The 5-year reference period for this 12-months rules is calculated backward as from the submission deadline of applying for the EMJMD scholarship.

**Programme Country = Students who have the nationality of one of those states are considered as students from Programme countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, North Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, and Turkey.

Warning! Students with a double nationality must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application. No change will be possible after the submission of the application.

Student Testimonials

The MaIA master has introduced me to practical applications of machine learning and image analysis to solve existing difficulties when dealing with analyzing medical images. In addition to boosting my professional career, MaIA has exposed me to an international community of students and researchers and helped me to discover and learn about different cultures. Traveling to multiple cities has positively influenced the way I see and relate to my environment. For my thesis, I worked on soft tissue lesion detection in digital breast tomosynthesis using domain adaptation from mammograms in Screenpoint Medical (Nijmegen, The Netherlands).

- Mahlet Birhanu, Research Software Engineer at Erasmus MC

Joining MaIA was definitely a life-changing experience. The program provided me with skills in the Medical Imaging field and allowed me to actively interact with leading-researchers around Europe. During my thesis, I worked on a cardiac MRI by proposing cutting-edge methodologies to assist radiologists. Currently, as a doctoral student, I am very pleased with how MaIA boosted my career and helped me reach my goals.

- Ezequiel de la Rosa, Ph.D. Student

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

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