Set-up of the guide

Set-up of the guide

This study guide of BME aims at providing all information that concerns organisation, regulations and services that are of interest for BME Bachelor and Master’s students at the University of Twente (UT).

Educational infrastructure

All organisational matters, regulations and services that are of interest for BME students are arranged at different hierarchical levels. To understand the regulations within the BME program, it is important to understand the educational infrastructure at the UT.

Hierarchical Institute BME- specifics

Academic institute (UT)

Faculties (TNW)

Research groups (various groups)

Schools (BME)

Study programs (BSc & MSc BME)

(Master Tracks) (MCTE, HFT)

Courses (various courses)

Each of these levels requires its own facilities & services, organisational infrastructure and quality assurance. Within the sections and chapters in this guide, this hierarchical structure may be traceable in the sense that they become more and more specific towards the end.

Synchronical or referential use

This guide is meant for students that either start or already follow the BME Bachelor or Master’s program. Starting students can use this guide to inform themselves about organisation, regulations and facilities on the different hierarchical levels, mentioned before. The relevance of the information will be dependent on the student’s background.

For all students, this guide is useful to understand the Bachelor curriculum (see chapter 9 first) or to compose a tailored Master’s curriculum, for which choices have to be made, which are explained in chapter 12. These choices concern the following topics, which are described after a preceding overview:


Master’s track chapter 12


Research group s chapter 8.11


Compulsory courses per track paragraph 12.4


Homologation courses (side-continuates) paragraph 12.5


Courses per research group paragraph 12.6


List of (elective) BME courses paragraph 12.7


Course contents Appendix 3

After first-time use, this guide is mainly suitable as reference book. For this type of use, the guide contains, besides program-related overviews, other indices:


Table of contents Front of guide


Abbreviations (Dutch & English meanings) Appendix 5


Translated terms, Dutch – English Appendix 6

Other useful appendices concern links of websites and a list with contact information of BME staff members.

Concerning planning of a Master program, the guide contains different checklists:


Course schedules per track Paragraph 12.8


Checklists for:


Starting the Master’s program Chapter 12


Internships Chapter 13


Master’s assignment Chapter 14

Websites (up-to-date information and language)

In principal, each topic in this guide refers to a website, which contains up-to-date information. This represents the digital environment of the UT, which can be considered as the main method of communication at the UT.

In general, this guide refers to websites in English. Only when no English site was available (at moment of publishing), references are made to websites in Dutch. In general, all websites of University of Twente contain a link that changes the information into English/Dutch. For Dutch students, it has to be mentioned that Dutch information is often still more extensive and accessible than English information. Further internationalisation of all communication services is still in progress.


Despite the international character of the BME Master’s program, this guide recognises the fact that most BME master’s students will probably be Dutch. Therefore, this guide includes a list of translated terms, which may help to understand and locate the required information.


At University of Twente, abbreviations are a common use and often are used as stand-alone terms without recalling their original full term meaning. So, by introducing abbreviations that relate to the English terms, but differ from the Dutch abbreviations, considerable miscommunications could be caused. For instance, in English the faculty of the program is called Faculty of “Science and Technology”, which is not traceably related to the commonly used abbreviation “TNW”, corresponding to the Dutch “Technische Natuurwetenschappen”. So, to prevent miscommunications, this guide only uses abbreviations from the Dutch names and terms. In the back of this guide, abbreviations are listed together with both the Dutch and English meaning. For a more extended list (in Dutch), see:

Telephone on campus

All fixed telephones on campus, can be contacted with the numbers +31 53-489 XXXX. The latter four numbers are commonly used to indicate the telephone numbers on campus, also in this guide. On campus telephones, the prefix number does not have to be dialled prio