Prior to start of the Master’s program, a number of steps have to be taken by the (future) Master’s student. The list below can be regarded as first directions. More extended information can also be found in this guide.

Admission and enrolment to the program

The admission requirements to start a Master’s program are presented in chapter 11 of this guide and enrolments are centrally organised at the Central Student Administation (CSA). Additionally, this chapter explains the terms and Fees and Finance for enrolment.

Composition of a personalised Master’s curriculum

The Master’s program of Biomedical Engineering at University of Twente (UT) is characterised by its specialisation and depth in a particular part of the BME research area. This allows the Master’s student to compose a personalised Master’s curriculum. To ensure quality of the program, the composition of this curriculum has to consent with a number of program rules, which will be explained in paragraph 12.3. This requires a number of steps to be taken by a future student before/ at the start of the program.

Choose a Master’s track and research group

Prior to the start of a Master’s program, students have to sort out their interests and abilities in order to determine a fitting Master’s track. Hereafter, a biomedical research group of the UT can be chosen to graduate at. Chapter 12 provides information about the Master’s tracks in the program. The following chapter gives a description of the available research groups.

Plan a set of courses together with the professor of the chosen research group

The professor of the chosen research group can be consulted to plan a personalised set of courses for a Master’s track. This set has to consist of three compulsory courses and a number of elective courses, which has to comply with some general rules and some specific demands of the professor of the chosen research group.


Select compulsory and elective courses

The schedules for the Master’s program consist of the compulsory courses and the courses that are primarily intended as elective courses for BME students. The information for other elective courses can be found at the schedules of the relevant study programs for that course or can be acquired from the concerning lecturer.

Fill in a course form

The determined set of courses has to be submitted to a course form with the signatures of the student and the professor. Specific demands for graduation at a certain research group can be found in this guide, an up-to-date version of this “Master‘s information” can be found at:

The course forms can be found in the appendices and under the following link:

Submit for to BOOZ and get consent of Board of Examiners (via BOOZ)

The course form has to be submitted to the Office of Educational Affairs (BOOZ, HorstRing W221, paragraph 8.6). The form will be reviewed by the Board of Examiners for its conformity to the program’s demands. The content of the course profile is the responsibility of the student and professor of the chosen research group. BOOZ will send an e-mail about student’s admission approval.

Enrolment for courses

Enrolment for the individual Master’s courses is required via TeleTOP at least 6 weeks prior to start of the course (except for the courses directly at program start). In this way, a lecturer is able to tune the course preparation to the expected number of students.




The Master’s program BME is a full-time English program of two years: M1 and M2. The work load per year consists of 60 European Creditpoints (EC). One EC complies with 28 hours of study time for the average student, which corresponds to 1680 study hours per year.

The work load for most courses is 5 EC (140 hours for the average student), which include lectures, tutorials, work for projects, reports and assignments, self study and examination. Although the official language of the Master’s program is English, courses may be given in Dutch in case of exclusively Dutch students. This will always be conferred with the students present.



BME operates on a semester basis, in which an academic year of 40 weeks is divided into two semesters. Each semester comprises two blocks (quarters). One quarter consists of eight weeks of classes and two weeks of examinations. Most courses cover one quarter; other courses cover a whole semester.



The curriculum of Master’s courses differs per student as will be explained in next paragraph. The locations, times and days that all courses will be given, can be found on the course schedules, also called semester schedules. These schedules also show the closing dates for exam subscription and dates for (re-)examination (through TAST, see paragraph 2.5). For the locations of the campus buildings is referred to paragraph 1.7 and to the map of the campus in Appendix 1 of this guide. The schedules can be found on the BME-website ( This site shows up-to-date versions of all schedules.

Note: Not all elective courses are represented in the BME-schedules. In this case, the schedules of the study program that is responsible for that course have to be consulted.

Since schedules may change, it is recommended to regularly check the educational announcements.



The composition of the course curriculum in the Master’s program is dependent on the student. At start of the program, this is planned by the student personally with the professor of the chosen research group. For detailed information about the separate Master’s tracks is referred to chapter 12. This guide provides an overview of all courses (compulsory and elective) listed by course name in paragraph 12.7 and scheduled by quarter in paragraph 12.8. Always consult the BME-website ( for up-to-date information!



In general, students receive their Master’s diploma next to their MSc assignment. Application for the Master’s degree is required in ample time once all demands for graduation are met, except for the final Master’s assignment. The application forms can be found at the BME website. The form can also be used to arrange the closing MSc assignment colloquium. As a result of this form, the Board of Examiners will decide whether students can graduate for their Master’s exam. After graduation, the enrolment to the BME program is removed. In some circumstances this may not be desired. In that case, it is also possible to arrange the colloquium without applying for the Master’s Exam. For further information about the procedure of the Master’s assignment and colloquium is referred to chapter 14.

The presentation of the diploma is a ceremony to which you can invite family and friends.



The UT offers two types of English courses for students that follow the same set-up.

A refresher course English: to polish English grammar and writing skills

At the end of the refresher course, havo/vwo (higher levels of Dutch secondary schools) English skills will have been revised and made susceptible for improvements. The course will deal with the following subjects:


Basic Grammar: tenses, word order, articles, adjectives/adverbs, conditionals, the passive.


Paragraph writing


Vocabulary strategies


Pronunciation strategies


Language of dialogues and discussions

Attention is paid to recognising personal fields that require improvement. In this way, efficient personal development with help of offered exercises and tools is made possible.

Practical English for academic research: to use good working knowledge of English within the Master's programs in a more professional way.

The course will deal with the following subjects:


Getting into contact: invitations by letter, e-mail, telephone, social skills


Interviewing in English: polite questions, surveys, interview someone, small talk


Report writing: the do’s and don’ts in English, focus on language


Presentations: presenting the results of you interview, presenting facts and figures in an effective way.

Teaching methods: The sessions will be filled with practice and discussions in small peer groups. Small assignments have to be done at home, but also regular practise (and feedback) is essential.

Contact person: Language Coordination Centre (TCP), Lianne Peper (secr.), 2040 or

Costs: € 30 + € 20 deposit. The deposit will be paid back at 7 or more attended sessions.

Workload: 8 sessions of 1.5 to 2 contact hours, an additional average of 2 hours per week of self-practice. The required time for this task is dependent of your level of proficiency.

Extra information: For registration, dates and times, literature: