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You have a lot of freedom in customising your Master’s in Biomedical Engineering.

Within the Master’s in Biomedical Engineering (BME), you will build your expertise within one of the five specialisations. In addition, you can tailor your Master’s with elective courses that suit your interests and ambitions. This freedom in customising your programme will help you to become the biomedical engineer you wish to be.


During my Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering, I realised that I was very much interested in robotics and medical devices, but I did not necessarily like programming, which is key in control systems. I wanted to focus more on bringing different aspects – and also people – together in the design and development of a medical device and gain a broader view of this process. That’s why I chose:

  • Specialisation in Medical Device Design
  • Elective courses in:
    • Development of Artificial Internal Organs
    • Engineering Project Management
    • Biomaterial Engineering
    • Early Health Technology Assessment during Medical Device Development

I am highly interested in modelling diseases through organ-on-a-chip systems, that can be used for medication development. To learn more about this, I wanted to gain an in-depth understanding of both the biological and the physical aspects of the development and analysis of these models. That’s why I chose:

  • Specialisation in Bioengineering Technologies
  • Elective courses in:
    • Biophysical Techniques and Molecular Imaging
    • Nanofluidics
    • Bionanotechnology
    • Physical Biology

I did a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering in Japan, in which I learned a lot about signal and data analysis in electronics and mechanics. But I realised I am much more interested in analysing human physiological signals, as they are way more advanced and complex. That’s why I decided to follow up my Bachelor’s with the Master’s in Biomedical Engineering:

  • Specialisation in Physiological Signals & Systems
  • Elective courses in:
    • Advanced Techniques for Signal Analysis
    • Dynamic Behaviour of Neuronal Networks
    • Image Processing and Computer Vision
    • Deep Learning - From Theory to Practice

I was eager to learn more about the imaging of the human body, and especially to gain an in-depth understanding of the mathematics behind imaging and image processing techniques. Think, for example, of the use of Artificial Intelligence, but also other processing tools. I chose to combine my Master’s in BME with the Master’s in Electrical Engineering (EE):


How to compose your Master’s

What your curriculum looks like, depends on the choices you make in composing your Master’s. There are three steps in doing so.

  • Step 1: Choose a specialisation

    Before you start with this Master's, you need to choose a specialisation, in order to build expertise within a specific domain in the field of Biomedical Engineering. This Master’s has five specialisations:

  • Step 2: Compose your study programme

    Once you have chosen your specialisation, it is time to think about what the rest of your curriculum should look like. This starts with considering which research group you want to graduate in. Based on this, you will compose your study programme, in order to prepare well for your final thesis.

    Next to some compulsory courses, which depend on the specialisation you choose, you have a great deal of freedom in choosing elective courses, as long as you comply with the assumed previous knowledge. You can even choose courses beyond the Master’s in Biomedical Engineering. Think, for example, of the Master’s in Nanotechnology, Applied Physics, Chemical Science & Engineering, Interaction Technology, Industrial Design Engineering, or even Psychology!

    In order to come up with a coherent study programme that prepares you well for your final thesis, you will compose your set of electives in close consultation with your teacher(s). Throughout the whole curriculum, you keep the opportunity to make changes in your curriculum. However, your choices do need the approval of the examination board.

    Are you curious about the electives you can follow? Choose a specialisation and find out!

  • Step 3: Find an internship

    In your second year, you will do an internship to gain practical experience. There are many options open to you when it comes to choosing your internship. Find out more about internships by choosing a specialisation.

Master’s structure

During your Master’s in Biomedical Engineering (BME), you will collect a total of 120 EC within two years.

European Credit Transfer System

Student workload at Dutch universities is expressed in EC, also named ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), which is widely used throughout the European Union. In the Netherlands, each credit represents 28 hours of work.

Below, you can find the general structure of this Master’s. Which exact courses you will follow at what moment of your Master’s, depends on the choices you make as well as the starting date of your Master’s.

First year

Compulsory courses

Each specialisation has its own set of compulsory courses. Choose a specialisation and find out which ones.

Elective courses

Each specialisation has considerable elective space in which you can choose specific courses of your interest, both of the Master’s in BME as well as other master’s at UT.

Second year


In the first quartile, you will do an internship (15 EC), as preparation for the professional field.

Master’s thesis

In the final three quartiles, you will join a research group to complete your master’s thesis (45 EC).

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