Which of the five specialisations suits you best?
Before the start of your Master’s in Biomedical Engineering, you will choose a specialisation. This way, by personalising your programme, you get to develop your own expertise. We offer you different kinds of specialisations, some of which you will not easily find elsewhere. Your choice determines which courses you will take and the type of research you will be involved in during your master’s thesis.
The specialisation in Bioengineering Technologies focuses on the development of technologies that mimic or restore the function of diseased organs and damaged tissues, such as the heart, the kidney, cartilage and/or blood vessels. You will learn to develop and improve advanced technologies such as organs-on-chips or tumours-on-chips, implants based on biomaterials and living tissue and targeted (nano)medicine. What about developing a heart-on-a-chip that can mimic an actual heart, or regenerating cartilage for people with arthritis?
Are you interested in developing, improving, and enhancing robots and other mechatronic systems that can be used to benefit the healthcare sector? The specialisation in Biorobotics will teach you how to design a robot from a mechatronic perspective, and enable you to measure and include human signals and responses in the control of robots that are used to support either patients or clinicians.
Imaging & In Vitro Diagnostics
How can you detect diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s at an early stage? Are there friendlier, painless and more reliable ways to detect breast cancer? Within the specialisation in Imaging & In Vitro Diagnostics, you will develop new strategies and improve existing techniques for visualising the human body and detecting abnormalities in cells and tissues in order to detect diseases and monitor health.
Medical Device Design
What does it take to design an ankle prosthesis, an artificial kidney, or a robotic surgery tool? The types of devices might differ, but in many cases, you will follow similar design processes. While other specialisations focus on a specific area within the field of biomedical engineering, the specialisation in Medical Device Design will familiarise you with the whole design process of different types of medical devices, from ideation to fabrication to (clinical) testing and verification.
Physiological Signals & Systems
If you specialise in Physiological Signals & Systems, you will learn how to develop technological solutions for health and clinical problems in which human body systems are dysfunctional due to trauma or disease – for example: chronic pain, brain damage after stroke or Parkinson’s disease. You will gain expertise in (ambulatory) sensor technology to measure physiological signals and behaviour, in interpreting such information and in applying these insights for improved prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation in clinical and home/self-care setting.