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During your Master’s in Biomedical Engineering (BME), you will collect a total of 120 EC within two years. The specialisation in Imaging & In Vitro Diagnostics consists of six compulsory courses, an internship and your final master’s assignment.

In addition, you can fill up your free space with elective courses that interest you, both in and outside of the Master’s in BME. Choosing a Capita Selecta is also an option. This is a self-study course in which you explore a specific topic of your interest, supported by a researcher of the related research group.

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.


Year 1

Number of EC

Compulsory courses
Mandatory for the specialisation in Imaging & In Vitro Diagnostics

30 EC

Pre-selected elective courses
You can choose electives out of a pre-structured list of elective courses, related to this specialisation.

15 EC

Examples of electives:

Free elective courses

15 EC

You can fill up the rest of your elective space with courses that match your interests and ambitions. There is a wide range of pre-approved electives you can choose from, both from the Master’s in BME and other Master’s at UT. 

Year 2


15 EC

In the first quartile of your second year, you will do an internship as preparation for the professional field.

Master's Thesis

45 EC

You will finish your Master’s in BME with your master’s thesis. The topic of your master’s thesis is largely up to you.

Total EC

120 EC

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During your Master’s in Biomedical Engineering, you will gain practical experience by doing an internship for approximately three months. Within the specialisation in Imaging & In Vitro Diagnostics, there are many options open to you when it comes to choosing your internship.

Examples of internships students previously took on:

Master's thesis

You will complete your Master’s by writing your master’s thesis. The choice of your graduation subject is largely up to you. Whether you focus more on imaging or in vitro diagnostics, there are plenty of topics you can choose. You might dedicate your research to finding biomarkers for the early detection of complex diseases like Alzheimer's or Parkinson’s, or improve imaging techniques through machine learning. Or what about developing point of care devices for rapid health analysis directly at the bed of the patient, or even at home?

You will write your thesis under the supervision of a professor of one of the research groups. Under certain conditions, you could (partially) execute your research project at an external institution or organisation as well. 

Your master’s thesis could involve investigating questions such as:
  • How can AI be used for the automatic segmentation of organs from MR images?
  • Can we build an in vitro multi-organ-on-chip model to mimic cancer metastasis and employ the circulation for identifying new cancer metastasis biomarkers?
  • Can a portable MRI scanner be used for ex vivo characterisation of lymph nodes?
  • Can we develop new approaches and devices for the capture of tumour-derived extracellular vesicles for cancer patient management?
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