Curriculum

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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 Bioengineering Technologies 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.

Structure


Year 1

Number of EC


Compulsory courses
Mandatory for the specialisation in Bioengineering Technologies

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



Internship

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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Internship

During your Master’s in Biomedical Engineering, you will gain practical experience by doing an internship for approximately three months. Within the specialisation in Bioengineering Technologies, 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. You might, for example, focus on the field of regenerative medicine and develop bioactive materials that activate the body’s natural regenerative capacity. These can be used when tissue or organs have been damaged by disease or trauma, for example. Another key area within this specialisation is organ-on-a-chip development. Or you might focus on targeted therapeutics and contribute to innovative medicine development.

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 undertaking projects such as:
  • Inducing the contraction of heart tissue derived from human stem cells by using 3D-printed pyrolysed carbon micropillars as electrodes;
  • Developing realistic models of pancreatic tumours, by engineering three-dimensional spheroids with combinations of tumour cells with connective tissue cells, and assessing their sensitivity to therapy;
  • Designing and synthesising biomaterial membranes with defined properties that promote cell monolayers formation from kidney epithelium, in order to develop artificial kidneys for the treatment of dialysis patients.
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