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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 Biorobotics consists of seven 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. These courses can deepen your knowledge and skills in your research field of interest and on the application of your knowledge/skills in clinical cases, such as (neuro)rehabilitation, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, orthopedy, or heart surgery. 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 Biorobotics

35 EC

Pre-selected elective courses

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

10 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 Biorobotics, 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 would like to dedicate your research to the design of a robotic arm, develop algorithms for the anticipatory control of exoskeletons or model human body dynamics through machine learning: there’s a great range of interesting topics you can cover in your final project.

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 exoskeletons be controlled to prevent low back and shoulder injuries in workers?
  • How can AI help predict organ motion (e.g. heart motion or respiratory-induced motion) during a robotic intervention?
  • How can a robot be controlled in such a way that it allows for the active participation of a patient and improve their recovery?
  • How can human body signals – through EMG, for example – be incorporated into the control of a robotic device?
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