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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 Physiological Signals & Systems 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 Physiological Signals & Systems

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 Physiological Signals & Systems, 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 could focus on the early detection of diseases through signal analysis, finding new ways for remote monitoring through wearables, or the design of intervention techniques like deep brain stimulation.

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:
  • Developing novel neuromodulation techniques for the treatment of chronic pain.
  • Developing an algorithm that can detect and classify signals of sleep apnoea in an early stage, in order to prevent the development of more severe conditions, like heart and vascular diseases.
  • Building an in vitro model of a penumbra – the damaged core of a brain infarct – and testing different stimulation techniques that helps the recovery of human neuronal networks after an ischemic event.
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