This specialization belongs to the Master's programme Biomedical Engineering.
In this specialization we develop technologies that restore the function of diseased organs and damaged tissues, such as bone, cartilage and blood vessels. Our clear insights into the way clinics treat their patients support our work of developing practically applicable scientific breakthroughs. In this way, we speed up patient recovery.
The innovative methods involved in Bioengineering technologies stimulate the body to generate new tissue by itself, exactly where needed. One project focusses on growing a substantial mass of tissue with cells derived directly from the patient. The strategy is to combine the cells with a biomaterial. First, the tissue grows on a biodegradable material that is placed in the body. This ‘scaffold’ gradually melts away during the healing process. A clear example of this method is to stimulate the individual’s own stem cells to form bone on a ceramic template at the site of a non-healing fracture. Another example is the work that is done at the University of Twente in the development of an artificial kidney.
The programme consists of a mix of core courses and electives, enabling you to create your own personalized Master’s programme.
- Compulsory courses:
- 15 credits of electives from a pre-structured group of elective courses
- 15 credits free choice of electives
- 15 credits devoted to an external internship
- 45 credits devoted to graduation assignment and thesis