The specialization Bioengineering Technologies is part of the Master's programme Biomedical Engineering

Can you imagine yourself developing state-of-the art biomaterials or, perhaps, high-value pharmaceutical drugs? If you are keen on increasing your knowledge in the field of for example applied stem cell biology, molecular biology, tissue engineering, biomaterials engineering and/or biomedical science, then you should definitely consider the specialization Bioengineering Technologies of the Master's programme Biomedical Engineering. After completing your master studies, you could start a career in this field working as a (scientific) researcher or product developer, fully depending on your interests.  

What is Bioengineering technologies?

In the specialization Bioengineering Technologies at the University of Twente, 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. 

Key research areas

The innovative methods involved in Bioengineering Technologies stimulate the body to generate new tissue by itself, exactly where needed. Read more below about the research focus of this Master's specialization and its impact in the healthcare industry.

Focus of our research

Research within the track Bioengineering Technologies is primarily focused on development of implants based on biomaterials and living tissue for use in regenerative medicine, for example in the regeneration of cartilage in patients with arthritis. Moreover, we develop organs-on-chips and other stem cell-derived laboratory models for use in drug development, such as a mini-heart that can mimic heart attacks. We also develop extracorporeal biohybrid systems to restore organ function, such as the artificial kidney, as well as biomaterial-based drug delivery systems.

A real impact

By collaborating closely with clinicians, pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies and patients, we work towards practically applicable scientific breakthroughs. In this way, we aim to have a real impact on patient care.

This specialization is integrated in the inspiring and innovative Technical Medical Centre of the University of Twente, which aims to improve healthcare by personalized technology. It is connected to the research domain BioEngineering Technologies (BET). This domain performs both fundamental and applied research with one central mission: the development of innovative diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for patients.

Structure of this track

The first year of the specialization Bioengineering Technologies of Biomedical Engineering consists of compulsory courses and electives that are pre-structured fit to this track, supplemented by a free choice of electives. In the second year you will do an internship and complete your master thesis. Below you can read more about what you will learn and will be working on, as well as the curriculum. 

What you will learn and will be working on

In Bioengineering Technologies you will learn key skills and knowledge in tissue engineering, applied stem cell biology, biomaterials engineering, molecular biology and biomedical science. Moreover, there is a strong focus on experimental design, project management and execution, academic writing, oral presentation of project results, and working in teams. Finally, you will learn to think about your work in a societal context, taking into account the needs of patients, clinicians and other end-users.

Curriculum of Bioengineering Technologies

The Biomedical Engineering programme 'Bioengineering Technologies' consists of a mix of core courses and electives, enabling you to create your own tailor-made Master’s programme. Our study advisor can help you based on your interests and future plans. 

An overview of the curriculum* to get an impression:

Year 1

Year 2

  • 15 credits devoted to an external internship
  • 45 credits devoted to graduation assignment and thesis

*Curriculum of 2019-2020, subject to change

Career perspective Bioengineering technologies

A training in bioengineering technologies focuses on knowledge and skills that are related to biomaterials, biochemistry, biotechnology, cell biology and biomedical science. This means that you will be well-prepared for positions in applied research and development of biomaterials, stem cell products, cell culture products, pharmaceutical drugs and drug delivery systems, as well as scientific projects in biomedicine and cell biology.

You will be able apply your skills in various early career trajectories, for example in academic research as a Ph.D. candidate, in biotech companies as a product developer, or in university hospitals as a researcher. Read more about the career opportunities of Biomedical Engineering graduates in general.

How to apply for this specialization?

If you are interested to apply for our track Bioengineering Technologies, you will have to sign up for the Master's Programma Biomedical Engineering first. Students that obtained or that are about to obtain their diploma outside of the Netherlands can take part in our eligibility check, giving an indication of their chances of being admitted. Find out more about admission here.

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