The specialization physiological signals and systems is part of the Master's programme Biomedical Engineering.
The Biomedical Engineering track Physiological Signals and Systems is the right choice if you are intrigued by the human central nervous system and the analysis of biological functioning. Specific systems of interest within the participating research groups of this Master's specialization are the central nervous system, the cardiopulmonary system, the endocrine system and the human movement system. After your master's, you will contribute to the development of new concepts for the prediction, therapy and/or prevention of health problems.
The specialization Physiological Signals and Systems (PSS) focusses on the development of technological solutions for health and clinical problems in which human physiological systems are dysfunctional due to trauma or disease. The research groups that participate in the PSS track perform cutting-edge scientific work that covers topics such as analyzing models of the brain to gain a better understanding of diseases like epilepsy, studying how electrical stimuli can restore impaired body functions (like Parkinson and strokes) or the development of improved diagnostics and novel treatments for clinical neurology. Often, the research is related to specific clinical questions from the healthcare sector.
The TechMed research groups participating in the track Pysiological Signals and Systems offer rich environments, in which TechMed researchers collaborate with clinicians, patients and the industry on the development of innovative technological solutions. Examples of key research areas are:
- Research about the possibilities of deep brain stimulation to improve posture and movement control.
- Research into the development of therapies for people with chronic pain, in which mathematical models are used to predict clinical results.
- The development of new techniques for the improvement of brain monitoring in the intensive care unit with a focus on detecting epileptiform discharges and ischemia.
Read more below in more detail about research within a few research groups that are linked to this Master's track.
Due to our ageing society, not only the number of patients seeking help for their health problems is increasing, but the health problems they report are also more complex (multimorbidity). As a consequence, in many cases the conventional ‘one size fits all’ treatment approach is no longer sufficient and a more personalized treatment is needed. Furthermore, there is an ongoing development of patient monitoring and treatment outside the hospital using eHealth technology, exploiting analysis and interpretation of data from existing and novel sensing methods in the wider clinical and daily life context using machine learning methods. In each of these developments, graduates of this Biomedical Engineering specialization play an important role.
The first year of the specialization Physiological Signals and Systems 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 be working on, as well as the curriculum.
After completing the specialization Physiological Signals & Systems of the Master's programme Biomedical Engineering, a wide variety of career options will await. You could pursue a (science) career in research at universities or highly recognised research institutes. You could also work at large companies that focus on new products and services for the healthcare industry. Read more about the various career opportunities.
If you are interested to sign up for our track Physiological Signals & Systems, you will have to apply 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.