Master Health Sciences

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Use an innovative approach to improve the quality of healthcare and public health, with a focus on healthcare governance, organisation and technology.

Staffing shortages, rising healthcare costs, technological innovations, the increasing prevalence of diseases like obesity and diabetes, and an ageing population pushing the demand for healthcare services: the healthcare sector is facing many challenges all at once. There is a great need for health scientists with an understanding of technology and the ability to make sharp, data-driven analyses to find solutions to these and many more challenges. Do you want to improve the quality of healthcare as well as public health, and are you eager to determine how healthcare will be organised in the future? Then the Master’s in Health Sciences at the University of Twente may be just the right choice for you!

In this one-yearEnglish-taught Master’s, you will focus on healthcare policy and organisation, with attention to the role of technology and innovation in healthcare. You will learn to take on an analytical, data-driven, multiperspective approach, dealing with a wide variety of challenges within the broad context of the healthcare sector. For example, can you use data to predict healthcare needs and adjust policies accordingly? How can you ensure better cooperation between different healthcare parties? How do you involve citizens and/or patients in decision-making processes? How do you keep healthcare affordable? And what does it take to make the healthcare industry more sustainable? These are just some of the many questions you could deal with.


You can start your studies in September. In case you need to follow the Pre-Master’s first, you can start in September or February, and continue with the Master’s afterwards.

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Health Sciences at the University of Twente

What distinguishes UT Health Sciences students is their innovative character and their affinity with technological perspectives on healthcare. Let us be clear: you really don't need to be a tech geek to follow this Master’s. But if you see the added value of, for example, data-driven decision-making or personalised eHealth technologies to improve healthcare, and if you recognise the need for innovation – in the broadest sense – within the healthcare sector, then the University of Twente is the right place for you.

Choose a specialisation

You can tailor your Master’s in Health Sciences to your own interests and ambitions. Are you eager to improve the quality of public healthcare services at a societal level? Or do you want to focus on process optimisation and quality improvement within healthcare organisations? Or what about discovering the role of eHealth technologies in the future of our healthcare system? You will build your own expertise within one of the specialisations.

Your choice determines (part of) the courses you will follow and the type of research you will engage in during your master’s thesis. You can choose from three different specialisations:

Working on real-life projects in the techmed centre

This Master’s is closely associated with UT’s renowned TechMed Centre, a leading institute that aims to improve healthcare through personalised technology, and UT’s Centre for eHealth and Wellbeing Research, a leading research centre for personalised healthcare. As a Health Sciences student, you have the opportunity to work with outstanding scientists and other experts from the healthcare sector. Moreover, your research, analyses and outcomes are always focused on real-world problems. In other words, you will work on solutions that will be actually applied in hospitals and health centres. It is a great environment for network building and gaining hands-on experience for your future career! 

Career perspectives

The growing complexity of today’s fast-changing healthcare sector has raised the demand for skilled health science professionals with an innovative, analytical and data-driven approach – competencies you will definitely have as a graduate of this Master’s, whichever specialisation you choose. You will be able to apply your expertise in a wide range of healthcare settings, whether you want to focus on process optimisation, policy development or eHealth implementation. Graduates find a job soon, on average within two months after graduation.

job opportunities for health scientists

As a graduate, you can pursue a career in all areas of healthcare, from hospitals, health centres or home care institutions to insurance companies, government institutions, consultancy agencies or eHealth start-ups. Many students went on to fulfil the role of consultant in various organisations, whereas others work, for example, as policy advisers at municipalities, quality officers, operations managers or tactical buyers at hospitals, and project managers at eHealth development or healthcare analytics companies. You could also opt for a career as a researcher – and continue with a PhD programme at the University of Twente, for example.

Curious about your future job? Your career perspectives might depend on the specialisation you will follow. Choose a specialisation to find out what your future job could be like.

Programme overview

Master’s degree in Health Sciences
Certification: MSc
CROHO code
Science and Technology
1 year
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
Starting date
1 September 2024
1 September 2025
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands
Numerus fixus
Does not apply for the programme

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