The University of Twente offers a pre-master programme in Technical Medicine for Dutch-speaking students with limited deficiencies. We offer a pre-master programme for students that are deficient in technology and a programme for students that are deficient in medicine.

The duration of a pre-master’s programme is one year; the maximum study load is 60EC. Students with more than 60 EC deficiencies will not be accepted for a pre-master. All pre-master programmes start in September.

Admission Pre-Master for HBO students

Students with a Dutch HBO diploma are not admitted to a pre-master programme of Technical Medicine unless it can be demonstrated that additional knowledge has been acquired as a result of work experience and/or additional training.

Technical medicine

The master's programme integrates the medical and technical domains. In this programme, you will become a professional with a unique technical-medical perspective and the ability to develop innovative diagnostic and treatment solutions for your patients. As a technical physician you will be the linking pin between medicine and technology. Throughout the programme you will learn how to apply existing technology in innovative ways to optimize diagnosis and treatment of patients. 

  • Deficiency in Technology

    This pre-master's programme is designed for students with a broad medical background (such as students of Medicine (‘Geneeskunde’) or Kinesiology (‘Bewegingswetenschappen’)) who are looking for a technical-medical master's track after their bachelor's degree.

    The year of the pre-master is a full-time study year and consists of 60 EC’s. It shall mainly take part physically on campus.

    Content of the pre-master's

    You will broaden your knowledge on the basis of various practical patient cases in the field of:

    • Mathematics (Calculus, Linear Algebra, Signal analysis)
    • Physics of imaging techniques (Light, Sound, Radiation and Magnetism)
    • Signals, Control systems and their modelling
    • Communication and Professional behaviour

     The programme concludes with the Technical Medicine (final) Assignment.

    Mathematics and imaging techniques

    In the first two quarters, we emphasize on gaining basic knowledge of mathematics (Calculus A and B, Linear Algebra). Furthermore, we give in-depth attention to the physics of imaging techniques. You acquire knowledge of imaging techniques, such as Röntgen, CT, ultrasound and MRI based on the physical concepts radiation, sound and magnetism.    

    While you are working on a project (patient casuistry) you will learn how to apply these techniques best. Mathematical skills are needed in order to fully understand the technology.  

    Signals, Control systems and their modelling

    In the third quarter you will mostly focus on systems thinking. We approach the human being as a system, consisting of subsystems that are closely connected to each other. Think of the cardiorespiratory system, for example. Based on a patient’s enquiry, you do further investigation that consists of gaining, measuring, analysing, processing and giving meaning to (physiological) signals, as they for example result from ECG and EEG measurements. At this point, mathematics is of great importance to understand the regulation and mathematical modelling of physiological systems. Besides, you will learn the basic principles of programming in Matlab in order to, among other things, be able to better analyse ECG signals.

    Communication and Professional behaviour

    In addition to the technical components, you will follow practical courses about communicating with patients and your own professional behaviour. This will take place in the first three quarters and depend on your previous education. You will also do a short clinical internship in a hospital where you gain experience as a technical doctor on the job.

    Technical Medicine (final) Assignment

    In the fourth quarter you will use all acquired knowledge for a final group project: the Technical Medicine Assignment. Together with a project group, consisting partly of Technical Medicine bachelor students, you will be working on a technical medical case that will require the skills you gained in the previous quarters. Through this, we ensure that regular students and  lateral entrants achieve the same state of knowledge.  


    The knowledge transfer will mainly take place through projects (patient cases) in which the technological knowledge is integrated in the medical expertise. Every action of a Technical Physician starts with a patient’s question. That is why we run through the whole process the patient experiences during the projects. The remaining goal is to better diagnose or treat a patient by using technology. Mathematics is necessary to better understand the technology. You will learn the basics of acting as a Technical Physician and get a better idea of the important role a Technical Physician has in directly caring for patients in a hospital.

    Forms of education

    We expect a high level of autonomy from our students. The students will deepen their knowledge through e-courses, digital lectures, literature study, communicating with each other and with the lecturers. The contact time will primarily aim at the understanding and application of the content of the curriculum. Students of the pre-master’s are free to attend lectures of the current bachelor programme. The last quarter will be spent on the same Technical Medicine graduation assignments all TM students finish their bachelor’s with.


    Your eligibility for admission to the pre-master’s depends on your previous education.

    • Dutch VWO diploma with Physics, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry.
    • Academic bachelor’s degree (e.g. Medicine, Human Movement Sciences, … ) with sufficient medical knowledge (anatomy, pathology and physiology of the entire human body).
    • A good motivation.

    Admission happens on request (registration via studielink). The mentioned admission requirements are checked by a committee. The study adviser can provide further information on this subject.

  • Deficiency in Medicine

    Students with a Bachelor’s degree in a technological field and that have already studied a few medical subjects (e.g. students with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Technology of the University of Twente that have completed two Technical Medicine modules as minor) may be considered for admission to the pre-master’s programme.

Study load

Do you want to participate in one of these pre-master programmes? Then be prepared for an intense year with a high study load (42 hours per week). An independent and self-regulating attitude towards your study is required.

Admission Board and enrolment

Do you think you are admissible for one of the pre-master programmes? Or do you have a different educational background than the ones mentioned above? But do you still expect to be admissible for the pre-master? Your eligibility for enrolment will be assessed by the admission board. If you want to find out whether you are admissible or not, you can enrol via this webpage.

More information

If you want to know more about the structure and content of the master programme in Technical Medicine, please check the website. If you want to get a better impression of the master Technical Medicine, try being a student for a day.

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Questions and contact

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