Medical Sensing and Stimulation

The track Medical Sensing and Stimulation is part of the Master's in Technical Medicine. Graduates from this programme, Technical Physicians, will have an innovative role in the field of technical-medical diagnosis and treatment. For example, being an advisor or co-therapist in a multidisciplinary patient-oriented treatment team. Improvements inpatient care can be realised by integrating advanced technology in novel medical procedures. Both this track and Medical Imaging and Interventions of this Master's are designed to educate new healthcare professionals working on the further development of the path from diagnosis to intervention.

Medical Sensing and Stimulation in more detail

The track Medical Sensing and Stimulation focuses on the acquisition, processing and interpretation of medical signals (diagnostics) and the use of signals to stimulate and thereby correct or improve impaired functions of the human organism (therapy).

Insight in and use of Medical signals

Graduates who have followed this Master’s track have a good insight in the clinical context in which medical signals are relevant, and are able to initiate and develop innovations in the use of these signals.

What graduates can do

They can use their knowledge of physiology, pathophysiology, signal acquisition and processing for various clinical applications. They are capable of performing patient measurements independently in different situations, ranging from an out-of-hospital setting to measurements in the operating room or intensive care unit. They can process and interpret these data so as to contribute to a more reliable or efficient diagnosis, to novel therapies, or to minimise hospitalisation by bringing care to the home situation (telemonitoring).

. In addition, Technical Physicians of this track are trained to use signals for therapeutic applications, for example by using deep-brain stimulation in the treatment of movement disorders or epilepsy. 

The first year

The first year of the three-year programme consists of courses that offer technological deepening in a clinical context. Each semester is completed with two clinical skills courses, and an optional course. Students can choose the optional course freely from all master subjects offered by the university (or other universities).

First year courses

First quartile

Second quartile

Third quartile

Fourth quartile

Biological Control Systems
(5 EC)

Data Science (5 EC)

Advanced Techniques for Signal Analysis
(5 EC)

Dynamic Behaviour of Neural Networks (5 EC)

Circulation and Ventilation (5 EC)

Optional subject (5 EC)

Biomedical Signal Acquisition  (5 EC)

Optional subject (5 EC)

Injections, punctures & catheterizations (5 EC)

Surgical skills (5 EC)

Advanced Life Support
(5 EC)

Endoscopic skills
(5 EC)

Click here for more detailed information on all first year courses.

During the Surgical Skills course, students of the Technical Medicine program learn how to anesthetise and suture in the simulated hospital environment of the TechMed Centre. Read the full article.

Second and third year

The second and third year consist of internships in the clinic, four 10-week internships in the second year and a full year Master's thesis and internship in the third year. Students will apply, deepen and integrate the acquired knowledge and expertise in a clinical context, including further training of various clinical skills. 

After graduation the Technical Physician can be officially registered in the BIG register for healthcare providers.

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