Biomedical Engineering

The four-year structured PhD programme in Biomedical Engineering is an internationally oriented programme. A PhD programme at the University of Twente can be started throughout the year. Read more about the related Master's programme in Biomedical Engineering if you have yet to start a Master of Science programme. 

The MIRA graduate programme for Biomedical Engineering covers the full breadth of research and education activities in biomedical sciences and engineering at the University of Twente. This area of research is the focus of the MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine, one of the spearhead research institutes of the UT. The institute’s mission is to provide ‘top technology for patients’. We believe that science and technology are the catalysts for innovation within the health care sector, and strive to translate fundamental and applied research into clinical practice.

Programme overview

Dr. ir. Bart Koopman
2 years
4 years


MIRA research is organized in three strategic research themes, actively stimulating cooperation in the constituent disciplines of physics, chemistry, biomedical technology, biology, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, medicine, health sciences and mathematics. The three themes are Imaging and Diagnostics, Tissue Regeneration, and Neural and Motor Systems. Currently, twenty research groups participate within the Institute. The research within the strategic themes focuses on the following areas:


  • molecular biophysics
  • medical cell biophysics
  • biomedical photonic imaging
  • acoustic and ultrasound imaging
  • neuroimaging and statistical image analysis
  • health technology assessment


  • biomaterials science and technology
  • controlled drug delivery
  • tissue engineering
  • developmental bioengineering


  • biomechanical engineering
  • biomedical signals and systems
  • clinical neurophysiology
  • minimally invasive surgery and robotics
  • robotics and mechatronics
  • applied analysis and mathematical physics


The Strategic Research Orientations are composed of full-time research chairs that are grounded in their respective science or engineering disciplines. All SROs also have clinical chairs, which facilitate the cooperation with medical specialists, aiming to develop technologies that can be translated to both the clinic and the patient. The clinicians also translate clinical practice into research questions. MIRA also pays considerable attention to health technology assessment, ethics, and the societal embedding of health care technologies; groups from the Faculty of Social Sciences and the School of Management and Governance at the University are integral members of the Institute. Finally, in keeping with the tradition of the University of Twente as an entrepreneurial university, MIRA actively pursues a vibrant start-up policy and facilitates the creation of, and collaboration with, small and medium-sized companies and large industrial enterprises.

Graduate Programme

MIRA places a strong emphasis on teaching and training. For undergraduate students, we have a vibrant, new Dutch Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and English Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering, integrated in the Research Institute. Approximately 125 of MIRA’s staff are PhD candidates or post-doctoral fellows.

The TGS MIRA graduate programme in Biomedical Engineering will form the framework for our graduate education activities at the Master’s and PhD levels.

The Virtuous Cycle: Top Technology for Patients.