|Degree:||Master of Science (MSc)|
Bioengineering & Biotechnology
|University website:||Biomedical Engineering|
Contribute to better healthcare by designing and developing medical innovations for improved diagnostics, treatment, rehabilitation, prevention and a better quality of life.
Can you think of friendlier, less painful or less harmful methods to detect breast cancer, or to perform an endoscopy? Can you pave the way for animal-free drug testing by developing mini organ-on-a-chip models, that can mimic an actual human organ, like a heart or liver? And what about detecting complex diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s at an early stage, or developing an exoskeleton to train paralysed patients to walk? Advances in technologies are at the heart of innovation within healthcare. Are you eager to develop medical innovations that contribute to better care? If so, the Master’s in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Twente might just be right for you!
In this two-year, English-taught Master’s, you will learn to research, design, and develop innovative products and processes that will benefit the healthcare sector. With your expertise, you can contribute to the improvement of diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation, but also to prevention and better quality of life. You will combine engineering skills in disciplines such as chemistry, physics, nanotechnology, electrical engineering and/or mechanical engineering with in-depth knowledge in biology and medicine. As a biomedical engineer, you can bridge the gap between healthcare and engineering, as you understand both contexts very well, thanks to the interdisciplinary character of this Master’s.
You can start your studies in September or February. In case you need to follow the Pre-Master’s first, you can start in September and continue with the Master’s afterwards.
You have a lot of freedom to tailor your Master’s in Biomedical Engineering to your interests and ambitions. Do you want to become an expert in medical imaging, or in measuring brain signals? Or do you want to contribute to the development of bionic prostheses or the creation of artificial (mini) organs from biomaterials? You will build your own expertise within one of the specialisations.
Your choice determines which courses you will follow and the type of research you will engage in during your master’s thesis. You can choose from five different specialisations:
Imaging & In Vitro Diagnostics
Medical Device Design
Physiological Signals & Systems
As a student in Biomedical Engineering, you will have unique access to state-of-the-art labs and other medical facilities on our high tech campus. The programme is closely associated with UT’s renowned TechMed Centre, a leading institute that aims to improve healthcare through personalised technology. You have the opportunity to work with leading scientists and other experts from industry and clinical practice. It is a great environment for network building and gaining hands-on experience for your future career!
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. On many levels, healthcare is moving towards more automated processes in order to keep care efficient, effective and more advanced (think of e.g. computer-aided diagnostics). In addressing this and virtually any other global health challenge, innovations in biomedical technologies are indispensable. As a biomedical engineer, you will be a key player in developing and advancing medical devices and clinical services, making you a highly sought-after professional on the job market. That’s why graduates of this Master’s find a job soon after graduation.
As a graduate, you can find a job widely throughout the health technology and healthcare industry. You could join a research & development (R&D) department or fulfil the role of product specialist or project manager at a large (medtech) company that develops new products and services for the healthcare market. Or you might opt for a career in academia, for example by securing a PhD position at a university or research institute. Another option is to continue studying to specialise further as a clinical physicist and take on a position in a hospital, in which you will be involved in the use, maintenance and safety aspects of medical devices. Or you could go on to work as a consultant, connecting research and clinical practice by advising healthcare providers on a wide range of issues. Or what about starting up your own company? There’s a wide variety of possibilities open to you!