Biomedical Engineering

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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MSc Biomedical Engineering offers you the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge on a broad-range of topics within the field of medical device (design) and state-of-the-art health technology.

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typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track

Current-day medical practice relies increasingly on technology. You can think of imaging the inside of your body with MRI or CT, solving heart problems by placing artificial valves, or measuring stress to avoid a burn-out. Many disciplines are involved to realise these devices: microelectronics, information technology, mechanical and material engineering.

As a biomedical engineer you have knowledge of all these fields of expertise and you apply it to develop new devices; from ever more advanced imaging instruments to scaffolds for tissue engineering; and from sensor systems to new implants and artificial organs. Commonly, you work in multidisciplinary teams with medical doctors, engineers, biologists and of course patients.

If you are interested in health technology, the Master's programme Biomedical Engineering offers you the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge on a broad-range of topics. You will study topics in the fields of imaging techniques, physiological control engineering, rehabilitation engineering, implant engineering, cell and tissue engineering and infection prevention, as well as aspects of medical ethics and law. You also become well-versed in medical and biological basic knowledge.

In addition, the University of Groningen offers you state-of-the-art medical facilities and a unique professional cooperation with the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG).

Waarom aan de RUG?

  • State-of-the-art medical facilities
  • Unique cooperation with the University Medical Center Groningen
  • Best Master's degree programme Biomedical Engineering in the Netherlands since 2016 according to Elsevier
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the 1953 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike


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track Medical Device Design

The track Medical Device Design deals with the design of innovative Medical Devices that will contribute to prevention of health decline, to better diagnostics and to better therapy.

Medical devices are more and more key in improvement of health care quality, but also in realizing a sustainable health care in terms of money and manpower.

For prevention of health decline, sensor systems will be designed to allow citizens to self-monitor their health condition (e.g. their stress and sleep condition); intervention systems can be designed to improve the condition of citizens (e.g. via a balance and muscle-strength trainer). ICT plays an important role in gathering and processing sensor data and advising the best interventions for an individual using self-learning decision support systems.
For improved diagnostics, innovative diagnostic instruments will be designed that are smaller, faster, more accurate, or cheaper. New technologies will be applied that make entire new instrumentation possible.
For improved therapy new or improved implants (e.g. bone plates), artificial organs (e.g. heart assist pump) and prostheses (e.g. exoskeletons) will be designed.

In the MDD track, the focus lies on three themes:

The first focus lies on the design of implants and artificial organs. During the courses Interface Biology and Biomaterials 2 the student gets familiar with biomaterials, and how their properties influence cell response. Engineering & Biotribology will prepare the student for artificial joint design and for applications where friction and wear plays an important role. Based on this knowledge, a well-considered choice of biomaterials will be made for specific applications.

The second focus lies on the design of external prosthetics and orthotics. The courses Prosthetics & Orthotics and Neuromechanics advance the students' knowledge on the topics of prostheses design and their (neuro)mechanical functioning.

The third focus lies on the design of sensors, controlled devices, robotic systems and instruments. The courses Control Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics introduce the students to the topic of robot control and advance their knowledge throughout the courses. Mathematical programming plays an important role during these courses. The course Biomedical Instrumentation 2 informs the students about current diagnostic devices, their possibilities and limitations.

General courses support all three themes: Matlab for BME, Product design by FEM, Statistical Methods for BME, Technology & Ethics.

At the end the students that followed the track MDD will be optimally prepared for internships in the first year of the Master's and Master's project in the second year of the Master's. After graduation, the student is ready to function as a respected colleague in both academic and corporate world.

For the complete curriculum, please see:

track Biomaterials Science and Engineering

This track is concerned with the design, development, analysis, assessment and application of innovative biomaterials for body function restoration and enhancement of implant efficacy.

Biomaterials are increasingly used in modern medical practice to realize solid implants such as metals, polymers, but also hydrogels and soft and porous materials used in e.g. orthopedics, dentistry/orthodontics, ophthalmology, cardio-vascular medicine and in scaffolds for tissue engineering. The BSE track focuses on biomaterial innovations (including manufacturing) and application of existing biomaterials for the use as scaffolds, coatings, micro- and nano-sized particles that enables efficient antimicrobial or therapeutic drug delivery, lubrication, diagnosis and tissue engineering, tissue models, organs-on-a-chip. A particular focus is on how medical materials behave inside the body, how microorganisms and mammalian cells/tissue cells interact with the materials, and how we can utilize and direct these interactions to enhance medical treatments

The track BSE focuses on the joined venture of materials, biology, and medicine and can be divided into three themes:

The first focus is on the characteristics and application of biomaterials in modern medicine (Biomaterials 2). Special emphasis is given on the physico-chemical surface characteristics (Surface Characterisation) and the related lubricating, chemical, colloidal and mechanical properties and technologies (Engineering & Biotribology) .

The second focus is on the biology of the biomaterial interface with human tissue. (Interface Biology) It addresses the foreign body reaction against implanted biomaterials, and emphasizes the effect of biomaterial surface characteristics on tissue integration and cellular response (Colloid and Interface Science), both having impact on tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, drug delivery and diagnosis. Special attention is given to microbial biofilm formation causing infection during biomaterial applications (Biofilms).

The third focus is hands-on experience where theory is put to the test and connected to future developments. It first entails a practical lab-training, in particular on the characterization of biomaterials and the use of sophisticated lab instruments (Integrated Lab Course in Biomaterials). A training in multidisciplinary and integrative analysis of recent biomaterial literature will provide insight in the route towards clinical application and further stimulate independent thinking and a critical attitude in science and engineering (Recent Developments in Biomaterials).

During the curriculum, various general academic and research qualities are taught as well as creating independent thinking and critical assessment of developments, which also provide a solid basis for any R&D related career. General courses support all three themes: Matlab for BME, Optical Imaging, Statistical Methods for BME, Technology & Ethics.

At the end the students that followed the track BSE will be optimally prepared for internships in the first year of the Master's and Master's project in the second year of the Master's. At every stage, integration between knowledge and practice will be performed as knowledge in both industry and academia is taught through experimental approaches founded on well-structured and formulated questions and research design.

For the complete curriculum, please see:

track Medical Imaging

In the track Medical Imaging the student learns the underlying principles and the instrumentation used in current diagnostic imaging and therapy.

There are three themes where this track DII focuses on:

The first focus is Radiology. The discipline of radiology focusses on the medical specialty that aims to obtain diagnostic information by imaging techniques and treatment of patients by using minimal invasive procedures under image guidance. Apart from imaging techniques that use ionizing radiation (computed tomography, radiography, angiography, mammography), also ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging can be used. The physical principles will be taught during the master, and during projects you will be able to work together with medical physicist on the optimization of these techniques in order to improve patient comfort and care. Dedicated courses are: Magnetic Resonance Physics, Conventional X-ray Imaging and Ultrasound, and Computed Tomography.

The second focus lies on Nuclear Medicine. This is the medical specialty that performs diagnosis and therapy using radioactive substances administered to a patient. During radioactive decay, radiation is emitted which can be measured outside the body. This enables the assessment of the 3D-distribution of the so-called radiotracers in the body, if necessary as a function of time. The strength of nuclear medicine is that this distribution is a function of the underlying physiological processes i.e. differences in uptake reflect differences is physiology which allows the visualization and quantification of diseases. Dedicated courses are: Physics in Nuclear Medicine.

The third focus lies on Radiation Oncology. This is the medical practice of treating patients with cancer using ionizing radiation. Medical physics for radiation oncology is engaged in this practice to optimize and deliver the dose distribution safely according to prescription with a required high accuracy. This involves accurate dose calculation, dose delivery and dose measurement techniques, and various forms of medical imaging. Dedicated courses are: Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology.

General courses support all three themes: Radiation Physics, Statistical Methods in BME, Matlab for BME, Technology & Ethics and Biomedical Instrumentation 2. Students also follow the course Interdisciplinary Project to learn to work in a multidisciplinary environment and to combine design and research skills.

At the end the students that followed this track will be optimally prepared for internships in the first year and the research project in the second year of the master. After graduation, the student is ready to function as a respected colleague in both academic and corporate world.

For the complete curriculum, please see:


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet20% zelfstudie
20% theorie
60% praktijk
study abroad
Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer possibilities to study abroad at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. For Biomedical Engineering, the best way to realise an exchange section in your programme is by choosing to do an internship and/or Master's project abroad.
honours-/excellence program HTSM Honours Master

This Master's degree programme gives access to the additional, highly selective, High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) Honours Master.

The HTSM Honours Master is organized in cooperation with Philips and other major industry partners.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2022
wettelijk tarief : € 2209 (€1105 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 15487
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 18850

1 september 2023

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2023
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Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

A university bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering. A bachelor's degree from the University of Groningen in Life Science & Technology (major Biomedical Engineering), in Physics (track Life and Health), in Physics (track Biological & Medical Physics), or in Physics (with the courses Molecular Biophysics, Modelling Life, Cellular Chemistry).

Applicants holding a university bachelor's degree in Human Movement Sciences, or a non-university bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (etc.), may be admitted, but they will first be subjected to an individual pre-master programme (approx. 45 ECTS). This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The Admission Board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master's programme for which you applied.

Information about admission possibilities and requirements for students from a Dutch HBO institute is published on:

studie kosten
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€ 9500levensonderhoudper jaar
€ 75inschrijvingsgeldin het eerste jaar
€ 500studiematerialenper jaar
€ 750visa/permitper jaar

estimated monthly costs

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303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
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Studenten en studentenleven


78 studenten volgen deze opleiding
38% daarvan is vrouw
12 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
67% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
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GLV Idun (Groninger levenswetenschappenvereniging Idun) is the study association for bachelor and master students in the Life Sciences at the University of Groningen.
The association has 20 committees and organizes over 175 activities. The association has multiple purposes for its members; support in education, organizing social events, providing insights in future career paths, etc. Activities include parties and drinks, as wellThe members of a study association are characterized by their study program, contrary to a student association of which the members' study program is not relevant. Joining a study association gives an extra dimension to your student life in Groningen!

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
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aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Fennie van der Graaf
I am excited about driving the future of healthcare technology

Hi, I am Fennie. I am a Master's student in Biomedical Engineering (BME) following the Diagnostic Imaging and Instrumentation track. I am Dutch-Canadian, but I have mostly lived in the USA, Hong Kong and Mexico. I did my BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry in Vancouver.

Since moving to Groningen, I have had so much fun because the city is alive with so many student music events. I was very excited to start the BME programme at the UG because we do both an internship and write a Master’s thesis, and there are hundreds of biomedical engineering companies or research groups to work in...
Our programme develops change-makers because we are encouraged to design medical devices and apply for patents, publish our research in high-impact journals or start our own companies. Considering all of these opportunities, I still do not know what I am going to do after obtaining my Master’s degree, but I am excited about driving the future of healthcare technology.

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Maike Hubner
Impressed by the idea of using natural, cheap, lightweight and locally produced materials

Can there be anything more useful and rewarding than applying our knowledge from science and engineering to help other humans recover from disease and injury? I love Biomedical Engineering because it combines my passion for crafts and engineering with my interest for medicine and the human body. I graduated from my Bachelor's degree in Germany, but decided to move to Groningen because of the English-taught Master's degree programme BME with a specialization in prosthetic and implants.This programme includes a 10-week internship...
I was so impressed by the idea of using natural, cheap, lightweight and locally produced materials to help amputees that I applied for an internship there. For almost three months, I lived in Bangalore and worked on a 3D scanning project to facilitate and speed up the production of the sockets for prosthetic legs. Living the Indian culture and getting to know so many individual stories made it a once-in-a lifetime experience!

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Studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Groningen

Rutger shares his experiences as an alumnus

Niels shares his experiences as an alumnus


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1/4 RUG
Biomedical Engineering
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
12 eerstejaars
66% vrouw
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2/4 TU Delft
Biomedical Engineering
€ 312 gemiddelde kamerhuur
74 eerstejaars
50% vrouw
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3/4 TU Eindhoven
Biomedical Engineering
€ 280 gemiddelde kamerhuur
83 eerstejaars
?% vrouw
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4/4 Universiteit Twente
Biomedical Engineering
€ 250 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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NAN% vrouw
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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Biomedical Engineering aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 16 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.1 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

After completion of the Master's in Biomedical Engineering, there are numerous employment possibilities. The multidisciplinary nature of Biomedical Engineering adds significantly to employment possibilities in both research, design and management-oriented jobs.

Biomedical engineers may contribute to research, to engineering design and product development, to business, managerial, quality and regulatory aspects of engineering and to a safe introduction of technology in hospitals. Biomedical Engineers are also experts who may advise on the development of long-term strategies and policies in the field of medical life sciences:

* In the industry, a BME alumnus can become a member of the R&D-department, work on innovative product development or improve existing ones. In large companies biomedical engineers are educated to organize clinical trials in hospitals.

* In universities or research institutes a biomedical engineer can work as a PhD-student for 4 years on a scientific project, e.g. evaluation of new diagnostic imaging techniques, development of novel biomaterials or implant prototypes. Another possibility as PhD-student is to work on the application of new therapeutic techniques in oncology or design of new prostheses.

* In hospitals a biomedical engineer can work as a safety officer to increase patient safety by introducing training sessions on applying new diagnostic tools or new artificial organs.

* Government organizations can hire BME alumni to work on certification of new medical devices, new Master’s programmes, or new legislation.

* When you follow the Medical Imaging track, you are eligible to start a post academic training in Medical Physics. As a medical physicist you are a clinical specialist in health care with practical knowledge of physics and technology. You are responsible for the safe and responsible introduction of new and existing medical equipment and technology for optimization of diagnostic imaging and treatment.

* You can become an entrepreneur, start your own company to further develop the medical device that you designed during your Master’s project, patent it, write a business plan and finally bring it to the market

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