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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Biomedical Engineering at University of Groningen

As a biomedical engineer you will develop new methods for the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Commonly, you work in multidisciplinary teams with medicaldoctors, engineers, biologists and of course patiens.

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 measuringstress to avoid a burn-out. Many disciplines are involved torealise these devices: microelectronics, information technology,mechanical and material engineering. As a biomedical engineer youhave knowledge of all these fields of expertise and you apply it to develop new devices; from ever more advanced imaging instruments toscaffolds for tissue engineering; and from sensor systems to newimplants and artificial organs.
If you are interested in health care and technology, the Master'sprogramme Biomedical Engineering offers you the opportunity to gainin-depth information on a broad-range of topics. You will studytopics in the fields of imaging techniques, physiological control engineering, rehabilitation engineering, implant engineering, celland tissue engineering and infection prevention, as well as aspectsof medical ethics and law. You also become well-versed in medicaland biological basic knowledge.
In addition, the University of Groningen offers youstate-of-the-art medical facilities and a unique professionalcooperation with the University Medical Center Groningen(UMCG).
We also offer an European Master in Biomedical Engineering: Ajoint project between six European universities. Students willstart the programme at one of these universities and will spend atleast one year at a partner university. More information can befound here.

As a biomedical engineer you will develop new methods for the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Commonly, you work in multidisciplinary teams with medicaldoctors, engineers, biologists and of course patiens.

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 measuringstress to avoid a burn-out. Many disciplines are involved torealise these devices: microelectronics, information technology,mechanical and material engineering. As a biomedical engineer youhave knowledge of all these fields of expertise and you apply it to develop new devices; from ever more advanced imaging instruments toscaffolds for tissue engineering; and from sensor systems to newimplants and artificial organs.
If you are interested in health care and technology, the Master'sprogramme Biomedical Engineering offers you the opportunity to gainin-depth information on a broad-range of topics. You will studytopics in the fields of imaging techniques, physiological control engineering, rehabilitation engineering, implant engineering, celland tissue engineering and infection prevention, as well as aspectsof medical ethics and law. You also become well-versed in medicaland biological basic knowledge.
In addition, the University of Groningen offers youstate-of-the-art medical facilities and a unique professionalcooperation with the University Medical Center Groningen(UMCG).
We also offer an European Master in Biomedical Engineering: Ajoint project between six European universities. Students willstart the programme at one of these universities and will spend atleast one year at a partner university. More information can befound here.

After your studies

Job prospects

When you have completed the Master's in Biomedical Engineering,there are numerous employment possibilities. The multidisciplinarynature of Biomedical Engineering adds significantly to employmentpossibilities in both research, design and management-orientedjobs.

Biomedical engineers may contribute to research, to engineeringdesign and product development, to business aspects of engineeringand technical management and to a safe introduction of technologyin hospitals. They are also experts who may advise on thedevelopment of long-term strategies and policies in the field ofmedical life sciences:

  • In industry you can become a member of the R&D-department,working on new product development or improving existing ones. Inlarge companies you can organize clinical trials in hospitals.
  • In universities or research institutes you can work asPhD-student for 4 years on a scientific project, like testing aprototype of a new implant, first in animals, later in humans. Oryou can work as PhD-student on the design of a new prosthesis.
  • In hospitals you can work as safety officer to increase patientsafety by introducing training sessions for using new diagnostictools or new artificial organs.
  • In government organizations you can work on certification ofnew medical devices, new Master's programmes, or newlegislation.
  • You can become entrepreneur, start your own company to furtherdevelop the medical device that you designed during yourMaster's project, patent it, write a business plan andfinally bring it to the market.

When you have completed the Master's in Biomedical Engineering,there are numerous employment possibilities. The multidisciplinarynature of Biomedical Engineering adds significantly to employmentpossibilities in both research, design and management-orientedjobs.

Biomedical engineers may contribute to research, to engineeringdesign and product development, to business aspects of engineeringand technical management and to a safe introduction of technologyin hospitals. They are also experts who may advise on thedevelopment of long-term strategies and policies in the field ofmedical life sciences:

  • In industry you can become a member of the R&D-department,working on new product development or improving existing ones. Inlarge companies you can organize clinical trials in hospitals.
  • In universities or research institutes you can work asPhD-student for 4 years on a scientific project, like testing aprototype of a new implant, first in animals, later in humans. Oryou can work as PhD-student on the design of a new prosthesis.
  • In hospitals you can work as safety officer to increase patientsafety by introducing training sessions for using new diagnostictools or new artificial organs.
  • In government organizations you can work on certification ofnew medical devices, new Master's programmes, or newlegislation.
  • You can become entrepreneur, start your own company to furtherdevelop the medical device that you designed during yourMaster's project, patent it, write a business plan andfinally bring it to the market.
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

Non-EU/EEA

€ 14350 per year

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Mechanical EngineeringAll Universities of applied sciences

Deficiency program with a maximum of 45 EC

More information:

This is an indication of required knowledge and the size of thepremaster programme. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this course meet the admission requirements.Please contact our study advisor for more information (see tab Moreinformation/Meer weten?)

Electrical and Electronic EngineeringAll Universities of applied sciences

Deficiency program with a maximum of 45 EC

More information:

This is an indication of required knowledge and the size of thepremaster programme. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this course meet the admission requirements.Please contact our academic advisor for more information (see tabMore information/Meer weten?)

PhysicsAll Research universities

Additional requirements

More information:

A RUG bachelor's degree in Physics, majoring in Life and Health,yields unconditional admission. For other Physics degrees, apremaster's programme may be necessary. The admissions boarddetermines whether the specific contents of this course meet theadmission requirements. Please contact our acade

Biomedical EngineeringAll Research universities

No additional requirements

More information:

This is an indication of required knowledge. Please contact ouracademic advisor for more information (see tab Moreinformation/Meer weten?)

Human Movement SciencesUniversity of Groningen

Deficiency program with a maximum of 45 EC

More information:

This is an indication of required knowledge and the size of thepremaster programme. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this course meet the admission requirements.Please contact our academic advisor for more information (see tabMore information/Meer weten?)

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on yourapplication, after which the board will decide if you meet theadmission requirements in terms of general level of previouseducation and specific background knowledge.

language test

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/(...)anguage-requirementsfor all the necessary information about required language tests.

previous education

An academic Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering, Physicsor a similar relevant degree. This is merely an indication ofrequired background knowledge. The admission board determineswhether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet theadmission requirements of the master programme for which youapplied.

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY

Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at: http://www.rug.nl/(...)amme/admissions/msc/for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

previous education

An academic Bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering, or inLife Science & Technology majoring in biomedical engineering,or in Physics, majoring Life and Health. Applicants holding a university's bachelor degree in Human Movement Sciences, or anon-university bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering,Mechanical Engineering, etc., may be admitted, but they may firstbe subjected to an individual premaster programme of about 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 masterprogramme for which you applied.

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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