Biomedical Engineering

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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

Commonly, you work in multidisciplinary teams with medical doctors, 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 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.

If you are interested in health care and technology, the Master's programme Biomedical Engineering offers you the opportunity to gain in-depth information 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).

We also offer an European Master in Biomedical Engineering: A joint project between six European universities. Students will start the programme at one of these universities and will spend at least one year at a partner university. More information can be found here.

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diplomaMSc Biomedical Engineering
typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
heeft een honours programma
No more dry eyes and painful joints

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

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

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Internships and Master's projects can be performed at the University Medical Centre (UMCG), or companies or hospitals in the Netherlands and abroad.


specialisatie Medical Device Design

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

  • For prevention of health decline, sensor systems can 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 can be designed that are smaller, faster, more accurate, or cheaper. New technologies can be selected 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) can be designed.

Three educational lines are included in this track:
  1. Design of implants and artificial organs (Interface Biology, Biomaterials 2)
  2. Design of external prosthetics and orthotics (Prosthetics & Orthotics, Neuromechanics)
  3. Design of sensors, controlled devices, robotic systems and instruments (Control Engineering, Mechatronics, Robotics)

General course units support these three lines (Engineering & Biotribology, Matlab for BME, Product design by FEM, Technology & Ethics).
Internships and Master's projects can be performed at the UMCG, or at industries or hospitals in the Netherlands or abroad.

specialisatie Biomaterials Science and Engineering

This track offers a state-of-the-art program that introduces students to the design of innovative biomaterials and their application in body function restoration.

Biomaterials are increasingly used in modern medical practice and entail solid implants such as metals (titanium, cobalt-chrome), polymers (polylactic acid, polymethylmethacrylate, silicone, and others) 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. In addition, biomaterial science and engineering encompass fabrication and use of scaffolds, coatings, micro- and nano-sized particles that enables efficient antimicrobial or therapeutic drug delivery, lubrication, diagnosis and tissue engineering.
The track offers a balanced curriculum that emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of biomaterial science and engineering. The curriculum is built along three focus-lines.

  1. The first focus is on the characteristics and application of biomaterials in modern medicine. Special emphasis is given on the physico-chemical surface characteristics and the related lubricating, chemical, colloidal and mechanical properties and technologies.
  2. The second focus is on the biology of the interface of the biomaterial with the tissue. It addresses the foreign body reaction against implanted biomaterials, and emphasizes the effect of biomaterial surface characteristics on tissue integration and cellular uptake, 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.
  3. The third focus integrates the previous ones. It first entails a practical lab-training, in particular on the characterization of biomaterials and the use of sophisticated lab instruments. 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.

In combination with general lectures on modern data analysis, programming and statistics these topics will optimally prepare students for internships in the first and master projects in the second year of the master and later towards both academic and corporate worlds.

specialisatie Diagnostic Imaging & Instrumentation

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

Radiation Oncology 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.
Radiology is the medical speciality 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.
Nuclear Medicine is the medical speciality 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 visualisation and quantification of diseases. During the master, you will learn the underlying principles, the instrumentation used and gain insight in current imaging equipment.

specialisatie European Master programme (Double Degree)

The European Master Programme Biomedical Engineering (CEMACUBE) is a joint project between six participating universities:

The universities of Groningen (the Netherlands), Aachen (Germany), Dublin (Ireland), Ghent and Brussels (Belgium) and Prague (Czech Republic).

More information can be found here:


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet20% zelfstudie
20% theorie
60% praktijk
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. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.
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 studiekosten

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1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 juli 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
instellingstarief : € 2060
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 14350
1 september 2019
aanmelding deadline : 1 juli 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

An academic Bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering, or in Life 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 a non-university bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, etc., may be admitted, but they may first be 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 master programme for which you applied.

studie kosten
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
bedrag kostenpost
€ 9500levensonderhoudper jaar
€ 75inschrijvingsgeldin het eerste jaar
€ 500studiematerialenper jaar
€ 750visa/permitper jaar

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


78 studenten volgen deze opleiding
38% daarvan is vrouw
12 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
67% daarvan is vrouw
28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Brian Ren
Studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Groningen


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1/5 Rijksuniversiteit
Biomedical Engineering
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
12 eerstejaars
66% vrouw
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2/5 TU Delft
Biomedical Engineering
€ 312 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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3/5 TUe
Regenerative Medicine and Technology
€ 280 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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4/5 TUe
Biomedical Engineering
€ 280 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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5/5 Universiteit Twente
Biomedical Engineering
€ 250 gemiddelde kamerhuur
24 eerstejaars
41% vrouw
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disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2017
algemeen oordeel4.14.0


De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 200.000 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

When you have completed 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 aspects of engineering and technical management and to a safe introduction of technology in hospitals. They are also experts who may advise on the development of long-term strategies and policies in the field of medical life sciences:

  • In industry you can become a member of the R&D-department, working on new product development or improving existing ones. In large companies you can organize clinical trials in hospitals.
  • In universities or research institutes you can work as PhD-student for 4 years on a scientific project, like testing a prototype of a new implant, first in animals, later in humans. Or you can work as PhD-student on the design of a new prosthesis.
  • In hospitals you can work as safety officer to increase patient safety by introducing training sessions for using new diagnostic tools or new artificial organs.
  • In government organizations you can work on certification of new medical devices, new Master's programmes, or new legislation.
  • You can become 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.

current job market

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