As medical science has advanced, physicians and patients have relied on increasingly sophisticated medical devices for diagnosis, treatment, and long-term health care. Biomedical engineers are key players in the development, design, and continuing refinement of devices such as joint replacement prostheses, microsensors, imaging and image processing, as well as advanced instruments for use in such domains as minimally invasive surgery and the diagnosis of movement disorders.
What you will learn
The TU Delft master's programme in BioMedical Engineering is a multidisciplinary programme which aims to provide you with both an understanding of biology and medical theory as well as highly specialised technical training in such fields as electrical, physics, material and mechanical engineering.
You will learn how to develop conceptual models from a technical perspective and you will work in close collaboration with physicians, researchers and other healthcare professionals, including on-site at the collaborating academic institutions.
Learning from 3 faculties and 3 teachings hospitals:
You will take courses offered by three TU Delft faculties:
* Applied Sciences
* Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences
* Mechanical, Marine and Materials Engineering
The programme also benefits from the clinical input provided by three teaching hospitals:
* Leiden University Medical Center
* Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam
* Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam
In the first year, students are expected to take at least 30 ECTS in biomedical courses and at least 30 ECTS in fundamental technical courses. Both the biomedical and the fundamental technical courses are divided between required courses specific to each specialisation and electives that are determined in consultation with the professor responsible for the specialisation.
Biomedical courses are taught by engineers and clinicians. Clinicians discuss clinical issues and explain their viewpoints, whilst also covering progress in clinically-related research. There are several medical courses that can be taken within the educational programmes of two of our clinical partner universities, Leiden University Medical Center and the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam. Students may take up to a maximum of 10 ECTS of these courses.
The emphasis from the engineering perspective is placed on technical and biophysical aspects, such as the latest advances in design, modelling and simulation. The programme is designed so as to simultaneously enhance the engineering background of the students.
The second year involves a traineeship in a biomedical research group or company, a literature survey and an MSc project.
Traineeship (12 ECTS)
The second year starts with a traineeship in a biomedical research group or biomedical company.
Bachelors who have graduated from a polytechnic school (TH) are exempted from this traineeship. Over the course of their traineeship students undertake a project determined in consultation with the host institute. It is encouraged that Dutch students undertake their traineeship abroad.
Literature study (10 ECTS)
In the literature study students learn to critically review and coherently present information from scientific and other publications. The literature study is generally defined as a preparation for the Masters thesis project.
The remainder of the second year is taken up with a masters thesis project. The traineeship and literature survey may be undertaken in any order.
Master thesis project (38 ECTS)
The masters thesis project is the final part of the BME programme. Ideally, the project is undertaken in collaboration with a clinical partner (Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), Erasmus Medical Center (ERASMUS MC) Rotterdam, or the Academic Medical Center (AMC) Amsterdam). Regardless of whether thesis work is carried out in Delft or at the premises of the clinical partner, every MSc student will have a clinical tutor and a technical tutor.
Roughly six weeks after the start of the master thesis project, students give an introductory presentation in which the project goals, methodology and the research plan are presented. Students then prepare the MSc thesis as a project report. Thesis work is evaluated by way of an oral presentation (graduation seminar) by the candidate and an oral examination before an MSc examination committee composed of at least three scientific staff members, including the thesis supervisor and one staff member from outside the research group. The examination committee may also include external examiners from research institutes or from industrial partners.
Master thesis assignments
In general, assignments are carried out individually. It is best if the literature survey, traineeship and masters thesis project are in the same field of research. Students should discuss and plan the traineeship, literature survey and masters thesis project with the professor of the chosen specialisation.
Numerous scholarships are awarded to admitted students with exceptional promise and outstanding academic achievement by the university, its faculties, departments and industry partners. Consideration for these scholarships requires students to have been admitted to their MSc Programme. Make sure you submit your application as early as possible to be in time for all the scholarship deadlines. More information: