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Biomedical Engineering

Would you like to improve healthcare by developing and applying new technologies? To decrease the number of patients through preventive technology? Or to find safer solutions to treat patients?

Please note: this programme has a fixed quota (Numerus Fixus) as of September 2022, meaning that the application deadline will move forward to 15 January 2022 for the September 2022 intake, and that a selection procedure will take place. An update will follow here on the website as soon as possible.

Researcher and designer

To realize future health care, biomedical engineers, who are trained on the crossroads of engineering and medical and biological sciences, are required. As a student, you will be trained to work in multidisciplinary teams, to have a broad overview, to create innovative devices and to perform research that forms a basis for better and more sustainable healthcare (in terms of costs and manpower). You will be both researcher and designer, the best basis for an academic professional.

Real-life problems

You will study topics in the field of imaging techniques (like MRI, PET,CT), robot design, prosthetics and orthotics, implants and artificial organs, tissue engineering and biomaterials, as well as aspects of medical ethics. During the programme, you will work on real-life problems, such as designing artificial heart valves that last longer, studying the process of joint implant ingrowth by bone, automatic analysis of MRI images to check for abnormalities.

Different backgrounds

You will learn to communicate and collaborate with engineers, physicians, biologists and biochemists, all with different backgrounds. This is necessary for research and design of new diagnostic and therapeutic devices and techniques that are required in healthcare. In addition, you will also learn to focus on preventive devices and techniques to allow older citizens a healthy ageing; stay healthy as long as possible.


Facts & Figures
Degree
BSc in Biomedical Engineering
Course type
Bachelor
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
56226
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Science and Engineering
Studie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • The programme offers a unique mix between engineering knowledge and medical applications, between research and design.
  • The University of Groningen is the only university in the Netherlands where Biomedical Engineering is organized in cooperation with a University Medical Center. Several courses are given at the UMCG by medical experts.
  • The MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Groningen has been ranked in the top 2 in its category nationally.' (Beste Studies Elsevier Weekblad 2020)
Programme
Courses
Anatomy & Physiology
Biomaterials 1
Biomechanics
Calculus 1
Design of Biomedical Products 1
Linear Algebra for BME
Mammalian Cell Biology
Materials Science
Microbiology
Molecules of Life
Physics Lab for BME, including Ethics 1
Statistics 1 for BME
Courses
Biomedical Instrumentation
Cell Biology & Immunology
Computer Skills & Numerical Methods
Design of Biomedical Products 2, including Ethics
Electives, eg Surface Characterization; Biological Physics; Imaging for therapeutic purposes
Electricity & Magnetism
Imaging Techniques in Radiology
Mechanics & Relativity
Signals & Systems
Wave & Optics
Courses
Bachelor's Research Project
Elective
Electronics
Minor
Research course
Thermodynamics
Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine

Curriculum

In the first year you learn basic knowledge and skills in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Engineering Design. In the diagram above you see some courses you can expect.

In the second year you will be further trained as a Biomedical Engineer and will become acquainted with Imaging Techniques (MRI, CT), on Designing Medical Devices and on Biomaterials for Implants and Tissue Engineering. In the third year you start focusing on one of these three topics to gain more in-depth expertise; you will gain experience in research and in big data opportunities, and finally you will run a full project on your own.

Biomedical Engineering offers you the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about a broad range of topics offered by the University of Groningen. In addition, we offer you state-of-the-art medical facilities of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), where several lectures and practicals are organized.

A Bachelor's degree programme consists of 180 ECTS in total. Credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Maximum of 15 EC
Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Natuur & Techniek
  • Natuur & Gezondheid

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde

  • Economie & Maatschappij

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde

  • Cultuur & Maatschappij

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

Biology is not mandatory, but highly recommended.

language test

Language proficiency certificate for English (except for applicants with a Dutch vwo-diploma as well as the exemptions listed on the language exemptions webpage). More information: https://www.rug.nl/fse/programme/admissions/bsc/language

other admission requirements

Before you apply!

When you cannot fulfil the vwo requirement, due to deficient profile or if you want to be admitted on the basis of a successfully passed first year of HBO or colloquium doctum, you need to submit an additional admission request via the Admission Board Bachelor programmes. Please go to this website for more information.

Please note! The admissions procedure is independent of the numerus fixus procedure. Information about the selection procedure can be found here

Numerus Fixus

This programme has a numerus fixus with a maximum of 125 attendees a year.

This programme has a numerus fixus (fixed quota) with a maximum of 125 attendees a year. This means that prospective students will have to successfully complete a selection procedure before they can be admitted. Candidates are selected based on their suitability and motivation for our programme: the 125 highest ranked candidates will be admitted. Prospective students must apply before 15 January 2022. More information about numerus fixus can be found here: http://www.rug.nl/fse/numerusfixus

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 January 202201 September 2022
EU/EEA students15 January 202201 September 2022
non-EU/EEA students15 January 202201 September 2022

Choice of degree programme check

This programme is a numerus fixus (fixed quota) programme, for which a selection procedure takes place. You can find more information on the numerus fixus programmes, the admission procedure and the selection procedure on the numerus fixus page.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Proficiency in English is an admission requirement for all English-taught degree programmes. Please find our English language requirements (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and more) on this page: https://www.rug.nl/fse/programme/admissions/bsc/language

other admission requirements

Before you apply!

In addition to the general end level requirements, the Bachelor's programme applies subject-specific requirements. The Admissions Board also needs to determine whether a student possesses the required background knowledge in subjects relevant to the Bachelor's programme.


Please note! The admissions procedure is independent of the numerus fixus procedure. Information about the selection procedure can be found here.

Numerus Fixus

This programme has a numerus fixus with a maximum of 125 attendees a year.

This programme has a numerus fixus (fixed quota) with a maximum of 125 attendees a year. This means that prospective students will have to successfully complete a selection procedure before they can be admitted. Candidates are selected based on their suitability and motivation for our programme: the 125 highest ranked candidates will be admitted. Prospective students must apply before 15 January 2022. More information about numerus fixus can be found here: http://www.rug.nl/fse/numerusfixus

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 January 202201 September 2022
EU/EEA students15 January 202201 September 2022
non-EU/EEA students15 January 202201 September 2022
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2021-2022€ 1084full-time
non-EU/EEA2021-2022€ 13716full-time

The Dutch government is halving tuition fees for first-year students in higher education.

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Once you have completed the three-year Bachelor's programme and have your degree, you may continue with the Master's degree programme to study the Biomedical engineering field in greater depth. A Bachelor's degree in BME qualifies you for the Master's degree programme in Biomedical engineering at Groningen (or the equivalent at another Dutch university). After completion of the Master's degree 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, or to the design of innovative products, to business, managerial, quality and regulatory aspects of biomedical engineering and to a safe introduction of technology and devices in hospitals. Biomedical Engineers are also experts who may advise on the development of long-term strategies and policies in the field of biomedical engineering:

* In the industry, a BME alumnus can become a member of the R&D-department, work on new 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 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 for using 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 Diagnostic Imaging & Instrumentation track in the BME Master’s, you are eligible to start a post academic Dutch-taught 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

Job examples

  • Researcher in a hospital, university or company working on image analysis, tissue engineering or high-tech prostheses
  • Product developer in the medical industry
  • Clinical Physicist in a hospital, responsible for optimal and safe use of advanced technology
  • Medical Technology specialist in a hospital
  • Teacher, policy officer
Research

Unique Cooperation with the University Medical Center Groningen

Within the Bachelor's and Master's programmes Biomedical Engineering you can conduct research within the following areas:

Medical Imaging

Medical Imaging focuses on the visualisation of structures and processes within the human body. It ranges from the visualisation of metabolic processes within a cell, up to the measurement of electrical activity in the cortex. Nowadays, a wide variety of imaging techniques is used, such as X-ray and CT, MRI, PET and ultrasound cameras for the medium and large scale (down to 1 mm). Different types of optical and electron microscopes cover the range toward micrometre or even nanometre scale. A further topic is radiation therapy.

Medical Instrumentation is concerned with non-imaging equipment and control systems. Examples include surgical technologies, anesthesia equipment, non-invasive diagnostic equipment using light, and instruments for the measurement of parameters of body functions, as used in an intensive care environment. Other important topics concern modelling of physiological processes and the physiology of bioelectrical phenomena at the cellular or organ level, such as in muscle tissue or the neural system.

Medical Device Design

To restore body functions, research and design is performed on implants, artificial organs and prostheses. 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.

Biomaterials Science and Engineering

All implants must be biocompatible, which means that they are accepted by the body and do not evoke a rejection reaction. Interactions between body cells and biomaterials therefore are an important field of study in the realisation of high quality implants. Biomaterials can also be biodegradable, which means that they are slowly broken down into harmless substances in the body. At present, new tissue engineering techniques for the restoration of tissue structures are being developed.

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Contact

  • Academic Advisors FSE
  • Ask Our Students! (Like to talk about the programme and student life with someone currently studying BME?)
    Email: bmestudents rug.nl
  • studyscience@rug.nl Studyscience (For general questions for all prospective students)
    Email: studyscience rug.nl
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						Testimonial of Vera Zut

    Use your own creativity

    – Vera Zut
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    The thing that I like most about this degree programme is that it's possible to use your own creativity in different course units and projects: in the course unit on methodical design, for example, you learn how to design a biomedical product within the field of your interest.

    We have one design-based course unit every year and it’s a good way to apply the things that we learned in other course units. I’m really interested in how to improve treatment for patients with prosthetics, because there are so many different aspects that you need to keep in mind! Therefore, after obtaining my Bachelor’s degree, I want to do the Master’s degree programme in Biomedical Engineering in Groningen.

    I also play football, I work four hours a week and I’m a committee member of the study association G.L.V. Idun. I have enough time to do these things in addition to my study. I started all these activities at the same time as starting my studies. In this way, I got to know many people and Groningen soon felt like home.

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						Testimonial of Sami Balahsioui

    An opportunity to develop myself

    – Sami Balahsioui
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    As a student in Groningen, there are lots of opportunities to become active in your student life by joining one of the many committees that exist for all types of associations or within the University. I became active within GLV Idun, the study association for Biology, Biomedical Engineering and Life Science and Technology.

    Over the years, I have been a member of several committees, where I organized fun activities for the association and learnt a lot about teamwork and planning. I am currently the chair of the association’s board. I not only became a board member to have a fun year, but I considered it an opportunity to develop myself and learn more about the structural organization of study associations and the University. I am able to work closely with my fellow board members and learn more about leadership, teamwork and communicative skills.

    I can definitely recommend students doing something beside their studies. During your student life, you will have enough freedom to do whatever you want. It is not only a great way of meeting new people; you are also able to learn one or two things that can be quite useful in your future career. Whether you become active at a study association, student association or a student sports association, it will be a great experience.

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Study associations

GLV Idun

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!
https://www.idun.nl/home
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(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

You will be offered study advice after the first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system. N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

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