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), meaning that the application deadline will move forward to 15 January and a selection procedure will take place.
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Researcher and designer
Biomedical engineers, who are trained on the crossroads of engineering and medical and biologica sciences, are required to realize future health care. 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.
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.
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.
I'm especially drawn to the idea of designing medical devices that can help people take control of their own health
Studying biomedical engineering at the University of Groningen has been an incredible experience for me. Over the past three years, I have had the opportunity to delve into a wide range of disciplines, from biology and physics to computer science and materials engineering. What I love most about this programme is how multidisciplinary it is, allowing me to gain a truly holistic understanding of the field and its potential applications.
One aspect of my studies that I find particularly fascinating is the design work. It's amazing to see how the theories and concepts we learn in the classroom can be applied to real-world problems, and how we can use engineering principles to create medical devices that improve people's lives. I'm especially drawn to the idea of designing medical devices that can help people take control of their own health, and ultimately make healthcare more affordable and accessible to everyone.
Outside of my studies, I've had plenty of time to pursue my other passions. Groningen is an amazing city that offers so many opportunities for sports and other activities. In fact, I've been able to stay active by participating in a number of sports leagues and clubs, and have taken on a part-time job to help me finance my studies.
But what really sets the University of Groningen apart, in my opinion, is the sense of community and support that I've found here. The study association has been an incredible resource, providing me with everything from study materials and mentorship to social events and networking opportunities. And my professors and peers have been incredibly supportive and encouraging, pushing me to achieve my best while also helping me stay grounded and focused.
Overall, I would recommend the University of Groningen to anyone interested in biomedical engineering
Being a student can mean so much more than just studying
Hello! My name is Thomas Westerhuis, I am a 22-year-old student and I have been living in Groningen for four and a half years. I started studying at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, where I did the Bachelor's programme in Biology and Medical Laboratory Research.
During those years, I developed a love for the complexity that life has to offer. The unlimited processes that need to work together flawlessly to keep the biological cell functioning have always inspired my awe and wonder. Based on these interests, it was only natural to start the Life Science and Technology programme at the University of Groningen.
Besides studying, Groningen has a lot of different aspects to offer to give you a full student life. During your studies, you can embark on various social, sport, or other activities which allow you to meet a lot of different people. As for me, I became enthused by GLV Idun, the study association for the Biology, Biomedical Engineering, and Life Science and Technology programmes. This year I became part of the board as chair of the association. As chairman, it is my job to manage the association and the board. My main occupation is making sure that the day-to-day tasks are fulfilled, but I also ensure that we reach the goals set in our policy, and make sure that we keep track of our long-term vision.
I would recommend that you become active during your time at the University, as being a student can mean so much more than just studying. Whether you join a committee, a board, or a student assistantship at the University. Judging from my own experience, such positions can greatly benefit your personal, social, and organizational skills. Above all, I want to emphasize that it is also a lot of fun to take these kinds of responsibilities.