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Biomedical Engineering

Programma

  • 2e jaar

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

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

Programma-opties

  • Medical Device Design (specialisatie)

    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.

  • HTSM Honours Master (honoursprogramma)

    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.

  • Biomaterials Science and Engineering (specialisatie)

    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.

  • Diagnostic Imaging & Instrumentation (specialisatie)

    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.

  • European Master programme (Double Degree) (specialisatie)

    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: http://www.biomedicaltechnology.eu

Opbouw programma

2-year programme; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

For the complete curriculum, please see: http://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=3219

2-year programme; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

For the complete curriculum, please see: http://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fse/vak/showpos?opleiding=3219

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is aanbevolen
  • Voor gemiddeld 10 weken
  • Maximaal 60 EC

Both your internship (10 weeks) and your Master's project (20 weeks) can be spend abroad

We have many partner institutions within industry, hospitals and top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America.

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.

Waarom in Groningen?
  • 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
  • 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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