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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)

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

    Medical devices are more and more key in improvement of health care quality, but also in realizing a sustainable health care in terms of money and manpower.

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

    In the MDD track, the focus lies on three themes:

    The first focus lies on the design of implants and artificial organs. During the courses Interface Biology and Biomaterials 2 the student gets familiar with biomaterials, and how their properties influence cell response. Engineering & Biotribology will prepare the student for artificial joint design and for applications where friction and wear plays an important role. Based on this knowledge, a well-considered choice of biomaterials will be made for specific applications.

    The second focus lies on the design of external prosthetics and orthotics. The courses Prosthetics & Orthotics and Neuromechanics advance the students' knowledge on the topics of prostheses design and their (neuro)mechanical functioning.

    The third focus lies on the design of sensors, controlled devices, robotic systems and instruments. The courses Control Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics introduce the students to the topic of robot control and advance their knowledge throughout the courses. Mathematical programming plays an important role during these courses. The course Biomedical Instrumentation 2 informs the students about current diagnostic devices, their possibilities and limitations.

    General courses support all three themes: Matlab for BME, Product design by FEM, Statistical Methods for BME, Technology & Ethics.

    At the end the students that followed the track MDD will be optimally prepared for internships in the first year of the Master's and Master's project in the second year of the Master's. After graduation, the student is ready to function as a respected colleague in both academic and corporate world.

  • 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 (track)

    This track is concerned with the design, development, analysis, assessment and application of innovative biomaterials for body function restoration and enhancement of implant efficacy.

    Biomaterials are increasingly used in modern medical practice to realize solid implants such as metals, polymers, 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. The BSE track focuses on biomaterial innovations (including manufacturing) and application of existing biomaterials for the use as scaffolds, coatings, micro- and nano-sized particles that enables efficient antimicrobial or therapeutic drug delivery, lubrication, diagnosis and tissue engineering, tissue models, organs-on-a-chip. A particular focus is on how medical materials behave inside the body, how microorganisms and mammalian cells/tissue cells interact with the materials, and how we can utilize and direct these interactions to enhance medical treatments

    The track BSE focuses on the joined venture of materials, biology, and medicine and can be divided into three themes:

    The first focus is on the characteristics and application of biomaterials in modern medicine (Biomaterials 2). Special emphasis is given on the physico-chemical surface characteristics (Surface Characterisation) and the related lubricating, chemical, colloidal and mechanical properties and technologies (Engineering & Biotribology) .

    The second focus is on the biology of the biomaterial interface with human tissue. (Interface Biology) It addresses the foreign body reaction against implanted biomaterials, and emphasizes the effect of biomaterial surface characteristics on tissue integration and cellular response (Colloid and Interface Science), 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 (Biofilms).

    The third focus is hands-on experience where theory is put to the test and connected to future developments. It first entails a practical lab-training, in particular on the characterization of biomaterials and the use of sophisticated lab instruments (Integrated Lab Course in Biomaterials). 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 (Recent Developments in Biomaterials).

    During the curriculum, various general academic and research qualities are taught as well as creating independent thinking and critical assessment of developments, which also provide a solid basis for any R&D related career. General courses support all three themes: Matlab for BME, Optical Imaging, Statistical Methods for BME, Technology & Ethics.

    At the end the students that followed the track BSE will be optimally prepared for internships in the first year of the Master's and Master's project in the second year of the Master's. At every stage, integration between knowledge and practice will be performed as knowledge in both industry and academia is taught through experimental approaches founded on well-structured and formulated questions and research design.

  • Entrepreneur course and summer school (specialisatie)

    A special feature of the Master's programme is the option to train yourself as Entrepreneur by following an additional (extracurricular) course on Entrepreneurship and a summer school.

    It is initiated by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) and trains students to be the next generation of Biomedical Engineers for developing innovative medical devices with a European, intercultural view and prepares them to become an entrepreneur.

  • Diagnostic Imaging & Instrumentation (specialisatie)

    In the track Diagnostic Imaging and Instrumentation the student learns the underlying principles and the instrumentation used in current diagnostic imaging and therapy.

    There are three themes where this track DII focuses on:

    The first focus is Radiology. The discipline of radiology focusses on the medical specialty 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. Dedicated courses are: Magnetic Resonance Physics, Conventional X-ray Imaging and Ultrasound, and Computed Tomography.

    The second focus lies on Nuclear Medicine. This is the medical specialty 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 visualization and quantification of diseases. Dedicated courses are: Physics in Nuclear Medicine.

    The third focus lies on Radiation Oncology. This 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. Dedicated courses are: Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology.

    General courses support all three themes: Radiation Physics, Statistical Methods in BME, Matlab for BME, Technology & Ethics and Biomedical Instrumentation 2. Students also follow the course Interdisciplinary Project to learn to work in a multidisciplinary environment and to combine design and research skills.

    At the end the students that followed this track will be optimally prepared for internships in the first year and the research project in the second year of the master. After graduation, the student is ready to function as a respected colleague in both academic and corporate world.

  • European Master programme (Double Degree) (track)

    The European Master Programme Biomedical Engineering (CEMACUBE) is a joint project between six participating universities. The programme offers scholarships.

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

    CEMACUBE students follow to a large extent the same programme as regular students. The main difference is the programme in the first year. A mixture of courses of the tracks is offered in order to provide the students with a general first year content, which is equal for all participating universities. After the first year CEMACUBE sutdents have to move to a different university.

    More information on the programme and its scholarships can be found here: http://www.biomedicaltechnology.eu/

Opbouw programma

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

The programme has three tracks, of which you have to choose one. All courses are compulsory. Each track in the BME programme offers track-related courses, in addition to general BME-courses that are shared amongst the tracks. All tracks include an internship at the end of the first year and a master's project at the end of the second year.

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

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

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

The programme has three tracks, of which you have to choose one. All courses are compulsory. Each track in the BME programme offers track-related courses, in addition to general BME-courses that are shared amongst the tracks. All tracks include an internship at the end of the first year and a master's project at the end of the second year.

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

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
  • We also offer a European Master in Biomedical Engineering, with available scholarships
  • 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
  • We also offer a European Master in Biomedical Engineering, with available scholarships
  • 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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