University Of Groningen Biomedical Engineering Faculty

Last Updated on December 22, 2022

University of Groningen / Department of BioMedical Engineering
General information
Full Name
Department of BioMedical Engineering University Medical Center Groningen

P.O. Box 196, 9700 AD, Groningen, Netherlands,The Netherlands


ISTC Projects

3245 – Bionanotechnology for Bacteria Detection

Tech areas

Detection Devices / Instrumentation
Microbiology / Biotechnology
Other / Biotechnology
Water Pollution and Control / Environment

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 may have a fixed quota (Numerus Fixus) as of September 2022, meaning that the application deadline may 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.

To realize future health care, biomedical engineers that are trained on the crossroad 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.

Please note: This programme starts in 2020-2021. However, the programme is not completely new: it exists already as a major in Life Science and Technology for many years and has experienced lecturers and an optimal programme.

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 as the best in its category nationally.’ (Beste Studies Elsevier Weekblad, 2017, 2018)
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Anatomy & Physiology
Biomaterials 1
Calculus 1
Linear Algebra for BME
Mammalian Cell Biology
Materials Science
Molecules of Life
Physics Lab for BME, including Ethics 1
Statistics 1 for BME
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.

University Of Groningen Neuroscience

Degree MSc in Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (research)

Course type Research master Duration 24 months (120 ECTS) Croho code 60615

Language of instruction English Start

September Faculty Science and Engineering

Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences
Are you interested in the neural basis of cognition, the mechanisms of neurodegeneration or the evolution of behaviour?

In this programme, you can study the function and mechanisms of the brain and behaviour from three different perspectives:

Animal and Human Behavioural Neurosciences (B-track)
Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Modelling (C-track)
Molecular and Clinical Neuroscience (N-track)
In these tracks, you will deepen your knowledge of the aims and methods of your chosen domain (See “Programme” for more info). In addition, thanks to integrated courses and links between tracks, you will get a unique opportunity to acquire multi-disciplinary skills and training in the neurosciences.

The main focus of this Research Master is to train students to become independent researchers. For this purpose, a large portion of the programme is devoted to two research projects (in total 70 ECTS) in which the students are embedded in research groups to conduct their own experiments. Students are encouraged to perform one of these research projects abroad.

The BCN Research Master is one of the best Neuroscience master programmes of the Netherlands (Dutch Higher Education Guide 2017 – Keuzegids Masters 2017).

Admission to the programme is selective, based on the applicant’s academic credentials and motivation (See “Entry Requirements” for details).

Why study this programme in Groningen?
Awarded ‘Top Rated Programme’ label (Keuzegids Masters 2017/2018/2019)
Excellent research facilities including University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), NeuroImaging Center and Centre for Life Sciences
More than 75% enrolment in PhD projects after graduation
Integrated teaching by top researchers from three faculties in small groups
Students collaborate in stable cohorts during the 2 years
2-year programme; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

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Programme options
Animal and Human Behavioural Neurosciences (B-track) (specialization)
Molecular and Clinical Neuroscience (N-track) (specialization)
Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Modelling (C-track) (specialization)
Study abroad
Study abroad is recommended
Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities 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.

Tuition fees

NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2021-2022€ 1084full-time
non-EU/EEA2021-2022€ 17416full-time

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