M.Sc. BioMedical Engineering

Delft University of Technology

Application deadline: April 1 (EU and Non EU)
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,835 / Year (EEA)
  • € 12,916 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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As medical science has advanced, physicians and patients have relied on increasingly sophisticated medical devices for diagnosis, treatment, and long-term health care. Biomedical engineers are key players in the development, design, and continuing refinement of devices such as joint replacement prostheses, microsensors, imaging and image processing, as well as advanced instruments for use in such domains as minimally invasive surgery and the diagnosis of movement disorders.

What you will learn
The TU Delft master's programme in BioMedical Engineering is a multidisciplinary programme which aims to provide you with both an understanding of biology and medical theory as well as highly specialised technical training in such fields as electrical, physics, material and mechanical engineering.

You will learn how to develop conceptual models from a technical perspective and you will work in close collaboration with physicians, researchers and other healthcare professionals, including on-site at the collaborating academic institutions.

Learning from 3 faculties and 3 teachings hospitals:
You will take courses offered by three TU Delft faculties:

* Applied Sciences
* Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences
* Mechanical, Marine and Materials Engineering

The programme also benefits from the clinical input provided by three teaching hospitals:

* Leiden University Medical Center
* Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam
* Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam


First year
In the first year, students are expected to take at least 30 ECTS in biomedical courses and at least 30 ECTS in fundamental technical courses. Both the biomedical and the fundamental technical courses are divided between required courses specific to each specialisation and electives that are determined in consultation with the professor responsible for the specialisation.

Biomedical courses

Biomedical courses are taught by engineers and clinicians. Clinicians discuss clinical issues and explain their viewpoints, whilst also covering progress in clinically-related research. There are several medical courses that can be taken within the educational programmes of two of our clinical partner universities, Leiden University Medical Center and the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam. Students may take up to a maximum of 10 ECTS of these courses.

The emphasis from the engineering perspective is placed on technical and biophysical aspects, such as the latest advances in design, modelling and simulation. The programme is designed so as to simultaneously enhance the engineering background of the students.

Second year
The second year involves a traineeship in a biomedical research group or company, a literature survey and an MSc project.

Traineeship (12 ECTS)

The second year starts with a traineeship in a biomedical research group or biomedical company.

Bachelors who have graduated from a polytechnic school (TH) are exempted from this traineeship. Over the course of their traineeship students undertake a project determined in consultation with the host institute. It is encouraged that Dutch students undertake their traineeship abroad.

Literature study (10 ECTS)

In the literature study students learn to critically review and coherently present information from scientific and other publications. The literature study is generally defined as a preparation for the Masters thesis project.

The remainder of the second year is taken up with a masters thesis project. The traineeship and literature survey may be undertaken in any order.

Master thesis project (38 ECTS)

The masters thesis project is the final part of the BME programme. Ideally, the project is undertaken in collaboration with a clinical partner (Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), Erasmus Medical Center (ERASMUS MC) Rotterdam, or the Academic Medical Center (AMC) Amsterdam). Regardless of whether thesis work is carried out in Delft or at the premises of the clinical partner, every MSc student will have a clinical tutor and a technical tutor.

Roughly six weeks after the start of the master thesis project, students give an introductory presentation in which the project goals, methodology and the research plan are presented. Students then prepare the MSc thesis as a project report. Thesis work is evaluated by way of an oral presentation (graduation seminar) by the candidate and an oral examination before an MSc examination committee composed of at least three scientific staff members, including the thesis supervisor and one staff member from outside the research group. The examination committee may also include external examiners from research institutes or from industrial partners.

Master thesis assignments

In general, assignments are carried out individually. It is best if the literature survey, traineeship and masters thesis project are in the same field of research. Students should discuss and plan the traineeship, literature survey and masters thesis project with the professor of the chosen specialisation.


What is required to be considered for admission to an MSc programme? Please note: if you do not meet all the formal requirements, it is no use applying.

1)A. A good university Bachelor's degree in a main subject closely related to the MSc programme to which you are applying, with good grades on the key courses.
orB. A proof that you have nearly completed a Bachelor's programme in a main subject which is closely related to the MSc programme to which you are applying, with good grades on the key courses.

Exceptions: Management of Technology, Engineering and Policy Analysis and Science Education & Communication, to which all students holding any Bachelors of technology or science / engineering degree may be admitted.

2)A Bachelor's Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 75% of the scale maximum, unless specific requirements are defined for the country in which you obtained your Bachelors degree:

* Countries A - H
* Countries I - P
* Countries Q - Z

Please note: if you have not graduated yet your CGPA must meet the requirements at the time of application.

3)Proof of English language proficiency:

* A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 90 (internet-based test). Please note that we only accept the TOEFL internet-based test.
* or IELTS (academic version) overall Band score of at least 6.5.
* or proof that you have passed the University of Cambridge 'Certificate of Proficiency in English' or the University of Cambridge 'Certificate in Advanced English'

Only nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada are exempt from the proof of English language proficiency requirement. Applicants who obtained a bachelors degree in one of the mentioned countries, are also exempt from the proof of English language proficiency requirement.

Certificates older than two years are not accepted. As the whole process of collecting information, registering for the tests and receiving the test results may take several months, we advise you to register for the IELTS or TOEFL several months before starting your application.

It is allowed to send us a copy of your test results, please check the application documents for detailed information.

* For EU/EFTA nationals, the English language certificate may be submitted until 1 July provided that all other required hard copy documents are received before the application deadline of 1 April.
* Nationals of the Peoples Republic of China only: for visa purposes you need a Nuffic certificate as proof of your English language proficiency. In order to obtain the Nuffic certificate you will need to take the IELTS or TOEFL internet-based test.

4)A clear and relevant essay in English (1,000 - 2,000 words) addressing the following:Your motivation for taking the MSc programme of your choice.

* Your motivation for taking the MSc programme of your choice.
* Why you wish to pursue this programme abroad and/or in the Netherlands in particular.
* Why you are interested in TU Delft and what you expect to find here
* If there are optional specialisations in the Masters programme of your choice: which specialisation(s) interest you most, and why?
* Describe your hypothetical thesis project; what kind of a projectwould you prefer if you were free to make a choice? Also briefly explain what you would want to explore in your thesis project. Provide a maximum of three hypothetical thesis topics and elaborate on your particular interests in them.
* A brief summary (maximum 250 words) of the thesis work or the final assignment (to be) done for your Bachelors programme, including information on the credits earned, grade, and full workload.

5)Two reference letters in English, French, German or Dutch:

* one from from a professor or an assistant professor from the faculty from which you graduated.
* one from your employer, if you already have work experience.

If you have not yet graduated or do not have work experience, you need to provide two letters from professors or assistant professors from the faculty at which you are studying.

6)An extensive résumé (curriculum vitae) written in English.

7)Proof of identity

8)Please note:Applicants for Architecture Urbanism & Building Sciences, Design for Interaction, Integrated Product Design and Strategic Product Design are required to upload a digital portfolio. Please note that only uploaded portfolios will be processed. The programme specific portfolio requirements are described on the following pages:

* portfolio requirements for Architecture Urbanism & Building Sciences (and its five tracks)
* portfolio requirements for Design for Interaction
* portfolio requirements for Integrated Product Design
* Portfolio requirements for Strategic Product Design

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

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