Utrecht University

Biofabrication, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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The M.Sc. in Biofabrication at Utrecht University has a multidisciplinary approach and a research focus in areas like chemistry, biology, medicine, computer science and robotics. The Master’s programme teaches you techniques in tissue engineering that can be applied for medical purposes. Learn how to develop medical therapeutic products through 3D bioprinting and 3D cell culturing.


Biofabrication is an international, research-driven master’s programme comprising a first year of coursework and research at Utrecht University / UMC Utrecht, followed by a research project and courses in Australia in the second year, at one of two universities which are at the forefront of 3D printing for medical applications. A European Union-subsidised mobility programme will financially support these overseas secondments. Upon completion, a double degree can be obtained, both from Utrecht University and the Australian host institution. Are you up for the challenge?

Biofabrication is a truly multidisciplinary area of research. It requires an understanding of chemistry, physics, biology, medicine, robotics and computer science. In this respect, few researchers entering the biofabrication field have been trained in such a diverse range of subjects. This master’s programme is the right choice for you, if you’re motivated to become a multidisciplinary researcher and going to Australia for courses and a research project in your second year.

Why Study Biofabrication At Utrecht University?
  • World’s first master’s programme in Biofabrication, opportunity to obtain an international double degree from Utrecht University & one of the partner institutions in Autralia
  • As a student you will have the opportunity to carry out two hands-on research projects at renowned research groups.
  • Utrecht University is a leading institution in the field of Biofabrication and offers a unique combination of studying 3D printing technology with a biomedical approach
  • The Utrecht Biofabrication Facility at the Uithof gives students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with innovative science and technology and to collaborate with the scientists associated with it, both from the various departments in Utrecht as well as international researchers.
  • The biofabrication programme provides ample opportunity to customise your curriculum to maximally benefit from the multiple educational options in Utrecht and Australia.
What You’ll Learn

Biofabrication combines advanced fabrication techniques with biological systems to prepare designed tissue constructs. These can be applied for tissue engineering, as 3D in vitro biologic models or as medical therapeutic products. The Biofabrication programme will equip you with a toolbox to innovate within this multidisciplinary field. We will provide a thorough understanding as well as operational experience of processes such as 3D bioprinting and other fabrication technologies, biomaterials, 3D cell culturing, computer models and imaging.

Our course content will instruct you to:

  • understand and apply knowledge from biofabrication technology to (re)generating various tissues;
  • design, plan, conduct, and communicate scientific research;
  • write a compelling research proposal;
  • critically evaluate literature and presentations;
  • and function effectively in multidisciplinary, international groups.
Your Background

You are eligible for this challenging programme if you hold a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, University College, Biomedical Engineering or similar. A bachelor’s degree in Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences (or another Life Science programme) may qualify you for the programme. A bachelor’s degree in engineering or a chemical discipline may give access, if including a biomedical component. Please note: if you’re from outside the EU, you are not eligible for the double degree mobility subsidy offered by the European Union.

Career In Biofabrication

As a graduate you will have a strong research background in Biofabrication and a broad basic knowledge of the field, which enables you to pursue a career in academic (PhD) or in industrial/commercial directions, including R&D, sales, consultancy. Your considerable research experience abroad and the obtained double degree will make you an attractive candidate for any Biofabrication-related position in the world.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Introduction To Biofabrication
  • Introducing Life Sciences
  • Life Sciences Seminar
  • Entrepreneurship And Innovation In Life Sciences & Health Seminar
  • Communicating Life Sciences
  • Academic Writing
  • History Of Medicine And The Biomedic
  • Science And Society
For more information please visit the programme website.


Students who have obtained a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology, Medicine, University College, Biology, or Biomedical Engineering or similar is required to enter the programme. A BSc degree in an engineering or chemical discipline may give access, if including a biomedical component.

The programme is highly competitive, the best applicants will be selected. The programme committee will review all requests for admission and will select students with an explicit interest in both biomedical research and engineering.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You have a BSc or equivalent qualification in: Biomedical or other Life Sciences; Medicine; University College; Biology; Pharmaceutical Sciences; Chemistry, if including a biomedical component.

Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 18201 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.