The Bachelor’s degree programme lasts three years and each year is divided into eight blocks. This means that you will have examinations eight times a year. In general, the programme comprises an equal share of technology courses and medical courses. You will have lectures, supervised study groups, laboratory training, clinical skills, practical training and combinations of these forms of study. The majority of lectures and technical laboratory courses take place in Leiden and Rotterdam.
To prepare you effectively for professional practice, technical and medical courses are combined. This means that when the skeleton and muscles are dealt with, for example, you will not only study the anatomy, but you will also learn to describe the body from the perspective of the laws of biomechanics. By applying these to the human body, you can make predictions, for example, about the seriousness of a disease. As a medical professional, you will be in contact with patients, so you will also learn interview techniques and skills for physical examination. Furthermore, you will practice certain medical procedures, such as suturing and giving injections.
During the first year of the degree programme, you will get a solid theoretical foundation in medical and technical subjects and in mathematics. You will learn examination skills, clinical skills, laboratory techniques, reflection and interview techniques. You will also learn how to answer questions and solve problems in a scientific manner. You will learn to analyse how the human body functions by using technical concepts from mechanical engineering, physics, electrical engineering and computer science and which processes lead to the emergence of diseases. This is done on the basis of the following bodily systems: the musculoskeletal system, digestive system, neural and sensory system, cardiovascular and respiratory system, endocrine system, urogenital system and the haematological and immune systems. You will study medical principles, the anatomy, physiology and pathology and relevant technical aspects, such as the forces that are generated by muscles.
In-depth study of the technical aspects continues in the second year. This involves such topics as the physical principles of imaging technology, devices and instruments, like X-ray and EEG measurement. At the same time, you will develop a deeper understanding of the pathology of the bodily systems. In the second year, you will apply the theory learned during an internship in a healthcare centre and in design assignments.
In the third year, you may choose your own direction. You start with a ten-week minor at one of the three universities or at a different university in the Netherlands or abroad. You will complete the degree programme with a final project in the field of clinical technology. This involves working independently with three students on your own research or design project in Leiden, Delft or Rotterdam.
In the first semester of the third year of the Bachelor's degree programme, you will have the opportunity of spending ten weeks broadening your horizons or exploring a subject that interests you, in the way that suits you best. For example, you could choose the minor ‘Med-Tech Based Entrepreneurship’, which prepares you for entrepreneurship in a technical-medical context. Other options include the minor ‘Public Health: The Healthy Big City’, in which you will carry out research into health issues in big cities, or the minor ‘Cellular Therapies’, in which you will look into new cellular therapies and examine what the challenges and possible side effects are. Alternatively, you can widen your world by opting for a cohesive course package, an internship or a minor abroad. A well-chosen minor can help you to find the career direction that suits you, or decide which Master's programme you want to take after your Bachelor's degree programme.
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TU Delft employs the BSA system: the binding recommendation on the continuation of studies. This means that you must obtain at least 75 per cent of your credits (i.e. 45 of the 60 ECTS) in your first year in order to continue your programme. If you receive a negative binding recommendation on the continuation of studies, you will not be permitted to enroll in this programme again in the next 4 years.