Programme in detail

The structure of the BioMedical Engineering programme is shown in the picture below.

First year

In the first year the students are expected to take 60 ECTS. The first year of the program consists of obligatory courses for all tracks (14 EC), obligatory courses for each track, and free elective courses. There are two lists of track-specific obligatory courses. The students of each track have to follow all the courses in the first list (24-25 EC) and a selection of three (two for Medical Physics) courses from the second list of obligatory courses. The general goal of these courses is to provide students a solid understanding of fundamentals of the relevant scientific topics as well as the state-of-the-art aspects of biomedical engineering that will allow them to undertake current and future challenges in this multidisciplinary field successfully. Students who have a non-technical background (e.g. biomedical, medical, movement sciences, etc) are obliged to choose an alternative course for the Anatomy & Physiology obligatory course. Suggestions for alternatives will be given by the coordinators of the respective tracks.

Second year

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

Internship (15 ECTS)
The second year starts with an internship in a biomedical research group or biomedical company. Over the course of their traineeship students undertake a project determined in consultation with the host institute. It is encouraged but not obligatory 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 (35 ECTS)

The Masters thesis project is the final part of the BME programme. In a large number of cases, the project is undertaken in collaboration with a clinical partner. Regardless of whether thesis work is carried out in Delft or at the premises of the clinical partner, every MSc project requires final supervision of a TU Delft staff member.

Students in principle prepare the MSc thesis as a journal paper. 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 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.

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