Master in Biomedical Technology and Physics

General

Program Description

Translate fundamental research into biomedical engineering solutions
Ready to meet tomorrow's complex medical challenges and approaches? The Master’s programme in Biomedical Technology and Physics* covers the fields of Medical Physics, Biophysics, and Clinical Technology. This combination will teach you how to translate research into the fundamentals of physics, biology and chemistry into innovative biomedical engineering solutions for healthcare. A multidisciplinary background like this will equip you perfectly for tomorrow’s approaches to medical research, in all their complexity. Biomedical Technology and Physics (BMTP) is a collaboration between the researchers of the Science department of VU and the medical centers VUmc and AMC (together Amsterdam UMC).

The Master's programme in Biomedical Technology and Physics is directly accessible to students with a bachelor degree in Medical Natural Sciences and to students with a similar background, like a bachelor in Biomedical Engineering, Physics, University College and BètaGamma. For further details: see 'Dutch Students' and 'International Students' below. Students with a degree in Medische Beeldvorming en Radiotherapie (MBRT) need to complete the premaster's programme first.

As a Master’s student, you will have approximately one year of courses and one year of internships. Each period you have the option to choose 2 out of 3 offered courses, aimed to deepen your physical knowledge, to learn about modeling and image processing, electronics, or about entrepreneurship. You will learn of modern day clinical practice, problems and technologies, a/o by a series of lectures offered by clinicians. You can choose for a more fundamental biophysical direction or for a more clinically applied direction. Also, you can choose a variant in research, society, communication and education, which dictates the courses in the second year of this master's programme. An important part of the master is the internships in the research groups at the Amsterdam UMC or at the VU. Here you apply your knowledge to solve scientific and real life problems and improve your practical skills.

The Master’s programme in Biomedical Technology and Physics is a unique opportunity for students who want to combine scientific subjects with practical application and fundamental research in a clinical setting. Market research shows that graduates of this programme have a bright future. For example, you will be able to:

  • Develop new possibilities and techniques for medical diagnosis and treatment at an university or company; like this revolutionary new way to check real time if brain tissue contains cancer cells (in Dutch)
  • Research ways of applying technology to treat various diseases;
  • Work on clarifying the molecular basis of various diseases;
  • Consult companies or hospitals on management and medical equipment issues.


This is what you will be doing
The master’s in Biomedical Technology and Physics is a two-year programme worth 120 ECTS. During this time, you will take compulsory courses plus a number of optional courses. Your own research is an important part of the programme, which you could perform in one of the participating research groups. Moreover, you write a literature thesis on a subject within BTP research and you acquire general academic skills.

Last updated November 2019

About the School

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,00 ... Read More

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 130 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. Read less