Become an expert on improving diagnoses, monitoring and therapy within the healthcare

biomedical engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Start: September
  • Science and Engineering
  • Sports and Health

​​Are you interested in applying engineering solutions and principles to health care and its related industries? Then Biomedical Engineering is the perfect programme for you. You will become an expert in improving health care diagnosis, monitoring and therapy. You will combine engineering design and problem-solving skills with biomedical sciences.

​The focus of this programme lies on designing and producing medical devices either for diagnosis or treatment. You will learn to design and develop applications that will literally come in contact with people. These relate to surgical equipment, biomedical instrumentation and orthopaedic devices.

The Biomedical Engineering programme consists of courses and an applied project. The courses are assessed by theory tests and practical workshops. You will work in a project group on the realisation of a biomedical device. Assignments will be provided by the Health Care industry or Medical Centres.

Mandatory modules 25  
Introduction Medical Diagnostics   5
Engineering rules for medical devices   5
Anatomy and Physiology   5
Biomedical Project   10
Elective modules 5  
Human Dynamics   5
Medical Instrumentation   5

Take a look at the ECTS course catalogue (please look at 'exchange programmes') for more information.

Excursions to various locations in the Groningen-Assen region are part of the programme. Depending on your project, you probably need to visit your client a few times as well. Students who apply for this programme are expected to do the whole programme of 30 ECTS. 

The programme is offered in Assen, a town 30 km south of Groningen. However, not many exchange students live in Assen, and Hanze UAS doesn't offer student accommodation in Assen. If you want to live in Assen, you need to find a room yourself. If you want to be part of an international student community and make use of the many services / activities offered to students in Groningen, we would advise you to live in Groningen and commute between Groningen and Assen (20 minutes by train). In that case you will have to take into account travel costs: a return ticket Groningen – Assen by train costs app. € 13 / day



"I chose my exchange programme because The Netherlands are world leading when it comes to medical technology and Healthcare. There is a lot of knowledge I can bring back with me which would support me in writing my thesis and succeeding in my future work. The programme was interesting, educational and fun. We got to choose a project from multiple different companies, and we had to realise it. It was hard but also a lot of fun, I got very close to my group participants. I think if it wasn't for the project, I would never have gotten that close with them. I loved the "principles of biological assays"-course. It was everything I had hoped it would be, and the lecturer had interactive classes which made the learning experience fun. Living in Groningen was a dream, I would never have expected to achieve so much while still being prepared for my exams. Groningen has a farmers market three times a week, there are multiple viewpoints around and you bike literally everywhere. There is so much stuff to do, not just in Groningen but everywhere around The Netherlands. My stay in Groningen and the people I met here will follow me for the rest of my life." Shpendi Misini  

Before you can start

Students need to have completed 4 semesters (a minimum of 120 ECTS credits) at undergraduate level in electrical or mechanical engineering, mechatronics or physics. 


The schedule for this programme may vary from week to week. The programme is intensive and students who apply for this programme are expected to be available and present for the whole duration of the programme.

Admission & application

Are you a student of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and do you want to apply for this programme? You can apply through Osiris. 

Are you a student of a different university of applied sciences in the Netherlands, you can apply for the programme through the website Kies op Maat.

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Fields of interest

  • Science and Engineering
  • Sports and Health