Medical healthcare continuously develops and the human life expectancy increases. This requires innovative solutions to biomedical problems, which result in better diagnoses, quicker recoveries for illnesses or even preventing them, and better medical interventions. To be able to contribute to solutions, it is necessary to look at the human body through the lens of an engineer. With a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering, you lay a solid foundation for this.
As a biomedical engineer you improve medical healthcare with technical solutions. To do so, you optimize the available information, technologies and methods and translate this to a solution that a doctor can use. You also conduct research to develop new technologies yourself.
developing technology for biomedical problems
The program of Biomedical Engineering is broad and challenging. You learn how to deploy technological methods to solve biomedical issues. Think of developing artificial skin tissue or an advanced way of detecting cardiovascular diseases. This includes combining knowledge from:
- Analysis and synthesis methods from physics and chemistry;
- Mathematical calculation methods;
- Modeling methods from mechanical engineering;
- Measuring and control systems from electrical engineering;
- Programming methods from computer science.
Naturally, you combine this with the biological knowledge of the human body.
During your study program, you often work on projects in teams, where you translate the technical knowledge you gained into concrete solutions for a societal problem. Sometimes together with students from within your study program and sometimes in multidisciplinary teams with students from different programs. This way, you already know how to make the connection between technology and the world around you before you even start your career. And that is precisely what society needs right now.
After graduating, you receive your Bachelor of Science diploma in Biomedical Engineering. Do you want to know more? Check out the Degree structure for more information.
comparable program at tu/e: medical sciences and technology
To some extent, the program of Biomedical Engineering (BME) is similar to that of Medical Sciences and Technology (MST). In both programs, you take technical and biomedical courses to eventually contribute to improvements in the healthcare sector. With BME, you follow relatively more technical courses, such as mathematics, physics and computer science. The starting point is the technology, to develop technological applications in order to solve biomedical problems. With MST, you follow relatively more biology and chemistry courses. You start from a biomedical approach and are more fundamentally engaged in studying biomedical problems while applying technology.
During the first year, the study programs of BME and MST are the same. This means that you can easily switch programs in the first year.
biomedical engineering at tu/e: state of the art
TU/e is a leader in biomedical engineering. In 1997, TU/e was a pioneer in Europe to start the Biomedical Engineering program. You are instantly involved in the latest developments in the field of biomedical engineering. We work closely together with the universities and university medical centers in Maastricht and Utrecht, the hospitals in Eindhoven and more. Another reason to choose TU/e is that it is the only university in the Netherlands where you can pursue a master's degree in Medical Engineering.
who are you?
This program suits you if you have a strong affinity with people and technology. You never shy away from a bit of mathematics, physics and chemistry and you have strong analytical capabilities. You like solving complex issues that ultimately contribute to better medical healthcare. You can work independently and in a team with people from various disciplines.
Biomedical Engineering is a challenging program with high standards. You obtained your pre-university certificate with Mathematics B and Physics in your subject package. Do you wish to start in 2025-2026? Then Chemistry is required too. You also have a feeling for technology. Before you can apply for this bachelor's program, you first need to complete the study choice check. For more information, please consult the Study Choice Check.
Because this program is partially taught in Dutch, a Dutch language requirement applies in addition to the English language requirement.
What do you want to be?
With a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering, you have a broad foundation in the field of biomedical engineering. Many students choose a master's program after graduation, such as Biomedial Engineering or Medical Engineering. You can find work at companies in medical technology, universities or (academic) hospitals. For more information on subsequent master’s programs and future prospectives, please consult After graduation.
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Protagoras is the study association for students of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The board is entirely composed of students who are voluntarily committed to making a positive contribution to all facets of your student life: education, development and leisure. For instance, Protagoras is engaged in book sales. As a member, you can also use their digital exam and subject database as practice material. Naturally, they also facilitate the necessary off-time, with a wide range of activities: from drinks and theme parties to an annual symposium. Together with the department, Protagoras also organizes various professional orientation activities, such as lectures and company visits.
For more information, please consult the Protagoras website.