Degree structure

The Medical Engineering Master’s is a two-year program. The first year consists of two clinical modules, specialization electives and an external internship. The second year consists of ‘free space’ and your graduation project (45 EC). In the free space, you can choose to broaden or deepen your knowledge.

In consultation with your mentor, you can also follow one or more Year 1 courses in Year 2. 

Year 1 

Clinical modules  

15 EC 


Specialization electives 

25 EC 


External internship 

20 EC 

Year 2 

Free space 

15 EC 


Graduation project 

45 EC 

You can find more information on how your degree course is structured in the Educational Guide for the Medical Engineering Master’s program.

Clinical modules 
The clinical models are a mandatory component of the Medical Engineering Master’s program. A clinical module is a project-oriented teaching cycle that you partially follow in a hospital. The teaching cycle includes the pre-diagnostic, the diagnostic and the intervention phases of patients with a particular health condition. The clinical modules consist of lectures, assignments, projects and clinical demos (MUMC+). 

You can choose from the core courses below in the first clinical module: 

  • Neurology
  • Radiology 
  • Intensive Care  

For the second clinical module, you can choose from the following core courses: 

  • Heart & blood vessels
  • Orthopedics 
  • Clinical chemistry 
  • Oncology

Further specialization: research groups 
Once you have chosen your master track, you then select your research group. This research group guides you through the entire master’s program. You can choose from the research groups listed below: 

  • Orthopedic Biomechanics
  • Cardiovascular Biomechanics
  • Ultrasound Imaging
  • Medical Image Analysis
  • Computational Biology
  • Systems Biology and Metabolic Diseases
  • Chemical Biology

You can find more information about the research groups on the website of our department.

Specialization electives 
Specialization electives facilitate a deep dive into your research group’s focal area. They reflect the most recent developments within that research group and prepare you for the research that you will be doing during your internship or your graduation project.

The external internship takes about three months. Together with your mentor, you seek and find suitable work experience. The paramount objective of your external internship is that you gain experience in a research project outside the faculty. During your internship, you are mentored while working on your own project within an ongoing area of research – in academia, business or in a clinical setting. Ideally, you choose a research institute or an organization that has already been linked to for research purposes within Medical Engineering. We advise students to complete their external internship abroad in order to gain valuable international working experience.   

Your graduation project brings your Medical Engineering Master’s program to a close. It consists of a substantial assignment that you undertake individually and independently. In principle, this final project falls within the contours of current research and is undertaken in a hospital setting. You get to work on a clinician’s problem definition (he/she may be a doctor or a clinical physicist or clinical pharmacist). Ideally, the problem definition addresses an individual patient or a specific patient group.