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Biomedical Technology and Physics

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Biomedical Technology and Physics

Translate fundamental research into biomedical engineering solutions

If you're ready to meet tomorrow's complex medical challenges and new approaches, then this is the Master's programme for you. It offers you the unique opportunity to combine scientific subjects with practical application and fundamental research in a clinical setting.

The Master's programme in Biomedical Technology and Physics covers the fields of Medical Physics, Biophysics, and Clinical Technology. This combination will enable you to translate research into the fundamentals of physics, biology and chemistry into innovative, biomedical engineering solutions for healthcare. The multidisciplinary background will equip you perfectly for tomorrow's approaches to medical research.

During your Master's programme you can choose for a more fundamental biophysical direction or one focused on clinical application. You can also choose a specialisation that suits your specific interests while still gaining broad knowledge of current clinical practice, problems and technologies. You'll be taught by researchers from both the VU's Science department and the Amsterdam UMC (bringing together two medical centres: VUmc and AMC).

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Admission requirements

The Master's programme Biomedical Technology and Physics (BMTP) 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.

Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty's Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.

In order to gain admission to the master's programme BMTP, you will need to have at least a Bachelor's degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score.

Direct admission to master's programme BMTP is possible with a bachelor degree in Medical Natural Sciences of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. If you have a Bachelor's degree in a related subject, you will have to meet certain entry requirements depending on the specialisation you choose.

Important: All students must contact the master coordinator of the specific specialisation.

English language test

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam requires all international students and students with a HBO degree to take an English test and to submit their score as a part of the application. Exceptions are made for students who have obtained a Dutch VWO diploma.

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Program content

1st year

Choose a specialisation that dictates the courses in the second year of this Master's programme. By studying either Science in Society or Science Communication you will develop skills to bridge the gap between science and society. If you want a teaching certificate for secondary education, you can choose an education specialisation (Dutch only). You can also choose a research specialisation to broaden your experience in that area, useful if you want to follow a career in academia.

  • Research
  • Science in Society
  • Science Communication
  • Leraar Voorbereidend Hoger Onderwijs in de Bètawetenschappen

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fee for EU: € 2,209
  • Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 15,500

Career paths

Your future looks bright as a graduate of this Master's programme – a claim that is supported by the figures

You could work on innovations within medical diagnosis, at a university, or in industry, researching ways to apply technology to treat various diseases. In such a capacity you could look at clarifying the molecular basis of different diseases; you could advise companies or hospitals on issues around management and medical equipment.

Graduates in Biomedical Technology and Physics enjoy highly favourable career prospects, partly due to the speed at which technology in the fields of imaging, analytical methodes, bio-informatics and molecular research is developing. Another reason for the high demand on their skills is the recent developments around social issues, such as the ageing population or the drive for more efficient healthcare. As a specialist, you will also be in demand in interdisciplinary environments.

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About this institute

Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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