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M.Sc. in Biomedical Technology and Physics

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
01 September 2021
Virtual open day
Virtual open day

Program description

M.Sc. in Biomedical Technology and Physics

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). To see the scientific work of the BMTP staff and find out what projects you can do as a student, check this pdf.

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

Admission requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in Medical Natural Sciences or relevant field from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent.
  • Motivation, background and personality (motivation letter, CV and personal reference).
  • Proof of sufficient proficiency in English.

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Program content

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.

Tuition fees

  • EU-EER students fee: € 2,168
  • NON-EU students fee: € 15,320


MSc in Natural Sciences

Continuing studies

A Master’s degree in Biomedical Technology and Physics means you will be able to work in clinics, medical research institutes or for biomedical and pharmaceutical companies. If you decide to specialize further as a clinical physicist, clinical chemist or clinical computer scientist, a Master's degree will entitle you to take part in the postgraduate programme you need to achieve your goal. And there are professional Master's programmes in biomedical scientific subjects, such as toxicology.


Graduates in BMTP enjoy highly favourable career prospects, partly due to the speed at which technology in the fields of imaging, analytical methodes, bio-informatics and moleculair research is developing. Another reason concerns recent developments relating to social issues, such as the ageing population and efficient healthcare. There is a growing demand for specialists equipped to work in an interdisciplinary environment.

Continuing your studies

After completing your Master's programme, you can conduct PhD research at a university. Graduates with excellent grades can apply for one of our PhD student positions. This is normally awarded for four years, during which the student is expected to complete a research project. The main task of a PhD student is to conduct research resulting in a thesis.

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Science education is the foundation of innovations that improve our world. Due to the shortage of certified science teachers and the fact that our economy is knowledge-based, you will be highly valued both in and out of the classroom. With a science teaching degree you can become involved in improving science education both as a teacher or other positions in the educational industry. Practical and scientific knowledge of teaching methods and educational psychology can steer your career in many directions.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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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