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Biomedical Engineering

The Biomedical Engineering MSc programme is a joint programme of the Faculty of Applied Sciences (TNW), the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EWI), and the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE), in collaboration with clinical partners at Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam (Erasmus MC), and Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam (AMC). It has started in September 2004 and is staffed by an enthusiastic and motivated group of teachers.

In short, the goals of the BME programme are to educate academic engineers, who are technically high-skilled and have additional medical and biological knowledge. Graduates are capable to collaborate with clinicians, researchers and other healthcare professionals in order to

  • Identify, define and analyse biomedical problems, for the solution of which biomedical engineering principles and techniques can contribute;
  • Develop and produce a sound solution to the problem;
  • Present these solutions effectively.

This joint programme combines the strengths of the collaborating faculties in Delft, concentrates the organisation at one central point within the TU Delft, – the administrative responsibility lies with 3mE – and gives the opportunity to share expertise. Because of this collaboration, BME at TU Delft has become clearly visible inside and outside TU Delft. The collaboration with the university medical centres is very intensive in research and is growing in the field of education. Medical specialists are increasingly taking part in the BME education programme: they participate in courses at TU Delft, students take courses within the clinical partners’ educational programmes and clinicians play an important role in the supervision of BME students during their master thesis assignment.

By D.H. Plettenburg

Biomechanical Design

Where humans and machines intersect, Biomechanical Design provides solutions that allow the biological and mechanical systems to function effectively together. Accordingly, one facet of Biomechanical Design is to investigate human movement, human perception, and human control characteristics. Another facet is to design user-friendly, intuitive technologies based on an understanding of these characteristics.  

Learning from biological systems
The knowledge of human behaviour acquired in the field of Biomechanical Design can be used to diagnose diseases, but can also serve as input for the design and development of systems that interact with biological systems or that mimic biological systems. Vivid examples include an endoscope with the flexibility and steerability of an octopus tentacle, telemanipulation systems used in surgical robots, in space, and in the off-shore industry, but also intelligently collaborating robots using mainly local interactive information exchange, similar to humans.


BioMedical Engineering or BioMechancial Design?
In contrast to the more clinically oriented MSc Programme in Biomedical Engineering, this track focuses on the engineering challenges of designing bio-inspired robots, fine-mechanical systems, automobille driver support and training systems, haptic interfaces, and tools for top athletes. Students will receive an advanced education in the design and engineering of robotic devices, mechatronic design, control engineering and biological principles. Students are encouraged to select courses from other departments, faculties or even universities, if appropriate.

By Dr. D. Dodou


Dispuut Antoni van Leeuwenhoeks role

Students are also actively involved in shaping the educational programme by giving valuable input and feedback in personal meetings with the programme coordinator, and by taking part in the Education Committee. They have organised themselves in a BME student society – the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Society. This student society plays an important role by exchanging information and organising meetings and excursions, but also by organising informal events in which students can get to know each other better.

By D.H. Plettenburg

Coordinator BME D.H. (Dick) Plettenburg

Coordinator BMD

Dr. D. (Dimitra) Dodou

Educational Board committee

We, the student-members of the Education Board aim to be the connecting factor between the BME students following education, and the staff members organizing it. We do so by regularly gathering feedback from the student-body during feedback sessions (the quarterly ‘Course Response Groups’) and communicating our findings to the responsible staff members, and during the Education Board meetings (consisting of the 6 BME-specializations coordinators and us, the student-members). Don’t hesitate to personally approach us with any feedback you may have! Or email us at:


The following members represent the students of Biomedical Engineering in the Educational Board:

  • Barbara Jongbloed (Chairman)
  • Tessa Mol (Secretary)
  • Astrid Garretsen
  • Victor Strijbis
  • Caroline Mackenbach
  • Tim Dries(QQ)