Biomedical Image Sciences

Biomedical Image Sciences is an interdisciplinary MSc programme at the intersection of the exact and biomedical sciences, focused on biomedical imaging, image processing and medical physics. It is an appropriate choice for students with a BSc degree in an exact discipline who want to work in a biomedical environment, and for students with a BSc degree in a biomedical discipline with a strong interest in exact science.

Today’s developments in medical imaging
Both the educational programme and the research topics will be at the cutting edge of today’s developments in medical imaging. The research character of the second year invites students to actually work on the solution of relevant clinical problems (see example). Students will contribute to on-going research projects of internationally renowned research groups in academia or industry that address research questions as:

  • Can computers detect lung cancer as well as a radiologist can ?
  • What are the mathematics behind calculating an optimal path for surgery?
  • Can Alzheimer’s disease be diagnosed earlier using MR imaging?
  • Can ultrasound be used to burn away tumours?
  • How is physics used to plan radiotherapy treatment?
  • Can imaging predict a heart attack?

Alumni can pursue a career in research institutes or industry, in both theoretical and application-oriented fields, for example with Philips Healthcare, the Netherlands Cancer Institute or the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNO.

Almost 50% of the graduates find work as PhD candidates, in The Netherlands or abroad. Once you have obtained a PhD degree, you can either continue your career in academia or switch to industry.

Relations and more information
Our programme is directly linked to the PhD programme Medical Imaging of the Graduate School of Life Sciences, and the hosting institute is the Image Sciences Institute of the University Medical Center Utrecht. For more information on the BIS Master’s programme, visit the website of Biomedical Image Sciences or download our brochure.

Note: no new students will be accepted in this programme! Please go to Medical Imaging instead if you are interested in this programme.

Programme scheme

Major Research Project
Mandatory Theoretical Courses
Elective component
Writing assignment
Introducing Life Sciences + 5 LS and 5 IMAGO seminars