Creating functional tissue models with 3D printing technologies

Biofabrication is an international, research-driven Master’s programme comprising a first year of coursework and research at Utrecht University / UMC Utrecht, followed by a research project and courses in Australia in the second year, at one of two universities which are at the forefront of 3D printing for medical applications. Upon completion, a double degree can be obtained, both from Utrecht University and the Australian host institution. Alternatively, for students who prefer to stay in Utrecht or to go abroad for a research project at another research institution a single degree from Utrecht University will be issued.

 Are you up for the challenge?

Utrecht is one of the best and only places to study Biofabrication in Europe.
Quentin Clément Peiffer, 23, current master's student Biofabrication

The right choice for you?

Biofabrication is a truly multidisciplinary area of research. It requires an understanding of chemistry, physics, biology, medicine, robotics and computer science. In this respect, few researchers entering the biofabrication field have been trained in such a diverse range of subjects. This Master’s programme is the right choice for you, if you’re motivated to become a multidisciplinary researcher. If you are interested to go abroad we offer the opportunity to obtain a double degree in Australia by following courses and a research project in your second year, or to gain an international experience at another international research institution across the globe.

Why study Biofabrication at Utrecht University?

  • World’s first Master’s programme in Biofabrication, opportunity to obtain an international double degree from Utrecht University & one of the partner institutions in Australia
  • As a student you will have the opportunity to carry out two hands-on research projects at renowned research groups.
  • Utrecht University is a leading institution in the field of Biofabrication and offers a unique combination of studying 3D printing technology with a biomedical approach
  • The Utrecht Biofabrication Facility at the Uithof gives students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with innovative science and technology and to collaborate with the scientists associated with it, both from the various departments in Utrecht as well as international researchers.
  • The Biofabrication programme provides ample opportunity to customise your curriculum to maximally benefit from the multiple educational options in Utrecht and Australia.

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What you’ll learn

Biofabrication combines advanced fabrication techniques with biological systems to prepare designed tissue constructs. These can be applied for tissue engineering, as 3D in vitro biologic models or as medical therapeutic products. The Biofabrication programme will equip you with a toolbox to innovate within this multidisciplinary field. We will provide a thorough understanding as well as operational experience of processes such as 3D bioprinting and other fabrication technologies, biomaterials, 3D cell culturing, computer models and imaging.

Our course content will instruct you to:

  • Understand and apply knowledge from biofabrication technology to (re)generating various tissues;
  • Design, plan, conduct, and communicate scientific research;
  • Write a compelling research proposal;
  • Critically evaluate literature and presentations;
  • Function effectively in multidisciplinary, international groups.

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Your background

You are eligible for this challenging programme if you hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, University College, Biomedical Engineering or similar. A Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences (or another Life Science programme) may qualify you for the programme. A Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a chemical discipline may give access, if including a biomedical component.

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Career in Biofabrication

As a graduate you will have a strong research background in Biofabrication and a broad basic knowledge of the field, which enables you to pursue a career in academic (PhD) or in industrial/commercial directions, including R&D, sales, consultancy. Your considerable research experience abroad and the obtained double degree will make you an attractive candidate for any Biofabrication-related position in the world.

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Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: Biomedical Sciences
  • Programme: Biofabrication
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2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
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Life Sciences