Masters

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. A European Union-subsidised mobility programme will financially support these overseas secondments. Upon completion, a double degree can be obtained, both from Utrecht University and the Australian host institution. Are you up for the challenge?

The subsidy from the European Union enabled us to start this programme which makes it possible for students to follow two semesters in Australia with financial support.

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 and going to Australia for courses and a research project in your second year.

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 Autralia
  • 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;
  • and 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. Please note: if you’re from outside the EU, you are not eligible for the double degree mobility subsidy offered by the European Union.

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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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Summary

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
Accreditation:
Accredited by the NVAO
Croho code:
66990
Language of instruction:
English
Part- or full-time status:
Full-time
Duration:
2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
120
Start of studies:
September
Tuition fees:
Statutory fee - fulltime 2017-2018: € 2,006 (NL/EU) (for exceptions see Tuition Fees and Financial Support)
Faculty:
Medicine
Graduate school:
Life Sciences
  • It is great to see that now it’s possible to gain diverse skills, knowledge and international experience in a two-year Master’s programme.
  • Quentin Clément Peiffer, 23, current master's student Biofabrication
    ‘Utrecht is one of few places in the world with real expertise in this technology. We had access to cutting-edge technologies and several projects.’

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