This unique master degree programme focuses on a novel and interdisciplinary scientific domain at the boundaries between physics, chemistry, electronics, and biomedical sciences.
Fifty years ago, shortly after J. Watson and F. Crick successfully solved the structure of DNA using X-ray diffraction, R. Feynman made his visionary statement: “There’s plenty of room at the bottom”, with which he effectively heralded the new era of nanosciences. Since that time, research into “functional” molecules and nanomaterials has developed into one of the most important scientific disciplines of today. This is triggered by the fact that a broad range of nanoscopic techniques has become available to study molecules directly at their own length scale and to understand their complex properties.
The master programme offers a strong foundation in all fundamental scientific aspects and provides, in addition, an in depth introduction into several important application areas. Topics range from integrated detection and characterization techniques for molecules (biosensors) to the nanoscale engineering of implant materials, and the working principles of medical devices like neurochips and pacemakers.
The curriculum of this programme was jointly developed by physicists, chemists, clinical and biomedical researchers, and engineers specialized in medical instrumentation. The programme ensures therefore a broad overview of the domain of bioelectronics and nanotechnology and enables the graduates to develop their individual skills for a successful career in interdisciplinary research- and development environments.
The master programme in bioelectronics and nanotechnology follows a research-oriented, interdisciplinary approach and attracts students with a medical or biological background as well as students from physics-, chemistry-, and engineering disciplines. Personalized study tracks are adapted to the prior education and scientific interests of each student. Moreover, the teaching staff is in close contact with all students on a daily bases.
Teaching Staff and Study Material
The educational team has an international and multidisciplinary character and consists of professors, senior scientists and PhD students of both Hasselt University and Maastricht University, complemented by experts from companies and independent research institutions.
In view of the international profile of this degree programme, English language syllabi and textbooks are being used throughout. The courses are based on lectures, exercises, labs, and ‘guided self study assignments’ with recent publications in leading scientific journals (journal clubs). Also, there are visits to companies and our students participate in workshops and conferences. During the thesis research, students can rely on an excellent experimental infrastructure, technical support, and scientific interaction at an outstanding level.