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Education

Education is all about helping students learn in a way that matches our research focus and encourages new ideas. We study four main areas that cover a person’s whole life, from staying healthy to getting better when sick. In the programs of our partners, students learn about things we’re good at in the North, like (molecular) imaging, artificial intelligence, big (health) data, robotics, and material technology. But it’s not just about learning facts, because we want students to pick up practical skills like starting their own projects and thinking creatively. We want them to be ready to solve real problems and make a positive impact on society, following the important health areas set by MedTech NL. To make sure students are well-prepared, we work closely with our partners to provide not just knowledge but also the skills for innovation and making a difference.

Educational programmes

HTRIC collaborates with educational programs in health science and technology at the University of Groningen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, and NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences. Additionally, we are actively engaged in providing internships for students of Technical Medicine at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). Here is an overview of the current bachelor and master programs in partnership with these institutions.

Would you like to improve healthcare by developing and applying new technologies? To decrease the number of patients through preventive technology? Or to find safer solutions to treat patients?

MSc Biomedical Engineering offers you the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge on a broad-range of topics within the field of medical device (design) and state-of-the-art health technology.

Can we generate new organs from cells? How do biological molecules such as proteins and DNA work? Do you wonder to what extent it is possible to produce better medicine, enzymes or food using biotechnology?

What causes disease? What are the (epi)genetic background of disorders? How do microorganisms in the intestine contribute to health and disease? What are the underlying mechanisms.

How do you recognise talent in athletes? Can you still learn to walk after being paralyzed? What happens in the brain when you are cutting tomatoes? Can children learn better while they move? 

How does the nervous system control voluntary movement? What are the benefits of exercise? And are these things the same for all people? Find out in this programme.

How can you identify the top athletes of the future? How do you optimise athletic performance and prevent injuries? What influence does physical activity have on a child’s development? How do people use vision to control their actions?

Become the innovation specialist in the field of healthcare and welfare. If you’re interested in creating a virtual reality environment that assists patients with chronic pain, then the Master’s program in Health Innovation is perfect for you. Engage practically in healthcare innovation, covering topics such as design thinking, eHealth, and social technology. Explore real-life cases from clients in the healthcare and welfare sector, all while experiencing a variety of instructional formats.

The Master’s program in Healthy Ageing Professional is designed to mold you into an ambitious change agent as a professional. In this role, you engage in repositioning and organizing health in the evolving society. Active participation in this society, deriving positive value from it, takes center stage. As a Healthy Ageing Professional, your focus extends to the health of individuals of all ages, beginning where people live, work, and engage in leisure activities. The emphasis lies in adopting a broad definition of health, centered on harnessing one’s own capacity and resilience.

Are you good at handling lots of data? Would you like to learn more programming techniques and apply them to bridge the gap between computer science and life sciences? After this master, you will possess the skills you need to facilitate and initiate innovations for life sciences, such as programming machine learning applications and managing data storage.

The challenges in society are becoming increasingly complex, including issues like resource scarcity, food transition, wealth distribution, and (positive) health. There is no ready-made solution for these “wicked problems” (networked problems). These issues require a different approach and demand a new method of addressing them. Do you want to become an expert in tackling these complex societal challenges? Do you wish to design sustainable interventions in collaboration with other disciplines? Then, the master’s program in Design Driven Innovation is the ideal complement to your bachelor’s degree. In just one year, you’ll learn the design-driven and human-centric approach necessary to contribute to a sustainable future.

Serious Gaming is a powerful approach that can contribute to innovation in a variety of challenges. The essence of this approach, as we see it, lies in creating an abstraction of reality where people can interact with each other (and technology) in a psychologically safe manner to experiment with new behaviors, learn, change, and innovate.

Biotechnology helps tackle global challenges like food shortages, clean energy, and health crises. In the Biotechnology program, you’ll learn to use biology and engineering for sustainable solutions, from better crops to eco-friendly fuels. Interested in making a positive impact by understanding and manipulating living organisms? Biotechnology is for you! Despite the technical name, it involves teamwork in labs, creating medicines, studying diseases, and improving crops. It’s about solving real-world problems, from viruses to genetic modifications, in a way that benefits people and the planet.

In the Biology and Medical Laboratory Research program, you will explore living cells, biochemical processes in humans, animals, and plants. The focus includes statistics and cutting-edge equipment. Practical experience is key, starting with subjects like cell biology, microbiology, and toxicology in the first year. Collaborate with peers on engaging projects related to water, microbiology, medication & toxicology, and the biobased economy. Year two delves deeper into molecular biology with numerous hands-on labs. In the third year, choose a minor like Sustainable Polymers, offering research opportunities in fermentation techniques. The fourth year includes a six-month internship to apply your skills in real-world settings, followed by a graduation project. You also have the option to pursue your minor, internship, or graduation abroad if you wish.

Health Management equips you with the knowledge and skills to lead in healthcare, addressing questions such as how to navigate new developments, organize healthcare for future accessibility, collaborate on innovative solutions, and strategically deploy technology. With a focus on prevention, e-health, and the challenges posed by an aging population, Health Management is about identifying areas for improvement, inspiring others, and being entrepreneurial. In this program, you’ll learn how to stimulate and implement health innovations, maintain engagement, collaborate with professionals and organizations, and navigate the dynamic landscape of health and well-being.

During the Master’s in Digital Technology, you will learn how to organize and manage the design and development process of digital technology. Digital technology is developed with a specific purpose, such as behavior change and value creation. We train you to critically assess the impact and purpose of digital technology development. In addition to gaining relevant knowledge and skills, teamwork and personal development are central to the program.

Does a career at the cutting edge of science appeal to you? Would you like to broaden your experience in a diverse range of Biotechnology and laboratory techniques? Here’s your chance! The minor Biotechnology gives you insight into a quickly evolving research area, which offers many chances for innovative research. This programme is also available as an exchange semester. Rules for admission can be found here.

The university Minor More Healthy Years offers students a multidisciplinary introduction to contemporary issues in the field of public health. Students will learn about the public health challenges our society faces, public health systems, stakeholders and the different angles for intervention. The focus is on project-based learning. Students will learn to work interdisciplinary on real-world problems, derived from a number of healthcare organisations. Design thinking will be used as a systematic method to arrive at solutions that meet the needs of the people involved. The skills learned during this minor will be highly beneficial for the student’s future careers.


In the minor Health Innovation, the development and application of innovative solutions and services in the field of Care & Welfare are central, approached in a multidisciplinary manner. Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) “Good Health and Well-being,” this minor focuses on addressing real-world practical issues. The emphasis is on creating solutions applicable to the specific context at hand. By utilizing the design thinking method, you explore the desires and needs of clients or professionals and how to align them with the development of innovative solutions. This process involves fostering creativity, daring to think differently, and engaging in experimentation.

Following this course students will enrich their portfolio with the expertise of independent design and execution of molecular cloning experiments, big data interpretation and reporting. Knowledge and skills obtained during this course can improve the student’s chances during job interviews, especially when requests are focused on working in the research group as biotechnology analysts.

De Beroepshavo Marketing & Techniek is een niveau 4-opleiding waarbij je de keuze hebt om ook enkele havo-vakken te volgen. Met de Beroepshavo Marketing & Techniek ben je goed voorbereid op een vervolgstudie aan het hbo. Je bent een belangrijke schakel tussen mens, markt en techniek. Het creatieve ontwerpproces, projectbegeleiding en commerciële activiteiten staan centraal in deze opleiding. Je gaat op zoek naar oplossingen voor problemen, potentie in de markt, geeft advies, gaat interacties aan met de klant en kan -Innovatieve- projecten begeleiden. Je leert kennis en vaardigheden die passen bij de medewerker van de toekomst! 

The ExtraCurricular Course on Entrepreneurship (ECCE) is your first introduction to entrepreneurship. In this hands on course, you will receive a short introduction to the weekly topic, after which you will work in teams with fellow entrepreneurial students from all faculties to put your new entrepreneurial skills in practice. Every evening ends with a guest speaker, sharing their real life experiences.

Whether you want to find out if entrepreneurship is for you, or you are looking to develop your ideas and perhaps even find future team members – there are plenty of opportunities for everyone.

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