Biomedical Image Sciences

Biomedical Image Sciences (BIS) is an interdisciplinary 2-year Master’s program at the intersection of exact and biomedical sciences, that focuses on biomedical imaging, image processing and medical physics.

The program focuses on biomedical imaging, image processing and medical physics in the broadest sense. This includes image acquisition (how to obtain the best possible image of an organ or tissue of a patient), image analysis (how to extract from the image the information necessary to make a diagnosis or to plan a therapy), and visualization (how to optimally present the image material or the analyses to the medical specialist).

The field of biomedical image sciences is evolving rapidly. Medical diagnosis and treatment are increasingly supported by imaging procedures. The quality of the imaging apparatus has improved vastly over the last few decades. It is now possible to depict organs and tissues in amazing anatomical detail and in dynamic mode, but perhaps even more striking is that all kinds of functional processes in the body can be imaged and monitored. These rapid developments call for methodology to analyze and interpret the content of these images so as to arrive at an optimal diagnosis. In addition, images are increasingly used in patient treatment, not only in planning operations, but also to guide surgical or radiological interventions intra-operatively.

Examples of applications are the automatic determination of the volume of a heart chamber, or the automatic screening of large quantities of lung scans for possible diseases. Other examples include image-guided orthopaedic surgery or the comparison of brain structures of, for instance, psychiatric patients and healthy individuals. In radiotherapy, proper imaging can enhance the accuracy of radiation treatment planning. In addition, the appropriateness of new treatment methods can be predicted by simulation or studied using experimental models.


There are no separate tracks in the master; students are free to choose their own focus within the possibilities of the master. The BIS master’s program does offer several elective courses in the area of clinical physics, such as Radiological Health Physics, Radiotherapy Physics, and Advanced MR Physics. By including these physics courses in the program, students will be excellently prepared for further clinical physics education and research. These courses are pre-eminently suited for students with a BSc degree in physics, electrical engineering, or biomedical technology.

Study components

The study consists of different parts that are depicted in the table. The tutorial year contains four mandatory courses: Medical Image Formation, Image Processing 1, Image Processing 2 and Capita Selecta in Medical Imaging. The additional courses are free of choice, subject to approval.


A Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in an exact or biomedical science, or an equivalent degree, is required to enter the Biomedical Image Sciences Master’s program. Applications from outside Utrecht University or from students in faculties other than exact or biomedical sciences will always be evaluated by the Admissions Committee on an individual basis.

A good knowledge of English is required.

For further questions, contact the Eductional Office MSc Biomedical Image Sciences (

For starting 1 September, the application deadline is April 1st. Dutch students can apply until 1 June but placing is not guaranteed then.
For starting 1 February, the admission deadline is October 15.

Further information

UU website – BIS

Website – BIS