Medical Delta courses fill the lecture halls

Thursday, September 5, 2019

At the start of the academic year, it appears that the Bachelor’s programs in Clinical Technology, Life Sciences & Technology, Molecular Science & Technology and Nanobiology are popular with students. Many students have applied for the programs, which were created within Medical Delta. They can be seen as ‘typical Medical Delta’ as the programs were set up through interdisciplinary collaboration and combine various scientific courses.

In the new academic year, a maximum of one hundred students are accepted on the Nanobiology course, a joint degree from TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Just as many students applied for the Clinical Technology program at TU Delft, Leiden University (LUMC) and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Life Sciences & Technology, a course run by Leiden University and TU Delft, has had approximately 180 registrations, as has the Molecular Science & Technology course at Leiden University and TU Delft.

First Technical Medicine graduates expected next year

More than fifty students have started the first year of the Master's degree in Technical Medicine, run by TU Delft, Leiden University, Erasmus University and EMC and LUMC. More than thirty students have started internships in their second year of the course. During these internships, the students work on a short technical-medical investigation, which gives them an opportunity to become proficient in the entire treatment process. The first fifteen Technical Medicine students started their final year; the first graduates are expected in August 2020.

Content of Bachelor’s programs

The Clinical Technology course is designed to train a new kind of medical professional: someone with medical and technical knowledge, who bridges the gap between technology and patient. As of this year, technical medical specialists will also receive full BIG registration.

In Life Sciences & Technology, the fields of mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology are combined to study the living cell. Students learn to understand how the cell is structured and how processes that take place inside the cell lead to health or illness, for example. This approach also supports the development of applications that influence cell function.

Molecular Science & Technology is the only program in The Netherlands that combines chemistry and chemical technology. Students learn to unravel the structures and properties of molecules and understand the fundamental, industrial and social facets of chemistry.

The Nanobiology course features the development of methods and techniques for detecting heart failure before it causes disease, or a microscope that enables the better analysis of crucial molecules in living cells. It bridges mathematics, physics, nanophysics, biology and medical research. Enrollment on the Master’s course is currently at about forty students – and growing.

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