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.

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.

Upon completion, a double degree can be obtained, both from Utrecht University and the Australian host institution. Biofabrication is part of the Master’s programmes in Biomedical Sciences of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

Our Master's programme content will instruct you to:

  1. understand and apply knowledge of biofabrication, encompassing 3D printing techniques, biomaterial science and tissue engineering;
  2. design, plan, conduct, and communicate scientific research;
  3. write a compelling research proposal;
  4. critically evaluate literature and presentations;
  5. function effectively in multidisciplinary, international groups.

It is very important to plan your entire programme in time. Plan your research projects, writing assignment and courses in close consultation with your programme coordinator. You can use the GSLS planning form. Please note that the components listed below are not in strict order - you are free to make your own programme, except for the courses Introducing Life Sciences and Introduction to Biofabrication, which will be taught once a year.

Year 1 - Utrecht

  • Life Sciences Academy (1.5 EC)
  • Introduction to Biofabrication - 10 weeks (15 EC)
  • Minor research project - 6 months (33 EC)
  • Writing assignment - 5 weeks (7.5 EC)
  • Electives - 2 weeks (3 EC)

Year 2 - Australia

  • Major Research Project - 9 months (51 EC)
  • Electives - 6 weeks (9 EC)  

It is very important to plan your entire programme in time. Plan your research projects, writing assignment and courses in close consultation with your programme coordinator.  You can use the GSLS planning form. Please note that the components listed below are not in strict order - you are free to make your own programme.

Year 1 - Australia

  • Courses
  • Research project
  • Electives
  • Other parts will be announced

Year 2 - the Netherlands

  • Major Research project - 9 months
  • Electives - 6 weeks