Master in Medical Engineering


Program Description

New Technolgies and Innovation for Medicine

The master’s degree program is an extension and a deepening of the bachelor’s degree program “Medical Device Technology”. It is, however, suitable for graduates of other technical-scientific courses of studies. It enables students to acquire profound knowledge of medical engineering that is primarily focused on medical device and rehabilitation technology and oriented towards the practical needs of professional and qualified persons.


  • Degree: Dipl.-Ing.
  • Duration: 4 semesters (120 ECTS)
  • Annual intake: 23
  • Mode of studies: Full-time
  • Tuition Language: English

Main focuses of the education

The consecutive master's degree program Medical Engineering trains students to act as engineers with the ability to develop medical and rehabilitation devices in the regulatory framework of European and US-markets.

The curriculum offers

a) basics [11,25 ECTS],

b) four technical modules: electronics, biomechanics, medical device software and materials technology (three of them are chosen by each student [30 ECTS] as well as

c) the modules medical technology: selected subjects [17,5 ECTS],

d) the modules medical systems engineering and project [31,25 ECTS].

Scientific fundamentals are applied in practice within a professional or scientific project. Within the master-thesis [28 ECTS] the students show the ability to work independently on an applied scientific issue. So, the master’s degree program Medical Engineering qualifies students to work as engineers with the ability to develop medical and rehabilitation devices within the regulatory framework of European markets, and the ability to consider FDA regulations. Enhanced education is provided by a project work and a master’s thesis, where students can apply their knowledge and problem-solving abilities in a new or unfamiliar environment. In one part of the final diploma examination the students have to communicate their conclusions, and they show knowledge and rationale underpinning it.

Graduates are able to work as engineers for the development and placement of medical devices, their maintenance or as product managers. They can also function as application specialists, advisors for medical products, in the licensing of medical products, and participate in quality management in project development, project leadership and strategy development on a national or international level. So far they have the ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexity, as well as formulate judgments (with incomplete) or limited information.

Career profiles

Graduates will be able to apply the knowledge they have acquired. The enhancement of their scientifically founded professional knowledge in connection with the engineering skills prepares them for leadership functions in medium-sized and larger projects as well as for a further scientific career, for example for doctoral studies. Medical engineers are employed in development, engineering production, and fields of regulatory affairs for the quality control and in the product management. They also serve as qualified advisors and as experts for technical sales and marketing. Health delivery organizations care system need medical engineers for the acquisition, care, and maintenance of medical products. Further employers are the certification authorities and research facilities.

Possibilities for employment after graduation

Medical technology companies

  • Engineers for the development and planning of medical-technical equipment and facilities
  • Optimization of products
  • National and international product management
  • Sales and marketing
  • Licensing of medical products (Regulatory Affairs)

Health delivery organizations

  • Integration and installation
  • Acquisition, requesting offers and coordination
  • Care and maintenance of medical equipment, bed systems, housing technology

Planning and consultancy offices, certification authorities

  • Specialists for technical safety and quality
  • Planning equipment and facilities
  • Application engineers
  • Consultants

Research and development

  • Projects in biomechanics, haptics, neuroprosthetics, electronic medicine
  • Non-invasive diagnostics, miniaturized devices for therapeutic applications, rehabilitation systems

Entrance requirements

Graduates of technical-scientific bachelor’s or diploma degree programs in engineering with 180 ECTS points or more are entitled to apply. Applicants should prove at least 120 ECTS points in engineering courses of medical engineering/medical device technology. Graduates with degrees in other areas than Medical Engineering have to acquire additional credit hours in Medical Engineering:

  • Bachelor mechatronics up to 15 ECTS
  • Bachelor automation up to 30 ECTS
  • Bachelor physics up to 45 ECTS
  • Bachelor computer science up to 60 ECTS

The acquisition of these additional credits may prolong the duration of studies. To obtain these additional credits the student has to:

  • acquire knowledge through guided self-study
  • write papers/thesis on given topics
  • take oral or written examinations
  • The student will also have a supervisor during the compensatory work
Last updated Jan 2019

About the School

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