Biomedical Engineering

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: German English
Deadline: May 15, 2024
StudyQA ranking:1313 Duration:4 semestrs

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The Biomedical Engineering programme focuses on mathematical, numerical, and software-based solutions to problems in the fields of medical engineering or biomedicine. To achieve this goal, students learn to handle modelling, simulation, computer mathematics and systems theory. Additionally, they acquire proficiency in sensorics and microcontroller programming.
The course can be studied in two specialisations: Medical Engineering and Biomedicine. According to their field of specialisation, students acquire skills in signal and image processing and physiological modelling (for medical engineering) or systems biology and bioinformatics (for biomedicine).
Students who choose Biomedicine learn about systems biology, bioinformatics, data bank systems and statistics, whereas students who choose Medical Engineering take classes in image processing, biosignal analysis, physiological modelling and systems identification. Additionally, students are introduced to the applications, risks and problems presented by medical devices and technical medicine through lectures in the field of artificial organs, membranes and minimally invasive surgery. During the second semester, students get the chance to deepen their knowledge in their field of specialisation in a research project at the HFU or a cooperating company or hospital which prepares them for their thesis work.

Educational organisation

Class sizes are 20 to 30 students, ensuring close interaction between lecturer and student. Contact time (i.e. teaching time) will be approx. 20 hours per week. Students should expect to spend at least a further 20 hours per week on studying, project work and individual preparation. Most class learning will be via interactive dialogue based on reading and preparation.
The lectures are organised according to the international ECTS system.
The lectures in the first semester provide a basis in mathematics and methods. Students will gain experience in modelling and simulation and will learn the most common tools such as Matlab. At the same time, students' awareness of medical problems and biomedical approaches will be sharpened. The first semester includes lab courses and introductory lectures for each specialisation in order to introduce the students to the fields of biomedicine or medical engineering.
The second semester is mainly concerned with special lectures and research-related projects according to the students' fields of specialisation.
The elective subjects can be chosen to provide greater depth of knowledge according to the student's personal interests and to give them the opportunity to attend lectures in other departments and universities. The Management Skills module provides training in soft skills, an important extra which is necessary for a successful career.
The study programme ends with the realisation of a report on a comprehensive scientific project, the Master's thesis.

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Forms of assessment

Performance will be assessed on the basis of written tests as well as project work and oral exams. A written thesis on an academic/scientific topic must be completed.

Course objectives

Graduates will be experts with the necessary interdisciplinary knowledge to take on current and future technological problems at the interface of medicine, patient services, and technology. A profound knowledge of analysis, modelling, simulation and computer-based problem-solving is imparted and social and management skills are emphasised.

Language requirements

A certificate of English language proficiency is not required if the language of instruction and examination during the Bachelor studies was completely in English and if this is confirmed by the respective university. In all other cases we require English language certificates. Accepted are TOEFL (paper-based >520, computer-based >210, internet based >69) or IELTS (>5 points average) or English courses during the university leading to an equivalent level of B2.

Additionally, basic German language skills must be certified by the Goethe Institute or a comparable institution. Minimum language skills for admission is level A1. However, we recommend starting with level A2.

Academic requirements

Above-average Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the following fields:
biomedical or medical engineering, electrical engineering or biotechnology, process or mechanical engineering, informatics, pharmacy, chemistry, medicine, or related fields

Enrolment fees

Enrolment fees are 120 EUR per semester. This includes fees for the student union and for the social and administration offices. This fee will be charged every semester.

Costs of living

A minimum of 650 EUR per month. If you are not a citizen of an EU country, this is the sum you must have at your disposal in order to obtain a student visa.
Living costs include accommodation (200 to 280 EUR per month) and food, clothing, etc. (at least 350 EUR per month).

Job opportunities

Students with a student job at the university can earn up to 450 EUR per month. With good German language skills, it is also possible to find a job outside the university.

Arrival support

If necessary, students can be supported in finding their way to the university or their accommodation.

Services and support for international students

For international students, the International Office arranges a two-week orientation programme with an intensive German language course. Organisational issues are handled by the course coordinator.


Apartments or shared flats close to the campus cost 200 to 280 EUR per month.
The university provides help in finding a room for admitted applicants.
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