Biomedical Engineering

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 2.18 k / Semester(s) Deadline: Apr 15, 2024
42 place StudyQA ranking:1724 Duration:2 years

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The Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary programme open to graduates of physics, computer science, medical technology, biomedical engineering, and mathematics. A firm background in physics, computer science, and mathematics (at least six ECTS credits for each topic) is expected. The Master's programme in Biomedical Engineering emphasises research and offers the option of working in the field of medical physics and/or biomedical engineering with a strong orientation towards computer science. It meets the demand for specialists who not only have knowledge of technical devices and their usage but also have the potential to address the ever-increasing demand for programming abilities, which are likely to dominate technical solutions in medicine in the future. Graduates of this Master's programme are well equipped for various positions in industry and in research.

Educational organisation

All taught courses and laboratory rotations are covered in the first three semesters. Students gain fundamental knowledge in anatomy, physiology, genetics, biophysics and engineering mathematics through mandatory introductory courses in their first study semester. These courses are the basis for advanced courses in radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, medical imaging as well as computational medical physics. These advanced courses can be selected according to students' interests. Students deepen their knowledge in the second and third semesters through practical laboratory rotations and further advanced lectures in image analysis, scientific visualisation, bioinformatics, and computer science-related fields in biomedical engineering. The final semester is reserved for the Master's thesis and a final examination on the overall content of the programme.

Study abroad unit(s)

Students have the option to enrol in the joint degree programme with our cooperating partner. Additionally, excellent students may be offered the option of undertaking their Master's thesis abroad at one of our cooperating partner institutions.

Forms of assessment

Most taught courses are evaluated through written or oral examinations. In some courses, students are examined by means of group or individual projects. The laboratory rotations are evaluated by written reports and oral presentations. The programme is concluded by a final defence of the thesis as well as an oral exam on the overall contents of the programme.

Course objectives

Graduates have career prospects in the health/life science industry, e.g., in hospitals, research organisations, and industry (e.g., producers of biomedical instruments/imaging systems, healthcare-oriented software, pharmaceutical industry).

Language requirements

Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency. A minimum IELTS band 6.5 or equivalent TOEFL score is required. Exemption from this requirement may be granted to applicants who have completed their higher education in English (written proof is required).

Academic requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent (minimum 180 ECTS) in physics, computer science, medical technology, biomedical engineering, or mathematics. A strong basis of knowledge in physics, computer science, and mathematics is an essential prerequisite (minimum of 6 ECTS credits each).

Enrolment fees

Enrolment fee: approx. 150 EUR per semester
Semester ticket: approx. 150 EUR per semester

Costs of living

Approx. 650-750 EUR per month to cover personal expenses

Job opportunities

Students are permitted by law to work during their studies. However, we discourage students from working, as the study workload is very intense and students typically find it difficult to combine studies with work. A job may lead to poor study performance.

Services and support for international students

The Student Association of the Medical Faculty Mannheim at Heidelberg University provides information and support regarding arrival, living in Mannheim, orientation on campus, etc. For more information, please e-mail:


Accommodation is available through student services at the University of Mannheim and Heidelberg University, or in privately owned hostels. The monthly rent for a single room in a student residence is between 250 and 400 EUR.
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