Medical Engineering — Medical Image and Data Processing

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Jul 15, 2025
StudyQA ranking:5166 Duration:2 years

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Medical technology is one of the main focuses at Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU). About 50 professors and university lecturers are working in this sector. Many chairs at FAU, especially the Schools of Engineering, Science, Medicine and Economics deal with research questions about healthcare engineering, such as medical imaging and image processing (CT, PET, SPECT, US, OCT), molecular and translational medicine, computational medicine, medical and biological computer sciences, medical physics engineering, medical biotechnologies and biomaterials, medical process and health management.
The Master's degree "Medical Engineering - Branch of Study: Medical Image and Data Processing" is a technical and research-driven programme with a specialised focus on computer science for medical needs. It teaches systematic and instrumental methods to students and imparts professional and methodological skills. The interdisciplinary study content leads to a high qualification in the career field of medical image and data processing.
Methods for software systems in medical engineering are acquired, ranging from basic algorithms for image improvement, image reconstruction and image registration to computer-aided diagnostic support and hospital information systems.

Educational organisation

Besides compulsory and elective modules, the Master's degree programme is made up of courses for personal competence build-up and the Master's thesis. Course types vary from lectures and lab courses to seminars. Additionally, a research laboratory module is integrated into the curriculum, which is carried out at a chair of the School of Engineering and provides students with scientific working skills.
Within the compulsory module groups as listed below, students may decide on several course propositions according to their personal interests and future professional needs.
  • medical specialisation modules (10 credits)
  • engineering core modules (20 credits)
  • medical engineering core modules (20 credits)
  • medical engineering core skills (10 credits)
  • medical engineering specialisation modules (10 credits)
  • medical engineering practical skills (10 credits)
  • flexible budget (10 credits)
The Master's thesis (30 credits) is carried out with the support of a technical as well as a medical supervisor.

Forms of assessment

Exam types range from written and oral examinations to presentations, written assignments, and ungraded coursework.

Language requirements

Applicants must provide proof of their English skills by means of, e.g.:
  • Internet-based TOEFL score of at least 95
  • paper-based TOEFL score of at least 570
  • computer-based TOEFL score of at least 230
  • IELTS Score of min. 7.0
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
  • UNIcert III
A first degree with English as the language of instruction will not be accepted as proof.

Academic requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in medical engineering, computer science, or a related technical subject; students with a non-technical background (medicine, biochemistry, nursing etc.) are not eligible.
  • advanced knowledge in the fields of mathematics, computer science, and electrical engineering
  • programming skills in C/C++ and Java
Each application will be checked individually by the entrance qualification board for medical engineering.
A first self-assessment can be carried out on the programme website.

Enrolment fees

The contribution to student services currently amounts to 42 EUR per semester. An additional charge of 65 EUR per semester covers the mandatory basic "semester ticket", a transit pass that provides students with unlimited access to public transport in the metropolitan region of Nuremberg from 7pm to 6am on weekdays and at all times at weekends. (For an additional optional charge, the validity of the pass can be extended to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.)

Costs of living

The cost of living can only be approximated very generally, as the needs and living conditions of every student are different.
Rent: 250-600 EUR per month
Health insurance, doctor, medicine: approximately 70 EUR per month
Food: approximately 165 EUR per month
Study materials: approximately 30 EUR per month (depending on the subject)
Transport: minimum 65 EUR per semester
Student services: 42 EUR per semester
For more information, see:
General information on the average cost of living in Germany is available online:

Funding opportunities within the university

The Central Office for International Affairs offers scholarships from Bavarian state funding to allow highly qualified international students in Master's, German Diploma ("Diplom"), and State Exam degree courses to complete their degrees.

Arrival support

In the last week before the beginning of the lecture period (beginning of October/April), an introductory meeting is held in which students receive information about living in Erlangen, creating their class schedule, contacting FAU staff, using FAU software, and more. Individual help concerning the study programme is always available at the study programme adviser's office.

Services and support for international students

The Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) will provide you with detailed information on all important topics relating to your studies (study courses, subject combinations, application requirements, support with organising your study programme and complying with all assessment/examination requirements) and on settling in at the beginning of the semester (coping with particular difficulties, changing subjects or suspending studies). For more information, see
The Career Service of FAU will provide you with information on career opportunities and the specifics of an application procedure in Germany. For information, see:
The Student Service Centres (SSC) and student advisers in the faculties will provide you with further advice on your particular course of study. Programme coordinators organise subject-related orientation events and guide you through the entire study period.
The Central Office for International Affairs (RIA) will provide you with detailed information on accommodation, visa issues, and scholarship possibilities. In cooperation with the IBZ, it also organises information events and general orientation courses for first-semester-students.
The Alumni network provides students with many topics and events for professional advancement. See:


Erlangen and Nuremberg are attractive cities with a historic flair and modern infrastructure. Therefore, the housing market is quite tight. FAU will do its best to assist new students in finding accommodation.
Student halls in Erlangen and Nuremberg can only provide accommodation for a small number of students. Another option is the private housing market. If you extend your search to neighbouring towns, such as Fürth and Forchheim, your choice of accommodation is much larger and rents are lower, while the well-developed local public transport system ensures that you're never far away from the university. In addition, there is the option to sublet a room, or you can share a flat with other students. This option not only saves you money but also helps you settle in quickly and make friends in your new home. You can find information to help with your housing search on specialised websites and the university's notice boards.
Detailed information on finding accommodation is available at
If you need further assistance, you can also turn to the Accommodation Service of the Central Office for International Affairs (RIA). E-mail:
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