Medical and Life Sciences (I26698)

Medical and Life Sciences

The Faculty offers interesting study programmes in high-tech fields such as biological sciences, medical diagnostics and molecular biomedicine.

Biotechnology, process engineering, medicine and medical engineering play an important part in increasing quality of life, maintaining health and in meeting the growing demands of an aging society.

Since 1988 the Schwenningen Campus of HFU has been internationally recognized as a centre for medical and biotechnology research and teaching with growing expertise in these fields. Our students have ideal study conditions with experienced teaching staff, and modern labs and lecture rooms. Our study programmes meet the growing need for academically trained specialists in the fields of biotechnology and the environment, as well as in the diagnosis, therapy and prevention of human disease. HFU students on the Schwenningen Campus can take advantage of this range of possibilities to customize their degree programme to meet their own personal interests. In addition Schwenningen is a relatively inexpensive place to live which offers attractive recreational possibilities thanks to the excellent infrastructure.

FAQs - Studying at the Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences

When will the lecture timetable be published?

The course schedule (timetable) is expected to be released to students one week before the start of lectures.

Information about the lecture timetable

Link: External link opens in a new window:Timetable

Please note that changes may still occur for individual events thereafter. Please check back from time to time.

All events are booked here. Details, including how to access the courses that may be held online, can be found in the corresponding FELIX courses.

Will practicals take place?

To find out details about the internships relevant to you, please enroll in the respective FELIX courses and refer to the schedule. If you have any questions, please contact the respective internship supervisor.

For first semester students: What will my first week at HFU be like?

During the first week, many introductory and informationl events will take place. For more details, please refer to the schedule for the first week.

Mandatory events are the two safety briefings. Without these, you will not be able to participate in internships.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the contact persons under "Where can I get more information about the study programme".

For first semester students: What do I have to be aware of (e.g. FELIX)?
  • Unfortunately, there will be no face-to-face welcome and no orientation events. We are currently working on videos where you can still get to know us a bit and which will give you important information. See also FELIX courses: ANB / BPT: Aktuelle Infos für ANB & BPT Studierende; MTZ / Informationen für Erstsemester;
  • You will already have received your access codes for the HFU online services from Student Services by post or email. With these you can register on our central learning platform FELIX (
  • You will find your degree programme and the relevant semester (e.g. MTZ 1 for the first semester, MTZ 2 for the second semester, etc.) over Kurse / Katalog / Fakultät MLS  in FELIX.  Normally you will have to register ("einschreiben") for the courses to gain access to the content. For some courses you will be given a password by the lecturer.
  • To find out what courses you have to take, check the Study and Examination Regulations (SPO) of your degree programme (MLS/ Studiengänge / ... / Details zum Studiengang / SPO (select the current version)
For first semester students: Will language courses take place? If so, how can I register for them?

Further details on the School of Languages and Cultures can be found Download file:here.

Online lectures: What is alfaview and how do I use it?

Alfaview is a kind of virtual lecture room. Via the timetable and your FELIX courses you will be informed if and how Alfaview lectures will be used.
These will then take place live, at the lecture blocks indicated in the timetable. This can be either regularly or only on special dates. You will receive information about this from the lecturers.

Information on how to set up Alfaview and how to participate in online courses can be found here.

More information about other online-premise services, like big blue button and others, can be found here.

Where can I get further information on my study programme? Can I get advice on the current semester?

Contact persons for questions regarding your study programme are the study programme coordinators below:

Applied Biology (ANB) / Bio and Process Technology (BPT):

Henrike Seidinger: telephone hours: Tuesday 10.00am - 12.00 noon, and by email

Tanja Paatsch: telephone hours: Thursday 10.00am - 12.00 noon, and by email

Further information can be found on the „Aktuelle Infos für ANB&BPT Studierende“ FELIX course

Molecular and Technical Medicine (MTZ): Birgit Fritz: telephone hours: Tuesday to Thursday 10.00 - 11.00am, and by email

Technical Physician (TP):Karin Lachner

Precision Medicine Diagnostics (PMD): Prof. Matthias Kohl: by email and by appointment

Sustainable Bioprocess Technology (NBT):Ursula Eschenhagen

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