Why study Medical Engineering?

  • Interdisciplinary degree programme with innovative specializations in "Operating theatre engineering/Cardiovascular engineering" and "Biomedical Technologies"
  • The engineer at the interface between medicine and technology with excellent career perspectives
  • Technical medicine with further electives and specializations, e.g. biomechanics, emergency medicine, organ support systems, imaging methods
  • Research and projects cooperation with hospitals and industry
  • International student and teaching exchange
  • Centre for applied simulation (ZAS) for training and research
  • Accredited training centre for cardiotechnology of the European Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (EBCP)

Practice- and patient-focused, application-oriented and international

During the foundation level studies in the first and second semesters students take subjects from medicine, engineering and the natural sciences, such as anatomy, physiology, clinical chemistry, computer science, physics, electrical engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering and design, so that they are prepared for subject-specific medical engineering.

Advanced level studies are taken over five semesters and include a practical study semester. They combine traditional engineering content with workplace-relevant projects from hospitals and industry and a wide range of specializations and electives.

The "Biomedical Engineering" and "Operating Theatre Engineering/Cardiovascular Engineering" specializations in the advanced level studies focus either on the development of new medical engineering devices and processes of monitoring, therapy and diagnosis, or on heart-lung machines and organ-support systems.

Electives and further specializations, e.g. in the areas of biomechanics, intelligent implants, monitoring systems, or app-based applications are also offered.

The Medical Engineering programme is an accredited cardiovascular engineering training centre for the European Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (EBCP).

Biomedical Engineering specialization

Details of programme (I407-1)

The development of innovative processes and equipment for medical supervision, therapy and diagnosis requires deeper knowledge of the engineering of medical devices and systems. Students are given in-depth instruction in special lectures, practicals and in the University's own research projects.

Module descriptions for Biomedical Engineering specialization

Operating theatre/cardiovascular engineering specialization

Details of programme (I408-1)

This specialization in the field of technical medicine sets the standard in a completely new career field. In the hospital, engineers are the link between doctors and technology. They are involved in patient care and the use and configuration of complex systems. To be qualified to do so, in-depth medical knowledge of the heart-lung machine and organ-support systems is taught. The focus of this specialization is on technical understanding of operation devices and systems such as the heart-lung machine, and additional medical know-how is taught to provide the necessary qualification. In addition students have the opportunity to obtain the additional qualification of the European Certificate of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ECCP) from the European Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion EBCP during their studies. This programme is one of the few accredited training centres in Europe.

Module descriptions for Operating theatre / Cardiovascular engineering specialization

Module catalogues

The following are the module catalogues for the Study and Examination Regulations (SPO) versions 11 und 12.

Module catalogue SPO 11

Module catalogue SPO 12

The individual module descriptions for the current SPO version 12 can be found below:

Learning outcomes

Programme objectives

Details of programme (I5203-1)

Key technologies such as minimal invasive techniques in surgery, cardiovascular perfusion, organ-support systems, imaging processes, computer-aided communication technology and app-based applications offer innovative fields of work in medical engineering. Medical engineering is a technology of the future and is the sector has the greatest potential for growth. The aim of the Medical Engineering degree programme is to train engineers to work at the interface of medicine, patient and technology.

Learning outcomes - subject knowledge and skills

  • Fundamentals of engineering, medicine and natural sciences
  • Understanding of interdisciplinary aspects of medical engineering
  • Understanding of the specific challenges at the interface between engineering and biological systems
  • In-depth knowledge of typical devices and processes in medical engineering
  • In-depth knowledge of quality management in medical engineering and medical product approvals

Learning outcomes - transferable skills

  • Oral and written medical engineering communication skills
  • Proficiency in English
  • Ability to work independently
  • Teamworking in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Project-oriented working methods and project execution
  • Knowledge of academic principles and practice
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to plan personal career
  • Qualification to take higher academic degree

Learning outcomes - employability skills

  • Development of medical devices, implants and technical aids for diagnostics and therapy
  • Operation and maintenance of medical technology devices and systems in hospitals
  • Operation and setting up of heart-lung machines, artificial heart systems, heart pacemakers and other medical support systems
  • Intermediary at the interface between medicine and technology in industrial research and development
  • Support in the medical product approval process for various products and markets
  • Product management and technical specialization in medical outside sales