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Career pathways for graduates of the programme

Career prospects: where can I work after graduation?

Career perspectives (I145-1)

The career prospects for graduates are regarded as excellent. In addition, demographic changes and advances in medicine will make a change in the way of thinking in healthcare unavoidable and offer opportunities for new areas of employment. The broad-based curriculum of the course means that there are many areas within the healthcare system where you can use your degree and job prospects are very good.

Many graduates have given very positive feedback. It shows that many continue on to do a master's programme and/or start a career in an attractive field of work such as in the pharmaceutical industry, in R&D or in diagnostics in hospitals.

Job sectors

Business and industry, research and development
  • Fundamental research, applied research
  • Quality management quality assurance
  • GMP management
  • Product development / Product management
  • Development of testing procedures and studies
Laboratories, research and development
  •  Fundamental research (e.g. molecular diagnostics, investigations into pathomechanisms and genetic defects among many other areas), PhD
  •  Development and execution of scientific and general evaluations
  •  Development, design and setting up of laboratory facilities
Clinics and medical service centres
  • Collaboration in diagnostics using imaging processes
  • Quality management, hygiene
  • Medical engineering, laboratory technology, environmental protection, environmental medicine
  • Cardiovascular technology (with relevant specialisation)
  • Collaboration in the design and execution of clinical studies
Government agencies in the fields of safety, environment and hygiene
  • Quality management
  • Hygiene management
  • Infection protection
  • Epidemiology

Careers of former students

We are delighted when students stay in touch with us and allow us to show you the career paths they have taken.

Julia Grüter (Novartis, Basel)

Bachelor's degree in "Molecular and Technical Medicine".

After graduation, worked in the field of cell culture in a lab near Basel.

Joined Novartis in Basel in 2015 working in the area of cell bank production.

Minas Salib (University of Oxford)

Minas Salib is currently a PhD/DPhil student in the field of "Neurosciences" at the University of Oxford. He received an MRC Research Scholarship during his doctorate and a Senior Hulme Scholarship from Brasenose College, University of Oxford.

Besides his research, he is a co-founder of a non-profit organisation (Science Innovation Union) and works as a Health Care Analyst for various consulting agents in the healthcare sector.

Academic career:

Bachelor's degree in Molecular and Technical Medicine  at Furtwangen University (one of the first graduates). Internship at DKFZ (German Cancer Research Centre), Heidelberg, and semester abroad at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. Bachelor's thesis at Zentrum für Integrative Neurowissenschaften and Hertie Institut für Klinische Gehirnforschung, Tübingen.

Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Neurosciences at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. He carried out his master's thesis at the University of Oxford.

Since 2015 PhD/DPhil student in the work group of Prof. Somogyi at the University of Oxford.

Thesis topic: “Rerelationship of medial septal neurons in influencing behaviour dependent network oscillation by using in-vivo electrophysiological recordings and juxtacellular labelling of single neurons in the medial septum and the local field potential in the hippocampal formation”

Graduate (Pharma company)

Bachelor's degree in Molecular and Technical Medicine. Internship semester in Portsmouth/ England (Cellular and molecular neuro-oncology). Bachelor's thesis at the University Hospital Heidelberg in the field of "Experimental neuro-surgery".

Master's degree in Biotechnology - Biomedical Science and Technology at the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences.

After graduation he worked as a technical assistant in the Potency Assay Skill Center of a pharmaceutical firm working on the development and execution of cell-based potency assays for bio-pharmaceuticals in the area of CMB (Customer Manufacturing Business).

Promotion to "Analytical Scientist (Expert)" in Potency Assay Skill Center of a pharmaceutical firm working on the development and execution of cell-based potency assays for  NBEs (New Biological Entities).

"I enjoyed my time at university in Schwenningen."

Julia Küsel (University Hospital Freiburg, Institute for Human Genetics)

Bachelor's degree in Molecular and Technical Medicine. Internship and bachelor's thesis  (Establishment of molecular-genetic Investigation Methods using the Example of Genodermatosis Patients) at Institute for Human Genetics at the University Hospital.

After completing her thesis she has worked since 2014 in the field of molecular genetics at the Institute. The work of the Institute is the diagnosis of various inherited diseases, including genodermatosis, inherited tumour predisposition syndrome and metabolic diseases, e.g. cystic fibrosis, connective tissue diseases.

Main areas of responsibility were at first labwork (DNA extraction, Sanger sequencing, MLPA, qPCR, NGS) and the establishment of a quality management systems based on the guidelines of the German Medical Association and the ISO DIN EN 15189. In addition she worked in the Research Division of the Institute (Research focus: cornification disorders / ichthyosis / sequencing of large-scale cohorts).

Institute for Human Genetics is also a Centre for the Research and Diagnostics of Genodermatosis Patients. Under medical supervision, Julia Küsel was Head of Diagnostics (coordination of tasks, analysis, diagnosis). She was also at times acting Head of the Molecular Genetics Department. Today she is the Deputy Head of the Department and the contact person in various genodermatosis cases.

Dorina Zöphel (University Medicine Greifswald)

Bachelor's degree in Molecular and Technical Medicine. Graduated August 2015. Internship semester at Institute for Tropical Medicine in Tübingen, working on "Establishment of drug assays for Schistosomula".

Bachelor's thesis in Haematology/Oncology Department of the University Hospital Freiburg, with the title: "Optimization and Validation of NGS-based Detection and Quantification of tumour-specific Mutations in circulating Tumour-DNA in Patients with gastroinstestinal Stromatumours."

Between the bachelor's and master's degrees: internship in the Cancer Society Research Centre in Auckland /New Zealand.

Master's degree in Human and Molecular Biology at the University of Saarland. Master's thesis in Haematology/Oncology Department of the University Medical Centre Greifswald, with title: "BCL11B-specific Protein Knockdown due to Ubiquitin-mediated Degradation."

Since 2018 doctoral student in Haematology/Oncology Department of the University Medical Centre Greifswald.


Saskia Brendle (University of Tübingen)

Bachelor's degree in "Molecular and Technical Medicine" at Furtwangen University (graduated 2019)

Internship semester during degree at Victoria University in Melbourne in the Institute for Health and Sports.

Bachelor's thesis at the Institute for Accident Surgery Research and Biomechanics at Ulm University in the field of Biomechanics of the Spinal Column.

After graduation: Master's degree in "Biomedical Technologies" atthe University of Tübingen.

Annick Boundeu

Annick Boundeu did her internship semester at the Gynaecology and Obstetrics Clinic at MHH (Medizinische Hochschule Hannover) in the Molecular Gynaecology Lab.

"I was involved in several projects and was able to gain insigths into diagnostics and lab analyses in the topic of breast cancer. The internship semester convinced me that this degree is the right one for me."

Nathalie Torka (Vetter Pharma-Fertigung GmbH & Co. KG)

Bachelor's degree in "Molecular and Technical Medicine" at HFU (2014 - 2018)

During her degree, Nathalie spent her internship semester at Vetter Pharma working in the field of aseptic production of parenteralia. She also carried out her thesis work at Vetter Pharma working on the topic of "User-centered Innovation" in the field of Innovation Management.

After graduation she joined Vetter Pharma as a full-time employee in the area of "Quality Assurance IPC/VI Systems".

"The broad-based structure of the MTZ programme, from medical technology to statistics, helps me a lot in my job! I have fond memories of the knowledgable and supportive teaching staff at HFU."

Miriam Kretschmer ( PhD student, ETH Zürich)

Bachelor's degree in Molecular and Technical Medicine (2014 - 2018)

Internship semester in Quality Control Lab of Yasenka, a pharmaceutical company in Vukovar, Croatia.

The Bachelor's thesis was written at HFU on the topic of "Evoked Potentials and their Influence on the emotional Reaction". Miriam Kretschmer was also a member of the Student Council of the Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences during her whole time as a student at HFU.

Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences (begun autumn 2018) - Track Molecular Neurosciences at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Two 6-month interships were carried out during her master's degree, the first at Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences at the University of Amsterdam on Bcl2 factors and their interactions in the midbrain of the mouse. The second was carried out at the Institute for Neuroscience at ETH Zürich on a Crispr/Cas9-mediated gene knockout in synaptogenesis in human-induced stem cells.

In autumn 2020 she began her PhD in Neuroscience at the Institute for Neuroscience at ETH Zürich.


Maria Ketesidou (Regional Council, Radiation Department)

Maria Ketesidou took a Bachelor's degree in Molecular and Technical Medicine from 2013 to 2016. Her internship semester was spent in the central lab of the Olga Hospital in Stuttgart, where she was able to increase her knowledge of PCR techniques and other lab methods.

She carried out her bachelor's thesis at the Siegfried-Weller-Institute of the BG Accident Clinic in Tübingen on the topic of " Optimisation of the hepatic differentiation of Ad-MCs from hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) for an in vitro toxicity model".

Since August 2016 Maria has been employed full-time at the Regional Council in Stuttgart in the field of radiation. She has been able to gain a great deal of experience in the field of radiation protection in all areas of technical and medical application in the Stuttgart region.

From 2017 to 2019 she took a part-time master's degree in "Biomedical Sciences" at Reutlingen University. Her master's thesis topic was "Technical documentation of the new Radiation Protection Law (StrlSchG) – comparative analysis and implementation."