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Details of programme

Programme objectives and learning outcomes

Details of programme (I5103-1)

This programme is aimed at those who would like to combine technical know-how with close patient-relationships, who would like to understand complex and multidisciplinary relationships at the interface between medicine and technology and use these to implement solutions for the benefit of the patient in close cooperation with medical staff.

Our graduates work together with doctors during technically supported interventions, or in industry where they can contribute their medical and technical knowledge, e.g. in product optimization. You also have the option of gaining the "European Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion" Certificate at our University.

Programme content

During the programme you will gain an understanding of future-oriented, innovative technologies and intelligent instruments and devices, as well as new strategies and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

1st semester curriculum

Depending on your previous knowledge, you will gain a better understanding of the various specialist areas of medicine in which modern technologies are already used in both the primary and follow-up treatment of patients.

This will enable you to understand how the technology functions and its interaction with the human body.

Special areas of medicine

  • Surgical instruments and their clinical application
  • Surgical techniques practical
  • Priniciples of surgery of various organ systems
  • Specialized surgery (heart, thorax and vascular surgery, abdominal surgery, accident surgery, orthopaedics)
  • Conservative and surgical therapy operations
  • Technical medicine in the operating theatre
  • Pathophysiology of organ systems
  • Specialized pathophysiology in the application of medical technology
  • Special aspects of infections, hygiene, microbiology and sterilization
  • "Operating Theatre Behaviour" operating theatre certificate

Specialized medicine and technology

"Medical Specializations" lecture series

Use and application of medical technology in specialist areas such as cardiology, oncology, urology, gynacology, ENT, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, diagnostic and interventional radiology.

Specialized Accident, Anaesthesiology, and Critical Care Medicine

State-of-the-art special anaesthesiology and critical care medicine using life support systems and extra-corporeal circulation. Problems which arise in using these technologies and strategies to deal with possible complications.

Advanced Technical Medicine I

Intelligent Implants in Medicine and the Biologicalization of Medical Technology

  • Biocompatible materials
  • Aspects of microsystems technology/thin film technology
  • Encapsulation of intelligent implants
  • Electrophysiology (extracellular recording and stimulation)
  • Sensors, neuroprosthetics
  • Clinical cases (e.g. retina implants, cochlear implants, intracranial implants, implantable micropumps, tumour monitoring)
  • Biologicalization strategies in medical technology
  • Example development strategies for biomaterials in cartilage/spinal disc repair
  • Instrument development for related operating theatre and applications technology

Biometry and Multiparameter Diagnostics

The Planning of clinical Studies:

Case study planning, randomization and blinding, statistical monitoring and data management, quality requirements and special study design

Biometry and Multiparameter Diagnostics

Meta analyses, per protocol analysis, intention-to-treat analysis, clustering, principle component analysis, multidimensional scaling, supervised statistical learning

You will gain knowledge of the implementation possibilities and limitations of various technical medicine methods (extracorporeal systems, life support systems, minimal invasive systems, navigation systems, intelligent instruments, etc.) In an independently carried out clinical research and development project, particular importance is placed on self-directed work following the principles of good scientific practice. You can also take an elective from other master's programmes according to your interests.

2nd semester curriculum

Advanced Technical Medicine II

"Advanced Technical Medicine" hospital practical:

Use of surgical and interventional methods using cardiac catheters, neuroradiology and other assistance systems as examples.

Specialized innovative technical medicine equipment:

Technology and functionality of robots, navigation systems, endoscopes, neurosurgical systems, intelligent instruments and implants. Particular problems and complications of such areas of application.

Specialized perfusion techniques:

Equipment for extracorporeal circulation, its function, construction and materials in the field of oncology/ HIPEC, assist devices, emergency services, intensive care medicine and in transportation. Particular problems and possible complications in this field of application.

Diagnostics in specialized areas of medicine

Internal Medicine / General Practice

Pathogenesis, pathology and diagnostics of various illnesses in the field of internal medicine (haematology, oncology, immunology, gastroenterology, cardiology, pulmonology) and general practice

Neurology / Pathology

Pathology:  methods of examination and diagnostics in pathology, typical areas of application and findings

Neurology: pathogenesis, pathology and diagnostics of various illnesses in the field of neurology

Project in a hospital or research institute

In an independently carried out research and development project, particular importance is placed on self-directed work following the principles of good scientific practice.

3rd semester curriculum

The master's thesis, written in the final semester, allows for the development and/or use of autonomous application or research-oriented ideas.


It is possible to specialize depending on existing knowledge and personal interest, e.g. in R&D, medical device and clinic management, or cardiovascular perfusion. Both the research project and the thesis can be chosen from these fields.

Module Catalogue for "Technical Physician" (SPO-Version 11)

Click on each module below for an individual module description.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes - subject knowledge and skills

  • Comprehensive knowledge of Technical Medicine and related medical fields
  • Knowledge of hospital procedures and the special problems of medical technology and hospital logistics
  • Competent use of learned techniques during diagnosis and treatment, confident handling of related technical devices
  • Ability to interpret medical and technical parameters in diagnostics and treatment from medical case history, first aid and accident treatment to the equipment required for medical intervention
  • Ability to create or develop technical solutions taking particular aspects of interactions of technical systems with the human body into consideration
  • Ability to work autonomously to learn application of new technologies
  • Ability to plan, gather complex data for, critically question, evaluate and present clinical studies
  • Ability to evaluate and take into consideration social, scientific and ethical results of insights, decisions and developments, recognize the limitations of medical technology applications

Learning outcomes - transferable skills

  • Teamworking, particularly in multidisciplinary and international work, research and development groups
  • Ability to make responsible decisions based on scientific principles taking social, scientific and ethical results into consideration
  • Ability to make sound, fast decisions in critical situations

Learning outcomes - employability skills

  • Ability to make multidisciplinary connections at the interface between medicine and technology and resolve them, together with medical staff, to the benefit of the patient
  • Ability to work intensively, flexibly and competently together with various medical specialists
  • Ability to make medical and technical facts understandable for others, presentation of research results
  • Scientific management and work skills
  • Project and team management

Study and Examination Regulations for Technical Physician (TP)