Bachelor of Science

Medical Engineering - Technologies and Development Processes

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Develop innovations for health!

Our "MTE" bachelor's programme combines medicine with engineering. By developing new medical instruments and devices, you will help to improve patient care! We'll teach you everything you need to know about digitalisation, product management and regulatory affairs.

  • ECTS: 210 ECTS
  • Programme duration: 7 semesters
  • Campus: Tuttlingen
  • Faculty: Industrial Technologies
  • Programme begins: winter semester (October)
  • Application deadline: 15 July (winter semester)
  • Entry requirements: university entrance qualification
  • Teaching language: German
  • Accreditation: yes (accredited through the university system accreditation)
  • Location advantage Tuttlingen is the world centre of the medical technology industry. You will benefit from our proximity to the leading companies in the market - from the very beginning you'll be studying in close contact with industry and be learning on "real" tasks.
  • Our special electives During your advanced courses, you can choose the direction in which you want to specialise. What will it be - product and process management, instruments and devices, or digitalisation and computer-assisted systems?
  • You're there live Our links with practice are strong. So strong in fact that in our "Sectio Chirurgica" lecture we broadcast standard operations from Tübingen University Hospital and discuss them with a doctor.
  • Secure career People are getting older and older, and the entire medical sector is becoming increasingly important. Clever solutions and products are needed - and the expertise to develop them is in high demand!

Details of the programme

Programme content and structure

We work closely with industry on the bachelor's programmes on the Tuttlingen Campus. The companies in our Friends of Tuttlingen Campus Association help shape the content of our courses - which is why studying medical engineering with us is particularly practical, cutting-edge and "Powered by Industry". You'll get to know companies through excursions and student projects, and you'll be doing your internships in the companies' labs. We also offer you a lecture series with experts from industry and a special mentoring programme.

Important principles

In this degree programme, it is important for us to provide you with know-how from the planning and development to the realisation of medical devices and products. Because we're a university of applied sciences, we attach great importance not only to making sure you know the theory – we also offer plenty of opportunities for you to apply your knowledge in practice. You can also gain experience in a company during the entire fourth "internship" semester.

Many specialty areas

From the fifth semester onwards, you can choose the area in which you would like to become an expert. From the fifth semester onwards we offer specialisation options in product and process management, instruments and devices, or digitalisation and computer-assisted systems, giving you the opportunity to hone your profile. We are also the only German university to offer a specialisation in Regulatory Affairs, i.e. specialist knowledge relating to medical device approval.

The crowning glory

After seven semesters, you can look forward to your bachelor's degree! To do this, you have to immerse yourself in your thesis in the last semester of your studies. You'll decide on the topic together with companies, with whom you'll also establish further close contacts while working on your thesis. 
Speaking of close contacts – many of our graduates receive concrete job offers during their studies!

MTE specifics

You can tailor your MTE studies to your interests

Product and process management study profile

  • With a focus on product management and marketing, quality management, regulatory affairs and the design of operational processes

Instruments and Devices study profile

  • With a focus on the construction and design of medical products such as implants or endoscopic devices

Digitalisation and computer-assisted systems study profile

  • Helping to shape the path to modern computer-assisted and digitalised medicine

Study focus

  • Medical technology product development
  • Medical technology product approval
  • Medical device technology
  • Surgical instruments
  • Implants
  • Minimally invasive procedures
  • Medical software and sensor systems

What's covered

Special features

Study in the world centre of medical technology

As the world centre of medical technology, Tuttlingen is home to more than 400 companies in this sector. The region is considered to be one of the strongest economic centers in Germany. In addition to medical technology, manufacturing and precision engineering are the economic driving forces in the technology hotspot of Tuttlingen. During your medical engineering programme you'll be in contact with numerous companies, visit the hospital and gain in-depth insights into medical technology.

Study medical engineering "Powered by Industry"

The bachelor's degree programme on the Tuttlingen Campus is run in close cooperation with industry. The companies in the Friends of Tuttlingen Campus Association actively participate in teaching and are involved in the design of the medical engineering programme. The programme is therefore practical, cutting-edge and "Powered by Industry" – excursions and student projects take place in various companies. Your internships will take place in the companies' labs. We offer you a broader view of the field of medical technology and the activities and requirements of engineers.

Your career prospects

Our graduates prefer to work in the medical technology, life science or healthcare sectors as well as in manufacturing or research-related institutions. This is where innovations for the preservation of human health are developed and their quality and success ensured.

As an engineer, you plan, monitor and develop instruments and medical devices and supervise the associated manufacturing processes. You can also get off to a flying start with MTE in areas such as quality assurance, product management, process development or purchasing! Your possible fields of work in industry, at institutes, in public institutions or at clinics are diverse. Because your medical technology expertise includes both sound engineering AND medical know-how.

The professional and career opportunities for MTE engineers are excellent! The course offers you a wide range of prospects for entering a strong industry. Whether medical technology, life science or the healthcare sector – your expertise is in demand! Our graduates can also get off to a flying start in manufacturing or research-related facilities.

Fields of work

  • Development of medical technology products, devices and implants
  • Taking on and processing special medical engineering responsibilities
  • Collaboration or management activities in companies or clinics, in laboratories and medical facilities
  • Quality assurance and monitoring
  • Product management, marketing and sales
  • Purchasing and material procurement
  • Process and procedure development

Faculty of Industrial Technologies

The Faculty of Industrial Technologies on the Tuttlingen Campus is something very special. At HFU, all subject areas are taught with a lot of practical relevance– but on the Tuttlingen Campus, students benefit from a special proximity to companies in the region. The focus here is on cooperation with industry in many practicals, students are allowed to work in company labs and can thus also make important contacts for their future careers. At "ITE", we focus our degree programmes on current topics of the future – digitalisation and technologisation, smart materials, medical technology, the energy transition, sustainability and human-machine interaction are just some of the exciting topics that we are helping to shape the future with.

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