Master of Science

Micromedical Engineering

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Experts in tiny tools

Making the blind see and the deaf hear – that sounds a bit like magic. Microimplants make it possible! Our master's degree programme in micromedicine focuses on new approaches in medical care and innovative forms of medical technology treatment.

  • ECTS: 90 ECTS
  • Programme duration: 3 semesters
  • Campus: Schwenningen
  • Faculty: Mechanical and Medical Engineering
  • Programme begins: winter semester (October), summer semester (March)
  • Application deadline: 15 January (summer semester), 15 July (winter semester)
  • Entry requirements: university entrance qualification, subject-specific university degree
  • Teaching language: German
  • Accreditation: yes (accredited through the university system accreditation)
  • The content We deepen know-how and skills in the fields of micromedicine, microtechnology, biomedicine and biocompatible materials with a focus on implants and smart systems.
  • Trendy technology The programme provides a well-founded answer to the future trends of modern medicine, miniaturisation, computerisation and biologisation in medical technology and health prevention.
  • Urgently needed In order to relieve the burden on our healthcare system, we need innovative leaps in medical technology. Graduates are sought-after specialists and make a direct contribution to improving the quality of life of patients.
  • The very best HFU has its own excellent lab facilities, for example at the Rottweil Research Center. We also have links with other institutions and are a member of various top clusters. Become a part of it!

Details of the programme

Programme content and structure

Specialisation for future requirements

The "Micromedical Engineering" degree programme responds to the requirements of the future trend of the new miniaturised medical technology - the increasing development of the progress dimensions "miniaturisation", "computerisation" and "biologisation" in medical technology. It thus corresponds exactly to the long-term trends in medical technology - the degree of miniaturisation is constantly increasing, more and more electronics are being incorporated and more and more manufacturing processes originating from microelectronics are being used. Implant surfaces are being adapted more and more intelligently to the biological environment through new coating processes in terms of biocompatibility and biostability.

All these important fields of micromedicine for medical technology are addressed in this master's programme.

The basics

The course is multidisciplinary. We teach an understanding of innovative technologies and the latest methods and products in micromedical engineering, as well as the technical and medical background. First, our students learn about various microtechnology disciplines based on the basic knowledge of their previous education and apply these in the context of micromedical products. In this way, we learn how micromedical technology works and how it interacts with the human system.

Getting down to business

We get down to the nuts and bolts when we deepen our knowledge of microtechnology, biomedicine and biocompatible materials. Neurophysiology and endoprosthetics are also on the timetable, as are various processes and methods for developing micromedical components. We examine the possible applications and limitations of microtechnology processes for micromedicine; interaction with the biological environment and energy supply and telemetry as well as microoptical aspects are also dealt with in depth.

The grand finale

Of course, the best is saved for last – the course also includes a research internship, which not only serves to apply the in-depth knowledge gained, but gives you the best possible preparation for a possible subsequent doctorate or professional activity in research and development. In the third and final semester, the master's thesis is completed, which provides scope for the development and/or application of independent, application- or research-oriented ideas.

Entry requirements

An application for MTZ requires

  • university entrance qualification
  • bachelor's degree in engineering or natural sciences
  • German and English language skills at minimum CEFR B2 level

MZT specifics

Modules and focuses

This is what you get to do on this course:
Introduction to Medical Technology, Advanced Technical Medicine, Special Areas of Medicine, Microtechnology, Medical Metrology, Telemedicine, Manufacturing and Production Technology in Medical Technology, Electives.

Further specialisations are:
Medical Technology, Medical Metrology, Medical Microsystems Engineering, Microtechnologies, Smart Systems, Medicine in the Context of Micromedicine, Neurophysiology, Endoprosthetics, 

Biocompatible Materials, Coating Technologies, Intelligent Active Implants, Wireless Transmission of Energy and Signals, Therapeutic Systems and Technologies and Biomechanics.

What's included

Special features

Good reasons for choosing HFU

Why is micromedical engineering at HFU a particularly worthwhile degree programme? Our professors have enormous experience - with several hundred publications, including in high-ranking peer-reviewed journals, and the supervision of several doctoral theses to their credit. We maintain cooperative relationships with prestigious universities such as Freiburg or Tübingen and many project collaborations with industrial companies (e.g. Retina Implant AG) and research institutions (e.g. IMTEK, Hahn Schickard, NMI) that are active in this field.

We at HFU were the first in Germany to offer this engineering programme at the interface of medicine, medical technology and microsystems technology. Our university stands for many years of experience in medical technology and biotechnology. It's important to us to provide you with an interdisciplinary education, with many research-oriented projects in teaching. We're also a member of professional associations so that we constantly receive new impulses for the further development of course content.

Your career prospects

Possible career paths

Graduates of the Micromedical Engineering master's degree programme are qualified for jobs in research and development at medical technology companies, in product management, in approval and in technical sales of micromedical technology products.

The following are concrete options:

  • Medical technology companies: Development and optimisation of medical devices, implants and technical aids for diagnosis and therapy, support for medical approval for the national and international market. As a specialist in his company, the graduate is an application-oriented discussion partner for doctors, research and development partners and other users of the developed devices as well as in highly qualified product management
  • Research institutions, universities (doctorate): Research and development in the field of high-tech systems (e.g. intelligent implants, navigation systems for neurosurgery and orthopaedics, minimally invasive surgery etc.) as well as cooperative implementation of clinical studies
  • Clinics, hospitals and medical care centres: application of complex technical devices, e.g. in the use of intelligent implants in neurosurgery
  • Authorities and health insurance companies: Assessment and approval of micromedicine devices and evaluation of the health-promoting benefits for patients as well as quality control. Scientific evaluation of micromedical products.
Very practice-oriented, small working groups, and the university is excellently networked with other universities, companies and institutions.
Julia Wildenhain (Bachelor in Ulm, Master with us, now Product Maintenance Engineer)

Faculty of Mechanical and Medical Engineering

Participate – shape – develop: This is our "MME" faculty! With us, students have many opportunities to gain valuable practical experience. You get the chance to take part in as many projects as you like!

In addition, you can design your degree programme individually according to your own interests. Lecturers will support you in any way we can. We see ourselves as a team, because innovative technical solutions can only be developed together.

Find out more about the Faculty of Mechanical and Medical Engineering

 

As one of the strongest research universities in the country, HFU is also very active in the field of medical technology and micromedical technology.

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Your key contacts

  •  Prof. Dr. Volker Bucher
    Prof. Dr. Volker Bucher Vice Dean Furtwangen Campus
    Dean of Studies Micromedical Engineering (MSc)
  •  Anja Levermann
    Anja Levermann Member of academic staff